Exhibitions

Release: FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel Launches FOUND:RE Contemporary

New Artist-Centric Arts Program to Include an Expanded Focus on Art, Culture, Fashion, Music and Design

Downtown Phoenix’s arts and culture hotspot, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, located at 1100 North Central Avenue, is pleased to announce FOUND:RE Contemporary, a new elevated arts experience for locals and hotel guests.

FOUND:RE Contemporary will feature visual and performing arts in three galleries, an art lounge and a number of auxiliary showcase spaces including mural walls, a sculpture yard, and much more. The innovative program will present emerging and established artists through a regular series of art exhibitions and special events in partnership with Artlink Inc., 501(c)3 a nonprofit that promotes art events and initiatives.

The launch of FOUND:RE Contemporary is Thursday, February 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., with two opening exhibitions that are free and open to the public:

“Geometric Elegance: Art in the Age of Computational Beauty,” is the first property-wide exhibit in a cycle of exhibitions that will be revolving three times a year. It will feature the very best painters and sculptors working today, each approaching geometric art from a different angle, expanding on the visual opulence of Hard Edge painting, the optical effects of large-scale murals and the monumental impact of sculptural forms. Artists included this show are James Angel, Rowan Burkham, Hollis Cooper, Jeff Davis, Peter Deise, Leenie Engel, Lori Fenn, Daniel Funkhouser, Richard Galling, Danielle Hacche, Lisa Von Hoffner, Travis Ivey, Mike Jacobs, Carrie Marill, Mark Pomilio, Travis Rice, Rembrandt Quiballo, Jayson Ward, RJ Ward, Grant Wiggins, and Ben Willis.

“In Sequence,” is a two person exhibition featuring the work of Jeff Davis and Grant Wiggins. Both artists work in series to create abstract, graphic, and bold imagery but use radically different means and subject matter as inspiration for their individual artistic practices. This month long exhibition will be held in the new FOUND:RE Contemporary gallery, which is a standalone building on the property at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, just off the historic Portland Street.

“In addition to the First and Third Friday Art Walks and upcoming Art Detour, FOUND:RE Contemporary will invite art lovers from throughout the city and across the nation to enjoy exhibits embracing the entire spectrum of visual art as well film, fashion, and music,” said Tim Sprague, Managing Partner.

The expanded program in concert with Artlink will support the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s 360-degree view of greater Phoenix, by connecting cultural tourists with the region’s thriving arts and culture community. “With the exceptional growth of the Arts District and that of the metropolitan area, the launch of FOUND:RE Contemporary is a natural next step in the hotel’s connection with this exciting environment,” said General Manager, Renee Gonzales.

For more information about FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, FOUND:RE Contemporary, and its ever-evolving art program that aims to provide guests with an unparalleled and one-of-a-kind experience, Please call 602-875-8005 or visit www.foundrehotels.com.

For regular updates, please follow along on social media, Facebook: FOUND:RE Phoenix, Twitter and Instagram: @foundrephx.

About FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel: FOUND:RE Phoenix is a 104 room hotel with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel enhances the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, MATCH Restaurant & Lounge and art gallery, FOUND:RE Contemporary.


‘Libro’ Exhibition by TAFF recipient Diana Calderón Opens Feb 6

Calderón investigates her ancestral roots and personal migrant journey through performance art and sculptural installations which push the boundary of bookmaking, or the making of a libro. The edition páginas : pages is a series created by using constructs made during past VT : TV (Verbo Transitivo : Transitive Verb) performances.

Artlink Inc., in partnership with the Artlink Artist Council (AAC), announces the art exhibition VT: TV produced by the third grant recipient of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), Diana Calderón. VT: TV will be a two-night exhibition and will open with an artist reception at 6 p.m. on February 6 in the first floor of The Stewart, at 800 N. Central Ave from 6 to 10 p.m. The exhibition will be open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and from 6 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday, Feb 21, 2020.

Diana Calderón’s Verbo Transitivo : Transitive Verb is about exploring thoughts and allowing them to take form intuitively while focusing on being present. In these performances she allows both introspective insights and subconscious motivations to manifest as an object while using comfortable and familiar materials (ink, cloth, paper, thread, wood), to create uncomfortable pieces that articulate her deepest concerns. In this body of work, the process of creation was inspired from familiar construction methods and a unique array of materials that were inherited from the artist’s father and grandmother.

In the work, Calderón breaks through the correct way to create a thing that normally has instructions. She pushes the boundary of bookmaking by creating abstracted pieces that are sewn onto cloth and paper. With pins and nails, Calderón makes distinctive adjustments to a variety of garments with the intention to fix a piece just as a seamstress would in the process of making custom made clothing, but which are also meant to serve as a metaphor for our desire to adjust the details of our life.

The project Verbo Transitivo : Transitive Verb was born in 2018 during the CALA Alliance artist residency GDL>>PHX, which is a Partnership between the ASU Art Museum and PAOS GDL. This body of work includes a performance art installation and art pieces created from wooden frames, linocut prints, ink, paper, cloth, thread, pins, and nails. Since its inception VT : TV has evolved into different editions, or variations, which include performance art. Performance art variation #4 will be performed during Calderón’s solo exhibition entitled libro, or book.

In each VT:TV performance / art installation, Calderón uses unique pieces of furniture, adapted from a specific location or environment. Linoleum carvings are inked and hand printed on cloth and paper, and then sewn with a sewing machine to create book abstractions.

This exhibition of performance art will include a 1.5hr duration of variation 4 only:

  • Performance variation 1 – 2018 PAOS GDL, Casa Museo Jose Clemente Orozco
  • Performance variation 2  – 2018 Teotihuacán opening,  Phoenix Art Museum
  • Performance variation 3 – 2019 Artlink’s 19th Juried Exhibition, Park Central
  • Performance variation 4 – 2020 Artlink‘s TAFF, The Stewart

About TAFF and the AAC
Formed in February of 2017, the AAC has identified key areas where the Council, which is comprised of professional artists, can provide support to emerging artists in the following areas: mentoring, exhibition planning, sharing connections/networking support, portfolio review and practical advice on how to move your career Forward as a practicing artist. For the third annual TAFF call, the AAC sought an artist who demonstrated outstanding potential in their art practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, as well as a recipient who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would make the greatest possible impact.

About Diana Calderón
Born in Chihuahua Mexico 1981, raised in the borderlands of El Paso, Texas & Ciudad Juárez, Calderón earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Arizona State University in 2008. She studied bookmaking & printmaking in Cortona, Italy with the University of Georgia’s Abroad Program & studied Printmaking at the University of Dallas in 2016.

Calderón exhibits her work nationally & internationally. She was the awardee of the 2018 GDL>>PHX Residencias Artísticas residency, which is a partnership between CALA Alliance, ASU Art Museum & PAOS Gdl, where she lived & worked in the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco, the former home and studio of a famous muralist. Calderon has taught for 10 years as places like Las Artes de Maricopa, International Leadership of Texas, Mesa Art Center, and NFL Yet College Prep. She also teaches workshops nationally and internationally at places like PAOS GDL, Taller Imagen Rinoceronte CDMX, the Phoenix Art Museum, the ASU Art Museum, and Free Arts for Abused Children of AZ. Calderon is an alumni of the prestigious National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) 2015 Leadership Institute as well as being a member of one of five groups awarded the ACF Water Public Art Challenge, in partnership with the Huhugam Heritage Center, AZ Audubon and Medio Completo Artist collective.

In her artwork, Calderón investigates and documents her ancestral roots and journey as an immigrant. Calderón blends traditional and contemporary techniques such as relief printmaking, bookmaking and performance art, as she explores ideas about crossing barriers and borders both physically and spiritually, creating human connections, and referencing Mexican archaeological and architectural patterns and textures.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary shuttles during the monthly First Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Park Central, Valley Metro, Marriott International, True North Studio, Phoenix Convention Center, Reimagine Phoenix, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue.


Salon Forty Eight Opens Jan 23

Salon Forty Eight: The inaugural exhibition of Artlink’s new gallery space at Park Central

Salon Forty Eight is a “salon style” exhibition that welcomes 48 artists who have never had the opportunity to participate in an Artlink or Artlink powered project. It opens the same night as and directly from Artlink’s Annual Juried Exhibition, which also debuts the work of 48 artist from across the valley the very same evening. Kick off the 2020 Spring Exhibition season in style!

RSVP for Salon Forty Eight and the Artlink Juried Exhibition


April 19, 2019: The LINKLETTER for April’s Third Friday!


March 15, 2019: The LINKLETTER for March’s Art Detour Third Friday!


March 1, 2019: The LINKLETTER for March’s First Friday (Plus Detour Info!)


Call For Art! Artlink’s 19th Annual Juried Exhibition

Deadline: Wednesday, January 2, 2019— 11:59 p.m. (local Arizona time)

Artlink Inc. is now accepting entries for the 19th Annual Juried Exhibition presented by True North Studio, featuring the works of professional artists residing in the state of Arizona. The exhibition is hosted by Park Central and DPR Construction, and will take place at the newly renovated Park Central from February 7 – 9, 2019.

The schedule coincides with a series of Arizona arts and culture events:

  • Thursday, Feb 7, 6-9 p.m.: Juried Exhibition Opening Reception
  • Friday, Feb 8: AZ Governor’s Arts Awards Finalists Reception, hosted by Arizona Citizens for the Arts

Park Central is partnering with Artlink Inc. in spearheading the development of an Arts and Culture Plan by engaging key stakeholders and connecting with relevant arts and culture assets of this community. Submitted artwork will be reviewed by a panel of esteemed members of the Phoenix arts community. Past juried panelists include:

  • 2016 – Ann Marshall, Fred Tieken, Nancy Hill

  • 2015 – Bentley Calverley, Dana M Tepper, John Tuomisto-Bell

  • 2014 – Jim Ballinger, Louise Roman, Randy Slack

  • 2013 – Gordon Knox, Robrt Pela, Angela Ellsworth

  • 2012 – Tim Rodgers, Adriene Jenik, Cory Weeks

The 2017 jurors are:

Lisa Sette
For over three trailblazing decades, Lisa Sette has remained committed to discovering and exposing original, intriguing forms of expression. Lisa Sette Gallery exhibits painting, sculpture, photography, installation and performance pieces from an impressive roster of emerging and established artists, as well as maintaining a clientele of local and international collectors devoted to its founder’s adventurous curatorial vision. For more about Lisa Sette and Lisa Sette Gallery, click here.

Gennaro Garcia
Artist Gennaro Garcia migrated from his native Sonora, Mexico to Arizona in his early 20’s with drive, passion and the desire to create art. His combination of Italian techniques with a Mexican color palette has resulted in art that showcases both world-class skill and a true Latino immigrant perspective. His art pieces are featured in many commercial and residential interiors, and he has participated in more than 60 exhibits in the last 4 years, including 9 solo shows. For more about Gennaro Garcia, click here.

Jennifer McCabe
Jennifer McCabe is the director and chief curator for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. McCabe has taught modern and contemporary art at Arizona State University, San Francisco State University, Mills College, and City College of San Francisco. Before joining SMoCA, she served as executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco. She holds a master’s in art history from SF State, and is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at ASU. For more about Jennifer McCabe and SMoCA, click here.

Three winners of the many pieces in the 2019 Exhibition will receive cash awards, including a first place acquisition prize funded by True North Studio.

  • The first place award of $5,000 will be given to a jury-selected artist for an original work. The winning artwork will be on public display as part of True North Studio’s permanent collection.

  • The first runner-up will receive $1,500.

  • The second runner-up will receive $750.

SUBMISSION DETAILS
All selected artists will be eligible for awards. A variety of artworks are welcome for submission, including: oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, mixed media, new genre, performance, video, and sculpture/three dimensional pieces.

The online submission deadline is January 2, 2019, by midnight. Participants who have exhibited in the past are permitted to submit but may not submit a piece included in any previous Artlink Juried Exhibition. NOTE: By submitting artwork for consideration, the artist agrees to the following:

  • All artists selected for the Juried Exhibition will be eligible for awards. Only works that are for sale will be considered for the first place award.
  • The artist agrees that they will deliver their selected artwork to Park Central for installation on Wednesday, February 6, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Artist agrees to pick-up selected works from Park Central on Sunday, February 10.

Submission Checklist:
Please follow ALL guidelines and complete the entire submission form. Submissions that are either incomplete or do not follow provided guidelines will not be accepted.

1. You may submit up to (three) 3 artwork images in .jpg format with a minimum 72 dpi per image. No greater than 6 inches on the largest size. Selected artists will be asked to provide a high resolution image for publication. Please see the submission form for acceptable files.
2. The $30 application fee is to be paid at the time of the submission. NOTE: Artlink All Access Artist Articipants (paid level), student articipants (discounted paid level) and Artlink volunteers are exempt from the application fee.
3. All artists must be signed up as Artlink Articipants before submitting your application (if you are already registered, you may skip this step):

A la Carte (free level): For more information and to register, click here.
*All Access (paid level): For more information and to register, click here.
*Student (discount level): For more information and to register, click here.
*The $30 Juried Show application fee is waived at these registration levels.

4. The artist agrees that they will deliver their selected artwork to Park Central at 3121 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013 for installation on Wednesday, February 6, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
5. All sales will be handled by Artlink, with the exception of the True North Studio acquisition, which will be a direct purchase from the artist. In the event of a sale Artlink will retain a 10% commission.
6. Application fees are non-refundable, regardless of acceptance.
7. Not all artwork will be accepted. Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered by a jury of experienced arts professionals.
8. Artists will be notified by email. Please do not call for results.
9. Artlink Inc., Park Central ownership and event sponsors are not liable for any damage or theft that may occur to any person or property. Artists will be asked to sign a waiver and may insure their own artwork, as desired.
10. Artist agrees to pick-up selected works from Park Central on Sunday, February 10.
If registered as a (paid level) All Access Articipant: Apply Here
If registered as a (free level) A La Carte Articipant: Apply Here

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphx.org

Deadline: Wednesday, January 2, 2019— 11:59 p.m. (local Arizona time)

 


‘Hello, Sunshine’ Exhibition by TAFF Recipient Daniel Mariotti Opens December 6, 2018

Hello, Sunshine by Daniel Mariotti features 30 photographs, taken over 30 days of journaling, that capture the fluctuations of his chronic depression. The exhibition of The Artist Forward Fund award recipient opens Thursday, December 6, 2018 and runs for two nights only!

Artlink Inc., in partnership with the Artlink Artist Council (AAC), announces the art exhibition Hello, Sunshine produced by the second grant recipient of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), Daniel Mariotti. Hello, Sunshine will be a two-night exhibition and will open with an artist reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 2018, at Arizona Center, 455 N 3RD St, Ste. 1007, Phoenix. The exhibition will be open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and from 6 to 10 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

Daniel Mariotti’s new photographic series explores how perception is affected by emotional and metaphysical masses that operate like gravity. Hello, Sunshine draws from Einstein’s theory of relativity and explores the specific gravity of depression. In space-time, objects that travel through the fabric of the universe are warped, bent and twisted by the masses and motions of the other objects within it; similarly, Mariotti describes the mass of depression as one that obscures his focus and gradually changes the way he experiences the world. For the installation, Mariotti created 30 photographs over 30 days of journaling to capture the pull and fluctuations of this chronic disease.

Title: “May 23”

Size: 8.5″x11″ (framed)
Medium: Archival Pigment Print
Price: $125

“Even on my best days, where the world appears most vivid and colorful, depression is ever-present, a force physically seen in each picture. Depression is visually mimicked by altering the camera; poking holes into the shutter creates the fog seen in the images, a fog that contracts and grows at the mercy of space-time.” Mariotti continues, “It wasn’t until adolescence that I realized not everyone was moving through this, sometimes thick, fog. It wasn’t until much later I found words and images to help bridge the gap between my experience and how others live their lives.”

A series of poems accompany Mariotti’s images to represent a broader spectrum of time. They offer observers another entry to the work in an attempt to make what is an ethereal, enduring experience more concrete, tangible, and most importantly human.

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About TAFF and the AAC
Formed in February of 2017, the AAC has identified key areas where the Council, which is comprised of professional artists, can provide support to emerging artists: mentoring, exhibition planning, sharing connections/networking support, portfolio review and practical advice on mounting exhibitions. For the second annual TAFF call, the AAC sought an artist recipient demonstrating potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

About Daniel Mariotti
Daniel Mariotti (1992, Mesa, United States) makes photos, drawings, prints, and films. By manipulating the medium he works with, Mariotti creates intense personal moments created by means of rules and structure from a chaotic design. His intent is to create instances of chance to result in a visual output that can be tweaked and tested until further questions arise. Through abstraction he makes the viewer focus on the materiality of the object and delve into what happened to it. Layering helps him create a story and a history that is visually documented to be read and solved. His works feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to lead to surprising analogies. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages. See more of her work at www.danielmariotti.com.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Art d’Core Gala Celebrates 30 Years of Art Detour

SIXTH ANNUAL ART DCORE GALA CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF
ART DETOUR WITH A SHOWCASE OF ACCLAIMED PHOENIX-AREA ARTISTS AND EMERGING ARTIST INVITATIONAL

Mayor Greg Stanton to give annual ‘Toast to Downtown,’ his last as Mayor of Phoenix

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite.

The sixth annual Art d’Core Gala will feature a one-night-only exhibition of works by 13 members of the Artlink Artist Council (AAC) paired with works by 13 emerging artists to kick off the 30th Annual Art Detour. The evening celebration of the Phoenix arts and culture community, will take place 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St. This creative spin on a traditional gala is hosted by Artlink Inc. in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc. and serves as opening night to an Art Detour event that has grown to an expanded six-day, multi-faceted exploration of Phoenix’s arts and culture.

A brief program celebrating the arts and culture community’s contribution to the development of a dynamic downtown Phoenix will be capped by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s annual “Toast to Downtown,” his last as Phoenix Mayor. In 2017, Mayor Stanton spoke to this contribution by stating, “If you love our downtown…it’s because the artists were here first. They made it for us.” Art Detour 30 embraces this history by spotlighting each of Phoenix’s arts districts that have developed as a result of an engaged arts community.

Artlink Artist Council/Emerging Artist Invitational Exhibition at Art dCore Gala

Click to enlarge

The AAC is comprised of Arizona-based, established professional artists who have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix. One of the goals of the AAC, created in 2017, is to provide a platform for these professional artists to share their experience with emerging artists, as peer mentors.

In the spirit of this collaboration, this year, each member of the AAC has chosen an up-and-coming artist to be included in the one-night Art d’Core Gala exhibition, doubling the amount of artwork on view in comparison to last year’s event. Works by the following artists will be on view and for sale during the Art d’Core Gala celebration:

  • Marilyn Szabo and Hunter Zelner
  • Joe Ray and Armondo Williams
  • Randy Slack and Megan Koth
  • Joan Baron and Heather Couch
  • William Legoullon and Blake Quinn
  • Christine Cassano and Cydnei Mallory
  • Bill Dambrova and Eric B Jones
  • Pete Deise and Sam Fresquez
  • Patricia Sannit and Amy Manning
  • Constance McBride and Dani Godreau
  • Rembrandt Quiballo and Malena Barnhart
  • Annie Lopez and Katie Owens
  • Fortoul Brothers and Elizabeth Brice-Heames

The featured art for Art Detour 30, “Salud” by Phoenix artist Michael Viglietta, will also be on display. DJ Rani G will provide the entertainment for the festive evening that includes art, music, dancing and a no host bar. The “Detour” portion of the six-day event begins the following day on Friday, March 16 with tours of arts districts tours and other special events that showcase the culture of the nation’s fifth largest city. See more about the expansion of Art Detour here.

“The invitational exhibition embodies the spirit of Phoenix’s artist community as we kick off the 30th anniversary of Art Detour,” said Artlink President Catrina Kahler. “This special opening night will honor our city’s rich cultural history, point to a bright future, and extend an invitation to all to experience the six-day, 30-year milestone celebration.”

Tickets are $20 per person, $30 per couple and are available until 6 p.m. March 14 at artdetour.com. Tickets will be available at the door day-of for $25 per person, $40 per couple. Event is open to the public. Come as you are; creative cocktail attire encouraged.

The Art d’Core Gala event is a fundraiser for Artlink Inc., an active all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF) a new artist development fund designed to help provide direct financial support to local artists.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

MORE INFORMATION:

  • IMAGES: Download media images of Art d’Core graphics and featured Art d’Core Gala artwork by Artlink Artist Council and partner artists here. All images are courtesy of the artists and are for promotional use only.
  • ATTEND: Purchase your Art d’Core Gala tickets here – get them before the sell out!
  • LEARN MORE: Artists and business who would like to learn more about participating in Art Detour 30 are urged to attend the Artlink Mixed Media Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Desoto Central Market. Register here.
  • PLAN your Art Detour 30 – see a day-by-day schedule of events here!
  • FOLLOW Artlink to stay up to date on Art Detour 30 events, calls for art work, exhibition information and art tours around downtown Phoenix: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Art Detour:
Art Detour is Produced by Artlink Inc. in partnership with City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office and Office of Arts & Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI), and support from Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Valley Metro, AZCentral/The Arizona Republic, City of Phoenix Public Works Department, City of Phoenix Water Services Department, Muse Apartments, Legends Entertainment District, and Warehouse215. District and programming partners include Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District, Historic Grand Avenue, and also Modern Phoenix Week, Phoenix Urban Design Week, and On Central Fashion + Art Weekend and the Artlink Artist Council (AAC). The new six-day event format of the event will kick off with the opening night Art d’Core Gala celebration; span the weekend with a scheduled exploration of key arts districts and artist studios; and end with a symposium that will spur interest in art collecting, foster artists’ career development, and identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city. For more details on how to sponsor, see this link.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


‘Renascent’ Exhibition by Ashley Czajkowski Opens Feb. 1

Renascent exhibition by Ashley Czajkowski explores tensions between natural forces and influences of control in the corporeal existence

The premiere exhibition of The Artist Forward Fund award recipient opens February 1, 2018, for two nights only

Artlink Inc., in partnership with the Artlink Artist Council (AAC), announces the premiere art exhibition, Renascent, produced by the first grant recipient of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF) Ashley Czajkowski. Renascent will be a two-night exhibition and will open with an artist reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. 2018, at 1017 N. Central Ave., in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. The exhibition will be open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and from 6 to 10 p.m. on First Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Czajkowski’s work in Renascent explores the tenuous boundaries of the nature/culture divide. For this installation, she filmed a series of intimate interactions with a discarded coyote, laying bare the traits of our corporeal existence.*

Renascent, by Ashley Czajkowski, 2018. Image provided by artist.

These interactions attempt an intimate relationship with nature, forging a bond from what has been lost. The work exposes how little control we actually have over these natural forces – time, change, aging, death – and endeavors to discover what we can choose to control – destruction, transformation, creation.

“The ways we enact upon the natural world are often synonymous with the ways in which we interact with our own animal bodies. Taming things on the surface, and ignoring the depths of internal issues,” said Czajkowski. “In this work, the coyote represents a version of ourselves; a beast within which must be nurtured, understood, deconstructed, and re-birthed.”

“The large number of strong TAFF submissions made any final decision by the panel a difficult one, and yet speaks to the volume of talented and committed artists are making work right here in Arizona,” said Christine Cassano, Artlink Artist Council member. “From her submission it was evident that Ashley had a keen interest in pushing through boundaries in her exploration of complex contemporary themes relating to various social constructions and psychological manifestations within the human-animal. As an interdisciplinary artist using film, projection and installation, Ashley felt an exhibit space would enable her to expand her approach to subject matter, methods and materials. This would be a large part of how the Artist Council and Artlink supported Ashley’s vision while working to highlight the importance of contemporary art in Phoenix. ”

*The coyote featured in the video was found and collected postmortem by the artist and has been respectfully preserved. No animals have been harmed for the purpose of this artwork. Due to the nature of the installation content, viewer discretion is advised.

About TAFF and the AAC
Formed in February of 2017, the AAC has identified key areas where the Council, which is comprised of professional artists, can provide support to emerging artists: mentoring, exhibition planning, sharing connections/networking support, portfolio review and practical advice on mounting exhibitions. For the inaugural TAFF call, the AAC sought an artist recipient demonstrating potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

About Ashley Czajkowski
Ashley Czajkowski is a photography-based artist working in a number of interdisciplinary methods. Driven by personal experience, her research explores social constructions related to femininity, mortality and the psychological manifestation of and the human-animal. Though she considers herself a photographer, Czajkowski also works in video, installation, and alternative print processes, pushing the expected boundaries of the photographic art medium. Czajkowski achieved her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in 2009 from Emporia State University in Kansas, and earned her Master’s of Fine Art in photography in 2015 from Arizona State University. Czajkowski’s work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. Most recently, her work was shown at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York, The Millepiani Art Space in Rome and the CICA Museum in South Korea. She currently resides in Tempe, Arizona and was the recipient of the inaugural TAFF Award from Phoenix Artlink in 2017. Czajkowski teaches photography courses, works as the sound technician and story editor for the Creative Push Project, and is a member and former President of Eye Lounge Gallery and artist collective in downtown Phoenix. See more of her work at www.ashleyczajkowski.com.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.