Modern design and true works of art come together in The Gallery at Mountain Shadows. Explore museum-quality exhibitions by artists with connections to Arizona, with new works debuted every two months. Don't miss our gallery tours, as well as art opening receptions that feature engaging conversation with the artists and curator paired with wine and hors d'oeuvre from Hearth '61.
JULY 4 - AUGUST 31
Liner Notes is comprised of three unique surveys of individual artists work, with a specific focus on the element of line that runs throughout. Spanning illustrative to sculptural and across several decades, this exhibition includes the work of Vincent Chung, Robert F. Clark and Brooke Grucella.
Brooke Grucella received her MFA at ASU and has exhibited regionally and nationally, including a 20 foot long painting, her largest work to date, in the “Push Comes to Shove” exhibition at SMoCA. Grucella’s work is informed deeply by her love of and personal connection to CA skate and surf subcultures. These influences find a visual prominence in her consistent use of illustrative, cartoon-like contours. Her newest work, featured in Liner Notes, includes small painted vignettes which have a remarkable use of negative space, interiors and vantage points- a first for Grucella, whose painted works were previously more crowded and layered compositions. Grucella considers the way current sociopolitical themes are leaving a mark in her works thematically through a sense of contextual ambiguity and dark humor, but currently leaves this interpretation open ended for the view to contemplate.
The late Robert F. Clark was a prominent jewelry designer with William de Lillo, his lifelong partner and collaborator. As a professional team who called France home for a period in their lives, they worked for the house of Chanel, Nina Ricci, Schiaparelli and Yves Saint Laurent. Liner Notes marks that some of these works will be offered to the public for the first time. His artistic creations, outside of his wearable art, are rare. Liner Notes features several works from the artist’s “Circus” and abstract series, circa 1979. Created in Paris, these wall sculptures are “drawn” with welded metal and fall in an abstract space between architecture and rough sketches. The influence of costume jewelry construction is certainly felt in these angular works which hover in a thematic space between contour line drawing and sculpture. The pair eventually retired in Paradise Valley for the remainder of their lives.
Vincent Chung received his BS at Arizona State University only a few years ago and is an emerging star in the local art scene. Originally from Chelsea in New York City, Vincent got his start showing at small, yet prominent galleries in the neighborhood. He has since grown his exposure by being featured in acclaimed indie publications like Snax Magazine, 10011 Magazine and Studio Visit. Chung takes a more impulsive and emotive approach to the construction of his paintings and his use of line finds its most notable place in his use of neon tubing atop canvas mixed media works. Though the paintings have expressionistic, understated and texturally ambiguous areas, Chung slashes right across the canvas or highlights an otherwise unremarkable corner with a radiant contrast of neon light. In illustrative arcs, outline and diagonal accents, the neon harmonizes and accentuates any friction in his 2D works in a way that brings both peace and frenzy simultaneously. Liner Notes at Mountain Shadows will be the debut of his latest works in Phoenix.
The Gallery is curated by John Reyes of Reyes Contemporary Art. Reyes is a fixture of the Valley art scene who was raised in Douglas, Arizona, and whose family has been in the territory since before the Gadsden Purchase.
The Gallery is Curated by Reyes Contemporary Art