Sue Chenoweth is an artist who lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona. Chenoweth’s installations and paintings are investigations of memory, myth and place explored through the visual framework of traditional historical narrative as well as architecture and science . The artist utilizes a gestural, abstract line that travels across surface and changes colors while forming dream-like narratives imbued with color and symbols.
Portraying either a swim with great white sharks or the unfolding of sub-basements of Golden Age estate houses, Chenoweth consistently makes colorful, painted traces of each experience. The artist refers to her paintings as “pre-memories” rather than recollections of actual experiences and frees the subject matter from subjectivity. By making her work accessible, Chenoweth reveals connections often overlooked.
Sue Chenoweth received her Master’s of Fine Arts at the Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries throughout the state. In 2005 the CUE Art Foundation hosted Chenoweth’s first solo exhibition in New York City titled The Rich Man curated by Susan Krane. This was followed by an ASU Art Museum group exhibition in 2007 titled New American City: Artists Look Forward. During the same year, the CUE Art Foundation also included her work in a group show titled Cue 5. In 2010 at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Chenoweth had a solo show titled Spyhopping: Adventures With Sue Chenoweth.
From 2000 to 2006 Chenoweth received four grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. In 2004 and 2005 the CUE Art Foundation awarded the artist a Summer Studio Residency. In 2009 the artist received the 2009 Surdna Fellowship from the Surdna Foundation in New York City. This was followed by 2 grants from the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund and a residency in 2012 with the Largo das Artes, located in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. This culminated in a solo exhibition titled Real and Applied that appeared at Largo das Artes in Brazil and at Modified Arts in Phoenix, Arizona, organized by the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art. Chenoweth’s art has appeared in several group exhibitions, the most recent Being Human that appeared in 2015, hosted by The Lodge located in Pheonix, Arizona. In January 2016 Sue Chenoweth was a resident with AS|US and created a new painting titled Fades the Landscape from our View, measuring 36″x 48″ with the combined media of flashe, chalk paint, acrylic , model railroad turf, model railroad flock and Letroset on Mylar. Chenoweth will return to New York City in 2016 and present new paintings from September 20th to 26that the Lazy Susan Gallery.
Karen Fitzgerald is an artist based in Alexandria, Virginia who specializes in re-purposing throw-away objects into miniscule art materials. Through the break-down process, Fitzgerald reconstructs both color and shape in order to contribute to an ongoing narrative that underscores personal and shared standards as well as significance. For the AS | US Residency the artist made two pieces that weave together materials such as Tetra Pak food packaging and pages from mail-order catalogues into free-standing objects with bright, colorful surfaces.
Karen Fitzgerald first made “Nothing to do with what we actually need” (2016) that appears as a broken bowl structure, assembled by the layering of resin over folded bits of catalogue paper. Appearing as clear-coated, lozenge-like structures these colorful dots provided the bases for Fitzgerald’s outdoor sculpture titled “The Invitation.” (2016) Through the mix of discarded junk mail, the artist presents a consistently woven surface that is connected to a recycled wooden door frame. When seen in its exterior installation, “The Invitation” continues the thread of novelty through recovery while standing as a symbol of complexity that has changed the nature of daily consumerist exchange.
In 2005 Karen Fitzgerald received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Harvard Extension School, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since then she has exhibited frequently throughout Indiana, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In 2014 the artist was profiled in “40 Years of Art and Community,” published by the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association. During the same year Karen Fitzgerald also participated in “Generation IX: The Red/Pink Show,” that was hosted by A.I.R. Gallery located in New York City. Fitzgerald’s art was chosen for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Purdue Galleries and in 2016 she was awarded the Sotheby’s Open-Call Artist Prize from the Athenaeum International. Some of the artist’s most recent work is currently on view from January 30th to February 27th, 2017 in a six-person group exhibition titled, “Recollected” at the Cade Gallery in Arnold, Maryland.
Dries Ketels is an artist and poet based in Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium who explores various media as a means to negotiate notions of performance and authorship. Ketels recently spent time with watercolor that culminated into a temperature-dependent crystallization process. This time-based method, introduces a new way of working with watercolor paint even if it is ephemeral: “Since the art world is trying to leave painting behind, I wanted to try and make paintings that would function.”
While making his new series titled “Witnessed Winter” (2016-7) the artist sought to create the essence of a winter feeling that was not necessarily embodied in a visual representation, as seen in details like color, symbol and form, but equally embodied in the methods used to paint. This search ends with the sense of a winter feeling that is found within the material fact of the painting. Unlike traditional landscape representations, Dries Ketels moves away from particular figurative motifs that merely echo a common perception of winter. Instead he embeds crystal structures into the painting’s surface lending animation to an otherwise static atmosphere.
From 2011 to 2015 Dries Ketels studied the science of art at the University of Ghent and the Free University of Berlin. During that time, his art appeared in several group exhibitions that took place in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In October 2014 Ketels participated in a group exhibition that was hosted by Chie Art Gallery, located in Milan, Italy. This was followed by two more shows that took place at Museo Marte in Campania, Italy and then at the Marzia Frozen Gallery of Berlin, Germany. Ketels was also finalist for the 2014 Celeste Prize with “From Ashes to Ashes”. Since then the artist has received first place recognition in TUUËBETEGOARE, a 2015 group exhibition that took place in Zomergem, Belgium. Beautiful/Decay magazine also profiled Dries Ketels in a piece titled “Lightning Strikes: Artist Uses Electricity To Create Captivating Portraits” by Genista. On March 8th, 2017 the artist will participate in HeForShe Arts Week, hosted by the United Nations.
Andrea Morganstern is an artist who lives and works in Sarasota, Florida. Morganstern creates new forms and worlds that are inspired by recurring patterns in nature. The artist’s earlier work focused primarily on the pattern that recurs in roots, branches, veins, synapses, lightning, and river networks. While this pattern continues to play a part, the artist’s current work mostly utilizes the patterns of things in motion such as flocks of birds, schools of fish, swarms of bees, sediment swirling in water or seeds scattering in the wind.
Morganstern often combines these and other types of patterns in the same composition. A major theme explored by the artist is the inter-connectivity seen in nature. The artist finds these patterns intriguing because they suggest a unifying blueprint across myriad forms. “I further explore the unity in nature by fusing human, animal and botanical elements,” states the artist.
While Andrea Morganstern has explored these ideas in a variety of media, she currently works mainly in acrylic on canvas, as well as watercolor and gouache on paper. The artist often utilizes a circle at the center of the painting to evoke the sense of peering through a window into another realm. This can represent a range of possibilities from the microscopic to the macroscopic. The placement of the circle within a squarish shape is inspired by examples of sacred geometry that use this format, particularly the Indian yantra and Incan chakana.
Morganstern is particularly interested in the tension between structure versus fluidity, and seeks to create worlds of organic flowing imagery within distinct boundaries. The artist’s color choices are inspired by the vibrancy and luminosity of stained glass. Ceramic mosaics also inspire this work, ranging from ancient Greco-Roman to those of Antoni Gaudi. Andrea Morganstern is intrigued by how many small repeating forms - while having their own equally beautiful and important individual identities - can together form a larger whole that is more interesting and beautiful than the individual components.
Jon Sedor is a painter who lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. As an avid climber Sedor combines portraiture with landscape and seascape vistas that render traces of subjective likenesses that serve as personal attributes of athletic legends. The artist places memory over reality, leaving an expressive gesture that mediates the vestige of dangerous adventures, capturing a series of actions that are over within seconds.
Sedor works on a modest scale, with canvases measuring 22 by 30 inches, and uses a palette of five colors: black, blue, brown, orange and white. Together each painting traverses through land, water and sky conveying the iconic feats that each sportsman was known for. Malloyportrays the iconic face of Keith Malloy, a West Coast surfer who has combined his concern for the environment with his travels throughout the Pacific. Josh reflects a blue tunnel wave on the right with a faint representation of surfer Josh Garner. Two other pieces Dean and Aikaufeature portraits that float above cliffs and ocean, remembering the recent loss of Dean Potter and the legend of Eddie Aikau who was lost at sea in 1978.
In 2011 Jon Sedor graduated from Skidmore College located in Saratoga Springs, New York with a focus on graphics design and drawing. The artist continued his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before moving on to the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Upon returning to Cleveland, Ohio as a sponsored rock climber, Sedor established the Pebble Wrestler Collective that creates limited-run apparel designs and, in the future, climbing and surfing films. Annual proceeds are donated to at-risk youth and adaptive athlete non-profits.