Michele Bledsoe “Dear Franklin…”
Inspired by Lionel Shriver “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
I really enjoy assembling group art shows, an activity I’ve done for years in many different capacities.
I’ve been the exhibition committee chairman of a non-profit gallery; run my own open studio in the warehouse space I lived in for 2 years; been part of a long running and beloved cooperative gallery in downtown Phoenix. I volunteer to hang shows for our church. I’ve hosted pop up art installations and performance events in my home and other assorted venues: hair salons, coffee houses, office buildings, street fairs, and even a trailer in the middle of nowhere. In 2014 I brought the works of 28 artists from 5 countries to Arizona for International Stuckists: Explorers and Inventors. It’s all been a labor of love.
In my mind an artist should be an exhibitionist (but only of their artwork!) and should take every opportunity to have their work seen, by as broad an audience as possible. If art is not shared it remains incomplete. Through these experiences I’ve developed a certain curatorial philosophy. I usually don’t select pieces. I look for artists whose work inspires me, and invite them to show what they want. I respect their creativity, and give them a chance to display their own vision.
Theme shows are fun in the sense that some boundaries are set that will create a cohesive experience in the exhibit, but will still give the participants a chance to innovate and show their own character by their unique approach to a common subject. I’m always amazed by the results. It evokes the energy of synchronicity and highlights unexpected connections.
This is the case once again with “BOOKED: Contemporary Literary Art.” Artists were invited to create works inspired by favorite books. I sure appreciate everyone who took the time to make something that shows what they’ve enjoyed; it is thrilling to me to see what this independent group of creatives devised. It’s also an impressive reading list!
Leslie Edeline Barton “Flowers for Algernon”
Inspired by Daniel Keyes “Flowers for Algernon”
Richard Bledsoe “A Horrible Hopping Creature in White”
Inspired by M R James “Casting The Runes”
Stephanie Carrico “Mechanical Turtle”
inspired by Salvador Plascencia “The People of Paper”
Anna Dufek “Lucy”
Inspired by C S Lewis “Chronicles of Narnia”
Annette Hassell “John Uskglass the Raven King”
Inspired by Susanna Clarke “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”
Clay Martin “Uzumaki”
Inspired by Junji Ito “Uzimaki”
Joe Montano III “Young Naked Mary”
Inspired by The Bible
David Morgan “New Breed”
Inspired by Daniel H Wilson “Robopocalypse”
Larry Ortega “The Angel Descends”
Inspired by The Bible
Shelley Whiting “Ripple 2”
Inspired by Dave Cooper “Ripple: A Predilection For Tina”
BOOKED: CONTEMPORARY LITERARY ART
Artwork Inspired By Favorite Books
February 2 – February 28. 2015
Opening Reception First Friday February 6, 2015 6pm
Third Friday Reception February 20, 2015 6pm
1506 NW Grand Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85007