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Glass focus of exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Posted 11/22/21

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s Spring 2022 season features several exhibitions related to glass in conjunction with the United Nation’s declaration of 2022 as the International Year of …

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Glass focus of exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

“Wishful Thinking” by Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty, 2020-21, cast, blown glass, 2 x 3 x 4 inches (x1000), dimensions of installation vary.
“Wishful Thinking” by Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty, 2020-21, cast, blown glass, 2 x 3 x 4 inches (x1000), dimensions of installation vary.
Tamara Meader
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Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s Spring 2022 season features several exhibitions related to glass in conjunction with the United Nation’s declaration of 2022 as the International Year of Glass. The exhibitions are supported in part by Arizona Glass Alliance and Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is always free. Go to mesaartscenter.com.

A free public opening reception is at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the museum at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.

Exhibitions include:

  • “Focus on 5” by Joseph Cavalieri, Dec. 10, 2021-March 20, 2022: “Using his two loves of painted stained glass and oil on canvas, New York artist Joseph Cavalieri energetically combines familiar and unknown subjects in a refreshing and very detailed manner. He is intrigued by the cross pollination of cultures, especially of the U.S. and Asia. Unique visual collaborations are created through his personal vision of shiny plastic Funko toys, popular Star Trek personalities and Soviet architecture,” the release states.
  • “Head in the Clouds” by Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty, Jan. 14-April 3, 2022: “Arizona artists Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty create narrative driven glass sculptures. Their work references personal observations from daily life and travel. Compositions always include recognizable, nostalgic and/or iconic imagery. This is accomplished utilizing a full spectrum of technical glass approaches. ‘Head in The Clouds’ encompasses the overshadowing cognitive weight felt during the pandemic.”
  • “43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts,” Feb. 11-April 24, 2022: “Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s annual contemporary crafts has become a benchmark for innovation and quality. This exhibition is representative of traditional craft mediums, including ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, paper making and book arts.”
  • “Meminisse” by Troy Moody, Jan. 21-April 10, 2022: “Arizona artist Troy Moody, whose career spans more than two decades, is known for his innovative, expressive art glass assemblages. Moody combines the nuance of kiln-formed color fields of glass with various acrylic mediums to capture anachronistic imagery and automatic painting, evoking an unexpected visual optimism. Through glass, steel, acrylics and found objects, Moody’s latest body of work is inspired by our relationships with the material world and the by-products of our cultural narratives.”
  • “Air Currency” by Ana M. Lopez, Feb. 11-April 24, 2022: “In her latest work, Texas metalsmith Ana M. Lopez presents a series of enameled metal sculptures that address our increasingly complex relationship with air-conditioning and ventilation. Typically mass-produced by industrial processes, Lopez uses laborious craft processes to recreate the ubiquitous, invisible forms that populate many rooftops and exterior walls for artificial air handling. She merges the decorative and industrial arts, creating a conversation about wealth, display, power, and privilege as they relate to this modern amenity.”

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