Believe We are Magic

Project Room

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Cherie Buck-Hutchison

Cherie Buck-Hutchison revisits her past by divining a female narrative within certain patriarchal religious practices. By poetically juxtaposing dual imagery, she creates a space for female leadership. The private is geographically shifted into the public. Decades merge. This is the magical southwest of the future, where women enjoy the same religious privileges and responsibilities as men. Her alchemy conjures questions regarding why and how we continue to shift culturally.

December 18, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Exhibition dates: 12/18/15 through 1/9/16
Opening Reception: Dec 18 from 6PM – 10PM
FF Opening: New Year’s Day, 1/1/16

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Main Gallery

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A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past. A sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with not always happy personal associations.

eye lounge artists are pleased to present our Winter Group Exhibition

Exhibiting Artists: Cherie Buck-Hutchison, Ashley Czajkowski, Turner Davis, Takashi Hara, Tawny Kerr, Keith Laber, Constance McBride, John Randall Nelson, Ellen Nemetz, Christina You-sun Park, and Danielle Wood.

December 18, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Dec 18 from 6PM – 10PM
FF Opening: New Year’s Day, 1/1/16
Closing Reception: Jan 8 from 6PM – 9PM

Inquietude

November 20, 2015 – December 13, 2015

In the Main Gallery

Inquietude
A Humorous Take on Moderate Anxieties

ELLEN NEMETZ

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Opening Reception: Friday, November 20th from 6PM-10PM

Ellen Nemetz uses her painting to convey the emotions and issues that many people face in humorous, probing and fascinating ways. Her style is representational. She places realistically-painted animals into improbable situations; her anthropomorphized animal portraits have elements of neuroticism, while striving to stay amusing, engaging, and thought provoking. Ellen’s creatures portray feelings of stress, social anxiety, and insecurity in an entertaining yet somewhat enigmatic way inviting the viewer to look deeper.

The exhibition will run from November 20th through December 12 2015. The artist will host an opening reception on Friday, November 20th from 6-10 p.m. and will be in the gallery for First Friday, December 4, during regular gallery hours, and by appointment. (Normal gallery hours are Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11-3 p.m.)

New Drawings

November 20, 2015 – December 13, 2015

In the Project Room

TURNER G. DAVIS – New Drawings

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On display in The Project Room are new works on paper by artist Turner G. Davis. Here Davis continues his narrative investigations using pen and ink on distressed surfaces. An opening reception will take place on Friday, November 20th, 2015 from 6PM – 10PM. The gallery will also be open for First Friday festivities on December 4, 2015.

Normal gallery hours are Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11-3 p.m.

Whisperers


October 16th – November 14th

In the East Gallery/Ground Floor

Constance McBride

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Opening Reception Third Friday, October 16, 2015 6PM – 10PM

Here, there is no way out of Alzheimer’s disease. It seems that most of what I am doing right now relates to my reactions to watching my mother live through it, slowly deteriorate and then ultimately lose her life to it. Now the aftermath; a meditation on change and loss. Fragmented parts are a metaphor for the loss of control. And, symbolic of being incomplete. Crumpled and layered partial figures are in ruins but they still exist. On one hand, the deterioration of the body; on the other, the existence of the soul. As decades go by I shed past lives, lives from a different time that are no longer a part of me, but at the same time are still at the core of me. This work is about layers; layers of the earth, layers of life, and layers of relationships. We pass parts of ourselves along from one generation to another; ancestors are not really gone, only their time here is gone.

The exhibition will remain up through November 14, 2015. Normal gallery hours are Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11-3 p.m.

Placeless Origin


October 16th – November 14th

In the East Gallery/Stage

Christina You-sun Park

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New work by Christina You-sun Park. Park’s work is focused on cardboard installations mimicking airplanes in flight that explores air travel’s effect on culture and globalization.

Opening Reception Third Friday, October 16, 2015 6PM – 10PM

The exhibition will remain up through November 14, 2015. Normal gallery hours are Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11-3 p.m.

it found me: iteration II

October 16th – November 14th

In the Project Room

Cory Rogers

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Opening Reception Third Friday, October 16, 2015 6PM – 10PM

it found me: iteration II is a collection of curated found objects paired with a rhythmic poem. The work is a study of object agency and personal refection. Separately, the objects may be overlooked and unexplainable: together, with the contemplations of their finder, the objects have significance. Originally produced and exhibited at the Spannocchia Foundation Etruscan Museum in Siena, Italy, in association with the Museum of Walking’s artist workshop ‘Topography of Memory,’ it found me is part of an ongoing series by artist Cory J. Rogers as he casts meaning on the insignificant.

The exhibition will remain up through November 14, 2015. Normal gallery hours are Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11-3 p.m.

POOL

September 18th – October 10th

In the East Gallery and Project Room

Abbey Messmer

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Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 2015 6pm-10pm

This unique site-specific piece, simply called Pool is an immersive environment that allows the viewer to experience the deep end of a pool without actually being in water. The artist is touching on the process for the preceding works, oil paintings based on underwater photographs that use water as a lens to transform subjects and highlight atypical perspectives. Messmer likens the pre-painting photography process to a meditative practice. First, the breathing or control of breath is key to underwater diving and shooting. Second, control of mind is important in embracing transformation and allowing the eye to see, against what the mind believes. The use of water to see another perspective is much about empathy and balance but also relates to the constant state of flux and unrest of modern life.

In this installation the gallery is more than four walls and track lighting. One walks in the door and becomes a participant in the space with curved surfaces, undulating lights and fixtures that whisper of both intimate backyard pools and municipal tanks. Messmer, in collaboration with artist Mark Hughes, also introduces video projection for the first time in this piece. In fact, Messmer envisioned working with a variety of local creatives to make the project happen. “This process of collaborating, sharing ideas and learning valuable skills from other artists and professionals makes us all stronger and helps build awareness and excitement for the art scene in Phoenix,” says Messmer.

The exhibition will remain up through October 10, 2015. Normal gallery hours are Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11-3 p.m.

A Few Canvases That I Painted and Their Secret Meanings

Opening: Third Friday Aug 21, 2015 in the PROJECT ROOM

Wil Munny

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Eye Lounge is pleased to present “A Few Canvases That I Painted And Their Secret Meanings”, a solo exhibition of work by Wil Munny which will be held in the Project Room from August 21st to September 13th. In this exhibition, Wil Munny presents a series of paintings that represent the emotional place he was in at the time of creating them. Wil Munny is a Phoenix-based artist who has exhibited his work nationally. This is his first and only show of 2015.

ARTAK8 “No Sense of Wonder”

Opening: Third Friday, August 21, 2015 in the EAST GALLERY

Takashi Hara

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Takashi Hara’s 8th solo exhibition “No sense of Wonder” will be held at eye lounge in downtown Phoenix from August 21st to September 13th. Hara was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan, then moved to Canada and US. His focus is joy and sorrow in the life, and he uses pigs as a narrative in his allegorical artwork to reflect on human society and its tendency to put ambitions in a cage.

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