Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied

Exhibition Dates
Nov. 16 – Dec. 31, 2012

Opening Reception
Friday, Nov. 16 from 6-9pm

Panel Discussion
Saturday, Dec. 1 at Modified Arts

Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) inaugurates its fourth exhibition project the Phoenix presentation of Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied in conjunction with the exhibit Residual Benefits: Artists Employing Residencies in Professional Practice at Modified Arts, Phoenix. The Chenoweth exhibition features all new work by the Phoenix-based artist which has not been shown in Phoenix and includes paintings shown at Largo das Artes Gallery in Rio de Janeiro (August 4 – September 22, 2012). The exhibition is being curated for phICA by Ted G. Decker.

The Rio de Janeiro presentation capped a 5-week artist residency by Chenoweth and provided a platform for phICA to facilitate the introduction of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes and the Rio community via video that played at the exhibit. The exhibition is phICA’s first international collaboration, as well as the first solo international exhibition for Chenoweth.

“I use the term ‘Real and Applied’ to explain how I paint conceptually,” Chenoweth explains. “I paint ‘pre-memories’ of what it would be like to go on an adventure. Then I paint the actual experience of the adventure after or during having it.” Self-described as a “process oriented intuitive painter,” Chenoweth never knows how everything will tie together in the end. “Painting is a spiritual process for me, and I have to fall into an abyss of unknowing to get to a new place of understanding.”

Accompanying educational programming focuses on the value of including artist residencies as a strategy in artists’
professional careers. It will feature one panel discussion on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at Modified Arts with Sue Chenoweth and a selection of artists from the community who have attended artist residencies to discuss this topic. There will be a mix of artists on the panel who are represented with work in the exhibit as well as some who are not.

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