Within & Out
Curated by Miguel Monzón
December 16, 2016 – January 14, 2017
Opening reception: Third Friday, December 16, 6-9pm
Closing reception: First Friday, January 6, 6-10pm

Modified Arts presents “Within & Out,” a printmaking group exhibition about the inner dialogue that happens inside our heads. A reflection on the negatives and positives, the differences and similarities, and the choices and outcomes that are bound by the nature of our humanity. A glimpse into the wide variety of decision making processes we apply to our individual existence and creations.

The artists in this exhibition are all students of the printmaking tradition. Each of these printmakers are at different stages in their exploration of the many processes within the print-making practice. Lithography, photolithography, serigraph, intaglio, and photogravure are some of the ones shown in this exhibition. Each artist uses different techniques and combinations of processes to arrive at their final works. Brandon Meged, Lauren Kelly, Ethan Roads, Sofia Maria Paz, and Andrew Caruso use printmaking as a vehicle to allow you a glimpse into their conscious and subconscious minds.

Brandon Meged creates out of the struggle to bring opposing elements into harmony, delving deeply in to the subconscious, and often interpreting his dreams through his work. Lauren Kelly is concerned with helping herself and others move past the roughest and darkest parts of the human psyche through her contrasting use of heavy subject matter and bright colorful palettes. Ethan Roads carries his camera everywhere he goes, documenting his experiences as they manifest; through his discovery of the hybrid photolithography process, he adds layered philosophical meaning to his compositions. Sofia Maria Paz combines the classical and modern with traditional mass production print processes to evoke narratives that aim to stimulate conversation about deeply difficult and often taboo subject matter. Andrew Caruso‘s lithographs explore a variety of issues ranging from human psychology, moving towards a sustainable future, and our place in the cosmos.

Curator’s Statement:
The meditative process of printing allows for a ruminating experience, one which is translated into an ink impression on the surface of paper. These processes bridge the gap between what is inside of our heads and what we do in the world. This group of artists focus on bringing out what is within them to create ripples of change in themselves and potentially those around them.

Gallery Hours:
Local First Arizona staff:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gallery staff:
First Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Third Friday, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Or by appointment, scheduled by E-mail.

Modified Arts
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004