Explore the ‘Gray Area’ in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid

The Gray Area exhibit held in the Shade Gallery at The monOrchid. (submitted photo)

The Gray Area exhibit held in the Shade Gallery at The monOrchid. (submitted photo)

Shade Projects is proud to present Gray Area, a small group exhibition of that will showcase the work of three artists AJ Nafziger, Jessica Palomo, and Travis Rice in Shade Gallery.

Gray Area features the work of three artists who reveal drawing as an advanced and complex practice and an artistic channel for discovery.

The artwork of Travis Rice, Jessica Palomo, and AJ Nafziger vary greatly in aesthetic, using a wide range of alternative processes, demonstrating the tremendous depth of the pool of techniques, mediums, and styles artists use to draw, according to a press release.

All of the artists work demonstrates a different balance somewhere between strict representation and non-representation and explores the roles of uncertainty and the conflict of chance and planning.

Together the work provides a strong demonstration of these themes and an interesting set of examples of unexpected diversity and techniques of drawing as an art form.

The theme, Gray Area, is reflected in these elements of discovery and uncertainty, as well as in the use of gray to create vibrant work in the absence of color and the vague definition of how the process of drawing is represented in art today.

“We are thrilled to welcome this talented group of artists to Shade Gallery and are excited to share their work with the community, as well as offering them support and encouragement as they continue their artistic journeys,” said Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse, in the release.

These artists have been busy creating and getting involved in the Phoenix art scene, having the opportunity of having their studios in ASU Grant Street Studios where they share and push their creative process and work.

Aj Nafziger holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art from University of Indianapolis and he recently completed his Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. Jessica Palomo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and she is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Art at Arizona State University. Travis Rice holds a Bachelors of Arts from Iowa State University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State.

Each artist offers a unique voice, background and varied artistic experiences that have impacted their style and artist careers thus far.

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Ms. Royse will host the closing reception 6-9 p.m. on Friday, July 22.

Gray Area will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid until July 24. The monOrchid is located at 214 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix.

For more information visit monorchid.com.

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