When you think of photo galleries, New York City, San Francisco or Los Angeles probably first come to mind. But if you ask about where are the top leading photographic image makers using historical techniques and alternative processes within the contemporary and traditional fields of photography, then you’ll hear about the Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The intimate gallery was one of the first to specialize in historic formats and alternative processes. The timing was perfect. Tilt filled a gap, and quickly became a focal point for an emerging new photographic community. The gallery quickly built a reputation, first regionally, but soon reached national and international audiences.
After several years, Tilt Gallery made the move from their bungalow in the Grand Avenue Arts District in Central Phoenix to the Arts District in Scottsdale. In their new location Tilt continues to offer individual, juried, and group artist exhibitions, serving the art community. Currently, tilt gallery showcases hand-applied photographic processes and mixed media.
tuesday – saturday 10:30 to 5:30
thursday night art walk 7pm to 9pm
closed sunday & Monday
open by appointment on closed days, please call to schedule
April 5 – 28, 2018
Walker and Walker: Songs for my Father by Melanie and Todd Walker
Artist Reception: Thursday, April 12, 7-9 pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk.
Melanie will be available for questions and conversation.
The exhibition will be one of the first exhibitions of the work of father, Todd Walker (1917-1998) and daughter, Melanie Walker. All of the images generated in this exhibition were generated by Todd Walker. Both father and daughter share a curiosity about the materiality of photographic processes and have spent their lives pushing the boundaries of the medium. After many years of working with her father’s vast archive that spanned a career in photography of 60 years, Melanie Walker began working with some early images that had been ravaged by time in order to freeze them in their states of compromise. The images are treated in a variety of mixed media approaches from platinum/palladium prints to waxed infused Japanese Kozo paper to convey a sense of fragility and the fragmentary nature of time.
March 1 – 31, 2018
Closed on Sunday by Jim Morris
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 22, 8:30-9:30 pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk, Worth a 1000 Words
Jim will be available for book signing and questions.
Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 7 pm, Jim Morris will speak at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) to give you a behind-the-scenes breakdown of the creative, technical and production process Pixar used to create the film Inside Out. An artist reception at Tilt Gallery will follow the event.
To see the event, click here.
I have long been profoundly struck by the moments of calm and beauty I encounter in the urban landscapes I pass through. And I am intrigued that glimpses of a place I have never seen before can trigger some deep sense of memory and emotion — sometimes wistful, sometimes playful, sometimes haunting. I consider myself lucky when I find those places, and can capture a sense of those feelings and emotions in my compositions.
February 1 – 24, 2018
As We Wait by Andrea Modica
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk.
Essay by Larry Fink about Modica’s work
Andrea Modica works with sensual love as her base but aligned with a darkness which is pervasive, so much so that it can color your dreams. The work is not hopeless but breathless, as if there is an atmospheric gauze placed over the larynx so that breathing has to be softened, done in silence so that walking the tight rope between an exalted life and a sultry death you shan’t emit too loud a sound. The balance is so tentative, so tactile, so absolutely fragile that there is the danger of tipping the scales of mortality in clear sight.
We enter the work through an illusionary visage of two men sitting on the edge of a steaming tub. A rectangular pool, one is naked the other in a sports coat. One is looking haltingly into the future the other waiting ominously within the present. They set the scenario for the dark theater which is to come; a vascular pulse generates throughout the work, which sure-footedly explores the aspects of life which have no surety at all. It is perhaps this soft pulse which separates this work from art. So many of the compositions are artful and exquisitely divined, but art is not the point here. Art, in its tendency for commoditized promiscuity, will not dwell easily on the edge of heat and possible demise. Nothing is disappearing here; it is in your face but without being frontal, it lays back and allows you to be seduced by meanings which are not to be understood.
To receive full essay, please contact [email protected]
November 9- 30, 2017
Crossroads: Western Dreams
by Holly Roberts
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
The artist will be available for conversation.
Closing Reception: Thursday, November 30, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
For the past several years I have been experimenting with different ways of making my images, but always with paint and photography as the driving forces. My photographic imagery is widely varied, all the way from specific portraits of people or animals to photos of rocks, leaves, or even dead moths—material I can use to build textures and surfaces. I have also begun to work with transfers, something I have taught for years but never really integrated into my own work. I am seduced by the magic of taking something and making it live as something else. And, most recently, I have gone back to working with oil paints, something I gave up 13 years ago in favor of acrylics.
What has resulted is a wide variety of images, still with my own view of the world at their core. Animals, people, and people as animals are my most constant themes. Portraits of men and women have become a larger part of what I do. Horses, dogs, and birds are the animals I use predominantly since those are the animals I feel most connected to. If I can find any one theme that runs through my work, it would be a subtle kind of loneliness or feeling of separateness, at times mixed with odd humor.
October 5- 28, 2017
Southern Exposure: Flora and Fauna
by Kelley E. Foy and Novie Trump
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Both artists will be available for conversation.
Closing Reception: Thursday, September 26, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Opening on October 5, Tilt Gallery presents “Southern Exposure,” a two-person exhibition of ceramic works by designer Kelley E. Foy and installation artist Novie Trump. Throughout their lives both artists, currently based in the Southwest, have been influenced by living in the southern states. The contrast of the Southwest and the New South, places and experiences shared by both artists, spurred the Southern Exposure collaboration.
Kelley E. Foy is a maker and master craftsman. After more than 20 years as a furniture designer revealing the possibilities of handcrafted wood and steel, she has made her way back to her origins in clay. In the spaces between, she has explored the food culture phenomena from the inside out as the owner and operator of two acclaimed restaurants. All the while, she has been blending and building on her clay, wood, and steel explorations. Foy’s work is influenced by the cultures of her home in the Southwest and, more recently, her steep in the deeply rooted craft culture of the New South in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee. Her work has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, Arizona Foothills Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Highways and Sunset. Foy hand builds and throws functional pieces that are beautiful and accessible — “Something you can actually hold in your hand and use everyday,” she explains. She earned her BFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University.
Novie Trump is an Arizona based sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media and sound. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Fairfax Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for public art works, most notably at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. In 2013, Trump was selected as a Fulbright Candidate by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. Formerly the Executive Director of Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, she currently curates exhibitions and juries for arts organizations throughout the US. Trump has served on the boards of several arts organizations, most recently as the Chair of the Distinguished Artist Series on the James Renwick Alliance Board, a non-profit support organization for the Smithsonian Renwick Museum. She is also an educator who teaches workshops in ceramics and professional development. Trump is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary arts space formerly of Washington, DC and currently based in Jerome, AZ.
In this cross collaboration of culture and art both artists explore the vibrant life within the South and Southwest. Foy creates functional porcelain interpretations of the flora and patterns of the two regions utilizing the process of image transfer. Trump creates deftly observed site specific installations of sculptural insects and fauna. Bringing the strong Southern tradition of storytelling to clay, Foy and Trump take on the nuance of texture, tone and surface. For Foy, Southern Exposure is as much about cross-cultural translation as it is about coming home. For Trump, it’s further mining of the lush verdancy of the South and the vast landscapes of her new desert abode.
July 6- August 26, 2017
Infinite Possibility II: Imagination & Creation
Annual international juried show, open to all mediums.
Artist Reception: Thursday, July 13, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Some of the artists will be available for conversation.
Closing Reception: Thursday, August 24, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Juror: Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator of Photography at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
List of participating artists:
Aline Mare, Andy Mattern, Betsy Feick (First Place Winner), Christopher Gulick, Hakyoung Kim, Jane Szabo (Honorable Mention), Katie Kalkstein, Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes (Honorable Mention), Michal Greenboim, Randi Ganulin (Second Place Winner), Robert Dash, Sandra Klein (Honorable Mention), Sean Hottois.
“We live in an age of mixed-media.
In a time in which a smart phone stands ready in every pocket or bag, there is no longer a division between digital and physical spaces. Music can be accessed and played anywhere. Images are created and shared with the push of a few buttons. Divisions have been erased. High and low culture are consistently blended. Each moment is ripe with infinite possibilities. In this spirit, today’s artists have moved both conceptually and physically beyond the narrow confines of traditional media or genres, drawing from and mixing together an endless variety of available material.
It was not surprising, therefore, to see an overwhelming amount of collage and mixed-media art submitted for this exhibition. Whether glued, constructed, montaged, mixed, or appropriated, the wide variety of material and media utilized to create the works on display is a testament to the prominence of collage in our contemporary context.
Collage first emerged as an artist approach in the 20th century. The Cubist experiments of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque audaciously mixed elements of high and low culture to break down traditional artistic ideologies. Notably, critic and poet Guillaume Apollinaire declared that this artistic approach was “steeped in humanity.” In other words, it engaged directly with contemporary objects and contemporary thought. Followed quickly by the assemblages of Marcel Duchamp, and the appropriation of Pop Artists, all cultural material was fair game in the creation of art by mid-century. “Collage is the twentieth century’s greatest innovation,” noted famed artist Robert Motherwell.
The presence of collage has only increased in the 21st century. Today, the endlessly multiplying and expanding terrain of the internet has broadened this artistic horizon. Online, collage is the primary means of communication. A collection of social media posts—words, photographs, links, reposts and retweets—is widely recognized as a statement of who you are. Your online presence is a carefully curated and collaged self-portrait. Fragmentation, fracture, sampling, appropriation, and layering are all fundamental concepts that define both the field of collage and digital media. As viewers have become fluent in the language of collage, artists have pushed the approach further. “To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist,” noted writer Samuel Beckett.
The thirteen artists featured in this exhibition have embraced the form of collage and mixed media in order to embrace the mess of contemporary society and to express a variety of viewpoints. Collage is a medium that by definition incorporates fragments and deals with opposing tensions, broken images, hidden desires, and collective myths. Layering imagery, cultural commentary, and a wide variety of materials, the works of art on display explore themes of ancestry, nature, consumerism, and memory. Collage is more relevant today than ever, not only as a rich formal language, but also as a mode of perception. The innumerable combinations of material offer infinite possibility, bound only by an artist’s imagination.”
Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator of Photography at MFAH
May 11- June 30, 2017
Highlights of the Year
by variety of represented and guest artists
Artist Reception: Thursday, May 11, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Some of the artists will be available for conversation.
List of participating artists (alphabetically):
Rachel Brace-Stille, Ron Bimrose, Ernie Button, Melissa M. Button, Casebeer, RedWulf DancingBare, Sean Deckert, Jill Enfield, Joy Goldkind, Sandra Klein, Jim Morris, Rodgell, Jennifer Schlesinger, France Scully Osterman, Aline Smithson, Anna Strickland, and Jeff Zaruba.
April 6- 29, 2017
Actual Real Factual (Period…)
Completely Revised and Updated Edition
Artist Reception: Thursday, April 6, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
The artists will be available for conversation.
“The supplemental, illustrated, scientific, unretouched and anatomically correct volume of information from The How and Why (and WTF?) Library designed to help you meet the Orwellian challenges of navigating in a cacophony of alternative facts, advertising, propaganda, dissonance and ballyhoo.”
Selected photographs from the “Queens of Carnaval” series will be on view at Tilt Gallery from April 20 to May 6, 2017. RedWulf DancingBare will be available for conversation on Thursday, April 20, from 7 to 9 pm.
“I made my home from 1987 to 1999 in the photographer’s paradise of Province town, Massachusetts. I came out there and found myself healthy and happy. I made amazingly deep and long lasting friendships there. I also created art, cooked, performed union ceremonies for a large LGBT community, and did a great deal of healing work there. It was there that I went through the great AIDS devastation of the late 80’s and early 90’s losing many clients and friends. These photos shot on 100 speed Kodak with a Pentax ME Super are a testament to the indomitable spirit of that community. The colors, the textures, the emotions, and the heart worn in this celebration of our love, our honor, and our freedom exuded from everyone and everywhere. We had survived Reagan, Aids, the death of Princess Diana, and life was rich. There was an ecstasy in that moment.” Ralph Victor Greco AKA RedWulf DancingBare
March 2- 31, 2017
Grand Views, Intimate Spaces: The Grand Canyon
by Mike Buchheit and Rachel Brace-Stille
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 30, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
The artists will be available for conversation.
The 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park will take place in 2019, and in anticipation of this milestone, photographers Mike Buchheit and Rachel Brace-Stille have created an exhibit designed to convey both the grandeur and the subtlety of the world’s most famous chasm.
Bringing a combined 50 years of studying the canyon through the viewfinder, Mike and Rachel have selected images which tell the story of a truly iconic landscape. One that resonates in the minds and memories of millions of people who have either visited the canyon, or dream of doing so.
Organized loosely around the four seasons, subject matter will range from sweeping vistas to intimate vignettes. A conscious interplay with scale will leave the viewer with an appreciation for the canyon as an exquisite whole, made possible by the sum of its parts.
Mike’s metal prints and Rachel’s gelatin silver abrasion toned prints allow the canyon’s signature color and detail to radiate from every piece. The vantages range from rim to river, and the images are derived from both film and digital captures.
Mike has been living and working in Grand Canyon National Park for over two decades. As both an educator and landscape photographer, he has spent his personal and professional life delving into the mysteries of the canyon, and sharing what he has uncovered with others.
Rachel saw her first sunset at Hopi Point in 1991. Since then she has made numerous journeys from her home in Phoenix to be still, and to take in the luminosity and smell the scent of nature. From pinhole to large format, she has forged her photographic connection using a variety of cameras and techniques to capture traces of the canyon.
With this exhibit, the artist’s intent is to share their deep reverence for the magnificent landscape that has served as a tether for their longstanding friendship and artistic collaboration. Their sincere hope is that the stories they share through their selection of images will underscore the need to preserve and protect the Grand Canyon, and all of the natural places that have the ability to sustain and inspire humankind.
February 2- 25, 2017
Self & Others: Portraits as Autobiography
by Aline Smithson
Artist Reception: Thursday, February 23, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
The artist will be available for conversation
We are pleased to exhibit works by Shootapalooza in conjunction with Aline Smithson’s solo show. Shootapalooza will present 5″ x 5″ images (Metal Prints floated on the wall) in a 5ft x 6ft grid format like a large mosaic.
THEME: What is Nature? – the essential character of our physical universe – What are the qualities inherent in living or non-living objects on land, in the sky, and waters that allow an artist to see and sense more clearly a deeper meaning of the subject within it? What is nature if not a means of greater awareness through our five senses and our responses to them? This theme is not so much about the content of an experience of what, when and where, but of the quality of the experience that carries a deeper perception. What is it about the mountains or rivers that enliven our spirit? How is it that exposure to weather and natural phenomenon, closely observed, elicits a sixth sense, a primordial relationship or unexpected memories?
Some of the artists will be available for conversation on Thursday, February 23, from 7 to 9 pm.
January 5- 28, 2017
Photography Re-Imagined VI: Visual Storytelling
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 5, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Closing reception: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7 – 9 pm
during Scottsdale’s Gold Palette ArtWalk, “Local Edge“
Some of the artists will be available for conversation
Tilt Gallery’s 6th annual “Photography Re-Imagined: Visual Storytelling” juried show- features 25 art pieces, which have been selected by the internationally acclaimed photographer, Cig Harvey, out of 400 entries. Read Harvey’s biography here.
December 1- 31, 2016
Who’s in the House
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 1, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Some of the artists will be available for conversation
Tilt Gallery will be showcasing a variety of work by the represented artists as well as works of the First and Second Place winners of the 2016 international competitions.
Winner of Photography Re-imagined: The Artist’s Hand
Winners of Infinite Possibility:
Christine Cassano and Elizabeth Odiorne
November 3- 26, 2016
Transparency by Jill Enfield
Artist Reception: Thursday, November 10, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk, Demonstrate
Artist will be available for conversation.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Friday, November 11, 7 to 9 pm at Art Intersection
Panelists: Jill Enfield, France Scully Osterman, and David Emitt Adams
Panel Moderator: Claire C. Carter, Curator of Contemporary Art at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
For more information, click here.
“I have been working with wet plate collodion since about 2005. I fell in love with the immediacy of the medium and how versatile it can be. It is just like using film or digital as I don’t use the process as the explanation of my images, but work on different projects that happen to work with the collodion process.
A long-term project has been photographing immigrants. My family on my father’s side was forced to immigrate to the USA in 1939, they never wanted to come here, but did not have a choice. My project is a jumping off point and concentrates on people that have decided to leave their homeland after WWll, and come to the USA as a choice, but for various reasons.
Still another project that is a jumping off point from the immigrants is the images of NYC. I lived in the city from 1981 – 2014 and photographed it as I walked around. I have since taken the images, both on film and digital, and made wet plate images as an on-going theme of Changing NY.
From both of these projects came another. When I don’t like the images on a given piece of glass, I would set it in my darkroom sink to clean off later on so that I could reuse the glass. I noticed that the fix and silver would deteriorate and make beautiful designs that look like constellations or the earth from above. Before I wash the glass, I scan in the “images” so that I can print them.
A few years ago I went to the Westminster Dog Show and photographed people with their dogs as well as the show rings. I am in the process of turning those images into collodions.”
Closing Reception: 11/24/2016, 7-9pm, 2016
October 6- 27, 2016
From the Faraway Nearby by Anna Strickland
and Consolation by Sabine Guedamour
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Anna Strickland will be present for conversation.
Anna Strickland’s lecture, demo, and video at Art Intersection: Friday, October 7, 6:30 pm.
Strickland’s Artist Statement:
I have been working on an extended installation since 2004 called “Mind the Gap” which has to do with humankind’s relationship with the natural world. The “Given Installation” was generated from the same root as “Mind the Gap” but was from the beginning inspired by a more personal experience. With Given I focused more on the spiritual and found the participatory aspect of the work (inviting friends to offer in their hands a favorite or treasured natural object) celebratory. “From the Faraway Nearby” the latest iteration is my most personal work to date from the same root. The title comes from a book by Rebecca Solnit (one of my favorite authors). Deep into the book she revealed that the title came from reading Georgia O’Keefe letters. When Georgia O’Keefe first moved to New Mexico from New York she signed her letters “from the faraway nearby”. The phrase resonated for me in thinking about how many people take the natural world for granted – how it is right here, nearby but in the human mind and world mostly distanced and faraway.
Guedamour’s Artist Statement:
In the Jura Mountains, the Valley of Consolation cuts its way through a landscape of stones and water, trees and light. Thanks to a chance encounter and lead by a strong desire to run away, Sabine Guédamour discovered this place in 2010, heavily packed with her photographic equipment and tripod. Hiking is the only way to get there and the scenery offers a great reward after the effort: a magical place, away from the world.
After shooting with a large view camera, she chose to print her images with palladium, a historical photographic process where the alchemy of photography operates with light and metal salts, like when it was invented, more than 150 years ago. The palladium, an extremely perennial process, provides prints identical in size to the negative, with endless and deep shades of grey, profoundly embedded within the paper. After the shooting, amidst nature and silence, comes long hours of printing in the darkroom, improvised in a bathroom in the Paris suburbs. Despite the important geographical gap and the radical change of atmosphere, a continuity in the emotion and precision remains.
The photographs of “Consolation” reveal a certain appeasement in a landscape where the geological time mingles with the seasons. We can no longer hear the waterfalls or birdsongs, but we can see the water eroding the rock and buds sprouting. Sabine Guédamour transforms this lost paradise into a monochrome contemplation. Photographing to reach a resilience, to protect a memory against extinction.
September 1- 29, 2016
Paper Expeditions by melissa m. button
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 1, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Artist will be present for conversation.
It was through my studies in architecture that I began to explore the delicate balance between the natural world and the way in which life imposes its structure upon it. in many ways my work still encompasses these same ideas. I seek to capture a moment where order/structure and chaos/nature merge with one another revealing an undefined beauty and balance that supersedes the individual and is a part of all things.
The evolution of my work in recent years has been greatly influenced by my study and travels in china, having spent many years immersing myself in traditions of their culture, the people, the vast landscape. the delicate structures of paper-cuttings, the intricate complexity of wood-carvings, and the beautiful fluidity of their calligraphy have all become integral elements in my work.
SPECIAL EVENT: Nightrise with Sama Alshaibi, Thursday, September 8, 8:30 pm
July 7- August 25, 2016
Infinite Possibility: Art of Tomorrow
International juried show, one of a kind mixed media, painting, 3D, and wearable art
Juried by: Claire C. Carter, Curator of Contemporary Art at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 7, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s International ArtWalk
The juror and some of the artists will be available for conversation.
List of artists: James Angel, Alexandra Bowers, Christine Cassano, Simona Gocan, Pilar Hanson, Sandra Klein, Brooke Molla, Elizabeth Odiorne, Paula Riff.
Closing Reception: Thursday, August 25, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
May 12- June 12, 2016
I Hope You’re Feeling Better by Casebeer
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 12, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Artist will be available for conversation.
Phoenix-based artist Casebeer was born in Madrid, Spain, raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, and spent a stint living in The Hotel Chelsea in New York. Casebeer works predominantly in mixed-media paintings but her work also includes short story writing and a five-year project called “The Sentence Camera” in which she documents dialog daily on her arm in Sharpie, transcribing the day’s random and unrelated phrases into notebooks where they form curious, new relationships to one other. She received her degree in Journalism from Northern Arizona University and did post-graduate studies in fiction writing at Arizona State University.
Casebeer is represented by Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale. Her piece, “Wait. Do You?” was part of The Phoenix 7th Ave Streetscape Public Art Project in 2012. Casebeer has exhibited her work in Scottsdale at Tilt and Downtown Phoenix at Monorchid, The Ice House, Legend City Studios and the ASU Downtown Museum, and at the Phoenix International Airport Museum.
May 3-10, 2016
(Un)certainty, which consists of two video installations by 2Niks Pictures and photographs by Gloria Baker Feinstein, Christine Weller, and Kris Sanford will be a one week exhibition at Tilt Gallery. The video installations address societal issues and paradoxical relationships between human beings and their surroundings. These video installations are presented by the 2Niks Pictures collective, which consists of Masoud Nikdel and Ehsan Nikbakht.
“We tend to take our environment for granted, thinking that it sustains forever. We’re certain that our natural resources are plentiful, but our certainty is very fragile. In fact, it symbolizes our state of illusion, where suddenly everything is alright again. This concept is repeated in the photographs. Opacity and uncertainty, with the intent to obscure, take the viewer to the third space where emancipation occurs.” –Ellee Bokharachi
Reception: Thursday, May 5, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk
Curator will be available for conversation.
April 7- 28, 2016
Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of a Single Malt Scotch
Photographs by Ernie Button
“I feel fortunate that I stumbled onto this phenomenon. I am a fan of observing my world and the things that are happening around me; noticing the smaller details that may be ignored or overlooked. The idea for this project occurred while putting a used Scotch glass into the dishwasher. I noted a film on the bottom of a glass and when I inspected closer, I noted these fine, lacy lines filling the bottom. What I found through some experimentation is that these patterns and images that are seen can be created with the small amount of Single-Malt Scotch whisky left in a glass after most of it has been consumed. It takes between two and four drops of whisky to create these patterns. If I can see the amber color of the Scotch, I’ve left too much. The alcohol dries and leaves the sediment in various patterns.
It’s a little like snowflakes in that every time the Scotch dries, the glass yields slightly different patterns and results. Different color lights have been used to illuminate the bottom of the glass, creating the illusion of landscape, terrestrial or extraterrestrial. Some of the images reference the celestial, as if the image was taken of space; something that the Hubble telescope may have taken.The circular image references a drinking glass, typically a circle, and what the consumer might see if they were to look at the bottom of the glass after the whisky has dried. The images were titled with the specific Scotch brand that the rings were created with but the number is a 3 digit number that has nothing to do with the age of the scotch. Merely a number to help differentiate between images.”
This project is supported by Dr. Howard A. Stone, the head researcher at Princeton University’s Complex Fluids Group, and is submitted as a research manuscript to a scientific journal and is recently published. To read a synopsis of this research, click here.
March 3- 31, 2016
A Tale of a Decade: tilt’s 11th Anniversary (Silent Auction & Raffles)
March 2016 will be tilt’s 11th anniversary, and we have arranged special events for celebrating more than a decade of dedication to art and the education of the artists’ photographic processes.
A Tale of a Decade, curated by Ellee Bokharachi, tilt’s new Assistant Director & Art Critic, will showcase a variety of work by tilt’s represented artists. In celebration of our anniversary, tilt will host a silent auction. Throughout the month of March, all items will be up for bid and purchase exclusively at tilt gallery. The preview and “buy it now” option is available online, and bidding, which starts at half price of the retail value, will only take place at the gallery and via email ([email protected]). Bids will be closed on March 31 at 8:30 pm at tilt.
To make it more celebratory, bidders will automatically be entered into a lottery for a chance of winning an art piece.
Every weekend, during the month of March, we will be having a raffle at the gallery. Come and get a ticket for a chance of winning a beautiful and precious piece of art.
February 4 – 27, 2016
Artist available for conversation and book signing on February 18
Artist and photographer Jenny Lynn is pleased to announce that her visual anthology, EyeBook: Sixty Artists. One Subject. was published by Damiani Editore, the well-known fine-art publisher, on October 27th, 2015. Damiani Editore is based in Bologna, Italy.
EyeBook, conceived and edited by Ms. Lynn, is a rich and compelling survey focusing upon the eye in art– a subject being addressed in book form for the first time. The book features sixty images by historic and contemporary artists, from the famous to the lesser-known. “As a visual artist, ” Ms. Lynn writes in the book’s introduction, “I have long been drawn to the mystery and beauty of the eye, and to its unique place as one of the most ancient and universal of symbols.”
Arranged chronologically, from the 1500s to the modern era, the book presents an arresting mix of painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and architecture. The book’s artists include Rene Magritte, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Yayoi Kusama, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Andy Warhol. Quotes about vision, seeing, and the eye–by noted authors and thinkers, including William Blake, Marcel Proust, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Jack Kerouac–appear throughout. In addition, Billy Collins–the former Poet Laureate of the United States–provided a previously unpublished poem, “Pupil,” for use in the book. It appears as the book’s epigraph.
We are pleased to announce that our Juror, Holly Roberts, has selected 33 artworks out of 385 entries in our international competition, “Photography Re-Imagined V: The Artist’s Hand, International Juried Show- One of a Kind Mixed-Media Photography Imagery.” The selected works will be displayed at Tilt Gallery from January 7, 2016 to January 30, 2016.
“who’s in the house” at tilt gallery
December 3-30, 2015
Showcasing a variety of new work & introducing a few new artist to tilt, such as Brady Wilks, Linda Parker, Fred Tieken, re-invented sculptures by Rodgell and new work by casebeer. The gallery will also be showcasing Angie Brockey’s one of a kind collodion jewelry pieces with different kinds of pendants, including collodion images on metal (tintype), glass (ambrotype) and semi-precious stone. This exhibition will open December 3, to December 30, 2015
special event for the holidays | the tintype portraiture booth
We are pleased to announce that tintype photographer Kari Wehrs will be onsite at tilt gallery Take home a 4 x 3 one of a kind wet plate collodion tin type portraits, personalized individual or group. Perfect for that unique gift! Saturday, Dec 12, between 11 am to 3 pm.
Cost is 25.00 per plate. please email [email protected] for more information or to RSVP
“Enigmas of Light”
November 5 – 28, 2015
Artist available for conversation on November 19
“I really like the idea of being able to frame off a little bit of reality…to make something simple out of what is normally chaos. I like to show there is real beauty in things that are very obvious or very commonplace. I want to show people that this beauty exists if they would just look a little more.”
– Jeff Zaruba
Jeff Zaruba is a fine art and commercial photographer known for his ability to reduce the visual clutter of our modern lives into a luminous photographic image full of mystery. Raised in Chicago with a natural interest in architecture, Zaruba studied photography at Arizona State University where he developed an affinity for the great landscapes of the West. An avid traveler, Zaruba finds spontaneous inspiration in the patina of foreign cultures and the interplay of architectural elements.
Zaruba’s photographic style is defined by an artful appreciation for the shape, space landscape, and composition of natural and manmade forms. From a career spanning more than three decades, his work has won top awards including the Spider Awards and First Place as the Photographer of the Year for 2005. He has been a featured artist in Black & White Magazine and Silvershotz. Strongly influenced by travel, Zaruba identifies himself as a citizen of the world, but calls Petaluma, CA home.
“A Thing or Two I Know About the Wild West”
October 1 – 30, 2015
Artist available for conversation on October 15
Morris will also be sharing a limited release of books for sale that will include a small bonus image from his book & series titled, A Thing or Two I Know about the Wild West.”
Jim Morris has worked in a variety of positions in the entertainment industry. He’s been a producer, director, writer and executive. He began his career as a still photographer and cameraman, and continues to do fine art photography, focusing on contemporary urban landscapes.
Morris is President of Production at the Pixar Animation Studios, where he oversees all of the company’s productions and operations. Morris most recently produced a live action feature for Disney, “John Carter,” with director Andrew Stanton. He has also produced Disney•Pixar’s Academy. Prior to joining Pixar in 2005, Morris was president of Lucas Digital, part of Lucasfilms, where he oversaw both Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound divisions.
Award®-winning feature, “WALL•E,” for which he was awarded Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producer’s Guild of America. Morris most recent production with Pixar is the release of the hit movie ” INSIDE OUT “. Morris received a British Academy Award, an American Film Institute Award, a Golden Globe and a Visual Effects Society Award for this film as well.
Morris is the recipient of the Producers Guild of America Digital 50 Award, the Visual Effects Society Board of Directors Award and the Visual Effects Society Founders Award. He served for many years as president of the San Francisco Film Commission. Morris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Film and a Master of Science degree in Television/Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
“Contemporary Explorations in the Albumen Process”
September 3 – 26, 2015
Artist available for conversation on September 10
The Albumen process, which involves simple egg whites as the base on the paper for light sensitive silver nitrate, serves the intent of the series in that Albumen is the perfect combination of the magical and the scientific.
Jennifer Schlesinger is an artist, curator and writer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1998 with a B.A. in Photography and Journalism and was an adjunct Professor there from 2005-2006. Schlesinger has exhibited widely at regional as well as national and international venues such as the Southeast Museum of Photography, FL and the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC. Her work has been published online and in print with publications such as Black and White Magazine U.S and UK, and Diffusion Magazine. Schlesinger is represented in public collections, including the Southwest Museum of Photography (FL), the Huntington Botanical Art Collections (CA), The New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. She has received several honors in recognition of her work including a Golden Light Award in Landscape Photography from the Maine Photographic Workshops in 2005. She was a nominated finalist for the Willard Van Dyke Grant by the New Mexico Council of Photography in 2005; and in 2007 she was a nominee for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography by the Center and the Eliot Porter Fellowship by the New Mexico Council for Photography. In that same year she was awarded the Center for Contemporary Arts Photography Auction Award in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has taught for the Santa Fe Photography Workshops and the Center for Alternative Photography. She was the Assistant Director of Santa Fe Art Institute from 2003-2005 and has been the Director of VERVE Gallery of Photography since 2005.
Who’s in the House at Tilt Gallery?
July 2– August 27, 2015
Beat the heat this summer at Tilt! Our summer group exhibition features a diverse, multimedia selection of works by Tilt artists including David Oklahoma, Ron Bimrose, Brenton Hamilton, France and Mark Osterman, Daniel Leivick, Casebeer, and Marilyn Szabo. (pictured: Solitude by Jean Claude Mougin and Saguaro Way by France and Mark Osterman)
Tilt will be closed from July 16– August 4
“At Work in Arizona”
June 4 – June 26, 2015
Book signing with artist on June 4th
Marilyn Szabo’s photography explores a variety of diverse subjects including architecture, landscape, and people, creating stunning and intimate works, preferring to work in series. Szabo was traditionally trained in photography, receiving her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Black and White, Focus, Sun Magazine and most recently Java Magazine. Her work can be found in many public and private collections throughout the United States, as well as receiving a national literary magazine, awarded by Alligator Juniper in 2010 National Photography Award an the cover. She has extensively exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally while garnering numerous awards and grants.
Since 2003, Szabo has tirelessly worked on a large curatorial project for Alliance Bank, which included extensive research, selection and photographing over 300 images that are exhibited in Alliance Bank’s 10 locations (and growing) in the state. The result of her work is the beautiful book titled At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years, which is “a history of the state’s economy from Alliance Bank of Arizona’s “At Work in Arizona” bank wide photographic exhibition”, says Szabo. This incredible book was recently released and is now available for purchase. For complete details on this project and book visit: http://www.next100years.org/at-work-in-arizona.
May 7 – May 30, 2015
Closing reception Thursday, May 28 7-9 p.m. during the art walk!
Heliopolis (meaning sun city, also the city to which the Phoenix of myth returned to die and be reborn) is a contradictory body of work; by collaging material gathered from Google Maps, in an effort to conjure a new mythical desert city in the minds of its viewers, it occupies a middle ground between fact and fiction. Some of the images are almost complete fictions, rearrangements of disparate locations. Others, often the most surprising are almost entirely unaltered. Here the earth’s surface is marked by the endeavors of contemporary civilization to the point where symbols and signs, sometimes reminiscent of the Nazca Lines, begin to emerge. However unlike the Nazca Lines, the symbols in Heliopolis are rarely the result of intentional symbol making. Instead they are the result of the unseen and only partially understood agencies of our society. In Heliopolis, the issue of scale is constantly in flux, patterns form in the aerial landscape reminiscent of shapes both minute and immense, from the paths of subatomic particles to galaxies.
Daniel Leivick is a photographer and digital artist originally from Santa Cruz, California. He received a BA in studio art from Stanford University and an MFA in photography from Arizona State University. His work, which focuses on human interaction with landscape and emergent phenomena, has been published and exhibited internationally. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
“Everything is Fine Here”
April 2 – April 30, 2015
Artist will be present for the opening reception on April 2nd.
This body of work stems from a non fictional novel that casebeer has underway. Artworks and marginalia as a working outline for the book are about the proverbial elephant in the room, this new body of work will have elements of mental mapping by way of illustration, the writing of related stories surrounding the question, Is it just the brain, or is it something else.
Casebeer is an artist and a writer whose work explores meaningful coincidence. Her mixed-media paintings are composed through a process that begins with a few words, book scraps, color, brush strokes and drips, and then builds through layers of paint, found collage pieces and overheard sentences until eventually they reveal an order and a narrative, and a curious, synchronic relationship to one another. Now based in Phoenix- Casebeer was born in Madrid, Spain, raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, and spent a stint living in The Hotel Chelsea in New York. She received her degree in Journalism from Northern Arizona University and did post-graduate studies in fiction writing at Arizona State University. She is represented by Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale. Her piece, “Wait. Do You?” was part of The Phoenix 7th Ave Streetscape Public Art Project in 2012. Casebeer has exhibited her work in Scottsdale at Tilt and 5&6 Galleries, in Downtown Phoenix at Monorchid, The Ice House, Legend City Studios and the ASU Downtown Museum, and at the Phoenix International Airport Museum.
“Through the Lens of Desire”
March 5 through March 28, 2015
Artist will be present for questions and conversation on March 12th.
“Relationships, real or imagined, are at the center of my work. Being young and queer, I searched for a history that spoke to me, included me. In my family history, there were no couples that mirrored my own intimate relationships. That didn’t stop me from imagining such couples.” – Kris Sanford
Out of a collection of her grandmother’s old family snapshots, Sanford began creating an imaginary queer past, pulling out those photos that pictured men together and women together. Often, she was drawn to the subtle points of contact and the space between the figures pictured. Each gesture or distracted glance held a story, and it is these stories that mirror the artist’s own desires and experiences. The work quickly grew beyond the family’s collection to include anonymous snapshots of strangers. Sanford describes her images as works of fiction. The individuals pictured serve as characters in a search to uncover lost stories of life, family, and love.