December 2016- A Show of Hands

Shade Projects is proud to present the solo exhibition of Constance McBride with her latest work A Show of Hands in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. Constance McBride creates figures to punctuate the complexity of the human drama. McBride’s clay and mixed-media sculptures examine important subjects including the aging process and its affects on the human body. Her work is inspired by landscape and the natural world, most recently being characterized by her use of dry surface treatments and her sculpting method to create contorted forms rather than images of perfection. McBride has found a true connection with sculpture, celebrating the human body through clay highlighting its imperfections creating work that immediately exudes a feeling of tranquility blended with a sense unsettlement, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

The artist skillfully renders the human form in an intriguing variety of work, commenting on the human form and its affects. When asked about her work McBride said, “The effects time has on our bodies and my evolving emotions concerning them are what drive the direction of my work” and gives her the ability to connect with her audience. Her artwork is a brilliant examination of the human body, the nude form, and aging by highlighting the beauty of our imperfections while reminding us that we are all connected, Royse states. 

ead full Press Release Here: https://www.prlog.org/12600038.html

 

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, December 2nd, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, December 16th, 2016 from 6-9pm and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist, Constance McBride and Curator, Nicole Royse. A Show of Hands will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from December 2nd until December 26th, 2016. 

 

 

October 2016- Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Arizona

Shade Projects is proud to present the Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Arizonathe solo exhibition of J.W. Fike in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition showcases striking photography of various local botanicals that gracefully float in a black expanse that reference traditional photograms and contact prints, as well as what he calls visions from the collective unconscious. When asked about his work Fike said, “I strive to create images that function as conduits in a uniquely charged space connecting art, science and spirituality.” The artist takes a place-based approach to his photography examining his medium in relation to subject, audience and site. “The artist effortlessly blends art and science resulting in an engaging and truly beautiful collection of work while presenting everyday local botanicals in a new and refreshing new light”, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. Read full press release here: http://prlog.org/12585244

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception for Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Arizona on First Friday, October 7th, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, October 21st, 2016 from 6-9pm and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist, J. W. Fike and Curator, Nicole Royse. Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Arizona will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from October 7th until October 30th, 2016. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and please direct all exhibition inquiries to Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

September 2016- New Myths

Shade Projects is proud to present New Mythsthe solo photography exhibition of Rembrandt Quiballo in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. New Myths, features the debut of his latest body of work featuring mass produced images are saturating television, film and the Internet, greatly influencing our perception of the world and our values. This current work was created by appropriating images from mass media, which he then manipulates digitally, printing digital composites onto transparency paper then utilizing an image transfer technique collaging and layering several of these transparent prints onto acrylic glass or archival paper. The artist’s method transforms endlessly replicated images from mass media into unique objects. 

“Quiballo’s work explores mass media and its effects on social and political history and lives utilizing imagery to create evocative works of art”, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. “My work attempts to subvert this prevailing apparatus by using components from mass media to critique and construct new myths”, says Quiballo. He goes on to say, “Furthermore, I use instances of compression artifacts found in digital media as a point of intervention, where the immaculate façade of high definition media disintegrates and exposes instability in the seemingly constant stream. “ 

Read Full Press Release Here: http://prlog.org/12576148

July 2016- Cleansing the Soul in India

Shade Projects is proud to present Cleansing the Soul in India, the solo photography exhibition of Nick Oza in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. Oza marks his debut at the monOrchid with Cleansing the Soul in India, presenting a new body of work “Kumbh Mela” that is sure to mesmerize and delight audiences with his striking images of India, its people and their beautiful traditions. This exhibition showcases the artist’s travels and exploration through India with a behind the scenes look at the wandering monks known Sadhus, as well as Maha Kumbh Mela which is the largest religious gathering in the world in Allahabad India. “His photography allows his viewers to better understand the people and their culture resulting in powerful yet truly beautiful imagery”, states Shade Projects Curator Nicole Royse. 

Oza visits his family yearly in India, but this year the timing worked perfectly allowing him to venture to this amazing Hindu festival, as well as connecting with the Sadhus resulting in unique and captivating behind the scenes photographs. This trip and images truly marked a milestone in Oza life that he reaffirmed, “It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life and helped me to understand this culture and religion.” Read full press release here: http://prlog.org/12564103

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, July 1st, 2016 from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will take place on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 from 6-9pm and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist, Nick Oza and Curator, Nicole Royse. Oza will give a special talk about his work, travels, and creative process at 7:15pm. Cleansing the Soul in India will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from July 1st until July 24th, 2016. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and all exhibition inquiries please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

June 2016- Intaglio

Shade Projects is proud to present Intaglio, the solo photography of Christopher OShana in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition showcases OShana’s desire to learn more about Arizona’s rich history since he is originally from the New England Area.  “OShana debuts a new body of work, highlighting the beauty of Arizona and its history while pushing himself artistically as a photographer”, states Shade Projects Curator Nicole Royse. This body of work was captured just outside of Flagstaff at Wupatki Indian Ruins where OShana explored the petroglyphs and beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Intaglio showcases incredible images from Wupatki that highlight the majestic beauty of the ancient petroglyphs with brilliant textures and rich colors. OShana’s interests were peaked in school about “Intaglio” referring to the printmaking technique of incising an image into a surface and the incised area holds the ink. Upon seeing the petroglyphs first hand, OShana discovered that this ancient rock art was created in a similar way by removing part of a rock surface through incising or carving out the image revealing different layers and colors of sediment.

Read Full Press Release here: https://www.prlog.org/12552553-look-at-arizona-history-with-oshanas-intaglio.html

Direct all gallery inquiries to our Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse at Art@monorchid.com

 

May 2016- Metrofitted

Shade Projects is proud to present Metrofitted, a small group exhibition of talented students from Metropolitan Art Institute to debut in Bokeh Gallery. The students selected to participate in this exciting exhibition are Brittany Christianson, Katie Menard, Alyssa Anton, and Ann Venezia, under the guidance of Visual Arts Director, Koryn Woodward Wasson. Metrofitted will showcase and eclectic and diverse selection of artwork created throughout the year by these artists.  Read Full Press Release Here: https://www.prlog.org/12550457-metropolitan-arts-institute-student-showcase-comes-to-bokeh-gallery.html

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the Opening Reception on First Friday, May 6th, 2016 from 6-10pm featuring live music from special guests. The closing reception will be on Friday, May 20th, 2016 from 6-9pm. Metrofitted will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from May 6th until May 29th, 2016. Please direct all exhibition inquiries to Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

April 2016- The Accidental Tourist

Shade Projects is proud to present The Accidental Tourist, a juried group photography exhibition on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. “The Accidental Tourist” is a juried group photography exhibition that will showcase cell phone photography of Arizona taken within the last two years. Rediscover the beauty of Arizona through the lens of a cell phone as you explore the unique photographs of some wonderful local photographers.

Read the full press release here: https://www.prlog.org/12539803-the-accidental-tourist-arrives-at-bokeh-gallery.html. Please visit our website for more information at monorchid.com and all exhibition inquiries please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

March 2016- The Passenger

Shade Projects is proud to present The Passenger, the solo photography exhibition of Wayne Rainey in Bokeh Gallery. This exhibition showcases Rainey’s latest body of work exploring the idea of myth and retelling the oldest stories.  Rainey takes on the role of the silent watcher, illustrating his own stories set in modern times in an exciting urban landscape. Reinventing the base stories of original fairytales through captivating vignettes, Rainey hopes that the viewer will create their own stories when viewing his work.

Rainey has an understanding and appreciation for observing people and places, which he brilliantly translates into purely stunning imagery. Rainey is a seasoned artist who has traveled the world capturing incredible imagery through both photography and film. His experiences have greatly impacted and shaped his artwork, giving him a profound perspective and unique vision that is apparent throughout his imagery. 

Read Full Press Release here:  https://www.prlog.org/12529560.html  

Please join us for the Opening Reception of The Passenger on First Friday, March 4th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance, live music, vendors and much more! The Closing Reception will be held on Thursday, March 17th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist and an opportunity to hear the artist speak about his artwork and creative process. Art Detour 28 will be held the weekend of March 19 & 20 from 11-4pm. The Passenger will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from March 4th until March 27th, 2016.

February 2016-Conjuring the Consecrated

Shade Projects is proud to present Conjuring the Consecrated, the solo photography exhibition of Cherie Buck-Hutchison in Bokeh Gallery. Conjuring the Consecrated is an exhibition of the artist’s latest work of digitally composited photos manipulated to create meaning relevant to contemporary issues. She is revisiting her personal history “to divine a feminine narrative within patriarchal religious practices while juxtaposing dual imagery with the intent to create a space for female religious leadership where currently there may be none”. Buck-Hutchison composites decades uniting relatives from the 50s, 60s and 70s, creating a magical southwest of the future where women enjoy the same religious privileges and responsibilities as men. Buck-Hutchison goes on to say, “In an era when women’s rights are being promoted on an international level, it is difficult, yet critical to compare the issues of women in extreme situations to those of women enjoying the relative freedom within a democracy”. “Buck-Hutchison’s work is striking and truly recreates a nostalgia of a time past while raising important questions creating a tension within the works”, says Shade Projects Curator Nicole Royse. 

Cherie Buck-Hutchison a talented multimedia artist who is creating amazing work, most recently focusing on digitally manipulated photography, ceramics, painting and poetry. Traditionally trained she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Currently Buck-Hutchison is a member and co-president of Eye Lounge Artist Collective in Downtown Phoenix. She has exhibited his artwork in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Arizona at various galleries including Eye Lounge, the Frontal Lobe Space and Gallery, Vision Gallery, ASU Night Gallery, ASU Step Gallery, Shade Gallery at the monOrchid, the Shemer Art Center and Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Conjuring the Consecrated on First Friday, February 5th from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will be held on Friday, February 19th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist and an opportunity to hear the artist speak about her artwork and creative process. Conjuring the Consecrated will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from February 5th until February 28th, 2016.

January 2016-Surfaces

Shade Projects is proud to present Surfaces, the solo photography exhibition of Joseph Podlesnik in Bokeh Gallery.  Surfaces features a small selection of color photographs from his recently published book, capturing a variety of intriguing surfaces through a refreshing and unique perspective. Podlesnik recently self-published a photobook titled “Surfaces: Photographs by Joseph Podlesnik”. Podlesnik's photography focuses on the process and his environment utilizing his camera and techniques to “frame scenarios/ compositions, to communicate ideas more formally through design." Letting go of control during picture-taking is also part of his approach.

“Through his lens Podlesnik brilliantly captures unusual imagery, highlighting vivid colors, stunning patterns and bold lines enticing the viewer to look closer at the surface,” says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. This exhibition showcases a small selection of photographs from this book and recently shot work that features imagery that is pure, unusual, complicated and at times perplexing to the eye. Podlesnik says, “I see photography not only as a window but as a flat surface, interrupting or stunting logical perspectival space; I see photography as painting, as a working attempt to see shape, color and pattern, with an interest in figure/ground spatial relationships, much in the way that painters work.” Read Full Press Release here:  http://prlog.org/12517189

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Surfaces on First Friday, January 1st from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist and an opportunity to hear the artist speak about his artwork and creative process. Surfaces will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from January 1st until January 31st, 2016.

 

December 2015- Discovering Arizona

Shade Projects is proud to present Discovering Arizona, the solo exhibition of Jim Bochenek in his debut exhibition at Bokeh Gallery in the monOrchid. “Discovering Arizona is a beautiful exhibition that explores the diverse landscape of Arizona examining nature and more through Bochenek’s enchanting lens. The artist began his career with a Pentax camera and Kodak film and over time prefers to use a Nikon Digital Camera. Inspired by Arizona and his passion for traveling, hiking and exploring our environment with the ultimate goal of “with a broad range of interests “chasing the perfect shot, with the hope to capture the ephemeral impact of each scene I encounter”, says Bochenek.

Bochenek work centers on “combining composition and symmetry with subtle yet sophisticated enhancement in a wide variety of genres and subject matter”, states Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. Bochenek received his degree from Arizona State University and a proclaimed self-taught artist he has been pursuing his with a love of photography from a young age. He has exhibited his work at a few venues throughout the valley, most recently at Capture12 Gallery, the Inaugural ArtWalk in Douglas Arizona, an most recently at Arizona State Gammage Auditorium this past October. Bochenek’s photography has also been featured in local publications including Phoenix New Times and YabYum Music & Arts.

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Discovering Arizona on First Friday, December 4th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. Also First Friday will future the monOrchid’s monthly local vendor market, live music and much more. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, December 18th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist with an opportunity to hear the artist speak about his work amazing photography. Discovering Arizona will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from December 4th until December 27th, 2015.

November 2015- Architectural Explorations

Shade Projects is proud to present Architectural Explorations, the solo exhibition of Brian Klein in his first in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. “Abstractions In Design's is the artists newest series of work, capturing architectural gems from around the country, utilizing the latest digital imaging technology printing this series directly to aluminum and copper. Klein is definitely pushing the boundaries of traditional printmaking and these metals lend themselves perfectly to the organic elements used in the structures themselves. Presenting a brilliant collection of black and white photography with such beauty, mystery and an obvious love of architecture that Klein says is “A source of inspiration representing what can be achieved through design and the creative use of raw materials”.

“Architectural Explorations is an intriguing exhibition, offering the viewer a unique perspective on various architectural masterpieces highlighting the pure beauty of their design”, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. Klein’s keen eye for detail is impeccable, capturing stunning locations, bold lines, and excellent lighting within each of his photographs that are sure to captivate his viewer’s. “I've always been inspired by architecture, I do love to find and photograph the aesthetic beauty in architectural design, especially abstract forms”, states Klein.  When asked why black and white photography Klein says, “it is versatile with a timeless look, the fact that reality can be presented this way, something different, dramatic and nostalgic.”

Klein studied photography in college and has now had a successful career as a photographer for over 26 years utilizing silver halide and digital processes to create his signature monochromatic imagery. He has exhibited his work at several galleries throughout the valley most recently at ASU Vault Gallery, Artlink’s Annual Juried Exhibition at Ice House, and Drive-Thru Gallery. Klein’s photography has also been featured in local publications including AZ Foothills Magazine and Phoenix New Times.

The Opening Reception for Architectural Explorations will be held on First Friday, November 6th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Thursday, November 19th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork and much more. Architectural Explorations will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from November 6th until November 28th, 2015.

October 2015: Abstractions

Shade Projects is proud to present Abstractions, the solo exhibition of Johnny Kerr in Bokeh Gallery, which marks his debut at the monOrchid. Abstractions features a beautiful selection of Kerr’s black and white abstract architecture series that showcase the simplicity and elegance of great design.

Capturing his surroundings with a refreshing new perspective while creating photographs that emphasize his love of Graphic design, Says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. He is a self-taught photographer who began pursuing photography in 2011. This series of work is also featured in Kerr’s self-published book Abstractions released in early 2015.

Read press release here: http://prlog.org/12489648

The Opening Reception for Abstractions will be held on First Friday, October 2nd from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, October 16th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork and much more. Abstractions will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from October 2nd until October 31st, 2015.

SEPTEMBER 2015- Early Works: 1994-1999

Shade Projects is proud to present the Early Work: 1994-1999 from Noé Badillo in Bokeh Gallery, marking his return to the monOrchid and his first solo exhibition of his photography with us. Early Work: 1994-1999 gives us an intimate look at Badillo’s subjects, “gaining a sense of stillness, and an understanding that the world looked unique through my lens from my own vantage point, in a way that was separate from the rest of the world”, says the artist.

Approaching his work from this exciting perspective allowed the artist to experience nature as an abstraction, by eliminating unnecessary elements through the use of formal composition. “This series of photographs represents the formative period of his work as an artist, photography allowed the artist to spend extended amounts of time exploring the external world through his viewfinder resulting in breathtaking imagery which echo a feeling of mystery and isolation ”, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

Read Full Press Release Here: http://www.prlog.org/12483039-explore-the-early-work-1994-1999-from-no-badillo.html

The Opening Reception for the Early Work: 1994-1999 will be held on First Friday, September 4th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, September 18th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork, wine and more. Early Work: 1994-1999 will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from September 4th until September 27th, 2015.

For media inquiries or a private appointment to view this exhibition please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse by phone at (602) 810-3449 or by email at nicoleroyse@gmail.com.

AUGUST 2015: A Phoenix Odyssey

Shade Projects is happy to continue its Emerging Artist Summer Series with John Carbis presenting 2015: A Phoenix Odyssey in Bokeh Gallery. Marking his debut at the monoOrchid and his first solo exhibition of his photography, which draws comparisons through his journey through the streets of Phoenix with his interest in Science and the exploration of the universe, as well as creating a dialogue about the connections between science and art. Viewers can definitely sense the artist’s love of downtown Phoenix and an obvious fascination and love for the raw urban landscape. “Carbis’ photography pushes the viewer to look deeper at their surroundings and discover the beauty it offers to all willing to look a little closer resulting in  fascinating imagery of our great city that shed a new light illuminating what Phoenix truly is all about”, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse. 

Full Press a Release: http://prlog.org/12474818

The Opening Reception for 2015: A Phoenix Odyssey will be held on First Friday, August 7th  from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, August 21st from 7-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork, wine and more. 2015: A Phoenix Odyssey will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from August 7th until August 30th, 2015. 

The monOrchid is located at 214 E. Roosevelt Street in the heart of Phoenix's downtown Roosevelt Row Arts District. The building is open daily and the exhibition may be viewed during business hours. Visit our website for more information at monorchid.com

JULY 2015- The UnSeen

Shade Projects is happy to present The UnSeen, the solo exhibition of young emerging artist Tiera Allen in Bokeh Gallery. Showcasing her love of the natural world which she captures through her lens and draws out through the processing of the photography. Allen is inspired by experimental and alternative processes and aims to explore the intrinsic magic of photography and push the boundaries of the medium. Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse says, “Allen creates stunning photography and pushes boundaries with her unique process resulting in luminous images.”Allen says, "By removing the heaviest part of the photograph (the subject), the viewer experiences the beauty and delicate process of making an image and through this act, the unseen arrives.”

Read Full Press Release Here: http://www.prlog.org/12470471-tiera-allens-the-unseen-comes-to-bokeh-gallery.html

The Opening Reception for The UnSeen will be held on First Friday, July 3rd from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held on Third Friday, July 17th from 7-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork, wine and more.

The UnSeen will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid from July 3rd until July 31st, 2015. 

JUNE 2015 - Stories of Their Sacrifices: PTSD

Shade Projects is proud to present Stories of Their Sacrifices: PTSD, the photography of Christopher OShana and Scott Johnson in Bokeh Gallery at the Monorchid during PTSD Awareness month.

This exhibition showcases two brilliant series of photography bringing light to the important topic of PTSD, the men and women it affects as well as the animals which help to heal.

Bokeh Gallery will showcase raw and emotional imagery captured by these two talented Veterans who photograph other Veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder before, during, and after treatment.

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE

Please join us for the Opening Reception which will be held on First Friday, June 5th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held Third Friday, June 19th from 7-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artists, amazing artwork, wine and more.

Stories of Their Sacrifices: PTSD will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the Monorchid from June 5 until June 27, 2015.

**For media inquiries or a private appointment to view this exhibition, please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse, by phone at (602) 810-3449 or by email at nicoleroyse@gmail.com.

MAY 2015 - Wilderness: Scenes from the Passenger Screen

Shade Projects is proud to present Wilderness: Scenes from the Passenger Screen, the solo exhibition of Nic Wiesinger in Bokeh Gallery at the Monorchid. This exhibition showcases the artist’s latest series of photography examining ideas about the Wilderness, while utilizing current technology to obtain imagery of these designated wilderness areas. Wiesinger poses important questions through his artwork such as “How do we define Wilderness, and what is truly wild in this country of Wifi and Google?”  Wiesinger presents photography taken of maps showing areas with wilderness designations paired with pictures of those same areas seen from Google Maps Street Views. 

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE

The Opening Reception will be held on First Friday, May 1st from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held Third Friday, May 15th from 7-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork, wine and more.

Wilderness: Scenes from the Passenger Screen will be on display in Bokeh Gallery at the Monorchid from May 1 until May 31, 2015.

For media inquiries or a private appointment to view this exhibition, please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse, by phone at (602) 810-3449 or by email at nicoleroyse@gmail.com.