It has been a whirlwind year for artists Mitch Fry. After receiving a grant last fall from the Contemporary Forum, Fry has literally come full circle. The award opened many doors for this emerging artist, securing him an exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum and gallery representation in Scottsdale. All the excitement surrounding his work also landed Fry the #19 spot in Phoenix New Times “100 Creative’s”. With his first gallery show around the corner we just had to catch up with Mitch and talk with him about the amazing year he’s been having and find out what’s in store for the future.
BDG: This year has probably been a whirlwind for you between the CF award, gallery representation, and now your first show. How have you maintained your calm and focus through all of the excitement?
Fry: It has been a great year. Thank you to all the special people responsible, and an extra thanks to you shepherds without whom I would be a mere puddle of angst.
Calm? I try to be cool & calm but only successful when I’m asleep.
Focus? A guy like me generally has the focus of a mosquito: Am unfortunately guilty of a lot of flitting around, but when I get the scent of a nice fat sculpture it’s hard to distract me away.
BDG: People are enamored by the sphere’s project and always have many compliments and questions about your work. While we all feel art is personal to each viewer, what is the one thing you would like people to take away from your work?
Fry: Initial impression: A little surprise. I love to watch people’s faces when my work first comes into their view. Their expressions make the entire struggle worthwhile. If a person can remember that there is still surprise left in our bedraggled world then there is reason to hope. (Sorry that sounds a bit grand. Possibly it is only a lesson for me.)
BDG: So, what’s next? Do you have new projects on the horizon?
Fry: Next, next, next. So many ideas; so few fingers. The geometric explorations still hold a lot of intrigue for me. Am probably going to stretch the shape, alter the construction, increase size, introduce color, optimize negative space, tighten the craft and speed up process…. well that’s my goal anyway.
Mitch Fry will be revealing is latest pieces in “Wonders of Wood” a joint show with contemporary artist Carol Redmond on October 21, 2010 from 6-9pm at Bonner David Galleries. For more information about Mitch Fry’s work please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this short video about Mitch Fry & his latest work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkJMJgWwj6k
To read his full bio click here:http://www.bonnerdavid.com/AboutArtist.asp?at=MitchFry
Carol Redmond has long been a favorite among collectors for her vibrant and rustic contemporary work. Her pieces grace many corporate collections including such places as the Denver Convention Center Hyatt Hotel, San Antonio River Center and the Chattanoogan Conference Center Hotel. She has also completed many private commissions for avid collectors and designers. Carol is influenced by historical traditions in still life painting, Japanese wood block printing, and the dimensional frames surrounding Renaissance-era triptychs; as well as contemporary embroidered textiles, scientific illustration, minimalist furniture and architectural design. While these elements still inspire the artist, she has found a new approach to working with her medium of choice: wood.
During a recent family trip to the hiking trails of gorgeous Utah, Redmond was in awe of the towering red rocks, with their stratified layers of color, texture, and natural elements. While she often hikes around her home in Colorado, this was a new experience for Carol, providing a fresh perspective and inspiring a new direction for her work. The latest pieces encompass the essence of the Utah red rocks and bring an added organic quality to each piece. Redmond has been working more intimately with the wood, allowing for the grain, flaws, and rustic beauty of the material to take center stage. These latest works mimic the stratification patterns in the rock and also incorporate her desire to express the traditional Asian banner and oblong formats.
Redmond will be unveiling her latest works in a joint show with sculpture artist Mitch Fry. Carol was first introduced to Mitch’s work right here on our gallery blog. Both artists work brilliantly with wood, experimenting with techniques of cutting, forming, and manipulating their medium. Redmond immediately connected with the puzzle and tile like qualities in Fry’s work, finding similarities between their two styles. She is excited to show with Mitch and eager to excite collectors with a show that promises to ignite the imagination to the “Wonders of Wood”.
This is the first time we have featured Carol Redmond on our gallery blog and we just had to give her the full treatment. While we are excited for her show and inspired by her work, we also had a few personal questions that we were just itching to ask. So in true Bonner David blog style, we snagged a few moments of her time and thought of three of the best questions we could possibly ask. Enjoy!
BDG: Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would include a wide variety of things. Probably too many things to fit into one day but we’re fantasizing right? Some time with family to play sports and relax, time in the studio to finish a big project always makes me feel great! Since I work a lot in series, it can be quite a long time before I get to have the feeling of finishing something. I would like to do a workshop with kids focusing on ancient arts and contemporary artists, maybe in clay or metal. Eating outside and a walk in the park or hike in the mountains would be great—I think this day is getting too full…
BDG: As a mother and an artist what is the one thing you hope to instill about art in our youth?
In addition to my studio work I’ve also been working in art education for a number of years, mostly with kids. I’ve done a lot of programs for museums which explore the relationship between contemporary art practice and art history/ museum artifacts. I’d say my primary motivation in the studio is establishing a connection to the natural world and materials from nature, and this is what I hope to get across to kids in my programs. Although I use digital technology a lot too, I try to keep reminding myself to spend some time with the leaves and the trees each day. I think as kids become more exposed to reproduced imagery on the screen it seems important to give them opportunities to stick their hands in clay, work with wood and paper etc. and for them to learn a bit about how these materials often come from natural sources in the earth. I also want to encourage them to see the inconsistencies in hand made art projects, not as imperfect compared to digitized imagery from found sources, but as having a sense of humanity that is different but no less compelling.
BDG: Who is your greatest inspiration in life and why?
I would say close family, including my husband, son and mother, who lives in Ontario where I grew up. As a studio artist I’m most often inspired my the patterns and forms in the natural world, and by furniture and textile designers, who so often adapt natural patterns and “organize” them as designed objects. My favorite artists are all over the map, from John Singer Sergeant to the textile/ installation artist Polly Apfelbaum.
“Wonders of Wood” opens October 21, 2010 from 6-9pm at Bonner David Galleries. For more information about Carol Redmond’s work please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email at email@example.com
Click her to view Carol Redmonds short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uYarWQp91s
To read her full bio click here:http://www.bonnerdavid.com/AboutArtist.asp?at=CarolRedmond