Museum - Exhibition

Tucson Museum of Art


Cultural Topographies by Einar and Jamex de la Torre
February 12, 2011 - June 12, 2011
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During a particularly contentious time in the Southwest, Einar and Jamex de la Torre wryly, yet pertinently address the dialectic of cultural plurality, identity politics, popular culture, religion, and geopolitics.
Their medium is one that is steeped in the European tradition of Italian glassblowing mixed with the vernacular of the utilitarian glassware of Mexico—beauty and functionality comingling like the hybrid structure of their message.
What makes their work so compelling on a formal level is the vibrancy of their forms, the explosive visual impact of their color combination, and the seductive nature of the shiny, slick surface of glass. Yet equally riveting in their beautifully expressive works is their message.
At once humorous and confrontational, their satirical sculptures and installations expose stereotyping, historic revisionism, and a popular culture obsessed with consumerism. The work also celebrates the unique symbols and images of mestizaje (term for racial and cultural mixing) and the political ideology of modern national identity, unity, and social progress.
(from: Tucson Museum of Art press release)



Tom Philabaum
February 12, 2011 - June 12, 2011
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Precarious Rocks
Precarious Rocks is a recent series by the award-winning Arizona glass artist, Tom Philabaum.
This lively, colorful series, first explored by the artist in 2007, was conceived as sculptures on the organic, earthy theme of rocks composed of many parts or fragments that seemingly defy gravity by their precarious placement.
By late 2009, the series evolved into the presentation of individual rocks and larger boulders in various groupings. This new direction breaks away from the traditional vessel form that has been Philabaum's major artistic concern for many years, and reinforces his ongoing interest in developing new techniques and experimenting with form in the creation of art glass.
(from: Tucson Museum of Art press release )

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