"Pi: Modern/Primitive" Artworks by Robert Farthing Opening May 17, 2019 6:30-9:30pm

Artist and photographer Robert Farthing is inspired by circles and the mysterious sacred geometric codes embedded in the equation of Pi.  His photos, sculptures and original paintings develop with an eye to the qualities of Pi as a constant, random, infinite, irrational, and transcendental number.  These qualities are the intention inspiring each piece and inviting the viewer to look deeper. “Pi: Modern/Primitive” explores the ancient shamanic practice of divination, asking the question “what do you see” and examining the nature of spirit created between observer and art.  

With a nod to the ancestral seer who reads tea leaves, Farthing’s eclectic collection of mixed-media pieces all started with coffee and used coffee filters. Several years ago, after a long trip away, he discovered an old coffee filter left behind in a coffee maker.  The dried was imbued with rippling stains and an unmistakable earthy ephemeral spirit.  The rabbit hole opened and Farthing dove head first into a journey that led him to create art that is intentional and sometimes sacred, while still maintaining the playfulness and whimsy inherent in creating art from coffee filters. 

“Pi: Modern/Primitive is Farthing’s first gallery showing and a natural evolutionary step in his 18-year path studying and practicing shamanism.  Recognizing that art can evoke emotion and inspire creativity, even healing, he presents an immersive, interactive environment that encourages the viewer to physically engage with certain pieces or to simply ask a question while gazing through the portal-like shapes of earthy textures and vibrant colors in search of the answer they seek.  

"Local Haunts" by Christopher Newberg February/March 2019

Chris Newberg's paintings, inspired by environmental issues, the Sonoran Desert landscape, and the Oaxacan folk art he encountered during his childhood in Mexico, are technically stunning and visually entrancing. His illustrative approach and masterful use of acrylics result in compelling images with amazing depth, detail, and enchanting light. Newberg's themes often revolve around humanity’s relationship with nature, the mystery and power of all life, and nostalgia for certain places. The show “Local Haunts” consisted of 18 brand new paintings. These masterful works are acrylic on panel, created using many thin layers of paint. This glazing technique builds depth of color, intricate detail, and nuances of light usually associated only with oils.   
 
Speaking about his work, Newberg says, “When we think of our role in nature, many see humans separated from it. We feel like tourists in the natural environment…but I disagree. I believe we are a part of nature and our role in it is critical.” Newberg’s work depicts our return to the wild and celebrates a reconnection with the natural home around us. Our structures and our dreams rest in the natural world as well. There is no true separation between us and this beautiful earth.
 
Newberg earned his Masters in Fine Arts in Visual Communication and Illustration from the University of Arizona. He currently instructs art courses at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona where he lives and paints.