When: Sunday, November 5th to Friday, November 17th
Where: The Little Gallery at the Gallery in the Sun, 300 N. Swan, Tucson, AZ 85718
You may think I am talking about my unshaven legs during the winter, and though you wouldn’t be wrong, this is not what Spines is about.
Spines is an exhibit of mixed media sculptures and paintings inspired by our desert environment. Lex Gjurasic, the mastermind behind Spines, is based in Tucson, AZ, though she grew up in Seattle, WA. Last year, in 2016, Gjurasic was chosen to be a participating artist in the City of Tucson’s downtown mural project. She was also honored in 2017 when her film, as part of Miranda July’s Big Miss Movieola project archive, was inducted into the permanent collection of the Getty Institute.
Spines, the centerpiece of the exhibition, is a mixed media sculpture on display to the public for the first time. The centerpiece is a 4-foot-tall salvaged calf spine, coated in beeswax and painstakingly covered in seed beads and embellished with quartz crystal points, which give it an ethereal glow. As Gjurasic put it, the name Spines is “a play upon words as the every cactus employs spines that protect it.“ This was an arduous project to undertake, as it took over a year and a half to complete. You can ask Gjurasic about it, as she will be on site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the duration of the exhibition.
On display will also be more of Gjurasic’s signature vibrant and eclectic works on wood, paper, and bone as well as her charming handmade items available only during the holidays. (Holidays? When did this happen?)
The reception for the exhibition will take place at The Little Gallery at the Gallery on Saturday, November 11 from 12 p.m. – 4p.m. Peruse and chat with the artist!
See you there!