The Parallel World’s of Land and Sea
Announcing Topaz’s 2nd art show, The Parallel World’s of Land and Sea.
The Parallel World’s of Land and Sea is the brainchild of Ashli Kanzler, one of 7
featured artists. Mixing Video and Collage, artists will be exploring the often congruent nature of these ultimately very different worlds.
Opens Saturday March 31st from 7 – 9, show runs through April 29th
Featured artists: Ashli Kanzler, Krysta Jabczenski, Brett Tracy, Serrah Russell (Seattle), Jess Holzworth, Matt Lawson (Seattle), and Gene Michael
Ashli Kanzler, hailing from Florida now residing in Tucson finds artistic motivation in the parallel world’s of land and sea, and is the inspiration for this group show. Her collage’s are her ”Swamp raised, desert rat dreams of becoming an amphibian.”
Krysta Jabczenski Through photography Krysta is interested in capturing momentary, extraordinary scenes in ordinary settings. She achieved a Bachelors of Arts degree at Brooks Institute of photography from 2005-2008. She currently lives in the city she was raised, Tucson, AZ. www.krystajabczenski.com
Brett Tracy Rejecting the imperative of endless growth, Brett Tracy positions the human
species at the onset of its deindustrial phase. Using video and audio field recordings, the
artist reveals the splendor and tragedy of a world built with phenomenal amounts of fossil energy, offering both a glimpse of the industrial sublime and a critique of the religion of progress. http://vimeo.com/user674524/videos
Gene Michael Through his work, Gene explores and investigates sociological ideas, such as cultural interactions and communications, transitional progress & geometric shapes
in an abstract and minimal aesthetic. These themes are usually brought together into one cohesive idea or story, strictly working on a monochromatic palette. Through this, it allows him to see his ideas much clearer.
Gene is currently double majoring in Art History and French in his final year at the
University of Arizona. He is developing an accrued interest in fusing acrylic and graphite into drawings. Gene is devoted to creating art, focusing on journalism, marketing and public relations, along with fashion and illustration design.
Serrah Russell is an artist and curator who utilizes film, vintage and high
end lifestyle magazines and photographic materials to address the permanence of actions and their effect on objects by her transformation of found imagery. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Seattle and has been involved in group exhibitions throughout Seattle and nationally including Los Angeles, New York, and Rome. She is a member of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery and is also co-founder and curator of Violet Strays, an online curatorial project. Serrah received her BFA in Photography from the University of Washington in 2009. She currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington. http://www.serrahrussell.com
Jess Holzworth A rising star on the directorial scene, Jess Holzworth comes from a background in fashion design, photography, and art. Her vibrant and design-oriented videos have been referred to as ‘somewhere between dream-quest and acid freak-out.’ Jess has directed music videos for Beck, namely the collage video for his single ‘Gamma Ray’ staring Chloe Sevigny. She has also done music videos for Basement Jaxx, Imaad Wasif, The Slits’, and most recently Rye Rye featuring M.I.A. www.giantartists.com
Matt Lawson’s video work aims to recreate hallucinatory states and
disorient the senses in a playful manner, using transparent effects and rudimentary editing techniques, with a focus on taking the natural and bending it into the unnatural. Matt lives and works in Seattle, where he graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle.