Carol Donnell-Kotrozo

  • Beth Ames Swartz

    Beth Ames Swartz’ current return to the canvas is not to be seen as a departure from or a disavowal of her burnt and layered paper pieces of the last few years. Large-scale, dramatically encrusted with jewellike paint and metallic foils, these older works were the residue of an elaborate on-site ritual process involving a cyclical program of birth, decay, and regeneration. This internalized creation mythos is equally prominent as a generative force in the new series of paintings.

    Swartz covers her canvases with eccentric, nervous gyrations showing a kind of modern horror vacui. An undercurrent

  • David Kraisler

    If the Southwest is to overcome regional provincialism, it must demonstrate the existence of styles that are indigenous but that also address the concerns of advanced art. As a sculptor working with conventional problems of scale, mass, modulation of surfaces, and the like, David Kraisler has absorbed local topographical features, and particularly the unrelenting character of the Arizona light, to create concrete forms that are as specifically local as they are typically modern. He is a synthesizing artist, catching fragments of rock as pure shape, molding them (whether monumental or diminutive)