Spines @ DeGrazia / by Lex Gjurasic

 

  The DeGrazia Foundation and Lex Gjurasic invites you to Spines, an exhibition of recent work inspired by the found objects of the borderlands, on display at The Little Gallery at the Gallery in the Sun from November 5th to November 17th with a reception on Saturday, November 11th 12-4pm at 6300 N. Swan, Tucson AZ 85718.

Spines is an exhibit of exuberant mixed media sculptures and paintings by Tucson-based artist Lex Gjurasic that draws inspiration from the desert environment and the enduring creative spirit of Ted DeGrazia.  For the duration of the exhibition Gjurasic will be present in the exhibition space daily during regular hours 10-4pm. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a mixed media sculpture also entitled Spines on display to the public for the first time. Spines is a 4 foot tall found calf spine, coated in beeswax and painstakingly covered in seed beads and embellished with quartz crystal points as to give it a holy glow. Gjurasic’s signature vibrant and inventive, and often experimental, works will include paintings and sculptures, works on wood, paper and bone as well as her charming handmade items available only during the Holidays.  

Says Gjurasic about the unveiling of Spines the sculpture, “This piece draws influence from Huichol indigenous traditions and is comprised of found objects collected in the desert. Spines pulls energy directly from the desert and plays upon the ancient and scientific idea that the spine is the spiritual energetic center of the body and biologically the nervous system. It is also a play upon words as the every cactus employs spines that protect it. Spines the sculpture was arduous to create taking over a year and a half. I’m proud to showcase it in such a holy place as the Little Gallery at the Gallery in the Sun.”

 Spines, detail, 36x16 inches, mixed media on bone, 2015-2017

Spines, detail, 36x16 inches, mixed media on bone, 2015-2017