Chandler’s Vision Gallery will feature two artists whose diverse pieces will provide a glimpse of their vision of the future.
Vision Gallery will display “Futureland, Arizona: An Art Show” from Jan. 10 to Feb. 15 with a reception for artists Daniel Funkhouser and Sarah Hurwitz slated for 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the gallery, 10 E. Chicago St. in the Chandler City Hall complex.
The vibrant, unusual mixed media artwork will include individual pieces the artists have created, as well as some artwork they have made together, said Peter Bugg, the city’s visual arts coordinator.
Bugg said Funkhouser and Hurwitz have a “similar approach to a lot of art making,” including using many reused materials. The two artists have created individual pieces including jewelry, clothes, paintings and drawings.
“Whether visitors choose to summit artificially formed future mountains, wander through mutant cacti species with a trusty field guide, or witness a beautiful sunset filtered through one-time-use plastic, ‘Futureland, Arizona’ provides a dynamic glimpse of the fate of the Valley,” Bugg said, adding:
“It’s sort of trying to warn us of what things could look like if we don’t take care of the environment. It’s not going to be too negative. They approach things with humor and lighthearted.”
Funkhouser, who earned an art degree at Arizona State University, was featured in “Modern Luxury” magazine’s December issue as “The collaborator” in a story on Valley creatives.
Hurwitz earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts: painting and ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s of fine arts degree in 2-D Design from the University of Arizona, according to her website.
At the “Futureland, Arizona: An Art Show,” the public will be able to pose at a selfie station with a backdrop of interesting things behind them.
Vision Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. That gallery, as well as its sister gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts, shows fine arts representing over 300 regional artists, and is home to two Art-O-Mats in the city.
Exhibits are rotated regularly and are free to see at this nonprofit gallery supported by the Chandler Cultural Foundation. A portion of art sales are used to help the Vision Kids program, educational art workshops for youths taught by professional artists.
By Colleen Sparks, Managing Editor
Article originally published in the SanTan Sun News