Spilled a two person exhibition of work by Bethany Bristow and Gwyneth Scally, explores the use of fluid materials to express the visceral and the transitory in the context of installation, painting and photography. Bethany Bristow will exhibit large scale color photographs and site-specific sculptural interventions. Gwyneth Scally will exhibit oil paintings and a sculptural installation.
Gwyneth Scally’s oil paintings and installations reflect on the uneasy experience of our biological lives. Her surfaces suggest skin, the pocks and striations of tissues, and her figures are rendered with an awkwardness the evokes both empathy and derision in the viewer. Scally, a native of Washington D.C., now works in Arizona. She is the recipient of numerous regional grants and awards, including the Phoenix Art Museum Artists Materials Fund Grant, The Arizona commission on the Arts Grant, The Southern Arizona Community Foundation Visual Artists’ Grant, and The George Sugarman Foundation Grant. The artist travels extensively, and has had solo exhibitions in places ranging from the Tucson Museum of Art to the Pickled Art Center of Beijing, China. In 2004, Scally spent three months in residency at the Red Gate Gallery of Beijing; she also spent several weeks in Tibet, documenting the murals of the remote Buddhist monasteries on the Tibetan Plateau. This body of work evolved from Scally’s research in Asia. The placement of the figures within puddles of medium stylistically recalls compositional treatments within Tibetan art and altarpieces, while Scally’s massive fiberglass jellyfish drift through the gallery like otherworldly pilgrims.