“Less is More: A Minimalism Exhibition,” featuring artists Lucas Knowles and Mary Meyer, explores what it means for shapes and color to be stripped to its bare essentials in contemporary art. Contrary to the maximalist motto “more is more”, minimalists argue that art expresses more when it cannot be simplified any further. Knowles’ work offers simple linework on uniquely shaped supports that become a part of the art, rather than a constraining border. Meyers’ uses monochrome pallets on a multilevel surface, allowing for depth to be carried through her single pigmented work. “Less is More” is about the uncomplicated beauty minimalism offers the eye.
This exhibition is set to open February 4 and run through March 26, 2022, with an opening reception February 4, 6-9pm, and is located in FOUND:RE Contemporary Gallery off Portland Street. You can view this exhibition without appointment Monday through Saturday, 10am – 6pm by stopping at the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s front desk.You can RSVP to the opening reception of this exhibition, February 4, 6-9pm, on the FOUND:RE Contemporary Eventbrite.
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About Lucas J. Knowles: Lucas J. Knowles is an emerging ceramic and intermedia artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2021, Knowles earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Arizona State University’s School of art while being recognized for receiving the Outstanding Research & Scholarship in Design and the Arts Award. Lucas J. Knowles has exhibited nationally and abroad, including two features at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts during both 2018 and 2019 respectively. In 2019, Lucas J Knowles was selected to participate in the NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition. In 2020, Knowles received the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award – which included a feature in the International Sculpture Center’s award-winning publication, Sculpture magazine.
About Mary Meyer: Mary Meyer’s work is inspired by an interest in ecology, biodiversity, and the intuitive study of form. She is strongly influenced by her background in traditional stone carving, and uses meditative processes and materials to illustrate our human connection with nature and the environment. She has exhibited her work at venues such as Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix International Airport, and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Meyer is a recipient of the Pat Mutterer Award presented at the 2020 Arizona Biennial, as well as the Phoenix Art Museum’s Contemporary Forum Artist Grant in 2016. She has served as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College, and has taught workshops for various learning programs through Scottsdale Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, where she received the MFA Fellowship. Her work is represented in public and private collections nationally and internationally.