"CONTRAILS AND PERIPHERIES"
February 18 - March 21, 2021
Royse Contemporary is thrilled to present the highly anticipated solo exhibition of Charmagne Vasquez Coe, “Contrails and Peripheries”. The exhibition is titled after a large work completed in 2020. The theme reflects on the state of being present, while acknowledging the past, and seeing glimpses of future. We are here right now, creating. These striking works were made in live time of instability, despair, solitude, upheaval, reawakenings, planning, transition, new love, relocating, they are her physical expressions of experiences. “Contrails and Peripheries” is a passionate and poignant exhibition that draws the viewer into each unique work. The emotion and imagery captured within the pieces are relevant in our current turbulent times”, states Owner/Curator, Nicole Royse.
She often creates works in her home studio or en plein air, with her recent direction of art focusing on assemblage and abstract surrealism across many media. She relies on an intuitive, spontaneous approach to guide her on her creation. The element of surprise is critical while weaving together two and three-dimensional narratives. These narratives can be highly abstracted, while imbedding characters and other identifiable subjects. Ephemera from her home, travels and nature are enmeshed and pushing out from the canvas surface.
This exhibition showcases an emotive and vibrant new collection that highlights the artist’s direct response to everyday life happenings. “Be it living during this complex era of political turmoil and covid-19, a pheasant who took refuge in my yard or appreciating experiences with my loved ones in this city.” She goes on to say that “these are my painted words, painted breaths, painted determination. I wish to keep creating with what is right now.”
Charmagne Vasquez Coe is a native Arizonan artist, growing up in mid-town Phoenix in a family of creatives who taught her many art forms. She earned a BA in elementary education and a minor in art from Northern Arizona University. She exhibited her paintings and drawings internationally and her work can be found in numerous publications, amongst others, Creative Quarterly, Phoenix Magazine, Luxe Interiors + Design and Utne Reader. Her work is represented by Royse Contemporary, she regularly participates in the Downtown Phoenix art community and is actively involved in several art organizations.
“Contrails and Peripheries” will open to the public Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 6-9pm coinciding with the Scottsdale ArtWalk, with an opportunity to meet the artist and curator. This wonderful exhibition will be on display at Royse Contemporary through March 21, 2021.