Spazio d'Arte
Tucson, March-19th-2016
Kelly Linebaugh - David Scott Moyer - Rich Walton
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The Artist Studio Cooperative is a shared workspace for visual artists located at the SW corner of 6th Avenue at 6th Street, inside the historic Firestone Building in Downtown Tucson, Arizona.
Situated in the 6th Street storefront side of the Artist Studio Cooperative space is Gallery Azul. The mission of ASC is to provide affordable workspace for artists as well as opportunities for exhibitions and community engagement.

Exhibition March, 2016
I developed my signature painting style at Pratt Institute in the early 1980s. Over the next 30 years, I painted and sold hundreds of paintings in the style you see on the center wall here. In 2005,1 began to shift my focus to photography. Not long after, I also began experimenting with a new painting technique, seen on the west wall of the gallery. My interest was consumed by photography, however, and for several years I didn't paint at all. Photography is still my central interest, but I have recently returned to my roots. These are the new works you see on the center wall.
My photographic work doesn't have a particular theme. I work as a freelance photographer for McGraw-Hill Education, and for several years was able to travel extensively photographing the world for them. Much of my website is filled with work from this period. I also do macro photography, nature photography, storytelling photography, and non-traditional portrait photography. I have for the past year and a half, been documenting Tucson artists in their studios. Those shoots can be seen at
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Artist studio, March 2016

" The figure
The paintings are an
effort to portray the
interior and what escape"

Artist studio, March 2016

I have been working as an Artist/Sculptor for over 30 years.
While I paint, draw, sculpt and do performance pieces, objects speak to me the most: both natural and manmade, but I am particularly drawn to biomorphic shapes. In terms of forms I love texture as well as shape and on a purely formal level things like balance, contrast and tension interest me.

Where does my art/ideas/shapes come from?
I believe we are all connected thru energy or a collective/web, We just manifest ourselves differently in how we appear physically to others both animate and inanimate. I think artist tap into that collective subconscious or unconscious, but we as individuals are like filters, expressing what comes thru differently.

For the past 12 years or so I have been haunted/pestered with certain forms in various states of completion. These images won't leave me alone until I make them, sometimes not until I figure out how to complete them. As I make them they often spawn new forms. It feels like I have seen part of a mystery and its up to me to solve them?
As I have made these pieces it seems clearer to me that they are a lot about the place and process of transformation and this is a big part of who I am. It may sound strange but that place in-between where one thing becomes something else is where I find the most completion! Most of us would call that ambiguity, but for these forms and me, at least it feels clear or right.

About my medium:
In the early days my medium was assemblage/ found/mixed-media. I still like the contrast between organic an inorganic so sometimes you will find me mixing these forms with found objects that speak to me as well. Currently you could call my media fine art paper mache/clay, composite or laminated recycled paper. I have played around with commercial products and still use them some times, but I wanted something that used; recycled material, was non-toxic and relatively inexpensive so I developed my own recipes and techniques which led me to starting *Sbts. What my new medium does is allow me to make both large and small pieces as well as reusing the initial forms until I get it right . I know people view paper mache as being for crafts only and not a real art material, but I beg to differ and if you go thru history you will find that just like any other art material if well taken care of will can last centuries! After all it's really just recycled wood with binders added. My hope is with time more artists find this medium as useful and expressive as I have and will see the potential of fine art paper mache/clay.

© Toni Garbasso
Kelly Linebaugh David Scott Moyer Rich Walton