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Aug. 15, 2017
 

Shape Shifters opens at Chandler’s Vision Gallery Sept. 8
Exhibition features artists Rachel Goodwin, Lisa Von Hoffner and Mike Jacobs

Radical by Lisa Von HoffnerA new exhibit opening next month at the Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler features a group of artists whose works question perceptions of contemporary painting practices and commercial art. Shape Shifters includes collaborative efforts of Rachel Goodwin, Lisa Von Hoffner and Mike Jacobs who create environments that challenge the norm of society’s current understanding of aesthetics. From mass advertising to trending cultural fads, their works explore how memorable icons are made out of bold color choices combined with repeat patterns to attract consumers.
 
The exhibit opens Sept. 8, 2017, and continues through Nov. 3. A free, public reception with the artists will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7. Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St., within the Chandler City Hall campus.
 
“These three artists have works that complement one another well with bold colors and shapes that speak out loud,” says Peter Bugg, visual arts coordinator for Vision Gallery. “I am excited to see how they showcase their art in this exhibit. Each of them speaks strongly on their own, but together they will create a unique experience for visitors.”
 
Rachel Goodwin’s bright pop-style pieces are created to inspire conversation about our commercial culture, the phenomenon of shopping and buying to create the image the others see of us. Her works include abstracted installations of soft sculpture and mixed media.
 
Lisa Von Hoffner creates art objects that pay homage to womanhood and a woman’s sexuality with paintings and installation pieces that are wrapped in neon light or iridescent surfaces.
 
Mike Jacobs creates pieces that depict a collection of memories or ideas. His art layers traditional collage with screen printing and painting to create art that breaks away from grids and creates something three-dimensional for the viewer.
 
Vision Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Exhibits are free for the public to see. Visit visiongallery.org for more information.