My paintings begin with a photo patiently sifted out of my exponentially-increasing digital photo library. My criteria for choosing these photos may be met by a certain distinctive gesture: the way a child is feeling with her palm and fingers the wood of the post she is crouched upon; or a particular kind of lighting, like the strong, white warmth of the sunlight that comes in through my kitchen window; or maybe it’s an unorthodox composition, like the one that starts with the bottom of my daughter’s feet. I also choose images that exploit specific idiosyncrasies of the camera itself: the nature of effects such as lens flare, the spots of light on a photograph facing the sun, or the way an image blurs and becomes transparent when there is movement in low lightning, for instance when a girl spins cartwheels in the dusk – it’s somewhere between a still and a video: the subject has not quite been captured. And the distortion of an object very close to the lens can be fantastic – an extreme disproportion where a composition can then be subtly dominated by a hand or a forehead. Many of my paintings would not be what they are without the instantaneous nature of the photograph,  and it's presence deserves to be acknowledged.

 

résumé

 

Solo Exhibitions

2003 

My Keel is Too Heavy, Art One Gallery, Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona 

2001 

Space Between the Toes, Art One Gallery, Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona 

 

Group Exhibitions

2016

 11 Miles of Color: Repurposing Spring Crossing, Gallery @ The 

         Library, Scottsdale Civic Center, Scottsdale, Arizona

2015     

Tiny | Tiny, {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

 Eric Fischl Awards, Phoenix Art Museum/Phoenix College

2014

 Group Show, Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Eric Fischl Awards, Phoenix Art Museum/Phoenix College

2013

7 Artists, Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2012

 Eric Fischl Awards, Phoenix Art Museum/Phoenix College,

10 x 10, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, Arizona

Monsters and Mutants, Space 55, Phoenix , Arizona

2011

10 x 10, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, Arizona

Eric Fischl Awards, Phoenix Art Museum/Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ

2010

10 x 10, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, Arizona 

2009

10 x 10, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, Arizona 

2008

Eric Fischl Awards, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona 

2007

Inner Landscape, Bragg's Pie Factory, Phoenix, Arizona 

 

What is this photo then that I have chosen? It is one half of a story. The other half is the history of its existence, but whose history? Am I remembering it correctly? There are stories of images that my children can describe in detail as a first-hand experiences, when in fact, they were not there. The story has worked its way into their consciousness, but not the origin of how the story got there. In the murky forest of our memory, our personal stories become collective stories, and what happens to one of us becomes a part of all of us, as long as someone remembers it.

I then fuse the image and the story to tell my version of history (no matter how many people have contributed to it.) The playfulness, sensuality or ambiguity of that time, not just that moment, is re-imagined by my brush, and elucidated by my own personal mythology: hats and chicken feet, etc. From out of this continual amassing of images and half-stories, there is something about these particular moments that I need to understand first, before I adjust the way they are remembered.

— Kris Manzanares

 

Collections 

Eric Fischl, New York, NY 

Public Speaking Engagements 

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Slide Slam! Spring 2001

Sunday Artists Archive, KNXV ABC 15, September 18, 2005 

Bibliography 

Corrales, Brittany “Here’s What 11 Miles of Repurposed Rainbow Ribbons   Looks Like”,  Phoenix New Times, Jan. 20 2016

Belsito, Rochelle, “Fresh Finds”,  American Art Collector, Dec. 2013

Michael Hammett, "The Artists Among Us," The Arizona Republic, November 11, 2006 

Carrie Severson, "Getting Noticed," State Press, January 28, 1999 

Soley Hartel, "And Then There was Neon," State Press, March 7, 1999 

Education

Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, Graduate studies in sculpture  1999 –2000

Arizona State University, Graduate studies in sculpture 1996 –1998

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, BA in Graphic Design  1987 – 1993

Place & Date of Birth

Washington, D.C., 1969