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6 Top Art Influencers

BY By Riki Altman-Yee, Justin Lee, Lauren Swanson and Carey Sweet | November 28, 2016 | Feature Features National

Artists on the next generation and more!
SEEING STRIPES “The Shape of Myself,” by Carrie Marill, is part of the artist's Get Up Get Down collection.

Common Threads
In her Get Up Get Down acrylic-on-linen abstract paintings, Phoenix artist Carrie Marill explores 1940s modernist composer Igor Stravinsky’s idea that constraint can actually free the spirit. At first glance, the series of tightly interlaced, multicolor lines, blocks and tilted triangles seem confining. Then, the designs draw the eye in and telescope outword for an illusion of escape. “Studying weavings, quilting and modern art, I am interested in pushing visual elements to their limits,” Marill said. “The resulting paintings expose tensions between the living surface created by bold patterning, and the constraints of the two-dimensional surface on which they exist.” Spanning up to 132 by 174 inches, the dramatic pieces were debuted in a show at Lisa Sette Gallery this spring. Marill encourages other artists to find their expression, too, inviting them to show at Combine Studios, a building she owns and runs in collaboration with the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program in downtown Phoenix. “The original building housed a number of artists in the Roosevelt Row area,” Marill said. “We wanted to retain the building’s art, so my husband [fellow artist Matthew Moore] and I purchased it in 2010, remodeled it and created the project space for the university.”

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