‘Stratums’ showcases the work of Jeff Davis, Tom Ortega

Artwork that is to be in “Stratums,” by Jeff Davis and Tom Ortega. (Submitted photo)

Walter Art Gallery is presenting “Stratums,” the joint exhibition of local artists Jeff Davis and Tom Ortega, exploring surfaces and underpinnings with a masterful use of color and line.

The two create images that invite viewers into new spaces and unknown times by utilizing layers and shades in new ways to please the eye and engage the imagination, according to a release.

“Stratums” will be on display at Walter Art Gallery, 6425 E. Thomas Road in Scottsdale, from Jan. 18 through Feb. 15.

The gallery will host an artist reception for Mr. Davis and Mr. Ortega 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, with an opportunity to meet the artists. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. The closing reception is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 15.

Mr. Davis creates abstract work using algorithmic processes, exploring geometric structure and color arrangement through computation and iteration. He writes custom software in the programming language Processing that randomly determines compositional elements related to size, quantity, color, placement and grid density within specified parameters, according to the release.

He received a bachelor of arts in mathematics and studio art from Lawrence University and a master of fine arts in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mr. Ortega creates minimalist abstract paintings and sculptures. Each piece informs the next with his process reflecting a passage of time, layering of ghosted images and rubbings taken from one painting and added to another, according to the release.

The artist sands the wood surfaces, pulls them apart and puts them back again allowing each piece to live a life before it is complete. The artist sees every day in the studio as an opportunity to learn something, a chance to experiment and play, according to the release.

Mr. Ortega received a bachelor of arts in drawing/painting from North Texas University and a bachelor of arts in communications from Texas Tech University.

Go to walter-art.com.

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