CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Suite 237, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

July 3 - July 30 -- Get Your Head Out of the Clouds: a visual voyage through the artist's mind and creative process. Gallery presents George Rodez's impressionistic/expressionistic works of art from his Elements & Values series and Mari Sanchez's torsos and image sculptures chiseled from such stones as Alabaster and Soapstone.

For Rodez, his series breaks all boundaries, traditions, and rules to produce what is purely an expression of freedom for the artist. Rodez states, "In this body of work I have no influence or respect for light, shadow, dimension, perspective or proportion, but rather I allow myself to be led by the images seen in the abstractions no matter how they turn out. While some of these can be quite beautiful, some on the other hand can turn out to be quite monstrous. The art takes on a life of its own." In a manner similar to how images can be found in clouds, Rodez without any preconceived notions of what color, texture, or its end result, mixes his acrylic paints with free abandonment to first create what appears to be an abstract work of art. Then by exploring the abstract from all sides and angles and visualizing through his imagination and ability amongst the chaos of color, he finds images that only he as the artist can find and creates a work of art that is then recognizable to the viewer.

For Sanchez, this work represents a long time passion. Her sculptures are inspired by nature, people, and the things we surround ourselves with. Sanchez states, "I chisel stone primarily to bring forth an aesthetically and emotionally pleasing object from what appears to be a chunk of rock. It is this process of exploration and discovery, the revelation of form and substance through the continuous removal of materials that is so satisfying. However, in the process I interact deeply with each of my sculptures and in the end they tell me what they want to become."