"Accomplice" features a selection of Bond's work from the past decade alongside some of the prints he helped bring to fruition through Santo Press, a fine art publishing company he founded in 2009.
Collaboration provides the underlying theme for this exhibition, with a zoetrope in the center of the room solidifying the message by requiring actual collaboration between visitors to view a moving image.
Though most of the work on display is Bond's own, he uses pre-existing images in many of his pieces, which he deems a form of collaboration in and of itself. In his artist statement, Bond explains, "In my personal work, I appropriate existing imagery for the purpose of reinterpreting, recontextualizing, and repurposing visual information in a passive form of collaboration."
Furthermore, what Bond creates with these repurposed images is a delight. The artist's craftsmanship is impressive -- we were particularly fond of a series of works that had been laser-engraved in birch plywood. But on top of that, the content of the work is clever, easily navigating the waters between whimsy and sincerity.
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The only minor complaint we have about the show is that it seemed jam-packed. We would have been happy to see more space between the work so viewers really would be able to give each piece the individual consideration it deserves.
That said, Accomplice provided a nice frame for comparing Bond's collaboration with local artists at Santo Press and his collaboration with unknown artists in the repurposed imagery of his own art practice. It's definitely a show worth checking out.
The closing reception for Accomplice will take place Friday, February 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mesa Contemporary Arts. There will be musical entertainment, light refreshments, and a cash bar. Admission is free. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, February 23.