This weekend will mark the return of the highly anticipated 4th Annual Rhythm Wine & Brews Experience in Indio, CA.  Taking place at the Empire Polo Fields, expect a classy event with top wines and brews paired perfectly with your favorite bands.
However, don’t think the experience will just stop there.  In addition to food, another pallet that will be touched upon is the visual arts.  Cristopher Cichocki, Art Director of Rhythm Wine & Brews Experience, has curated a solid list of local artists that will be featuring their large scale art installations on the field this Saturday afternoon/evening.
This week we were able to catch up with a few of the visual artists and talk about their pieces they are working on for the festival.
Rhytm Wine & Brews is great opportunity for local artists – so make a point to go out and support.
See ya there…
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INTERVIEW: TIM SHOCKLEY

conducted by Sarah S of The Coachella Valley Art Scene
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Can you tell us about yourself as an artist?  What do you practice?  What’s your medium?
I’m a mixed-media artist that creates one of a kind pieces with the goal of creating sculptures that withstand the test of time and trends. I learned bronze after high school at the Walter Marks Foundry for the Arts.
Tell me a bit about what you are working on for Rhythm Wine & Brews Festival this weekend.
In my latest work, called “Taming The Wild West”, I create mixed media assemblages , transforming barbed wire into tumbleweeds, that are symbolic of the changing landscape of the west and the ongoing disharmony between man and nature. Viewing the organic form of the tumbleweed trapped inside a steel cage, creates a visual piece with tension.
Tim Shockley
What inspired this project?
The series is inspired by human race’s attempt to control nature as we expand as a species.
Is there a small detail about your piece that you love that many others might not be able to see.?  Describe it.
The viewer might not initially realize that the organic form of the tumbleweed is actual barbed wire.
What was a challenge in constructing this?
The main challenge in creating these sculptures is taking a rigid man-made material such as barbed wire and creating a form of a tumbleweed.
What is your favorite wine?  And what’s it’s perfect pairing?
I often enjoy a bowl of organic fava beans with a nice chianti.
A brew + ___??___ = the perfect match for you??
A brew & a can of smoked oysters = perfect match
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on small and large scale works in my “Loose Tie” series and another series called “Precious” for upcoming exhibitions.
Tim Shockley
Tim Shockley
What does the future hold for you? 
…to be continued.
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Stay up to date with Tim Shockley:
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California-based Tim Shockley is a conceptual artist whose works reflect both a sincere devotion and respect towards his signature material, bronze, as well as the memorializing of time in its fleeting impermanence and perpetual relevance to our lives. Each new piece or series comes to life through a process combining the creative spark with meticulous forethought, and following through to the final completion of material and individual voice, resulting in sculptures, assemblages, and installations whereupon one perceives a glimpse of a fleeting moment in time, forever captured and made monumental through its presence as a work of art.
“I have always considered myself as someone that thinks outside the box. I believe this is most apparent when it comes to creating my artwork. I find inspiration for my work in places and at times when I least expect it. I have always been inspired by the Dada movement; which I think is portrayed in some of my work. As a teenager, viewing Picasso’s Bull’s Head, which consisted of a banana-style
bicycle seat and handlebars mounted to a wall, made a strong impact on my creative outlook, motivating me to see things in a different light. This experience ignited my drive towards an unconventional presentation of my artwork. While spending time in Los Angeles; I found a discarded antique 7-up crate; I turned it over and put 3 caste bronze turtle shells on top to create one of my most popular series, The Shell Game. Another example is a piece called, “Go West Young Man”. This piece was created from objects found while exploring the California desert. “Go West Young Man” represents courage, determination and drive. It’s about taking chances and throwing caution to the wind with the hope of a more fulfilling life. Three galvanized waste cans formed by time and repetition are mounted on a backdrop of floating straw. Floating in each can is a rustic pitchfork which represents hard physical labor that pushed individuals to search for something more. The interior is illuminated in a rich red patina representing the west coast’s dramatic sunsets.  In my latest work, called “Taming The Wild West”, I create mixed media assemblages , transforming barbed wire into tumbleweeds, that are symbolic of the changing landscape of the West and the ongoing disharmony between man and nature. Viewing the organic form of the tumbleweed trapped inside a steel cage, creates a visual
piece with tension.”

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