Whats one of our favorite things about Mesa Contemporary Arts besides the kickass exhibits? The gallery's sheer size, which makes it the perfect fit for "Mass Consumption," a show that associate curator Tiffany Fairall describes (in a ginormous nutshell) as "everything about popular culture."
Juror Greg Escalante of Juxtapoz magazine streamlined the cornucopia to 62 works in numerous media by 53 artists, including pop surrealist Chris Mars and sometime New Times illustrator Mike Maas. "We've got several different themes," Fairall says. "A lot of commentary on the war, and basically social responsibility -- commenting about shopping, our consumer society so it's going to be jam-packed full."
A "Summer Cool Down" opening reception with refreshments, hands-on activities, and an opportunity to meet several of the artists takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 13.