10 Best Artworks We Saw in Metro Phoenix During April 2016

Good things tend to happen on the metro Phoenix arts scene this time of year, as the Valley gets an influx of visitors, locals celebrate the onset of spring, and art students mount exhibitions highlighting their best works. Ten of our favorites works shown in April came from exhibitions in several cities — including Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, and Mesa. And the artists who made them work in a wide variety of media, including charcoal, wire, painting, and photography. Check out a sampling of some of the best pieces we spotted in April.

The Cuban Soup Homage Warhol Series
Alfredo Manzo Cedeño

One of two artists we spotted this month whose work references Andy Warhol's iconic 32-piece Campbell's Soup Cans series, Cedeño's work explores important aspects of Cuban culture. It's part of "Hat Tip: A Tribute to Arts Philanthropy" at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Bottled Rocket #5, Bottled Rocket #1, and Bottled Rocket #2 by Ryan ZoghlinEXPAND
Bottled Rocket #5, Bottled Rocket #1, and Bottled Rocket #2 by Ryan Zoghlin
Lynn Trimble

Bottled Rocket #5, Bottled Rocket #1, and Bottled Rocket #2
Ryan Zoghlin

When photographer Susan Burnstine juried selections for this year's "Light Sensitive" exhibition at Art Intersection, works by Ryan Zoghlin made the cut. They're photographs created with an alternative process called Silvertone, and each depicts a rocket being launched into space.

WTF
Gloria Langer

Scottsdale Community College art student Gloria Langer created a colorful mash-up of social media with her own pop art take on an iconic trio of monkeys warning against seeing, speaking, and hearing evil — which is part of the 11th-annual "Best of Artists" on-campus exhibition. 

Mutual Possession of Ten Worlds by Swapna Das exhibited at ASU's Harry Woods Gallery.EXPAND
Mutual Possession of Ten Worlds by Swapna Das exhibited at ASU's Harry Woods Gallery.
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Mutual Possession of Ten Worlds 
Swapna Das

For her ASU School of Art thesis exhibition, Swapna Das created three series of drawings using charcoal in grayscale and sanguine, which were exhibited at Harry Wood Gallery on ASU's Tempe campus. They're all rooted in her research about the Buddhist concept of 10 life states experienced by everyone, including hunger, anger, rapture, and realization. 

 

The Twins by Turner G. Davis, exhibited at Eye Lounge in Roosevelt Row.EXPAND
The Twins by Turner G. Davis, exhibited at Eye Lounge in Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble

Adversaries
Turner G. Davis

With Adversaries, one of several works featured in Turner G. Davis' final exhibition as a member of the Eye Lounge artist collective in Roosevelt Row, Davis gives issues of historical and contemporary significance the mixed-media treatment — using a style that elevates both comic and deadly serious aspects of human nature. 

Flo Razowsky's Playas de Tijuana photograph for her solo exhibition at Treeo.EXPAND
Flo Razowsky's Playas de Tijuana photograph for her solo exhibition at Treeo.
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Playas de Tijuana
Flo Razowsky

This photograph, which is part of the "Up Against the Wall" exhibition at Treeo in Roosevelt Row, was taken by Flo Razowsky along the U.S./Mexican border. It's part of a series of works exploring the physical evolution of borders imposed by nation-states in various regions of the globe. 

One of several Jace Becker works included in an Arizona Artist Guild exhibition at Shemer Art Center.EXPAND
One of several Jace Becker works included in an Arizona Artist Guild exhibition at Shemer Art Center.
Lynn Trimble

Samhain 1
Jace Becker

This year's Arizona Artist Guild Scholarship Exhibition at Shemer Art Center includes this, and several additional works, by Jace Becker. This Mordancage film negative is one of several in a series that bring a ghostly presence to the natural world. 

Dimethyltryptamine, DMT by Ryan Parra, featured in "Vivarium" at Northlight Gallery.EXPAND
Dimethyltryptamine, DMT by Ryan Parra, featured in "Vivarium" at Northlight Gallery.
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Dimethyltryptamine, DMT
Ryan Parra

This photograph, featured in Parra's "Vivarium" exhibition at ASU's Northlight Gallery, is one of many exploring the role of agriculture in sustaining the masses. Each photograph features an edible, medicinal, and psychoactive plant native to metro Phoenix. 

Before Warhol by Devorah Sperber spotted at Bentley Gallery.EXPAND
Before Warhol by Devorah Sperber spotted at Bentley Gallery.
Lynn Trimble

Before Warhol
Devorah Sperber

Deborah Sperver often uses spools of thread in her works, creating subjects that get reveled to viewers once they look through the mounted clearn acrylic sphere that remove the distortion from the image. This iteration, made with 701 spools of thread, was on view in a small space off the main gallery at Bentley Gallery

Xawery Wolski's Globos (Globes) exhibited at Lisa Sette Gallery.EXPAND
Xawery Wolski's Globos (Globes) exhibited at Lisa Sette Gallery.
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Globos (Globes)
Xawery Wolski

Recently, Lisa Sette Gallery presented an exhibition of works by Polish-Mexican artist and sculptor Xawery Wolski, whose suspended globes were created with wire. The artist often works with terracotta, using glazes that give his works the appearance of platinum, gold, or other materials. 

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Lisa Sette Gallery

210 E. Catalina Dr.
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Treeo
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Eye Lounge

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Scottsdale Community College Fine Arts Building Gallery - Closed

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Harry Wood Gallery

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Bentley Projects

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Northlight Gallery
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Shemer Art Center & Museum

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Art Intersection

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