10 Best Artworks We Saw in Metro Phoenix During May 2016

The Gateless Gate by Carrie Marill exhibited at Lisa Sette Gallery.EXPAND
The Gateless Gate by Carrie Marill exhibited at Lisa Sette Gallery.
Lynn Trimble

May's best artworks included photography, sculpture, painting, and video shown at art venues in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Gilbert. Several were created by artists working right here in the Valley.

Even as one gallery showed works by Iranian artists, another showed works by an Israeli-born American artist. One artist explored the objects carried by migrants and smugglers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, while another examined the human impulse to control yet preserve the wild. 

The Gateless Gate
Carrie Marill

Color and pattern do a visual dance that's at once spontaneous and structured in this 2016 acrylic-on-linen triptych by Phoenix artist Carrie Marill. It's one of many Marill pieces being exhibited, along with works by Kim Cridler, at Lisa Sette Gallery through June 25.

Silence of the Trees by A O Tucker exhibited at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery.EXPAND
Silence of the Trees by A O Tucker exhibited at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery.
Lynn Trimble

Silence of the Trees
A O Tucker

Fine art photographers A O Tucker and Connie Tucker (they're husband and wife) have traveled Arizona taking the photographs of plants, animals, and landscapes featured in the recent "A Photographic Journey" exhibition at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery.

Works by Jeff Slim exhibited at monOrchid.EXPAND
Works by Jeff Slim exhibited at monOrchid.
Lynn Trimble

Floating in a Peculiar Way and Chant of Ever Circling Skeletal Family
Jeff Slim

Works by Phoenix artist Jeff Slim recently featured in the "Bilá Ashdlá' (Five Fingered People)" exhibition at monOrchid's Shade Gallery explore traditional and contemporary Navajo culture. Often, Slim uses himself as the subject and incorporates his favorite pop-culture icons.

Miss Palmer (after John Singer Sargent) by El Mac exhibited at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.EXPAND
Miss Palmer (after John Singer Sargent) by El Mac exhibited at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
Lynn Trimble

Miss Palmer (after John Singer Sargent)
El Mac

Several works by Los Angeles-based artist Miles "Mac" MacGregor that are featured in the "El Mac: Aerosol Exalted" exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum reflect his interest in art history. That interest was fueled in part by childhood trips to the Phoenix Art Museum while growing up in the Valley. Today, he's an internationally renowned street artist also skilled in fine art.

My City is My Clothes by 2Niks Pictures exhibited at Tilt Gallery.EXPAND
My City is My Clothes by 2Niks Pictures exhibited at Tilt Gallery.
Lynn Trimble

The City is My Clothes
2Niks Pictures

Iranian artist Masoud Nikdel and filmmaker Ehsan Nikbakht create performance-based art critiquing contemporary culture. Recently, Tilt Gallery showed two of their videos, including one in which Nikdel sits covered in mud amid passing crowds of people, and another in which he collects others' discarded cigarette butts and places them in the transparent exterior lining of a suit he's wearing as part of an exhibition titled "(Un)certainty."


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