5 Art Shows You Should See in the East Valley

Work by Courtney Michele Leonard featured in "Breach: Log 16" at ASU's Ceramics Research Center.EXPAND
Work by Courtney Michele Leonard featured in "Breach: Log 16" at ASU's Ceramics Research Center.
Courtesy of ASU Art Museum

For those who frequent the bustling First and Third Friday arts scene in Phoenix, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole world filled with intriguing art beyond the city’s boundaries. Without exploring works in other cities and towns, it's hard to get a sense of the big picture.

The East Valley has some pretty cool exhibitions lined up for this month. One featured artist creates ceramics inspired by water and whaling, and another uses visual tropes to call out American failings in providing equal rights for gays. Here’s the rundown, so you can check them out.

“Breach: Log 16”
ASU Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery
Through August 6

Look carefully at Courtney Michele Leonard’s art piece referencing a fishing net, and you’ll see that the small ceramic pieces dotting its intersecting lines are actually porcelain water spigots. Hailing from the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York, New Mexico-based Leonard creates mixed media, video, and audio works exploring the evolution of language, image, and culture. Her “Breach: Log 16” exhibition considers the historical ties of water and whale, related laws, and issues of material sustainability. Find more information on the ASU Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery website.

Work by Azalea Patricia Rodriguez featured in "Emerge" at Art Intersection.EXPAND
Work by Azalea Patricia Rodriguez featured in "Emerge" at Art Intersection.
Courtesy of Art Intersection

“Emerge 2016”
Art Intersection
April 23 to May 21

William LeGoullon, an artist best known for his series of photographs capturing items used for target practice then left behind in the desert, curates this exhibition including 78 works by 57 Arizona students from high school through graduate school. In doing so, he looked for images that broke his expectations and pushed the students’ level of competency. “The experiential outcome explores not only a wide range of aesthetics, but also experimentation with conceptual content, processes, and subject matter,” LeGoullon says in his juror statement for the show. For him, it’s all about “examining how students continue to challenge the ways we think about and develop the medium while simultaneously recognizing photography’s unique relationship to our culture as a whole.” Find more information on the Art Intersection website.


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