5 Cool Things We Saw at Phoenix's First Friday in February
Soul Matrix installation by Tara Logsdon at Frontal Lobe Gallery and Community Space.
Artwork, street performers, food trucks, and super-size boom boxes made this month's First Friday an especially lively affair. Folks visiting Roosevelt Row had fun with way-finding, thanks to towers of arrows pointing the way to local art venues and local businesses, and signs signaling nearby sources of artwork, coffee, beer, and little black dresses. We found our February favorites in a fun assortment of places from a pop-up gallery to a photography studio.
Soul Matrix by Tara Logsdon
We were drawn by a rainbow of cascading colors to Tara Logsdon's Soul Matrix, an installation featured in her solo exhibition "Bearial Ground" at Frontal Lobe Gallery and Community Space -- where 10 repurposed teddy bears mounted on gallery walls are dressed according to social justice themes such as race, torture, money, and poison. While making our way from a teddy bear sporting a white hooded KKK robe to a teddy bear attached to a mock torture device, we spotted various gallery-goers interacting with Soul Matrix, going inside the circular space for a bit of conversation or meditative time. The installation really drew people in and kept them engaged with the exhibition.
Photographs by Jim Bochenek exhibited at Capture 12 in Roosevelt Row.
Photographs by Jim Bochenek
Jim Bochenek's photographs, taken in Arizona, and during European travels, marry simple subject matter with sophisticated technique. One of our favorites shows an old Valley Bank sign, and another shows a door bordered by cactus blanketed in snow. They're part of an exhibition called "Matter of Light" at Capture 12, which is curated by Rembrandt Quiballo and also includes photography by Robby Brown and Gene LaTour.
40 Owls work that leaves us longing to see Fortoul Brothers mural art in Phoenix.
Mural Art by 40 Owls
There was a steady stream of First Friday participants walking from Roosevelt Row to the 40 Owls pop-up gallery space once other shows had wrapped up for the night. A the pop-up, we found a fun mix of local artists and art lovers enjoying the 40 Owls Art Lounge event, meant to celebrate the good buzz surrounding the duo's recent exhibition in the same space. This time around, they presented a reprise of several works -- including wooden figurative sculptures, mail art, and "Golden Clutch" figurines. Our favorites, not featured in the 2014 exhibition, were large scale works with a mural vibe.Next Page
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