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Feathers are prominent in Laura Strohacker's new installation for the Hot Box Gallery.
Feathers are prominent in Laura Strohacker's new installation for the Hot Box Gallery.
Courtesy of Lauren Strohacker

It's all about variety this month as Third Friday April gives folks a chance to explore delicate wood burnings of moths inspired by ASU's entomology collection, acrylic paintings on watercolor paper inspired by tattoos mirroring traditional Japanese artwork, and an immersive world of plant-laden I.V. bags inspired by losing a young person to leukemia.

See also: ASU Artists Put Contemporary Twist on Traditional Materials in "New Art Arizona" It's your last chance to enjoy the trio of shipping containers in the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market in their current home, because plans are underway to move them across the street -- where they'll have a summer hiatus before we see their new incarnations later this year. Hence three of our "must-see" exhibitions are happening in the Hot Box and Halt Gallery shipping containers.

"Onloaded 2: Lauren Strohacker"

Strohacker turns her attention to the feral population of rosy-faced lovebirds in metro Phoenix, referencing the release several decades ago of birds purchased from pet stores or breeders. Noting that these birds' ancestors were "plucked from the wilds of Southwestern Africa," the artist indicts the creation of a "man-made artifice posing as paradise" in this Hot Box Gallery exhibition. Friday's opening takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art website.

Alexandra Bowers work featured in her Hot Box Gallery exhibition.
Alexandra Bowers work featured in her Hot Box Gallery exhibition.
Courtesy of Ted Decker/PHICA

"Onloaded 2: Alexandra Bowers"

Bowers carefully mapped out the placement of 110 drawings of moths wood burnt into square and rectangular boxes of wheat-colored wood before installing them for this exhibition, which includes several new works that demonstrate careful attention to anatomical details. Her fascination with moths stems from their status as an indicator species that helps to alert humans to environmental changes taking place on a broader scale. Those who saw a smaller exhibition of her works several months ago at Practical Art will find the exhibition of this many pieces in the Hot Box Gallery setting makes for an interesting contrast. Friday's opening takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art website.



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