We spotted Saskia Jordá's Lineage at Eric Fischl Gallery.EXPAND
We spotted Saskia Jordá's Lineage at Eric Fischl Gallery.
Lynn Trimble

Here's the Best Art We Saw in Metro Phoenix During August 2017

Most of our favorite art spotted around metro Phoenix in August was by local creatives. Some were shown in traditional art spaces, but we also saw plenty of intriguing work in other places — including two hotels and an airport. August highlights included work featured in a new exhibition of Brazilian contemporary art at Phoenix Art Museum. Here's a look back at some of the best art the Valley had to offer last month.

Lineage
For her "Lineage" exhibition, Saskia Jordá is showing several works exploring the complexities of the human circulatory system, intertwined lines of individual and collective ancestry that infuse the human experience, and the artistic lineage of Jordá’s art practice. It's on view at Phoenix College's Eric Fischl Gallery through Thursday, September 28.

We spotted Abbey Messmer's Passage at Shortcut Gallery.EXPAND
We spotted Abbey Messmer's Passage at Shortcut Gallery.
Abbey Messmer

Passage
Phoenix artist Abbey Messmer plays with underwater perspectives through painting and photography that prompt reflection on distorted realities and shifting perspectives. During August, her work was featured in a solo exhibition titled "go with the flow," presented in the Shortcut Gallery space shared by Phoenix General and Framed Ewe.

We spotted work by Keila Alaver at Phoenix Art Museum.EXPAND
We spotted work by Keila Alaver at Phoenix Art Museum.
Keila Alaver/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Sem título (Untitled)
This leather, photograph, and wood piece created by Brazilian artist Keila Alaver in 2000 is featured in the "Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo" exhibition that continues through Sunday, December 31, at Phoenix Art Museum.

We spotted work by Tania Bolin at First Studio.EXPAND
We spotted work by Tania Bolin at First Studio.
Tania Bolin

Rusty Tomato Patch
Through painting and mixed media, Yuma artist Tania Bolin documents ecosystems that are struggling to survive while examining the devastating possibility of their loss. Her work is part of "The Art of Science," a group exhibition that continues through Saturday, September 30, at First Studio.

We spotted work by Tiffany C. Bailey in Roosevelt Row.EXPAND
We spotted work by Tiffany C. Bailey in Roosevelt Row.
Tiffany C. Bailey/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Scenes Framed for Viewing
In a recent solo exhibition titled "Scenes Framed for Viewing," shown by Rhetorical Galleries inside a shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row, Tempe artist Tiffany C. Bailey showed porcelain work inspired by the topography of her southwestern Wisconsin childhood.

Read on for more of the best art we saw during August 2017.

We spotted Spring Song by Ann Morris Osgood at {9} The Gallery.EXPAND
We spotted Spring Song by Ann Morris Osgood at {9} The Gallery.
Ann Morris Osgood

Spring Song
During her solo "Earth Songs" exhibition at {9} The Gallery, Phoenix artist Ann Morris Osgood showed vibrant paintings of landscapes and botanicals infused with abstract gold leaf elements meant to remind viewers of nature's own precious value.

We spotted John Armstrong's Light Study III at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows.EXPAND
We spotted John Armstrong's Light Study III at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows.
John Armstrong/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Light Study III
For the "Classic Abstraction" exhibition presented by Reyes Contemporary Art during July and August at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows, curator John Reyes showed two distinct takes on abstraction by artists John Armstrong and Dorothy Fratt.

We spotted Prize 1216 by Kaori Takamura at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.EXPAND
We spotted Prize 1216 by Kaori Takamura at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Kaori Takamura

Prize 1216
One of several Arizona artists featured in the "Drawn to Pattern" exhibition that continues through Sunday, October 29, at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Kaori Takamura created this work using acrylic on canvas, serigraphy, and machine- and hand-stitching.

We spotted Jennifer B. Hoffman's work at Icehouse gallery.EXPAND
We spotted Jennifer B. Hoffman's work at Icehouse gallery.
Jennifer B. Hoffman/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Life Out There
Scottsdale-based Jennifer B. Hoffman, whose work feature a clean, whimsical amalgamation of bold color and shape, is one of several artists recently featured in the "Fearless Pop Up" exhibition curated by Michelle Micalizzi at Icehouse gallery.

We spotted work by Bobo Yo at Found:RE Phoenix.EXPAND
We spotted work by Bobo Yo at Found:RE Phoenix.
Bobo Yo

An Increasing Toll
Before Found:RE Hotel opened its "Trump All Over You" exhibition, which continues through Saturday, September 30, in a gallery space called the Studio, it lined a hallway with mixed-media works by Bobo Yo, including this take on Donald Trump.

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