Be it a First Friday or a Third Friday -- we're just excited about having an excuse (not that we need one) to see some great art exhibitions. And you better believe that we're making the loop and stopping by these five.
5. "Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied" @ Modified Arts For five weeks, Sue Chenoweth lived and breathed creative culture in Rio de Janeiro. In 2012 the artist was chosen to participate in the abroad arts residency, sponsored by the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Arts, and reveals her work created in Brazil this November at Modified Arts.
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Chenoweth is a painter who describes her work as a spiritual process: "I have to fall into an abyss of unknowing to get to a new place of understanding." She's shown in galleries and museums throughout Phoenix and across the United States, but her upcoming exhibition, titled "Sue Chenoweth: Real and Applied," is the painter's first international solo show.
The work she created in Rio was on view at Largo das Artes Gallery from August through September of 2012. It will travel to Phoenix for a Third Friday opening on November 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a panel discussion on Saturday, December 1.
Miguel Palma might be home in Portugal already, but after his residency at ASU Art Museum, he still has plenty to left in Phoenix to share. celebrates a collaboration between local children and artist Miguel Palma.
Palma hosted drawing workshops at the Museum and visited schools to enlist the help of young volunteers to create a companion piece to his "100 Drawings, Not 100% Sure," currently on display at ASU Art Museum. The result will be on view tonight at Combine Studios in downtown Phoenix, which hosts work from ASU Art Museum's residency program. Combine Studios will be open from 6 to 9 p.m..
3. "Decipher" Work by Thomas "Breeze" Marcus @ First Studio Thomas Marcus goes by "Breeze" and his work can be seen on public walls throughout Phoenix. The local artist is known for his pattern work (a nod to the weavings of Tohono and Akimel O'odham) and for his deep roots in graffiti. He works in all scales, but mostly in aerosol paint, which he's used to Downtown's Regular Gallery (now Roosevelt Row headquarters) in a map tribute to our ancient canal system and the side of Cartel Coffee with an enormous Phoenix -- to name a couple.
According to Breeze, "Decipher" refers to social connections. "Deciphering what the line means: words, forms or figures? Trying to make sense of these multiple layers involves open thought of abstract mixed with a graffiti edge. However the work is deciphered the end result enlarges tradition in a new contemporary way. Using imagination to identify the forms becomes hours of study and entertainment."
First Studio, at 631 N 1st Ave., will be open from 7 to 10 p.m..
2. Deserted @ Eye Lounge Eye Lounge artists joined efforts with Jerusalem-based artists this year in an art exchange to "create a connecting trade route of information, ideas and cultural awareness."
Last month, the Phoenix-based artists had their work shown at Agripas 12 Gallery in Jerusalem, and this month, the Downtown gallery will be host to Jerusalem-based artists including Michael Yakhilevich, Adi Shalmon, Leonid Zeiger, Bitya Rosenak, Oded Zaidel, Dvorit Ben Shaul, Doron Adar, Renata Rivkin-Gal, Shimon Lev, Vered Aviv ,Max Epstein, Yemima Ergaz, Meirav Davish Ben Moshe, Sarah Nina Meridor, Yochi Negev & Yossi Galanti. Curated by Doron Adar & Meirav Davish Ben Moshe.
"This exhibition seeks to investigate notions of locality and how displacement of art into regions of transitive similarities operate," writes Sean Deckert of Eye Lounge. "Bringing the work of Jerusalem based artists to Phoenix and the work from Phoenix to Jerusalem creates a connecting trade route of information, ideas and cultural awareness that we hope will expand the dialogue around desert related issues through art."
"The landscape we encounter in this group of works is of nowhere, it is as if we see an idea of desert but not the actual scene," writes Meirav Davish Ben Moshe of Agripas 12 Gallery." Broken widthwise lines and a conceptual meditative approach leads to sequence of personal and idiosyncratic statements that does not accumulate to a clear cohesive image. One cannot locate the images at a certain geographical boundaries of the Israeli desert whether it is the Negev, the Judea desert or the Aravah."
Eye Lounge will be open from 5 to 10 p.m..
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1. End of War @ Tilt Gallery The End of War includes work from Binh Danh, Erin Trieb and Ron Bimrose in a collaborative effort with Northlight Gallery ASU, ASU's Pat Tillman Veterans Center, The Art Café on the Tempe campus and Modified Arts.
According to Tilt, the work aims to "illuminate the complicated and challenging effects of war including the growing military-industrial complex, concepts of patriotism and heroism, the effects of continuous war on the cultural psyche, and the intimate struggle of our veterans with PTSD" and promote a dialogue about war and its effects on the human experience. Tilt Gallery is open from 6 to 9 p.m..