Portrait of the Artist as a Delicate Flower (detail) by Bill Dambrova exhibited at Chartreuse.EXPAND
Portrait of the Artist as a Delicate Flower (detail) by Bill Dambrova exhibited at Chartreuse.
Bill Dambrova/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Here's the Best Art We Saw in Metro Phoenix During December 2016

Local artists delivered some real delights during December exhibitions in metro Phoenix. Cydnei Mallory explored stereotypes using hairnets. Bill Dambrova paired his bold paintings with giggle-inducing titles. And Jeff Slim launched a new photographic journey.  Here's a look at 10 of the best works we spotted during December, from artists working both in and beyond metro Phoenix.

Portrait of the Artist as a Delicate Flower
Bill Dambrova

For his “Resilient Bodies” exhibition at Chartreuse gallery, located in the Bragg’s Pie Factory building that also houses his Goat Heart Studio, Dambrova presented this and other works that “playfully ponder the balance of the delicate and the resilient within the biological systems of humans, animals, and plants.”

Sonja Kelliher-Combs' Unraveled Pink Secret featured in the "(Map)ing" exhibition at ASU Art Museum.EXPAND
Sonja Kelliher-Combs' Unraveled Pink Secret featured in the "(Map)ing" exhibition at ASU Art Museum.
Sonja Kelliher-Combs/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Unraveled Pink Secret
Sonja Kelliher-Combs

Raised in the northern Alaska community of Nome, Kelliher-Combs explores the “ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity in the Alaskan context” through mixed-media paintings and sculptures that incorporate both shared iconography and personal imagery. This work (intaglio, chine collé, wax, thread, and human hair) is featured in the "(Map)ing" exhibition that continues through May 20, 2017 at the ASU Art Museum.

Jeff Slim photographs featured in "Third World Beings: A Prelude to Bilá Ashdlá" at the Appaloosa Library in Scottsdale.EXPAND
Jeff Slim photographs featured in "Third World Beings: A Prelude to Bilá Ashdlá" at the Appaloosa Library in Scottsdale.
Jeff Slim/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Without Colors
Jeff Slim

Best known for colorful paintings and murals that explore the intersection of his own Navajo heritage with contemporary culture, Slim has recently embraced black and white photography. By painting his characteristic white lines onto human bodies, then photographing the figures, he creates works with an abstract feel that convey the energy of his Native people. These photographs are part of the “Third World Beings: A Prelude to Bilá Ashdlá” exhibit that continues through February 16, 2017 at the Appaloosa Library in Scottsdale.

Maricopa tap water was featured in Geoffrey Bohm's solo exhibition at the Hive.EXPAND
Maricopa tap water was featured in Geoffrey Bohm's solo exhibition at the Hive.
Geoffrey Bohm/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Maricopa tap water
Geoffrey Bohm

For a recent solo exhibition “Trotting Through the Glue Factory” at the Hive, this Phoenix native presented several works exploring struggles that transpire on both a personal level and within societies and systems, prompting reflection on elements of the human landscape that are simultaneously beautiful and strange. This 2016 work is an acrylic painting on found canvas.

Untitled work by David Oklahoma (detail) exhibited at Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale.EXPAND
Untitled work by David Oklahoma (detail) exhibited at Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale.
David Oklahoma/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Untitled
David Oklahoma

One of several artists featured in Tilt gallery's December exhibition titled “Who’s in the House,” Oklahoma creates large-scale paintings, often using printmaking tools such as ink and brayers. For this piece, and others, he layered colors before scraping parts away to create textural elements.

Read on for more great Phoenix-area artworks.

Untitled work by Cydnei Mallory featured in the "TMI (Too Much Information)" exhibition at ASU's Gallery 100.EXPAND
Untitled work by Cydnei Mallory featured in the "TMI (Too Much Information)" exhibition at ASU's Gallery 100.
Cydnei Mallory/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Untitled
Cydnei Mallory

An interdisciplinary artist pursuing her MFA at Arizona State University, Mallory uses the body as a reference for exploring stereotypes regarding gender, sexuality, and class. This installation for the recent “TMI (Too Much Information)” exhibition at ASU’s Gallery 100 was created using hairnets, steel, motors, and Arduino microcontrollers – but she also works with other materials, including cast metals, rope, fabric, silicone, and hair.

Numb (detail) by Melissa Schulenberg featured in "Temporal Exchange" in the ASU School of Art building.EXPAND
Numb (detail) by Melissa Schulenberg featured in "Temporal Exchange" in the ASU School of Art building.
Melissa Schulenberg/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Numb
Melissa Schulenberg

For this lithograph featured in the “Temporal Exchange” exhibition at the ASU School of Art in Tempe, Schulenberg incorporated imagery drawn from several periods of her own life, including her experience with surgery and healing. In her text panel written for this piece, Lizzy Tober notes that the central image was inspired by a found jawbone and other bones gifted to the artist, and that the artist’s color palette was influenced by travel in Japan.

Me Voy o Me Quedó? (Should I Go or Should I Stay?) (detail) by Juan De Dios Mora exhibited at Step Gallery.EXPAND
Me Voy o Me Quedó? (Should I Go or Should I Stay?) (detail) by Juan De Dios Mora exhibited at Step Gallery.
Juan De Dios Mora/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Me Voyo o Me Quedó? (Should I Go or Should I Stay?)
Juan De Dios Mora

This piece was part of a recent exhibition at ASU's Step Gallery titled “Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá / Neither Here Nor There: Contemporary Mexican Printmaking on Both Sides of the Border.” The artist lives in Laredo, a border town in Texas, where he creates work meant to “bring people together with sentimental, satirical, sarcastic, and comical themes” that promote greater awareness of self within community and cultural context.

Marilyn Szabo's Deborah Block with Iguana was featured in "Life & Death Portraits" at monOrchid.EXPAND
Marilyn Szabo's Deborah Block with Iguana was featured in "Life & Death Portraits" at monOrchid.
Marilyn Szabo/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Deborah Block with Iguana
Marilyn Szabo

One of several Marilyn Szabo photographs featured in a recent solo exhibition titled “Life & Death Portraits” at monOrchid, this work reflects the artist’s ability to capture the defining characteristics and distinct personalities of her subjects, which she has honed during an art practice spanning several decades.

Works by Eric Cox featured in the "Collision" exhibition at the Icehouse.EXPAND
Works by Eric Cox featured in the "Collision" exhibition at the Icehouse.
Eric Cox/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Three portraits
Eric Cox

For December’s “Collision” exhibition at the Icehouse, which also featured works by Joe Holdren and Eddie Sparr, Eric Cox presented a strong showing of both large- and small-scale works, including this trio of paintings. Additional artists have been added to the exhibition, which has been extended through January 6, 2017.

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