Here's the Coolest Art We Saw in Phoenix and Scottsdale on February's First Friday

Detail of Aztec Smurf work exhibited at The Hive gallery in Phoenix.EXPAND
Detail of Aztec Smurf work exhibited at The Hive gallery in Phoenix.
Lynn Trimble

There was a lot of ground to cover during February's First Friday, as Practical Art showed work by Jennifer Gross in midtown, Kevin Caron exhibited work at Walter Gallery in Scottsdale, and dozens of art spaces in downtown Phoenix opened their doors. We spotted plenty of interesting work, including these favorites.

Surreal saints
Works by Aztec Smurf exhibited at The Hive included surreal twists on classic religious iconography, desert landscapes, and more.

Detail of Ann Osgood work exhibited at The Artery in Phoenix.EXPAND
Detail of Ann Osgood work exhibited at The Artery in Phoenix.
Lynn Trimble

Pattern play
Studio 6 artists showed an eclectic mix of drawings, paintings and mixed media works including this piece by Ann Osgood — and invited visitors to head upstairs to explore their art studios.  

Video art by Oscuro Collective shown at Fifth Row Dance Studios.EXPAND
Video art by Oscuro Collective shown at Fifth Row Dance Studios.
Lynn Trimble

Digital playground
Oscuro Collective showed images at Fifth Row Dance Studios created through months of back-and-forth editing between media artists Sam Angiulo and Michael Castaneda, who sought to take images grabbed from digital sources and manipulate them to hilarious and grotesque effect. 

Detail of a Jon Wassom painting exhibited at {9} The Gallery in the Grand Avenue arts district.EXPAND
Detail of a Jon Wassom painting exhibited at {9} The Gallery in the Grand Avenue arts district.
Lynn Trimble

Paint with personality
In some of Jon Wassom's works featured at {9} The Gallery, the paint looks like its about to pop right off the canvas. But he also showed mixed media works conveying a similar appreciation for the interplay between parts and the whole.

Works by Kevin Caron presented by R. Pela Contemporary Art at Walter Art Gallery in Scottsdale.EXPAND
Works by Kevin Caron presented by R. Pela Contemporary Art at Walter Art Gallery in Scottsdale.
Lynn Trimble

Man meets machine
R. Pela Contemporary Art (operated by longtime New Times contributor Robrt Pela) showed sculpture and jewelry created by Phoenix artist Kevin Caron at Walter Art Gallery in Scottsdale, where visitors got to chat with Caron as he created a new piece right on the spot using 3D printing technology.

Detail of Jennifer Gross piece exhibited at Practical Art.EXPAND
Detail of Jennifer Gross piece exhibited at Practical Art.
Lynn Trimble

Whimsical worlds
Practical Art showed whimsical mixed media works by Jennifer Gross, who imagines a world in which humans happily share the planet with a host of other creatures. 

Work from Juan Loza's photography exhibition at Skyline Lofts in Roosevelt Row.EXPAND
Work from Juan Loza's photography exhibition at Skyline Lofts in Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble

Natural high
The desert's scope and scale was on full display inside the art gallery at Skyline Lofts in Roosevelt Row, where Juan Loza photographs lined the concrete walls. 


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