Love art but hate crowds? Head to downtown Phoenix tonight for Third Friday to get your fix of arty goodness without the sea of humans that typically accompanies First Friday. Here are our picks for shows you will not want to miss:
"Twenty-Six" at Modified Arts
Local painter James Angel has exhibited his work at Modified Arts during Art Detour for years now. But this time around, he's changing things up. For "Twenty-Six" Angel has gathered the work of (you guess it) 26 local artists in hopes of showcasing the "the eclecticism and power of the local scene."
Participating artists are: Colin Chillag, Timothy Chapman, Sue Chenoweth, Kristin Bauer, David Dauncey, Randy Slack, Carolyn Lavender, James Angel, Greg Esser, Steve Hofberger, Emmett Potter, Monica Martinez, Brent Bond, Lori Fenn, Kate Timmerman, Annie Lopez, Pete Deise, Casebeer, Christina Ramirez, Rick Toerne, Abbey Messmer, Ann Morton, Brian Boner, Jeff Falk, Amelec Diaz, and Katie Hratko.
The show opens Friday, February 21, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. "Twenty-Six" will be on view at Modified through Saturday, March 15.
"Too Big, Too Small" at R. Pela Contemporary Art
"Too Big, Too Small" is a solo exhibition of work by artist Bob Adams. The show includes several larger pieces made out of cut vinyl that has been pulled to fit a traditional canvas stretcher. Adams's work explores the questions: What is the relationship of image to structure? And, how does one express the transitory nature of form?
The gallery, owned by longtime New Times contributor Robrt Pela, will be open at 6 p.m. Friday, February 21. The show runs through Tuesday, February 25. For more information, visit the Facebook event page
"Somewhere in Between" at Eye Lounge
Mikey Estes will be showing a solo exhibition in the project room at Eye Lounge featuring a selection of his sculptural collages. In an artist statement, Estes says his work is "an attempt to simultaneously embrace and reconcile this sense of placelessness, this queer state of being." We're intrigued.
"Somewhere in Between" will be on view in the project room at Eye Lounge through Sunday, March 16. You can catch the opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 21. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
"Pseudo Science" at Frontal Lobe Gallery
Tonight is the last chance to catch "Pseudo Science" at Frontal Lobe Gallery. The show features artists whose work deals with science in a playful manner. Among those with work on display is Monica Aissa Martinez who was recently featured in the New York Times.
Participating artists are: Christopher Caulfield, Timothy Chapman, Bill Dambrova, Casey Farina, Steve Gompf, Hilary Harp and Barry Moon, Mary Lucking, and Martinez. There will also be a special performance by Babs A'Delic at 8:30 p.m.
Frontal Lobe will be open from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, February 21. For more information about the exhibition, visit the Facebook event page.
"BOOM!: A Transformation" at 1Spot Gallery
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"BOOM!: A Transformation" is a "collective womyn art show" that features work in a variety of media. According 1Spot, the artwork deals with "transmutation, explosion from incubation, snippet of a change in progress, growth, rebirth, nature and its cycles and process."
Participating artists are: Anel Arriola, Melissa Dunmore, Ashley Macias, Michelle Ponce, Jackie Q, Jaclyn Roessel, Lakota Scott, and Yai.
The closing reception will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 21. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.