Your Guide to December 2016's First Friday in Phoenix
See works by Mexican printmakers working in the U.S. or Mexico at Step Gallery.
Courtesy of ASU Step Gallery
“Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá/Neither Here Nor There”
Contemporary Mexican printmakers from both the U.S. and Mexico are showing works in “Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá/Neither Here Nor There: Contemporary Mexican Printmaking on Both Sides of the Border.” It’s part of a portfolio exchange designed to unite artists with similar cultural backgrounds despite efforts by politicians to divide them. Featured artists are traditional, nontraditional, academic, and DIY printmakers. First Friday hours at Step Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the ASU Events website.
See works by Eric Cox at the Icehouse.
Eric Cox has compiled pieces that are loosely connected by “merging expressions with a free flowing technique.” They’re all grounded in Cox’s “perception that we are all diverse creatures.” Even so, they reflect his overall approach, in which he overworks lines until they’re perfect – yet recognizes they can never be perfect. First Friday hours at the Icehouse, which is also showing works by Eddie Sparr and Joe Holdren, are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Icehouse Facebook page.
See works by Jordan Thomas Alexander at Practical Art .
Jordan Thomas Alexander
“The Big Robot Show”
See works by mixed-media artist Jordan Alexander Thomas, who enjoys making “curiously odd robots and sci-fi creations on a grand scale” using wood and up-cycled found objects. He’s showing at Practical Art, where the evening’s lineup also includes live music, Polaroid camera photo opps, holiday treats, and ornament-making with artist Christy Puetz. First Friday hours at Practical Art are 6 to 10 p.m. Find information on the Practical Art website.
See work by Diego Pérez at Found:RE Hotel.
Diego Pérez, whose mural graces a west-facing exterior wall just off The Studio gallery space at the Found:RE hotel, is featured in the second exhibition to happen at the new art boutique hotel. Pérez is one of more than two dozen artists whose work is on view throughout the hotel. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the Found:RE Facebook page.
See works by Kelsey Dake at the Shortcut Gallery.
She's drawn for The New York Times, Nike, Variety, BBDO, McSweeney's, and HarperCollins. Now Kelsey Dake is showing 10 or so monkey drawings created for a color study. Dake admits she's not a big fan of monkeys, which made it easier to forget about trying to make them pretty. Instead, they reflect her characteristic wonderfully weird vibe. This is the first time she's shown them in public. First Friday hours at the Shortcut Gallery shared by Framed Ewe and Phoenix General are 6 to 8 p.m. Find details on the Framed Ewe Facebook page.
For one night only, you can see works created by senior photography students at ASU – including Emily Thomas, Kaela Hall, Kat Davis, Kaishun Huang, Lindsay Arnold, Nathan Heeney, Suemya Mazegri, and Taylor Schroeder. First Friday hours at First Studio are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the First Studio Facebook page.
See Knit dress printed with portrait of Jean Basquiat by Stephen Sprouse at Phoenix Art Museum.
Stephen Sprouse/Photo by Lynn Trimble
Light the Night
Get free admission to Phoenix Art Museum during First Friday, when bringing three designated items for their holiday donation drive will even get you free admission to one of the ticketed exhibitions. One ticketed exhibition, titled "Emphatics," features fashion — and the other works by Kehinde Wiley. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find details, including which perishable items count towards a free special exhibition admission, on the Phoenix Art Museum website.
MOM by Valerie Hunt was featured in last year's "Lighthouse "exhibition at Alwun House.
Valerie Hunt/Photo by Lynn Trimble
See the latest iteration of a light-infused exhibition, which is free from noon to 6 p.m. at Alwun House on First Friday. You’ll pay $14 ($10 in advance) to get in afterwards – because the DECKER concert, with Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold, kicks off at 7 p.m. Look for functional and conceptual works, including works by artists in the ASU Neon Art Club. Learn more on the Alwun House website.
See work by Geoffrey Bohm at The Hive.
See works by native Phoenician Geoffrey Bohm, who has been dabbling in many media for nearly three decades – bringing “raw, orchestrated, and spontaneous effort” to small- and large-scale works that explore “the struggles of everyday life in crude and biting light.” First Friday hours at The Hive are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on The Hive Facebook page.
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