Best Stop on Art Detour Phoenix 2010 - Westwind Studios
Take a run-down and vacant motel, do some renovations, stick a bunch of artists in each room, and see what happens. That's what the folks behind Westwind Studios, a living and working community for artists, did for this year's Art Detour Weekend. We wandered through a headache-inducing suite with red and blue balloons, streamers, and drawings, as we donned some old-school 3-D glasses. Another space featured an audio and video-projection installation that buzzed and whizzed as we moved through the space. But the shining star of the experience was our last stop, into one of the motel rooms turned studios, in which ASU professor Adriene Jenik was kneeling on the floor. She was making tick marks on the wall in charcoal — one for every Iraqi death. The performance piece lasted all weekend. The powerful performance, combined with the other stimulating mini-exhibitions, made for the best stop of Art Detour.