Imagine youre a newbie art critic, strolling around downtown years ago to check out the scene. You pop into a few spots and view the work, which seems pretty good, but you dont get too much insight from the artist, who pretends youre invisible while scanning the pages of a Penguin soft-cover novel.
Then you make it into eye lounge, where Kate Timmerman has created a life-size, bedridden American soldier. Youre astonished and thirst to know more. Timmerman an award-winning mixed-media artist with Phoenix roots going back to 1975 approaches you and goes on to blow your mind as she unpretentiously waxes poetic about art and life. The experience sticks with you.
Though its a bummer that we cant re-create the moment, the next best thing is happening at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt Street, where Timmermans retrospective exhibition Then and Now, 1998-2009 showcases her creature-themed oils and encaustics, text abstractions, and more.
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The show continues with a free First Friday reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Timmerman will be in attendance, ready to get you thinking in other dimensions.
Fri., Dec. 4, 6-10 p.m., 2009