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Imagine you’re 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 don’t get too much insight from the artist, who pretends you’re 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. You’re 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 it’s a bummer that we can’t re-create the moment, the next best thing is happening at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt Street, where Timmerman’s retrospective exhibition “Then and Now, 1998-2009” showcases her creature-themed oils and encaustics, text abstractions, and more.

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


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