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South Beach meets the Southwest in a pop-up exhibition that mixes the work of two Miami artists with that of a couple Phoenix ones.

“CROSSCURRENT” features Arizona artist Bill Dambrova, whose colorful explorations of innards won him consideration for the Whitney Biennial-esque “State of the Art” exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Alongside him is Kristin Bauer, whose graphic works allude to marketing and propaganda. Miami artist Kiki Valdes deals in cartoonish expressionism, while Jel Martinez grew up in the graffiti scene and now paints in a studio, inspired by methods of vandalism removal.

If these things don't sound like they go together, it's because they, uh, don't. Event organizers say they don't expect cohesion among the very different works, noting that the purpose of the show is to break boundaries of style and see “the consonance and dissonance that emerges.” A sister Miami exhibition will debut in November.

The opening artist reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at Phoenix Merchandise Mart, 246 South First Street. Admission is free. The exhibition will remain on view through Wednesday, April 30. Visit

Fri., April 4, 7-10 p.m.; Fri., April 18, 7-10 p.m., 2014


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