Ian Wender, 42, has spent most of his life crisscrossing Earth searching for adventure and inspiration. Whether globetrotting in service of the armed forces or braving the Appalachian Trail, the hippie-ish painter and occasional photographer set foot on six continents before taking root in the Valley. The zigzagging nature of his journeys is echoed in the kinetically chaotic mass of paint rivulets that Wender ambles and flows across wood panels for his mixed-media works. Incorporating found objects and overlaid with resin, his "topical pop" creations — reminiscent of Jackson Pollock and symbolizing sociopolitical subjects — are born at the Holgas apartment complex in downtown Phoenix where he resides when he's not trekking to Burning Man or playing bass for local... More >>>