100 Creatives

19: Mitch Fry

19. Mitch Fry

Mitch Fry says he's recently been released into being a sculptor. He was raised in a Chicago suburb and his father was a commercial artist. He came to Arizona and graduated from ASU's fine art program. He says his sculpting style is constructing aesthetic larger things out of multitudes of smaller, mostly re-purposed things.

"When I look at stuff that goes by our daily lives into waste, I can't help but see sculptural materials, whether packaging or phone books," Fry writes. "Not altogether because waste is wrong, but mostly because my I am an artist and this stuff is intriguing and cheap or free."

Ok, Fry writes, off the soap box. He's married and has three sons. You might be able to catch him rolling out his next big project down Jackson Street in Phoenix (really, it rolls).

Read more about Fry and his work after the jump ...

1. List five things on your inspiration wall (real or imagined):
- Materials: I have a sculpture made from shiny dimes and clothespins. A pile of dried banana peels is building in my studio, I'm just waiting for concept glue ... No strings are "too short to save."
- Music: I'm an old Rock 'n' Roller. If I could make a sculpture of "Cortez the Killer" or "Angel of Montgomery," that would be something.
- The Ocean: Every wave on the shore is rebirth, every storm is re-boot, the wind coming off it is a healer's hand and being inside of that is flying.
- Dreams: I woke up yesterday after dreaming I was at a machine stamping big flat washers out of orange Popsicles for a sculpture. I have to find something to do with that!
- Grand Success Stories: Reminders that there is no such thing as, "you can't get there from here".

2. What was your last big project?

In May, the Contemporary Forum displayed my spheres at the Phoenix Art Museum. (Thank you to the nice people there.)

3. What's your next big project?
I have a show at Bonner David Gallery on October 21 with my new pieces.

4. Why do you do what you do?
Basically, I'm put together this way and just gave up to it.

I've done many things and avoided being declared an artist -- not to disparage artists, but I was brought up in the "proud American tradition" that the world needs many things, but another artist was not high on the success list. While I was busy trying to be "productive," that other voice inside of me was busier. It took a long time, but beauty and wonder won out.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
I want people to know the sculptures, and that you, yourself drop out of the equation; you're not important. The tip of your psyche is riding out on the art. Whether you keep dead people in your freezer, or used to be a cheerleader, your real vulnerability is already out there for all to see.
And if you're game, what's something you don't want Phoenix to know about you?
One of those things is actually true.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner

98. Carol Panaro-Smith

97. Jane Reddin

96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock

36. Kade Twist

35. Cindy Dach

34. John Wagner
33. Roy Wasson Valle

32. Sue Chenoweth
31. Patricia Colleen Murphy

30. David Quan

29. Lesli Yazzie
28. Nathan Feller

27. Cassandra Coblentz

26. Matt Dickson

25. Tara Logsdon

24. Gennaro Garcia
23. Tiphanie Brooke

22. Dan Semenchuk

21. James Angel
20. Tessa Windt

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