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40Owls Pop-up Gallery in Phoenix Presents Fortoul Brothers' Polished Primitivism

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Those entering the Phoenix pop-up -- located in a Central Avenue building sporting red brick walls, concrete floor, and exposed rafters of caramel-colored wood -- discover a delightful mix of elegant and earthy. Fat logs lay in opposite corners of the exhibition space. A clear, multi-tiered chandelier hangs in the center. Green plant material sits atop a metal candle holder on the floor.

Objects d'art include more than drawings, prints, paintings, and sculpture. A silver garment rack, perfectly polished to a high sheen, holds fashionable white T-shirts framing assorted Fortoul designs. Three colorful masks dot the wall near tables topped with stacks of various prints and notecards. Rows of carefully aligned hats, all black and sporting one of several icons prevalent in Fortoul artworks, are displayed together like a treasured collection of artifacts.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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