Visual Arts

5 Art Shows to See in Downtown Phoenix on Third Friday, July 17

As others are lay low for summer, plenty of metro Phoenix artists seem to be kicking it into high gear. July Third Friday attendees will be richly rewarded with opportunities to see works by dozens of artists — including several who use unconventional means or materials. 

“Maybe Tomorrow, Darling” 
See works by 12 artists conceived as part art installation, part gallery exhibition, and part “cathartic exercise for Arizona State University’s graduate students, local alumni, and community artists" at Modified Arts. Featured works include video, photography, mixed media, fiber, and painting. Curated by local artist Kara Roschi, the exhibition “uses the visual, conceptual, and material language of the office place” to explore several relationships: between being and doing, art and life, and art work and “work-work.” The artist line-up includes Roschi, Veronica Aponte, Shiloh Ashley, Peter Bugg, Travis Ivey, Willow Paule, Courtney Richter, Shahab Sagheb, Kade Twist, Denise Yaghmourian, Steve Weiss, and Leslie Barton. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Modified Arts website.

“Suspended Fluidity” 
Keith Laber is suspending six sculptural works, two created with steel wire and four with stone, from the ceiling at Eye Lounge from Friday, July 17, to Sunday, August 16. “This show is about self-identity,” Laber says. This month’s opening reception takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday. Find more information on the Eye Lounge Facebook page.

“Desert Wild”
The trio of shipping containers at the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market will contain the inaugural exhibition for Rhetorical Galleries, described by founder and curator Nic Wiesinger as “a Valley-wide space without a place,” created as “an alternative to the brick-and-mortar gallery system.” Three artists are presenting three collections of work for the show collectively titled “Desert Wild.” New Times contributor Mikey Estes explores “new queer subjectivities” with his “Recent Experiments in Home Gardening.” Matthew Mosher’s “Tributaries of Our Lost Affinity” examines the use of smart phones by those seeking to capture something missing from their lives. Danielle Wood’s “Baroque Sensibilities” considers the ocean as metaphor for the subconscious. The opening reception takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday. Find more information on the Rhetorical Galleries website

“Order, Chaos and Everything in Between”
Works created by young emerging artist Ryan J. Carey using only his breath and thin oil paint are currently on exhibit in the Shade Gallery at monOrchid. Curator Nicole Royse says the works feature a complex color palette, engaging composition, and engrossing texture. “Each mark on the canvas is air from my lungs, a moment in existence,” says Carey. “Using a stream of consciousness composition I amalgamate the colors into a literal representation of my breath.” The closing reception for this exhibition takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday. Find more information on the monOrchid website.

“Pure Synesthesia” 
See works by Rachelle Olsen-Veal and Eric Babcock at The Firehouse through August 8. The first creates acrylic on wood and canvas piece that depict “realistic subject matter in a geometrically expressionless manner,” and the latter creates assembled works of art created mostly with metals. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m., and Olsen-Veal will be live painting from 7 to 9 p.m. Find more information on The Firehouse Facebook page

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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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