First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this evening.
Bassim Al-Shaker garnered international recognition last summer when the New York Times ran a profile on the Iraqi artist, who came to Arizona in June 2013 with ASU's International Artist Residency Program. Al-Shaker's current work will be on view at 720 Gallery for this month's First Friday, and it's a show you will not want to miss.
Al-Shaker is a figurative painter; his hyper-realistic portraiture is particularly breathtaking. The artist recently had work on display in the 2013 Venice Biennale, and his work is included in private collections around the world. The show's opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
We recently chatted with Palabra owner Jorge Torres about his gallery expansion and the summer pop-up gallery at UNION at the Biltmore. Tonight marks the much-anticipated opening of that pop-up. "Girl" features artwork from Rebecca Green and Mikey Jackson. The night will be a full celebration, with music by DJ Maneone and Miguel Angel Rocha and food from Light Bites by Brendan McCaskey, Short Leash Hot Dogs, and Juicd Life. The reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
Frontal Lobe Gallery was transformed last month, when New Mexico-based artists David Leigh and Larry Bob Phillips installed "Cactus Hug." The large, site-specific work is an ongoing collaboration that features cartoon-like pop imagery to create a sense of both humor and horror. The gallery will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. for First Friday, and the installation will remain on view through June 21. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
"Dog Days of Summer"
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Tempe's Night Gallery is a bit removed from the usual First Friday happenings. But for Ally Glowacki's latest solo show "Dog Days of Summer" you will want to make the trip. We first encountered Glowacki's work at the grand opening of ASU's new Step Gallery, and we've been hooked ever since. Glowacki's animal paintings are filled with an artistic sensibility that usually evades work of the same subject. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., and the show runs through August 31. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
Larry Willis's solo show "Cinamatic" is an exploration of celebrity and (shocker) cinema. "A familiar face can hold a certain kind of power," says the artist on Facebook. "People come to think they know someone famous by the parts they play in films, on television or what is published in the tabloids." Willis's portraits will be on view at Willo North Gallery through the month of June. The First Friday reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m.. For more information, check out the Facebook event page or willonorth.com.