5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on September 5

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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.

"Analogue Roulette"

Jeff Slim's name has been popping up everywhere these days. After exhibiting his paintings in "Beyond the Reed" at Palabra's Biltmore Pop-Up last month, Slim is turning to his collaborative stenciling work in "Analogue Roulette" at 1Spot Gallery for the duration of September. Slim works with prints from an array of photographers to create stenciled pieces, adding a new dimension to the original photographs.

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"The unforgivingness of film photography is equal to free hand stencil cutting, making the art forms both attracting and challenging," Slim says. "When a piece is removed to create an image there is no going back, just as the shutter of the camera closes when a photo is taken." This exhibition features collaborations with Niba DelCastillo, Laura De, Kristin Shears, Sheena She, Brigette Bloom, Ashley Jackson, and Dustinn Craig. Friday's opening reception at 1Spot Gallery will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. with special musical guest Ryan Dennison. The show running through Friday, October 17. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

"No. Title"

Allison Fuentes is a photography student at ASU whose work grapples with themes like art, language, information, sex, and games. "No. Title" is an exhibition of Fuentes's recent photographs, which will be on view at the Step Gallery in downtown Phoenix through Saturday, September 13. The opening reception of the show runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday. For more information, visit the ASU event listing or check out www.allisonfuentes.com.

"New Era"

"New Era" marks the first official solo exhibition for Kevin Aviles, but it also heralds a new beginning for Palabra. Earlier this summer, we announced that the collective would be expanding, and now the new digs are officially open to the public. "New Era" kicks off at 7 p.m at Palabra. The celebration features music from Fernando Ramos, Enrique Garcia, Anthony Hart, and D.J. Maneone. Coffee and pastries will be provided by Nom de Plume Roasters and Patisseries, respectively. Cocktails will be served by Desert Spoon. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.


Members of the Eye Lounge are taking a look at our culture of excess this month in "Consumerism" at Frontal Lobe Gallery. Participating artists include David L. Bradley, Lee Davis, Paul Elliott, Daniel Funkhouser, Cherie Hutchison, Shirley Jardine, Chris Maker, Constance McBride, Merkel Mclendon, Abbey Messmer, Ann Morton, Dianne Nowicki, Nicholas Wiesinger, and Christina You-Park. Because Eye Lounge is currently undergoing remodeling, the opening reception will take place at Frontal Lobe Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or follow Frontal Lobe Gallery.

"Old Stories"

"Old Stories" is Lara Plecas's first solo exhibition since leaving the Eye Lounge in 2013. This latest show features paper and encaustic work that incorporates old currency, maps, and miscellaneous paper to create beautiful quilted patterns that reference history and memory. "Old Stories" runs through Friday, September 26, at MonOrchid. The opening will take place on First Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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