Best of Phoenix

Artist Paul Wilson is Inspired by His Hatred of Phoenix

Best of Phoenix hit newsstands yesterday. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Paul Wilson.

Visiting artist and stage set designer Paul Wilson is like stepping back into the 1950s and 60s, in all their kitschy, Barbie-and-Ken glory. You'll have to step over 3-foot rubber roaches writhing on their backs on the kitchen floor, then duck to avoid other gigantic ones hanging menacingly from the ceiling before you gain entrée to the heart of Wilson's mid-century modern abode, which seconds as a studio and art supply warehouse crammed to the proverbial rafters.

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Kathleen Vanesian