Brush Slingers

Matt Brown's house is filled with painted doors, boxes of spray paint, secondhand canvases, paintings propped up in corners, and palettes crusted with layers of coagulated colors. He says a lot of cool new Tempe artists drop by just to hang out and paint. "It's my house, but it's also like a big art gallery and studio," he says.

Brown will treat spectators to a sort of open house by proxy at the Big Fish Pub, when most of the art he's tripping over in his hallway will be on display at the "House of Flying Paint" event on Wednesday, June 22. Brown, who also promotes a weekly Monday night live art event at The Lofts on Mill Avenue, says the "House of Flying Paint" event is the first in a three-part series, designed to raise money for "a new co-op coffee shop/gallery."

Attendees can watch Brown, resident artists from the Paper Heart, and graffiti artists from the two-day Street Dreams urban culture festival create art on the spot. And there'll be some new faces behind the palettes, too, like J.J. Horner, whose door paintings run the gamut from bright red robots to subdued, dreamlike landscapes. Horner will paint doors during the event, along with artists Tara Miller and Ryan Singer, while DJs from Swell and Burn Records work the turntables.

In addition to live painting, completed works will also be on display, like Brown's robot statues. "We go to industrial parks and get random junk," Brown says. "We get a stack of old computers, take a sledgehammer to them, and assemble the pieces into robots."

And of course, most of the art will be for sale, including the painted doors, which Brown says sell for "about 50 bucks" each, or just enough to pay for the materials. Since the doors are donated, Brown admits they've stockpiled paint.

"The event name is literal," he says. "Paint will be flying everywhere."

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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