Art walks are more often about people watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. We're here to guide you through both. Presenting our very own Field Guide -- an evolving guide to art walks around town.
From time to time, we'll introduce some of our favorite spots and dish out some insider information. If you have any tips or tricks, share 'em in the comments section.
Here's a peek at our guide to Downtown's First Friday for Aug. 3 ...
More hints after the jump ...
(Just a few) On the Map:
- David L. Bradley's "Fabrications" @ Eye Lounge Like many Phoenix Suns fans, David L. Bradley was a wee bit heartbroken when Steve Nash blew town last month. After all, the eye lounge artist is a longtime fan of the former all-star point guard for the Suns, who signed with the dreaded Los Angeles Lakers in early July after spending eight seasons trying to bring an NBA title to the Valley.
While Nash's exodus from Arizona means Bradley won't get to watch his favorite basketball players compete in purple and orange any longer, the situation did help inspire the title of one of a Suns-related art pieces he created for "Fabricated," his current show at eye lounge ... More. -- Benjamin Leatherman
- Women on Women @ Gallery Parallax Photographer-model-musician Emily Caldwell is a fresh face in the Phoenix art world. The artist opened Gallery Parallax on Roosevelt Row in May and her second show, "Women on Women," takes a new look at nudity in art. Caldwell says that the idea for a show featuring female nudes created by women photographers (including herself) and fine artists came from a discussion with a friend about how viewers respond to nudes based on the preconception that the photographer is male.
"I hope that people can look at the images from a different perspective, to see the women in these various works the way these artists did while they were creating them," she says. -- Becky Bartkowski
- Practically Everything @ Modified Arts An estimated 36 pieces of varying sizes from the seven photographers will be on view starting this Friday, July 20 at Modified Arts. According to the artists, these photographs aim to reflect the duality of photography as both trace and transformation that are able to simultaneously describe and alter a subject.
The majority of the exhibition includes inkjet prints, although some of the pieces will be scanned from 4x5 film and two will be silver gelatin prints ... More. -- Lauren Saria
Other Useful Information:
• There is a ton going on, so get there early, find a parking spot, get a snack (and a water bottle), and pace yourself.
•The Phoenix Art Museum has great parking (and great art, go figure) and is back as one of the stops for the First Friday Trolley.
• On-street parking is limited along Roosevelt Street between First and Seventh streets. Or if you can nab a spot, check out the free street parking on Grand Avenue.
• If you missed it, our 23rd limited-edition jackalope sticker by Josephine Davis will be on the map tonight. Pick one (or two) up at one of the galleries listed on our map.