Visual Arts

Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery Aims to Expand Involvement in the Phoenix Art Community

Since the onset of 2013, new things have been brewing at Bragg's Pie Factory. After building owner Beatrice Moore announced last year that the gallery, formerly known for hosting large-scale shows in its cavernous space, would be divided into three smaller spaces, we have been eager to see what might spring up.

And now we have our answer.

Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery was conceived as an art space where community can take the central role.

"I want the space to be a place where the line is very blurred between showing 'fine art' (a term I don't like) and interesting community exhibits and events," says Moore.

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Though Frontal Lobe has been open since only January, the space already has seen poetry readings, music performances, a film night, and a piñata-making workshop, along with a more traditional art opening.

Currently, Moore says, she is hosting a series of community-curated exhibits (the first of which was curated by Jeff Falk for February's first friday) to encourage interaction and involvement with Frontal Lobe.

"I would like to see all kinds of projects take place in the space," she says. "I basically give someone free rein to curate an exhibit and do what they want. Of course, I pick people who I think have something interesting to say or something worth seeing or who can pull together something in a meaningful way."

This weekend, Frontal Lobe will play host to the annual Mutant Piñata Show. The event was one of the primary inspirations for the space itself because it represents such high levels of community involvement not usually seen in the gallery sphere, Moore says.

Over the coming year, Moore has plans to do a series of exhibitions based on friendships between artists and also to continue supporting community work.

"I hope it retains a certain informality -- perhaps comfortable, like a living room -- with interesting things to look at and to listen to," says Moore. "I welcome both the traditional and non-traditional. But no pressure to be some big, artsy highfalutin thing."

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Katrina Montgomery