I was a little unsure as I opened the heavy doors of Bentley Gallery's reconstituted warehouse space in downtown Phoenix. The gallery's latest show, "Gold Rush," sets out to "shift cultural associations with the world's most treasured metal." The show's official description goes on to talk about the role of gold as a culturally revered substance throughout history, but my own personal association with the stuff is a little different. When I think gold, I think gaudy.
I proceeded with caution, but quickly discovered that my hesitance was unwarranted. The show, curated by Bentley's director of secondary market, John Reyes, offers a diverse selection of contemporary work from 15 artists working in various media. All utilize real gold in their artistic processes.