Somewhere between focusing on his own work and collaborating with artists in the local community, Joseph "Sentrock" Perez continues to direct the Rise Project (a collaboration between the City of Phoenix and ASU Downtown that aims to get teens more involved in the arts), and operated the Rise Project pop-up gallery in the Perihelion Arts space on Roosevelt Street. 

Sentrock didn't have much of a summer vacation. He says he stays so busy that trying to keep an eye on him can make one's head spin.

Joseph "Sentrock" Perez: Heart Felt Rhymes at the Artlink A.E. England Gallery

This Friday, the artist will hang his own acrylic paintings at the

A.E. England Gallery

in an exhibition called "

Heart Felt Rhymes

." Inspired by Phoenix culture, Sentrock says he combines poetry with dark lines, bold colors, and images of people, animals, and abstractions.

Michael Soto of AZ Citizens for the arts writes, "Joseph's work, whether in murals or canvas, shines. His work is real, it is the story of neighborhoods, Phoenix, himself. His use of color is new like the city, unique and alive. His play on words that he commonly uses in his work, give a narrative to the paintings, small clues to the stories he is telling with a brush."

You can see Perez's visions of community and culture in Phoenix starting with the "Heart Felt Rhymes" opening reception at 6 p.m. this Friday. The exhibition will be on display until September 30, with a closing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 16. Perez says he'll be attending the closing reception, and will be available to answer questions and talk about his work.

Joseph "Sentrock" Perez: Heart Felt Rhymes opens Friday, September 2, at the Artlink A.E. England Gallery, 424 N. Central Avenue (inside the A.E. England building within the Civic Space Park). For more information, visit www.aeenglandgallery.com.

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