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Laura Spalding Best's "Tarnish No. 1"

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Artist: Laura Spalding Best
Medium: Oil on metal

I have been exploring the urban landscape of the valley for several years now. My paintings separate and celebrate the blights on the vista. The utility poles and power lines that have undeniably become part of our collective vision join with the palm trees and saguaros to create a new shared aesthetic of the southwest.

The countdown to Best of Phoenix continues! Last year, we profiled 100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene. This year, we'll have 100 creative representations of Phoenix.  No scope or requirement on medium or size -- we'll include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary, and more. What do you see when you Imagine PHX?


Imagine PHX, so far: 

100: 

Steven Revering's Westward Ho

99: 

Jon Ashcroft's Suspended in Geography

 

98: William LeGoullon's Table
97. Jason Hill's Phoenix Financial Center 89. Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain
88. Sean Deckert's Ginae vs. the 12th Street Gang 
87. Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix
86. Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper
85. Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape 
84. Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact
83. Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen
82. Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel
81. Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur
80. Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast
79. Ramy Sidarous' Three Windows
78. Will Mejia's Orpheum Theatre
77. Steve Weiss' Portrait of Louis Lee
76. Larry Willis' Apparition on East McDowell
75. Claire Warden's Untitled No. 3
74. Randy Zucker's Dancing Saguaro
73. Robert Brandan Martinez's Medical Cannabis Tax Stamp
72. Edward Jensen's Phoenix Financial Center70. Mark Dudlik's Phoenix Rebound 66. Eric Iwersen's The Saguaros Have Been Here the Longest 43. Jill Johnson's Downtown Is ... 39. Sebastien Millon's "Phoenix. It's Fabulous."
33. Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers' The Valley of the Sun

And, hey! It's lunch time. Check out Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes for some foodie inspiration. 

Have a suggestion for a Phoenix icon by a local creative? Leave it in the comments section or email Claire.Lawton@newtimes.com


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