Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 71. Devin Fleenor.
Devin Fleenor's line of work is illuminating.
The digital artist's laser and video installation company, Epic FX, creates light shows for concerts, produces music videos, and has shown off its work at arty events, including ARTELPHX. But as far as his next big project goes, the Phoenix creative's keeping us in the dark -- mostly.
"We've got a few tricks up our sleeves," Fleenor says of a project he's working on for the 2015 Super Bowl. "Sorry, I promised everyone that I wouldn't say anything . . . yet."
Apart from that super-secret endeavor, the anti-Arpaio activist and member of Mr. Meeble is working on developing phase two of Epic FX's interactive laser-video software, LIVID, which stands for laser integrated video interactive display. The first phase was recently introduced to the public, and Fleenor plans to use the software as the basis of its upcoming art installations.
I was born in Phoenix. My grandfather was born in Phoenix in 1921 (and he's still alive and kicking).
I make art because there is no better way to connect with and inspire human beings.
I'm most productive when I get deeply excited about a big project. This happens regularly.
My inspiration wall is full of people. I don't have an inspiration wall, but I have a ton of inspirational friends. My friends are everything to me.
I've learned the most from my grandmother who taught me early on that literally anything is possible, and that balance is key.
Good work should always communicate something. A feeling, a truth, a message.
The Phoenix creative scene could use higher expectations. The Phoenix scene is a small expectation scene. We have incredible talent here, but people don't expect greatness here like they do in other big cities. Phoenix artists are hesitant to spend real money - and Phoenix patrons are hesitant to pay $20 for a ticket. $20 for world-class ground-breaking art/performance? That's a steal! It's time to break this stale pattern.
See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:
100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce
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