Renaissance Man

Sometimes it’s too easy to speak disparagingly of Phoenix. It’s a young city populated by geriatric people set in their ways. It’s a tired lineup of Applebee’s, strip malls, and understocked liquor stores. Then again, some of us know that there’s more to our unique town and are playing a part in its emergent renaissance.

Randy Slack, native Phoenician and longtime downtown artist, is a case in point. The paintings in his first solo exhibition in years, “He Was Giant and So Was His Great Dane,” spring at you like Molotov cocktails of color, enlivening any setting they’re found in. The works aren’t mere experiments in opalescence, though; they comment on identity and ties to family, place, and consumerism.

Fri., June 20, 6-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30-7 p.m. Starts: June 20. Continues through June 28, 2008
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Nina Carapetyan