Slim Fast

Jeff Slim is interested in finding the realm where traditional values and modern concepts collide. His latest exhibition, titled “Beyond the Reed,” references a Diné creation story in which the Diné people must travel through a reed to enter this current world.

It’s a fitting backstory for the show; Slim says he seeks to depict real humans in modern society who still retain their cultural identity. The work itself is a beautiful series of colorful, textured portraits of Slim’s friends and family.

“Beyond the Reed” is on view through end of August at the Palabra Pop-Up at the UNION at the Biltmore Fashion Park, 2505 East Camelback Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, call 602-955-8400.

Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Aug. 22. Continues through Aug. 31, 2014
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