We've finally hit the art-meets-weather sweet spot, when temperatures are just right for making the art walk rounds during First and Third Fridays. A whole new crop of shows opens this week, and some cool shows are about to close. So start early, and enjoy this mix of art and nice weather while it lasts.
Lena Klett has a thing for exploring "how memories just below the threshold of consciousness inform experience" -- using paint, charcoal, embroidery, paper and other mediums to "hint at the lost details of a previous moment." The opening reception for her solo exhibition at Halt Gallery takes place Friday, March 20 from 6-10 p.m. While you're there, look for a new mural Laura Spalding Best is painting on one of the shipping container gallery's exterior walls. Find more information on the Halt Gallery website.
Turner G. Davis works will fill both the East Gallery and the Project Room come Friday, as Eye Lounge presents "mostly new images and found objects" with some pretty heavy themes -- including the existential search for meaning and "a yearning and aversion to clarity" in the 21st century. The title of the show references a man who convinces strangers to contribute unexpected items to his soup recipe while reflecting the "diversity of mediums" in the show. The opening reception this Friday takes place from 6-10 p.m. Find more information on the Eye Lounge website.
Tempe artist Bill Taggart, who goes by DadSocks, is showing his mash-up of street art, hip hop culture, and social justice at Palabra, which holds an opening reception this Friday from 7-10 p.m. Taggart specializes in stenciling, typically spending 15 to 100 hours on each piece he creates by layering various shades of spray paint with hand- or laser-cut stencils. His works are meant to strip away the manufactured images of pop icons and cults of celebrity that divert folks' attention away from "what's truly important." Let's hope he hasn't done a number on the latest celebrity hairdresser. Find more information on the Palabra Facebook page.
"Between Two Points"
You can see Matt Lu's detailed pen and ink drawings, which include taxonomic illustrations, through March 21 at The Lab Pop-up Gallery -- where the closing reception takes place from Friday from 7-10 p.m. Lu hails from Seattle, but now lives in Phoenix, and this is his first exhibition in the Southwest. He's an interdisciplinary illustrator and painter who trained in sculpture, but also knows his way around contemporary urban and street art. Find more information on the The Lab Pop-Up Gallery website.
Antoinette Cauley is showing several works she considers a continuation of her "Gansta Rap Made Me Do It" show. Four of the eight to 10 works she'll be showing are new, and all are meant to challenge "stereotypes facing black men in America." Cauley says her work is heavily influenced by social and political issues, as well as rap music and inner city Phoenix. "This series," she says, "is very relevant to what is going on in this country right now." The opening reception takes place Friday from 7-9 p.m at Vox in Roosevelt Row. Find more information on the Vox website.
"Everything's Not Okay"
It's a fun month for drawing fans, who can also explore works by Derek Hess. To some he's been known for illustrating CD covers, but he actually got his start more than two decades ago doing promotion flyers. His pieces are part of collections for the Louvre and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This exhibition, presented by Perihelion Arts at Modified Arts, opens this Friday with a reception from 6-9 p.m. You can hit an artist reception with Hess during April Third Friday, but we figure it's worth going this Friday then circling back in two weeks when the artist bounces in. Find more information on the Modified Arts website.