Visual Arts

Arty Girl: SMoCA's Artists on Artists

Tomorrow, Scottsdale is getting all kindsa artsy on us. There's the Summer Art Spectacular that you're not going to want to miss from 7-9 p.m. But allow me to suggest another art event that you may be able to squeeze into the evening...and it's a great way to stay in air conditioning while the sun is still up.

It's called Artists on Artists: "Rooted in the Real" and it's in a nice, cool, dark theater in the Scottsdale Center for the performing Arts. It's free and it starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tomorrow is the third event in the series and it's all about the art of documentation. It's led by photographers Aaron Abbot and Chris Todd who have invited six other local artists working in documentary-based media to get up on stage and talk about what they do.

Or, rather, what we do. Each artists specializes in observing, looking, examining and asking questions about the places we go, the interactions we have, the technological adjustments we make and how all of this gels into our collective, contemporary human experience.

Here's the quick and dirty about the lineup:

Aaron Abbott is a photography teacher at Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix. His photographs focus on a street-style aesthetic that emphasizes societal concerns and issues.

Denis Gillingwater is a multi-media artist who explores urban landscapes, the mass transition from industry to technology and how this all impacts people.

Eliza Gregory is a photographer who focuses on individuals and the environments in which they live to clue her audience into the back-story of her subjects.

William LeGoullon is a Phoenix enthusiast who takes photos of our forgotten spaces.  LeGoullon's main subject matter is time and how it's revealed in these spaces.

Stephen Marc is a Professor of Art at ASU whose photographic montages, using contemporary images, family snapshots and antique photographs focus on the black experience.

Michael Max McLeod has been a pioneer of using the internet as an artistic medium. He documented Chicago's underground youth in the early 90's and worked four years with Playboy, prducing webcasts of Hugh hefner's parties. He now focuses on the effects of media and internet on sexual identity and is a student at ASU.

Alex Schlegel has a background in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. With his analytical background, his sculpture explores a close observation and study of the world around him.

Chris Todd is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work examines how technological advances have shaped human interaction - or lack of interaction.

SMoCA's third Artists on Artists series: "Rooted in the Real" takes place at Stage 2 Theater inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building, 7380 E. 2nd St. on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free. Visit

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