Phoenix artist Randy Slack has released the lineup for "Chaos Theory 19," the upcoming installment of his annual invitational exhibition held at the 7,000-square-foot Legend City Studios in downtown Phoenix.
It includes more than 70 emerging and established artists.
Just 19 artists showed work during the first "Chaos Theory" exhibition in 2000, which was founded by Slack and fellow artists James Angel and David Dauncey. At the time, they comprised an artist collective called 3CarPileUp. They named the event for the mathematical principle that says small changes can produce big effects.
"Chaos Theory 19" opens at 6 p.m. on First Friday, October 5, and runs through midnight. The one-night-only affair, which is free to attend, includes live music by Michael Brandon Vela.
left a legacy that includes "televisor" sculptures created with found objects and moving images inspired by 19th-century English photographer Eadweard Muybridge.
Several additional "Chaos Theory 19" artists, including Pete Deise and Joe Willie Smith, are best-known for sculptural works. John Randall Nelson, the artist whose 26-foot rabbit called One-Eyed Jack was just installed in Scottsdale, is also part of this year's show. Deise's latest claim to fame includes creating the city's first shipping container sculpture.
Phoenix Art Museum, which will be revealed the same night as "Chaos Theory 19."
Slack chose artists who work in diverse, and sometimes unusual, media. Tara Logsdon's "Chaos Theory" creations often include teddy bears set in visual narratives, and Cindy Dach often shows embroidered pieces that reflect her interests in community and desert environments. Alexandra Bowers is best-known for wood burnings depicting natural elements, and Abbey Messmer often creates pieces that reference water.
Xico Arte y Cultura, Frank Gonzalez's solo show at Desert Botanical Garden, and Joe Willie Smith's work at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. And keep an eye out for a video featuring downtown arts pioneer Annie Lopez next time you're at Phoenix Art Museum.
The "Chaos Theory 19" lineup includes dozens of additional artists distinguished by the quality of their work and influence on the Valley's cultural landscape. Here's the rest of Slack's list for 2018, which includes photographers, painters, mixed-media artists, video artists, and more.
If you're eager to get the pulse of the metro Phoenix arts scene, "Chaos Theory 19" is a must-see exhibition.
"Chaos Theory 19." Friday, October 5, 6 p.m. to midnight, Legend City Studios, 521 West Van Buren Street. Free admission. Facebook: Randy Slack.