Recent Arizona transplants, let us enlighten you about the infamous Scottsdale Galleria rule: Why revitalize a perfectly good building when you can abandon it and build more strip malls less than a mile away? Until local developers get wise to the joys of recycling, Phoenix will continue to be littered with the carcasses of aging buildings. Sucks for everyone else, but its a goldmine of opportunity for photographer William LeGoullon, whose poignant images capture the hidden beauty of Arizonas rundown racetracks and dilapidated motels. In one of the images included in his Dust: William Bill LeGoullon exhibit, titled Black Canyon Race Track Seats, rows of white and yellow theater-style seats stand like an army of plastic soldiers in the quiet, untouched tomb of a former dog track. Says LeGoullon, These are places with stories of their own that continue to change and evolve at a slow and quiet pace, where behind every corner and through each doorway is another opening to the past and future. The future? Guess we know exactly what post-Apocalyptic Phoenix will look like come 2012.
Fri., July 3, 6-10 p.m., 2009