Manufactured Landscapes

The work of Venezuelan-born artist Saskia Jordá is often influenced by its place. Now Phoenix-based, the artist specializes in site-specific installations and has filled rooms at the Scottsdale Public Library, a storefront on Mill Avenue, and corners of Shemer Art Center with industrial felt, hanging fabric, and geometric sculptures that reflect her interest in cartography and landscape. Through Friday, September 14, Jordá and Los Angeles artist Chris Oatey take over Modified Arts with "Random Interference."

Both artists address material and site-specific concerns in their work -- Jordá writes that her works in the show "combine and abstract imagery derived from fire-progression maps and my photographs of the aftermath of the devastating Gladiator Fire near Crown King, Arizona, offering glimpses of a surreal and charred landscape. Connection to the land, human impact on the landscape, and our attempts to reconcile with nature are subtexts to this series."

Fri., Aug. 17, 6-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m. Starts: Aug. 17. Continues through Sept. 14, 2012