Andrew Pielage grew up exploring the Southwest with his parents and for the last 15 years, he's been capturing it through a variety of lenses.
You've probably spotted Pielage and his camera at arts and community events in downtown Phoenix for the past few years, and starting in January, you'll be able to catch him in his own gallery on Roosevelt Row.
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The Phoenix-based photographer describes his work as "emotional photography." He's created countless images of landcapes, architecture, and urban culture since he moved to Phoenix that have been featured in coverage by CNN, Outside Magazine, National Geographic, Roosevelt Row, and Phoenix New Times, to name a few.
In January, Pielage be operator and curator of the Drive-Thru Gallery -- a space that's held a number of names and been used as a studio for years on Roosevelt Street, behind Th!nk and Five15 Gallery. He snatched up the space around the same time local artists Michelle Ponce and Damian Jim signed a lease on the gallery next door, which now houses 1Spot, a place for contemporary Native artwork.
Pielage says his goal is to show mainly photography, but that he's likely to bring in other forms of artwork. He's planning a grand opening for the gallery during the First Friday of January that will feature his Roadside Gas Station Series, which he created over a two-night trek along State Highway 89, between Flagstaff and Page, and State Highway 77, between Tucson and Globe.
A long time symbol of the great American road trip, the rise of the filling station (1910-1920), gasoline or gas station (1920-1940), or service station (1940-present) mirrored the advent of the motorcar and aided in not only filling gas tanks but also hunger with the "essential" road trip junk food. Along highways in urban and rural areas alike and peaking in popularity during the 1960s, roadside gas stations have declined in recent decades. Fading slices of Americana gone to corporate mega-pump stations. Displayed in this series are both new and old roadside gas stations that still remain along Arizona's highways.
Pielage says Drive-Thru will be open every First and Third Friday and upon request. On January 4, he'll open the gallery's main garage door around 7 p.m. and says there will be plenty of hot cocoa and s'mores to go around.