Phoenix Art 2015

Last Saturday the Contemporary Art Society (CAS) of the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) took a bus to Phoenix for its annual day of art.

Our first stop at the ASU Grant Street Graduate Studios. The old building started as Southwest Cotton Company, then Karlson Machine Works.  It has been renovated by Levine Machine, in an industrial section of Phoenix, with lots of noise from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.  This photo of the front from the Downtown Phoenix Journal.  I took the photo of the side exit.
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Liked Dani Godreau’s Papercuts1 (done with an exacto!)
phoenix art 003phoenix art 002And Travis Rice’s sculptures and paintings2.
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Elizabeth Oriodne had no web site, but interesting hand-printed fabric (below left).  Erika Lynne Hanson did beautiful weavings3 inspired by scenic views (below right).
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Onto the Lisa Sette Gallery, in an interesting building nestled into the ground, to see The Brief Forever, works by Mayme Kratz and Alan Bur Johnson.
phoenix art 027I didn’t take any photos of Mayme’s work, as I had for TMA’s Grasslands exhibit4 and at last year’s trip to her studio5.  Alan Bur Johnson has taken photos of feathers and set them in keyring loop photo clasps, then pinned them to the wall6.  (If the photo of Murmuration 13:00:47 looks out of focus, that’s the shadow.)
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Also of interest were Enrique Chagoya’s Pyramid Scheme and Xawery Wlski’s Vestido Semillas III, constructed from pumpkin seeds cast in bronze.
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After lunch at Blanco Tacos + Tequila we drove to the R’s home.  What a collection of modern and contemporary art!  A large blue pottery teardrop by Ai Wei Wei.  One of Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Blue).
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A Picasso painting.  A Louise Nevelson.
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One of Roy Lichtenstein’s Water Lily Plates.  A mobile by Caulder.  And so on.  Plus the couple were charming and the house was pretty nice.
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Next we went to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to see their exhibition, Covert Operations7.  This is taken from Donald Rumsfeld’s quote,

…there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know. 

The art deals with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with a special emphasis on surveillance and spy activities. The curator worked with retired CIA guys who meet occasionally for lunch in Phoenix.  Apparently they are permitted to talk about their work now.  (Some of the pieces were kinda scary.)

L&DLast we visited the studio and home of Forrest Solis8.  She is presently working on her L&D Day Series (Labor and Delivery and Life and Death), based on the very difficult delivery of her son.  They’re pretty graphic.  This one, L&D Day Series #3, is from her web site.  It represents all of the tubes she had going into her on that day.

I asked her husband about the large drawing on the family room wall of two dogs and a chicken.  He said it had been done by one of Forrest’s students at ASU, and took me back to see the three animals.  The chicken had wandered over to their house and the dogs (one of them an Aussie, the other a mutt of the same size) adopted it.  The three are great friends.

After a generous nosh, with wine, at their house, we took the bus back to Tucson, to finish a 12-hour day.  Interesting and fun.


One Response to “Phoenix Art 2015”

  1. Price K Says:

    Nice art work. that CIA stuff sounds interesting – send me some notes. My best. Price

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