Monday, July 28, 2014

arts

 

Indigenous Grooves

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The Navajo Code Talkers during World War II referred to a bomber plane as a “buzzard,” pronounced jay-sho in their language. That’s just one bit of information to be gleaned from the book Arizona: Nations

 

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Mark Pomilio

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Mark Pomilio wanted to “grow a painting,” a concept he says was inspired by some scary thoughts about single-cell manipulation, cloning, genetic modification and math. Not typical artistic muses, but Pomilio’s work is hardly typical.

 

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Susan Beiner

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

As a child in New Jersey, Susan Beiner channeled her energy into art, embracing the influence of her parents’ occupations – her father, a chemical engineer, created hybrid roses, and her mother collected porcelain china. That influence still shows in the ASU art professor’s current work, which is one part pretty porcelain, one part plastic and synthetic materials with screws sporadically set into sculptured collage.

 

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Pac-Man Louvre

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Imagine yourself spastically navigating a simply-drawn spherical creature through a maze of edible dots, all while desperately avoiding the grasp of an equally crudely-drawn ghost. Yes, you’re playing Pac-Man,

 

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Patsy Lowry

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Patsy Lowry is as vibrant and colorful as her paintings. From her turquoise hand-beaded stoles to her hand-painted pink, yellow and lime-green shoes, the wife of former Paradise Valley mayor Ed Lowry is crazy about color. And her canvases capture that.

 

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Feverishly Creative

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Desert dwellers often experience a different type of seasonal affective disorder. When the sun cooks the summer winds, Phoenicians languidly retreat to their air-conditioned havens.

 

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Jonathan Armstrong

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

John Armstrong knew he wanted to leave Laurel, Montana at an early age. The realization struck him not long after he discovered he could draw vegetable people better than the other kids. “I looked out the window and saw strip farming, an oil refinery and the railroad,” the 70-year-old recalls. “I didn’t want to be a farmer or work at the refinery or the railroad. I decided right then to be an art teacher.”

 

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