Wednesday, January 28, 2015

arts

 

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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Matt Magee

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Artist Matt Magee recalls returning from field trips with his geologist/archeologist father and fastidiously lining up his finds. That same meticulous attention to order runs through his paintings, which often incorporate grids and graphs. “I’ve never been a loose abstract painter,” Magee says. “I like clean edges.”

 

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En Plein Airport

Muralists and mosaicists help Sky Harbor’s new METRO Light Rail connection take flight.

Airport art, like airport food, has an unflattering reputation. However, that stigma is quickly fading at Phoenix Sky Harbor, where $5.6 million in commissions have turned the airport’s recently unveiled PHX Sky Train system into a veritable gallery of high-design terrazzo flooring, funky overhead art and well-appointed pedestrian bridges. Coupled with the new wave of terminal-based gourmet local restaurants at Sky Harbor, the Sky Train art walk makes for an edifying commute – even if you don’t have a boarding pass.

 

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