Randy Slack: The founder of the annual Chaos Theory art show at Legend City in Phoenix had a vision of Bruce Reynolds wearing a long blonde wig and lying naked on a bear rug, and ran with it – all the way to Los Angeles’ Stockstill Art Space in November 2015, for a solo exhibition of his large-scale pop art works titled “SlackLand.” Slack’s an avid surfer who spends long stretches living out of his Volkswagen bus along SoCal’s shoreline, and said it had been a dream of his to show in L.A. “as long as I can remember. It’s where I’ve always felt at home. I crave its energy and lifestyle.”
Mark Salevitz: Peoria-based painter Salevitz’s colorful compositions resemble Impressionism partying in a whirlpool with a kaleidoscope. His eye-catching arrays of curvilinear forms impressed the curators at Agora Gallery in New York City so much they invited him to particiate in the gallery's “Persistence of Form” group exhibition in December 2015 and the “Contemporary Perspectives” group show in early 2016. Gallery assistant Olga Ku described Salevitz’s paintings as “widely appealing in their exhuberance.”
Fred Tieken: A little cartoon bird called “Uno” – who skateboards, surfs and protests genetically-modified foods – is but one muse of Paradise Valley artist Tieken. There’s also Basquiat, rock ‘n’ roll, and red and yellow – all painted into pop art pastiches, which were on display alongside nationally known artists Coop and Robbie Conal in the “Littletopia” section of the L.A. Art Show at Los Angeles Convention Center in January. “I love showing in the Phoenix area and the local art fans are the absolute best,” Tieken says. “[But] if you want to keep growing as an artist, you have to show in many areas and asserting a presence in larger markets like Los Angeles and New York City is important for credibility.”
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