Local artist Randy Slack – co-founder of artist collective 3CarPileUp and curator of the annual “Chaos Theory” exhibit – has always felt a strong connection to California. An avid surfer, he’s as much at home on the waves as he is in the vintage VW bus he travels in.
Propelling the metro Phoenix art scene up a welcome notch, the new Tieken Gallery is elegant and visually stunning. Conveniently located a few yards from artist Fred Tieken's home art studio (the gallery is in his backyard) at 52nd Street and Gold Dust, this space is definitely a gratifying addition to our community.
With more than four million residents, Phoenix is one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas (as of the 2013 census, it still held the #6 spot). Yet despite our gorgeous winters, the Valley is missing a few hallmarks of other go-to vacation destinations – most notably, a major theme park.
The iron pour, staged by SCC residential faculty member and sculptor Ted Uran, enables students to collaborate with Arizona State University art students and educators and sculptors who attend from across the country and beyond. In preparation for the event, Uran’s sculpture students prepare a wax casting to create a cast iron piece.
Man caves deserve great art on the cave walls. Unfortunately, those men who hibernate in their caves tend to suffer from some degree of taste impairment. If you have a man cave, show this blog to someone you truly trust to help you decorate.
Art and wine have been entwined for centuries – natural creative bedfellows whose mutual consumption, some might say, enhances the experience of both. Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca live and breathe both art forms, manifested in their Scottsdale wine gallery, where visual art blends seamlessly with the oenological art produced by their vineyard and winery in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.
June’s E3 video and computer gaming trade show had gaming die-hards salivating over the upcoming releases of Fallout 4 and Horizon: Zero, in which robot animals are the dominant species. Shortly after, comedy sci-fi flick Pixels hit theaters to remind gamers where it all began – with centipedes, laser cannons and four unfriendly ghosts chasing a giant yellow beast.
Robots have rocked and socked their way back onto the sci-fi scene this year, thanks to box office blockbusters like Disney’s Big Hero 6, Chappie and Ex Machina—the latter of which was a creepy sneak peek at the destructive potential of artificial intelligence.
Day laborers reenact the Guatemalan Civil War in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Los Angeles in artist Yoshua Okón's acclaimed 2011 video Octopus. The laborers are also ex-guerillas and veterans of that war. The 18-minute film is, as Los Angeles Times arts critic Leah Ollman noted when Octopus was showing at L.A.'s Hammer Museum, “a heavy conceptual load,” but Mexico-born Okón is almost an auteur of agitating reenactments. His sequel to Octopus revisits another politically charged event, and uses participants of that event as the reenactors.
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