Downtown Phoenix's First Friday: An Illustrated Guide to April 5

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Art walks are more often about people watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. We're here to guide you through both. Presenting our very own Field Guide -- an evolving guide to art walks around town.

From time to time, we'll introduce some of our favorite spots and dish out some insider information. If you have any tips or tricks, share 'em in the comments section.

Here's a peek at our guide to Downtown's First Friday for April 5 ...

illustration by Claire Lawton
click on the image (or right here) for a full-sized version or find one in a few of the galleries and coffee shops in downtown Phoenix.

More hints after the jump ...

See also:
- Arts and Drafts Brings Original Ansel Adams Photographs to World of Beer in Tempe
- Casebeer's "The Sentence Camera" Explores Human Dialogue, Snapshots, and Sharpie Markers at Tilt Gallery
- The Phoenix Wayzgoose: A Celebration of Letterpress (and Swap Meet/Auction of Goods!)

On the Map:

"Mixed Messages" @ Modified Arts
If you agree that there's nothing quite like seeing artwork by a creative power couple side by side, then you're in for a treat. Phoenix-based artists Kristin Bauer and Emmett Potter have shown work together before, but not since the closing of their Scottsdale pop-up Squeeze Gallery. This month, the duo shows new work in "Mixed Messages" at Modified Arts.

Both artists work in a variety of media and draw inspiration from pop culture. Potter's latest work focuses on mass marketing and consumerism -- as well as humor, love, and blindness -- through contemporary comic book and pop culture imagery. Bauer's new artwork includes a series of references to iconic artistic and literary works, which she interprets in a multi-paneled installation. With it, she poses the question: "Does time and our understanding of artistic and cultural human evolution move forward in a linear aspect, do we circle back in on ourselves, or does our cultural movement through time form quizzical lines through which new shapes and form emerge when scattered points of the past and present combine?"

We Are New Here: Butte Gods and Cactus Saints @ Combine Studios
Nao Matsunga says he is challenged by the unknown. The Japanese emerging artist is known for his textured clay sculptures that mimic architectural and natural forms. Matsunga visited ASU Art Museum as part of the "Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking the Contemporary Craft Field" series and returns this month with a collection of work inspired by his experiences with the Arizona desert.

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