Phoenix Digital Artist Devin Fleenor: 100 Creatives

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David Guerrero
Meet Devin Fleenor.
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 71. Devin Fleenor.

Devin Fleenor's line of work is illuminating.

The digital artist's laser and video installation company, Epic FX, creates light shows for concerts, produces music videos, and has shown off its work at arty events, including ARTELPHX. But as far as his next big project goes, the Phoenix creative's keeping us in the dark -- mostly.

"We've got a few tricks up our sleeves," Fleenor says of a project he's working on for the 2015 Super Bowl. "Sorry, I promised everyone that I wouldn't say anything . . . yet."

See also: Phoenix Performer Michelle Ponce: 100 Creatives

David Guerrero

Apart from that super-secret endeavor, the anti-Arpaio activist and member of Mr. Meeble is working on developing phase two of Epic FX's interactive laser-video software, LIVID, which stands for laser integrated video interactive display. The first phase was recently introduced to the public, and Fleenor plans to use the software as the basis of its upcoming art installations.

I was born in Phoenix. My grandfather was born in Phoenix in 1921 (and he's still alive and kicking).

I make art because there is no better way to connect with and inspire human beings.

I'm most productive when I get deeply excited about a big project. This happens regularly.

My inspiration wall is full of people. I don't have an inspiration wall, but I have a ton of inspirational friends. My friends are everything to me.

I've learned the most from my grandmother who taught me early on that literally anything is possible, and that balance is key.

Good work should always communicate something. A feeling, a truth, a message.

The Phoenix creative scene could use higher expectations. The Phoenix scene is a small expectation scene. We have incredible talent here, but people don't expect greatness here like they do in other big cities. Phoenix artists are hesitant to spend real money - and Phoenix patrons are hesitant to pay $20 for a ticket. $20 for world-class ground-breaking art/performance? That's a steal! It's time to break this stale pattern.

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova
99. Niki Blaker
98. Jeff Slim
97. Beth May
96. Doug Bell
95. Daniel Langhans
94. Nanibaa Beck
93. Nicole Royse
92. Ib Andersen
91. Casandra Hernandez
90. Chris Reed
89. Shelby Maticic
88. Olivia Timmons
87. Courtney Price
86. Travis Mills
85. Catrina Kahler
84. Angel Castro
83. Cole Reed
82. Lisa Albinger
81. Larry Madrigal
80. Julieta Felix
79. Lauren Strohacker
78. Levi Christiansen
77. Thomas Porter
76. Carrie Leigh Hobson
75. Cody Carpenter
74. Jon Jenkins
73. Aurelie Flores
72. Michelle Ponce

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Devin Fleenor and Epic FX was a great addition to the first ARTELPHX session last September. We look forward to seeing his future projects!

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