Eye Lounge's 15-Year Retrospective at Vision Gallery Highlights Phoenix's Visual Art Diversity

Categories: Review, Visual Art

Mikey Estes
Cole Robertson's America's Next Hot Mug Shot #1 and #2 examine the still image in our culture.

Eye Lounge has been kicking off 2015 with exhibitions that highlight where they've been, where they are, and where they may be going. The most expansive of these is "Self Made: 15 Years of Eye Lounge," currently on view at Vision Gallery in Chandler until March 8, 2015. Bringing together the works of over 60 artists, of Eye Lounge both past and present, the exhibition shows just how diverse visual art in Phoenix is. At times, the exhibition may seem overloaded within the walls of the gallery, but as a whole the exhibition excellently illustrates how influential Eye Lounge has been over the past 15 years.

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Artist Samantha Lyn Aasen on Vajazzling, the Absurd Expectations of Womanhood (NSFW)

Mikey Estes
Samantha Lyn Aasen wearing her princess crown in her Phoenix studio

What happens in the studio shouldn't always stay in the studio. Studio Visit is a weekly series that profiles artists in their studios. We ask them questions, they provide answers, and then we have a nice discussion about their work. This week: Samantha Lyn Aasen, current MFA candidate in the Intermedia program at ASU.

The studio of Samantha Lyn Aasen may resemble the messy room of an adolescent girl, but rest assured there's more going on here than just that. Aasen is about to wrap up her studies at ASU with "Sparkle Baby," her MFA thesis show at Step Gallery in April. The photographs that she is currently producing use cheap craft and beauty supplies along with her own body in order to examine girlhood and womanhood. We sat own with Aasen in her studio and chatted about girlhood and womanhood, the cultural phenomenon known as vajazzling, and aspiration resulting in failure.

Editor's note: Images that follow are NSFW.

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No, There Isn't a Banksy at The Lost Leaf in Phoenix

Categories: News, Visual Art

Paul Horner
The fake Banksy
So, have you heard anything recently about that alleged Banksy piece that suddenly appeared over at The Lost Leaf? Probably so, since news of the alleged creation by the enigmatic street artist has been all over social media and the talk of Roosevelt Row.

If you're not up on the latest gossip, here's the skinny: Sometime this past weekend, Banksy supposedly adorned the Fifth Street drinkery with one of his signature stencil works, which featured a rat wielding a broom along with the words, "Paul Horner, I come for you."

Here's the kicker: It's a complete and total hoax, courtesy of the guy namechecked in the alleged art work.

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5 Cool Things We Saw at February's Third Friday in Downtown Phoenix

Rossitza Todorova
One of our favorites from "Onloaded: Alexis Duque" at the Hot Box Gallery in the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market.
When in doubt, start your First and Third Friday art adventures with the trio of shipping containers turned gallery spaces at the Roosevelt Row A.R.T.S. Market, where interesting work and opportunities to talk with a diverse assortment of artists abound. That's our take home from this month's Third Friday, where Halt and Hot Box galleries continued to serve up fun and interesting fare.

Modest but energetic crowds infused spaces that were harder to navigate during First Friday, when crowds sometimes streamed through spaces like parades of ants rather than pausing to engage with the arts and culture that has made these events, and the Roosevelt Row arts district, such a draw.

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ASU Art Museum Presents Ceramic Studio Tour in Metro Phoenix on February 21 and 22

Categories: Visual Art

Indigo Street Pottery
Work by Farraday Newsome, a studio host for this weekend's ASU Ceramic Studio Tour.
Art lovers, take note. It's time for the annual pilgrimage officially dubbed the ASU Ceramic Studio Tour. This 14th annual event, presented by the ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, features two days of self-guided studios tours and demonstrations by dozens of ceramic artists. It's a chance to look behind the scenes, learn more about local artists, and meet fellow folk of the art ilk.

The 2015 ASU Ceramic Studio Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, February 22. Fourteen sites, mostly artist studios, are opening their doors so people can see where and how local ceramics get crafted. The line-up includes four sites in Phoenix, plus additional sites in Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler.

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5 Artsy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: Events, Visual Art

Courtesy of E.S.P. TV
ASU Art Museum's spring opening features E.S.P. TV joined by Adriene Jenik, Rachel Bowditch, Body of Light and Angela Ellsworth.

ASU Art Museum Spring 2015 Reception

Worried your cultural ventures are so last season? Better mark your calendars for Arizona State University Art Museum's Spring 2015 Season Opening Reception, where guests will have the opportunity to view new exhibitions including "Tan Ping: Follow My Line," "Unfixed: New Painting," "The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive," "Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt," and "Museum/Archive: Recent Acquisitions to the ASU Art Museum Collection," as well as take advantage of final week of "Fusion: Three Views/One Collection." The event will also offer a live performance and taping by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie's E.S.P. TV., a traveling art project based in New York.

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Angela Ellsworth on Her Ongoing Plural Wife Project, New Work, and the Museum of Walking

Eliza Woloson
Angela Ellsworth's interdisciplinary art practice encompasses performance, sculpture, drawing, and much more.

Angela Ellsworth is nothing short of an art celebrity here in Phoenix.

She's represented by Lisa Sette Gallery and is associate professor of Intermedia at Arizona State University, where The Museum of Walking (MoW), one of her current projects with Steve Yazzie, is based. Along with the launching of MoW last year, Ellsworth was named a recipient of the prestigious Art Matters Foundation Grant for Soundproofed, a solo performance that's part of her larger Plural Wife Project. And, to top it all off, an exhibition of Ellsworth's new work, "Volume I," recently opened at the Joseph Gross Gallery at University of Arizona in Tucson. Though these various projects and bodies of work are vast in the way they engage with history, movement, and space, there is a larger dialogue there -- a thread that runs throughout her artistic practice.

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7 Must-See Third Friday Art Shows in Phoenix on February 20

Courtesy of Halt Gallery
Work by Nora Hartlaub featured in the new "Kid Stuff" exhibition at Halt Gallery.
There's lots of good stuff to see this month, especially as galleries and studios ramp up for next month's Art Detour event. See as much as you can during Third Friday, so you'll have more time for other viewings once Art Detour, taking place March 7 and 8, is upon us. Third Friday options include art inspired by childhood themes and materials, art exploring our relationship to birds, and art celebrating the ways we move from place to place.

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Phoenix Artist Erika Lynne Hanson on Loving Failure, Obstruction, and Richard T. Walker

Courtesy of the artist
Erika Lynne Hanson with one of her woven works

What happens in the studio shouldn't always stay in the studio. Studio Visit is a weekly series that profiles artists in their studios. We ask them questions, they provide answers, and then we have a nice discussion about their work. This week: Erika Lynne Hanson, assistant professor of Fibers and Socially-Engaged Practice at ASU.

Erika Lynne Hanson is an artist who's relatively new to Phoenix. In 2013, she relocated from the Midwest and was appointed assistant professor at Arizona State University. Her first exhibition in Phoenix, "Walk quietly, keep looking.," took place in Halt Gallery's shipping container on Roosevelt Row from November 21 through December 7, 2014. Hanson creates installations that explore landscape by incorporating weavings, videos, and webcam screengrabs.

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Friends of Mexican Art to Host Home Tour in Phoenix February 22

Image courtesy Friends of Mexican Art
Get ready for some interior design envy.

Mi casa es su casa, Phoenix.

At least that's how participants in the Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA) Home Tour and Mexican Mercado feel. The organization, which aims to promote Latin American art in Arizona, has recruited four Valley homes for its annual self-guided tour and fundraiser set to happen Sunday, February 22. Guests of the tour will be able to explore private residences that showcase worldly art and design as well as purchase pieces for themselves from art dealers at the Mexican Mercado.

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