Phoenix Festival de España and March Third Friday in Photos

Categories: Events, Visual Art

Melissa Fossum
New Times photographers were out and about at art and cultural events in Phoenix this past weekend.

Phoenix Festival de Espana at Phoenix Center for the Arts

Phoenix Center for the Arts was transformed into a center for Spanish culture on Saturday, March 22 for the Phoenix Festival de Espana. This all-day event featured lots of food and dance demonstrations, including a Noche de Flamenco performance that closed out the evening.

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Big Brain Update: Artist Joseph "Sentrock" Perez

Courtesy of Sentrock
One of Sentrock's latest works.
Leading up to this year's Big Brain Awards, we're checking in with past winners. Up today: Joseph "Sentrock" Perez.

Joseph "Sentrock" Perez may have moved to Chicago since winning a Big Brain Award in 2011, but the artist's presence in Phoenix hasn't waned. He returned to town for "Generations: Inspiration of Bird City," a group show at Willo North that featured work of his alongside that of Martin Moreno and Luis Gutierrez. And he has plans for another show in his hometown: a must-see exhibition at Palabra in May.

But that's not all he has in the works.

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SERK and Friends Add Dr. Seuss-Inspired Mural to Phoenix's Grand Avenue

Tanya Nguyen
The new Dr. Seuss Mural is at the Bragg's Pie Factory parking lot on Grand Avenue and McKinley Street.

It might be difficult to imagine a favorite Dr. Seuss book covered in graffiti or a Lorax tagging the pages and adding street art to the sweet, quirky illustrations. But that image is exactly what you'll find in one of Grand Avenue's newest murals.

The parking lot wall of Bragg's Pie Factory needed a revamp. So artist Adrian Dominic (also known as SERK) collaborated with friends during Paint PHX, a mural-painting event reaching Roosevelt Row, 16th Street, and Grand Avenue, to paint over his existing mural and create a Dr. Seuss-themed piece to celebrate both the author's birthday and National Reading Month.

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Hippie Steve's Skateboard Art Coming to the Firehouse Gallery in Phoenix

Categories: Visual Art

Hippie Steve
Double Death Box. Chips of skateboard, griptape, oil pastels and acrylics.

Some would say skateboarding is an art form in and of itself. The way skateboarding enthusiasts, both young and old, figure out how to roll, and sometimes float, over wood and concrete has become something that challenges both gravity and logic. Like artists who work in other media, skateboarders look at the world through unique eyes, seeing possibility where the rest of us see a wall, a curb, or a ditch. The world is their canvas and the tools of their trade -- skateboards, trucks, wheels, and, in the case of Hippie Steve, some acrylic paint -- become their greatest form of expression.

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Eduardo Sarabia's "Moctezuma's Revenge" Packs a Punch at Tempe's ASU Art Museum

Categories: Review, Visual Art

Courtesy of the artist and Charpenel Collection
Sarabia's CODEX 2: Popocatepetl (2013). Acrylic, india ink on paper, 22 in. x 30 in.

The timing could not be any more perfect for "Moctezuma's Revenge," the current exhibition of work by multimedia artist Eduardo Sarabia at ASU Art Museum. Curated by ASUAM curator Julio César Morales, the expansive show deals with Mexico's notorious underground drug culture and the deadly havoc left in its wake.

On February 22, Joaquín "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzmán Leora, the elusive kingpin of the Sinaloa drug cartel -- one of the world's most feared and wanted men -- was busted in Mazatlán by Mexican authorities. Guzmán had been on the run for over 13 years after escaping from a high-security prison in 2001 by hiding in a lowly laundry cart. The purported romance, required subterfuge, lavish material excess, and brutal violence connected with the narco lifestyle, epitomized by Guzmán and cohorts, is artfully captured in coded form by Sarabia, who created work in a variety of media for the museum exhibition during a one-year residency at ASU.

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7 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix This Spring

Categories: Visual Art

Courtesy the artist and Proyectos Monclova
Eduardo Sarabia Painted Memories 4, 2012. Oil on canvas. 55.9 x 78.34 inches.
Spring officially starts on March 20, but to catch all the great exhibitions this season, you'll want to get started ASAP. From a group show that entrances your senses to a solo exhibition featuring one of our favorite street artists, there's plenty to be excited about in the art scene this spring.

To help you out, we've compiled a list of our top seven must-see exhibitions taking place across the Valley over the next few months. Get out there and see some art.

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Douglas Miles' "APACHE X" Is the Best Show in a While for Phoenix's MonOrchid

Categories: Review, Visual Art

John Carbis
Douglas Miles presents 25 years of work at MonOrchid.
Douglas Miles doesn't need your praise.

The artist, who's affiliated with the Apache and Akimel O'odham tribes and hails from the San Carlos Apache reservation just east of Globe, seeks to reinvent contemporary Native American iconography, challenging mainstream imagery associated with the native experience. It's no small feat, to be sure. But as much as his art has the power to shift outside perspectives of native culture, he works first and foremost from a desire to empower native peoples. In 2002, Miles founded Apache Skateboards, where he builds and designs skate gear, with a similar goal in mind: to inspire local youth on the reservation.

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Big Brain Update: Michelle Ponce and Damian Jim of Phoenix's 1Spot Gallery

Damian Jim
1Spot Gallery won a Big Brain Award last year.

Leading up to this year's Big Brain Awards, we're checking in with past winners. Up today: Michelle Ponce and Damian Jim of 1Spot.

It's full steam ahead for 1Spot Gallery owners Michelle Ponce and Damian Jim.

The pair won a 2013 Big Brain Award for their Native American art gallery off of Roosevelt Row. And, since then, they've been presenting must-see shows -- and plotting an upcoming collaboration with a fellow former Big Brain winner.

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John and Sarah Green's PBS Digital Series The Art Assignment Makes Art Social, Accessible

Courtesy of the Greens
Sarah and John Green are scouring the nation looking for contemporary art and those to assign it.

Nerdfighters and anyone else who generally enjoys cool things, get excited. And get ready for your assignment.

John Green, the bestselling author behind The Fault in Our Stars and co-founder of the highly followed YouTube channels Vlogbrothers and CrashCourse, and his wife, Sarah Urist Green, a contemporary art curator, have joined forces with PBS Digital Studios to launch The Art Assignment.

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Artist Sarah Hurwitz on the Great Canal Monster and Why Sky Harbor Is Her Favorite Place in Phoenix

Sarah Hurwitz
Hurwitz illustrated this year's pocket guide to Phoenix.

Arizona native, artist and new mom Sarah Hurwitz brought her singularly imaginative style to this year's Quick PHX (our annual pocket guide to the city) -- and answered a few questions, too.

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