Photos from “I Just Woke Up”, Noelle Martinez’s Solo Show at Palabra Collective

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Photos from the opening and Third Friday reception of “I Just Woke Up”, Noelle Martinez‘s solo show at Palabra Collective during the month of April.

To learn more about the show, read our previous article and interview with Martinez here.

 

“Between Scenes”, a Creative Look into Film Through Art & Installation at The Icehouse

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This past month, The Icehouse hosted the second installment of “Between Scenes”, a creative look into the film industry through art and installation. Curated by Sara Nevels, the show featured 11 different artists representing their trade in the industry ranging from directors and technicians to production and costume designers.

Nevels writes in the press release:

“It’s common knowledge that films, as a whole, are pieces of art. But rather than create another art-related event for films to be seen, I wanted to create a space where the crew could be seen and valued as the artists they truly are, outside from their involvement with a specific film,” explains curator Sara Nevels. “We do not show any films, but rather directly expose the community to the talented artists that make up a film, in order for viewers to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the work done between scenes. And there’s no better environment to showcase an artist than in an art gallery.”

For more info, including a complete list of artists involved, visit the website here.

Every Which Way: the Eclectic Art of Jon Arvizu at MonOrchid Gallery

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Images from “Every Which Way: the Eclectic Art of Jon Arvizu”, which showed in MonOrchid Gallery during the month of April.

To see more of Arvizu’s work, visit his website here.

Antonio Paso’s Mural on PSA Art Awakenings in Downtown Phoenix

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Antonio Pasos completed this mural on PSA Art Awakenings, a non-profit dedicated to empowering the mental health community through creative means, located off Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix.

On their website, PSA Art Awakenings writes:

This mural received direct input from several of our artists including ideas, sketches, suggestions and execution of the final design, all overseen by Antonio Pasos, PSA Art Awakenings Master Artist in Residence.

To the left of the mural there is a single hand lighting a match to a large candle indicating the “Light that Art Awakenings sheds onto the darkness of our symptoms”, the mural begins to radiate light and color on both sides of the composition through the various mediums and techniques we offer. Colorful tile and mosaic, music (the keyboard around the large blue face), the paint brushes and the palette around the central image speaks to our various arts components. All of which contribute to the stairway leading towards the the clouds, to the goals and how far we can reach.

On the right hand side we see a couple growing out of a large tree symbolizing the rebirth of a dormant life run down by symptoms and public shame. Next we see a classic calligraphy legend in Arabic that says “Hope”. Towards the bottom we see a large hand offering a white pure flower, “meaning the innocence lost, and regained through recovery and creativity”.

 

A Sleepy Mural Town Wakes Up, Berlin-Based Duo “JBAK” Paints Arizona’s Largest

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The wind blew violently for the second day in a row as Karl Addison finished painting his final layer. James Bullough, the other half of the Berlin-based duo “JBAK”, stood nearby and calculated the next move. After sun set, the building would be illuminated by a high resolution projector, at which point Bullough would begin his turn.

He was in a rush to secure a projector for rent by the time stores closed, or else the mural would be delayed even further. The previous day, Addison had spent up to ten minutes at a time strapped in a full body harness to a boom lift, swaying back and forth, waiting for the wind to subside.

“When you’re going this high, there’s no way to plan ahead. It’s like, “How many cans of paint are you going to need?’, and I say ‘I don’t fucking know’ [laughs],” Bullough comments.

Indeed, a six story mural is undoubtedly difficult to plan for. It’s also unprecedented in Phoenix, whose downtown revitalization has produced a thriving mural scene in recent years, but rarely receives international artists or works of this scale.

Initial reactions can be garnered as people drive past during rush hour.

“We’re used to people yelling that they like the mural . . . but people have been honking their horns and yelling ‘thanks’ when they drive by. That kind of means something different, you know,” Bullough explains.

The architectural landscape is dull and overrun with a barrage of earth tones, something that Bullough is quick to acknowledge. This new addition, however, will be a pleasant change of scenery for the many drivers who frequent Thomas Road just West of Central Avenue.

Still, for a city unaccustomed to an operation of this sort, it’s mildly entertaining to watch the logistics be sorted out. In order to project the image that Bullough will then paint over, there’s a possibility that they will detour a major street in the heart of Downtown without permits.

Laughing, Bullough hypothesizes, “The worst they’re going to do is tell us to get the fuck off the road.”

He pauses, then adds, “Well, I guess they might arrest us. This is Phoenix.”

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“Peace, Water, & Solidarity” Community Mural and Interview with Jules Badoni

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Photos by Jules Badoni & Diane Ovalle

Jules Badoni graduated from Arizona State University a few years ago with a degree in American Indian Studies. Since then, he’s dedicated himself to his art, which is inspired by his culture and heritage.

“I’m Dine’ (Navajo), from the Coyote Past clan. I’m from TahChee, which is located on the Navajo Nation in Northern, AZ,” he explains.

Badoni knew that he wanted to start painting murals after graduation. The first mural he painted while attending ASU took him nearly two years to complete, so he also wanted to find a collective of artists to participate and help with the process. Around this time, he enrolled in Navajo artist Steve Yazzie’s painting class at Phoenix College, which is where he met fellow classmate Edgar Fernandez.

“Edgar identifies with his Mayan heritage . . . [he] looks up to artists like the muralistas mexicanos Diego Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco, as well as Frida Kahlo. Personally, I like Diego Rivera’s art, but not the artist, while I like the artist Frida Kahlo, but not the art,” Badoni says.

Both artists shared a desire to represent their heritage while getting their work out into the open, so when Badoni found a wall whose landlord was willing to let them paint, he approached Fernandez and the project was born.

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Thomas GreyEyes’ Paint in Chinle

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Images of Thomas Greyeyes work in Chinle in Northeastern, AZ.

View more at his blog here

 

JBAK & Julia Benz Paint New Mural on Braut Haus in Old Town Scottsdale

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Photos courtesy of Julia Benz and JBAK

German-based artists Julia Benz and JBAK, the collaborative-duo between Addison Karl & James Bullough, painted this mural on Braut Haus in Old Town Scottsdale. The restaurant announced in the Spring of 2012 that it would be inviting artists to paint the 500-square-foot wall in its courtyard, which would be rotated to allow for new muralists and designs to fill the space.

For more, view the tumblr page documenting the mural and the three artists’ visit to the state.

Erin Gramzinski Photographs AZ Non-Profit Performing Free Medical Care in Honduras

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Photos by Erin Gramzinski

AZ Visionaries is a donor-driven, strictly volunteer non-profit of nurses, doctors, and technicians who perform cataract surgery and eyeglass fittings in the United States and abroad. Recently, they embarked on their fourth trip to Honduras to work in a clinic outside the municipality of El Progresso, where they spent two days performing cataract surgery on patients, most of whom were suffering from near blindness. Cataracts is a treatable condition and although quality medical care is available in the country, many people can not afford it.

Erin Gramzinski was invited to document the trip through photos and also a video to help fundraising. He describes his experience in a statement:

Being a photographer/videographer, I’m totally familiar with people acting completely different the second a lens is pointed at them. Here in the US we are accustomed to always trying to put on a happy face, or to look as attractive as possible whenever a camera is pointed at us. It often takes quite a bit of time with a photographer and the subject before they start feeling comfortable. It’s only after that has happened that you finally start getting shots of who that person really is with their natural expressions. In Honduras, it was completely the opposite. Patients would look at me when I was pointing the lens at them, and it was like they were looking though me. Such strength and power in those gazes!

“I Paint What I Like”, Video Portrait of Douglas Miles of Apache Skateboards

Douglas Miles, owner of Apache Skateboards. Filmed by Erin Gramzinski and Steve Filmer.