LA Canvas, Festival Pre-party – Los Angeles, CA, April 9th

Its my pleasure to announce that I will have a new painting at the LA Canvas pre-party in Los Angeles, CA, tomorrow April 9th.




w/ Tamara Sky, KITTENS, Alphagraph, & Bathhouse

If you’re like us, today isn’t really Monday. It’s actually Coachella-minus-four-days. And it’s become unbearably hard to concentrate on anything besides planning our outfits, speculating the surprise appearances, and hitting refresh in hopes that set-times have been released. Well, “here, here,” kindred spirits. In the name of music obsession, join us for our festival pre-party this Wednesday at Create, where much-hyped NYC-based duo ASTR will treat us with a live performance of alt-R&B meets lush electronica, and we’ll be doling out festival survival kits full of essential goodies for maximal desert recreation. 

WHENWednesday, April 9, 10pm-2am
6021 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA  90028

ASTR (Live Performance)
Tamara Sky

En Crème | Keep Cup | 80′s Purple | Tavik |
 Champion | Haight Ashbury | ResQ Water | ZICO

Benjamin Alejandro | Hero | Sek |  Damian Jim | Jaque Fragua | Erika Bijeljic | Darin Vartanian
+ more 

Tickets are FREE when you snag ‘em here:
(discount applied at checkout)

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Project Ethos and Abstract Abstract

Come stop by the “HotSpot” 1Spot Gallery tomorrow, we will continue to display “Abstract Abstract” for this Friday and the closing reception for that show will be on 3rd Friday in April.

We will also be in Scottsdale, AZ on April 5th, Saturday, from 8pm-midnight (1ish) celebrating with Scion Sponsored Project Ethos’ fashion/music/art show at the “W” hotel. Drop on by to show support and to check out the latest up and comers in the fashion/music/art world. Get it, get it!!

ESC 4-5-14

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The weird, the wild, and the weekend

These past few months have been filled with late hours and plenty of collaborative musings, working at the gallery for First and Third Fridays, and attending events for all the projects I’m involved in up to this point.  

This month will be an exciting one for art lovers in Phoenix, with Art Detour happening this weekend, and the Paint PHX mural tour in effect.  In accompaniment of these events, 1Spot Gallery will be open for Art Detour weekend and First Friday, and we are also hosting “Abstract Abstract” at the gallery.  The “Abstract Abstract” show will be featuring 3 new paintings I created exclusively for the show.  On Saturday 1Spot will also be hosting the repainting of Michelle Ivette Ponce’s truck with Randie Boogie and Jeremy Arviso providing the fresh graphics to coincide with the grand new murals being posted around town.

I will also have a new painting up at the Coe House Gallery for the “Pre-Phab Opening Reception”, a group show consisting of an eclectic mix of Phoenix artists who participated in the Phoenix Phabulous History Mural project.  The unveiling of the murals happened at the Art D’Core Gala at the Crescent Ballroom over the weekend, with the mayor in attendance, and plenty of Phoenix art socialites lending their flair to the event.

Our opening event for “Abstract Abstract” went well during the Heard Market weekend, and I managed to finish off a board painting with cans on Sunday, so for this weekend I might break out the other side of the board for a little public art.  I will also be working on a new mural for a good friend, starting this week, all while continuing to work on new paintings.

Speaking of new paintings, I’m in the middle of a new digital painting, and I started 3 smaller layered acrylic pieces last night, all to be completed in the near future.  Drop on in this weekend and if your looking for further incentive to come downtown, you should check out Douglas Miles latest exhibit titled, “Apache X” at the Monorchid while your here.  1Spot Gallery is also expanding their retail section and we now include New Mexico’s finest figurative painter, Nani Chacon’s prints.  





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I’ve been applying the finishing coats to my entries for the March-April show at 1Spot Gallery and wanted to share this picture that shows my process in layering my pieces.  I usually reserve showing new pieces for the opening nights, but I wanted to start hyping the show ahead of time and also give my supporters a sneak peek.  Thanks to Katja for documenting the process, and I had to include the watermarks to keep it proprietary.


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Tidbits and musings

Hello my gorgeous Native people, I wanted to give you an update after not posting anything but show fliers for the past few months.  The last half of 2013 was a busy time of the year, and part of that was the excitement in having the gallery up for 1 year.  So I wanted to thank everyone for not telling me that an Indigenous gallery would not work on Roosevelt, thank you for not showing up and letting other people view the beautiful art, and most of all thank you for keeping the controversy away.  I give these thanks after a successful first year at 1Spot Gallery.  The gallery has enabled me and other indigenous artists to generate a voice and presence in the downtown area, and we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support.  1Spot Gallery is “your” gallery, downtown Phoenix.

Along the way we created some thought provoking shows and generated interest in the tidal wave that is enveloping indigenous arts and changing collectors perceptions on what indigenous arts are supposed to be.  Part of this renaissance that is occurring right now is due in part to the younger generation of artists finding their voice and seeing there is a difference between selling their vision and selling the culture itself.

A wise artist sage once told me that in order to become a successful artist, you have to provide an unflinching display of your art that is manifested from your experiences and does not rely on selling the Dine culture.  Although this famous artist was in fact selling his culture through his art, his words stuck in my mind.  My earliest work draws from the ceremonies and myths that once governed our lives and provided the people with balanced living, “hozho’.”  From these early beginnings I steered and cajoled my ideas into compositions where I’m relying more on my skills and less on displaying our gods and sacred symbols.  There are still certain paintings where I do portray a Yei’, that’s for sure, but I’m becoming more comfortable not trying to rely on depicting any particular deity or symbology, aside from universal symbols and inherited designs.

These inherited designs were what reminded me of my early art, and it reminded me of this little snippet I had been preparing for another blog post that I didn’t complete:

Viewing different people’s reactions at art shows is always interesting, there are the eager people who show up right when a gallery’s door opens, scans the room while taking pictures of the work shown and promptly exit without uttering a word.  Then there are art shows and events that generate lots of traffic and include various buyers/sellers/art connoisseurs, and no where is that more evident than at the Navajo Nation Fair.

People would mouth silent awes or mutter incoherently with wide open eyes. A fair amount would start asking questions on why the art was so different. The majority though would walk past my booth with nary a raised eyebrow.

My disheartening view on this sad state of affairs was changed when an elderly gentleman engaged me with interest on my art, and wanted to know the reason it was so different from the “traditional” art dominating the market.

After reminding him that every facet of Navajo life involved some aspect of cultural assimilation from other invasive cultures; Navajo silversmithing, the transfer of sand paintings from temporary ceremonial artifacts to permanent wall hangings, Navajo rugs that came to fruition after incorporating livestock into the culture, He gained enough respect from our conversation that he left my booth with determination to further explore the new wave.

Beside the Navajo Nation Fair trip, we also made a trip out to Santa Fe this year for Indian Market.  We mostly relaxed during this trip, but we did take advantage of as many shows as we could fit in during this short time, and we came back to Phoenix with a renewed vigor for good Art.

All of which led to the successful Movie Poster show during the last half of the year.  This year we’re already mixing it up with an all female cast for “BOOM: A Transformation - Collective Womyn Art Show.”  This show features new work from Phoenix’s up and coming female artists.


We’re also partnering up with Contemporary Native Art Magazine (CNAM), in March-April, for a star studded event.  But first off CNAM’s winter issue is out and I’m one of the artists interviewed for this issue.

CNAM is also requesting any up and coming artists to submit material for their Excellence Award:

CALL TO ARTISTS! As our mission is to encourage young artists to create contemporary art, we created a “Visionary Award” – please spread the word wherever you are!! Deadline for submissions is 1/31/2014.


Please forward and encourage any indigenous artists you know to apply, CNAM and 1Spot Gallery will be including the winner in the March show, please submit your work by 1/31/2014.

I have new pieces all the time, I just completed and am in the process of putting the final coats on 3 new pieces for March, I’m working on completing another painting for Art Detour, and I’m starting 2 new canvases.  Thank you to everyone and drop by the gallery and see what this gallery has wrought the next time your in Phoenix, its well worth the trip and the conversations.

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Boom! A Transformation, Collective Womyn Art Show


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1 Year Anniversary!!

This Saturday, December 21, 2013, we will be celebrating our 1st year at 1Spot Gallery, peep the details and come join us!


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