Mid Season Round Up

The summer heat is here in Phoenix, and with that heat comes the summer break for 1Spot Gallery.  The first 6 months of this year have been hectic and rewarding at the same time.  We started the year with an all female show that showcased the talents of our local talent pool.  Our next show was a monumental exhibition that featured some of the hottest indigenous abstract artists in the Southwest. And we finished off with an amazing installation and show featuring my work, in an updated retelling of a story that spans many continents.  The Journey of Two Swords & Lotus, featured layered mixed media work on canvas, and features female heroines who undertake a journey for salvation and independence.

This first half of the year also included taking the first steps towards a book project I had on the back burner.  The momentum for this project was created when Katja Lehmann, asked to help me in this undertaking.  With her help we started the open dialogue with Twin Rocks Trading Post, and started photographing their archive of supporting materials.  It had been a while since I had last seen the original pencil drawings that started this evolution in my work as well as contemporary Navajo basketry.

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The project will culminate in a show next year, and more details will be forthcoming, but I’m glad to share the beginning stages of this endeavor with my readers.

I’m also proud to announce 2 new single run prints that will be available to my collectors.  These two prints will be limited to a single run, and will be displayed on alternate materials in archival quality.  Check them out and let me know if your interested in these new prints.

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“Root”

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“Techtonic Lover”

I’m also working on new digital works that will be available in the Fall, and am currently working on new commission pieces for the Maricopa County Treasurer and I will share photos of these as I finish them.

I will be posting new work as it becomes available via here, on 1Spotgallery.com, and on Facebook.  Thank you for your support and keep creating!!!

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The Journey of Two Swords and Lotus, debuting tonight at 1Spot Gallery

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The Journey of Two Swords and Lotus

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The first half of this year has been exciting, with plenty of shows and opportunities to explore indigenous art.  I’ve been pulling more gallery duty, and painting away when I can.  Hence my work weeks have lately been 7 day work weeks, sometimes I’ll take a Sunday, or a Saturday off, but for the most part I’m consistently busy doing projects that keep my life full and happy.

With our summer break approaching, and my gallery co-owner away visiting her sister, I decided to make it easy on myself for our May – June show.  My history with culture and mythology started at a young age, listening to my elders talking about Coyote stories in the winter, or playing string games with my cousins, the stories were ingrained with the activity and thus, the message was more meaningful to me.  Gradually as I grew older, my interest expanded into the current society driven entertainment and the cultural stories ended up being a winter phenomenon.

Fast forward to 1995, and I find myself in a small room, lined with books on Navajo mythology, the chantways, different ethnological books related to the Navajo universe.  The experience was akin to a tech nerd, taking apart his new purchase, and exploring what “was under the hood,” so to speak.  The Coyote stories we had been told were but a small part of the whole saga that is our creation story.

From the books, I found references to other cultures around the world and how their stories and myths mirrored ours.  These commonalities between people living continents apart always fascinated me, and I started doing more research on why cultures feel the need to have stories that inspire faith, to create a primer on living your life, and to maintain a balance with everything around you.

The Hero’s Journey was written by mythologist Joseph Campbell discussing this time honored method of storytelling.  A story could have 7 archetypes that would be common. 

1. A Hero

2. A Herald

3. A Mentor

4. Threshold Guardians

5. Trickster

6. Shape-Shifter

7. Shadow

The Journey of Two Swords and Lotus, will explore this theme, with 8 paintings that show a snippet of a pivotal moment from the story.  The pieces are all mixed media, with my signature layering style incorporated into the painting process.  Please join me as we unveil the show this Friday, May 2, at 1Spot Gallery in Downtown Phoenix.  The official opening will be on 3rd Friday in May (5/16/2014), we will have the show up for two months.  Thank you to everyone for their support and help, especially to Katja Lehmann for the help in organizing and marketing, and I will see you at the gallery!

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Phoenix Phabulous History Mural, the next scheduled display location.

Via Carol Poore, President and Executive Producer or the Phoenix Phabulous Experience:

“First Friday on May 2 – Pat McMahon to tell stories about the history of TV, radio and Wallace and Ladmo!

As noted, for the May 2 First Friday, the mural will be featured at the Arizona Multihousing Association office located at 811 North First Street. This building is located just south of Roosevelt and features a beautiful trade association space.

On Friday, May 2, you are invited to join us anytime between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., please note that TV and radio celebrity Pat McMahon will be sharing stories about the history of television, radio, Wallace and Ladmo, and a variety of stories about local news, people, places and issues during his long career in Phoenix. Pat will share his stories from 6:30 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. and will take Q&A… so this will be quite a treat and entertaining for all.”

Check out the canvases for this project and keep an eye out for the next location if you cannot make it to this event.

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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.

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JOIN US AT THE FESTIVAL PRE-PARTY OF THE YEAR

featuring: 

ASTR (NYC)
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
WHERE: CREATE Nightclub
6021 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA  90028

SOUNDTRACK: 
ASTR (Live Performance)
Tamara Sky
KITTENS
Bathhouse
Alphagraph

FESTIVAL SURVIVAL KIT SPONSORS: 
En Crème | Keep Cup | 80’s Purple | Tavik |
 Champion | Haight Ashbury | ResQ Water | ZICO

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

ENTRY:
Tickets are FREE when you snag ‘em here:
 
http://bit.ly/LACANVAS
(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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