Sunday, May 18, 2014

Gettin' Me Some Culture!

Every now and then I will stray from my little 5 mile radius comfort zone and try to do something a little different, a little cultural perhaps.  This week I didn't have to go too far, actually, just downtown to one of my favorite spots...the Clarendon Hotel that houses the delicious Gallo Blanco.  However this time I wasn't there for the food (although please believe I did not leave there without eating!), but for a local art installment.  The event is called ArtelPhx and, according to the website, it is the "world's largest independent hotel art installation."

A little live music

Once again, thanks to Local First Arizona for getting access to the VIP preview night for Localist members.  Upon arrival we received a map of the hotel displaying all the rooms where we could find artwork.  We stepped outside by the pool and walked around to the staircase and suddenly heard people shouting about the "white chairs".  One man and three women put on a Stomp-esque performance with the white chairs that ended in an ovation from the crowd.

Our first hotel art room was artist, Valerie Hunt's, work with hands in an x-ray machine. The thought behind it was how old we feel on the inside does not necessarily match what's on the outside.  Her display was titled 'Aging Sucks' and I tend to agree.

When we stepped out of Valerie's room (not before letting her photograph our hands!) there was another live performance poolside.  This was a beautiful young woman typing away in the middle of the pool.  I don't know what the meaning behind it was, but it provided some nice pictures!

Next we entered the room of a voyeur. Ingrid Shults and Tain Barzso put together a display that put us, the audience, in the position of the voyeur.  There were peepholes on our way in and digital people sleeping in the bed. It was an interesting display.

A tv monitor in the bedside table drawer

There was another installation that was a 3D display of multicolored frames. The artist, Daniel Funkhouser, provided 3D glasses but I actually preferred the piece without the glasses.

The next room was set up by artist Amy Cannestra and it reminded me of Dexter for some reason.  There were shards of broken glass hanging over the bed with odd lights that would refract off the shards.  The sign on the door instructed us to keep the door closed, but it kind of creeped me out so we moved along to the next room.

Another artist, Scarlett Decker, has a fear of someone hiding in her room.  She displayed this fear with feet sticking out from under curtains, the bed, the shower, etc.  This one, too, kind of gave me the creeps!

Next was a vibrant display of 'Yellow' by Step Raptis.  It was kind of fun to look at all the different items he came across that were yellow.  I requested 'Purple' for next  year but he said he already had a request for 'Red.'  Bummer.

 And after an evening of culture, we enjoyed a cocktail on the rooftop and some food downstairs at Gallo Blanco.  All in all a very nice Thursday evening in downtown Phoenix!

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance."
- Aristotle

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."
- Georgia O'Keeffe

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