For some of us, First Fridays can be a little busy, so here are some exciting exhibits to check out at April’s Third Friday. Take your time, stroll through the galleries, see some friendly faces and meet the artists. More info is always available on Artlink’s website.
The MonOrchid presents an “anthropological interactive digital augmented reality,” created by award winning multimedia duo Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali. This multimedia exhibit will feature images most of us are unaware of, focusing on Central America’s rural Pacific and Gulf Coasts and the “Afro-Mexicanos.” Be sure to check it out between 6-10 p.m., located at 214 E. Roosevelt. More info here.
Artist Joshua Dean Wiley offers up a new collection of work to be exhibited at 9 the Gallery. This series will take a larger, more expansive look at life, focusing the cosmic lens upon celestial bodies that until recently, we could only dream of. Clouds of pigment swirl together in such a way that you can feel yourself reflected in the images themselves. Come join the odyssey from 6-10 p.m., located at 1229 Grand Ave. More info on 9 the Gallery’s website.
It’s been a minute since I’ve had the opportunity to visit a Daniel Funkhouser exhibit, so I was thrilled to learn Rhetorical Galleries would be hosting his new show. Known for “challenging traditional experience,” Funkhouser uses the dynamics of space, color, form and light as his medium to create truly unique installations that will immerse you in wonder. Come inhabit this WEIRD SPACE from 6-10 p.m. at 408 E Roosevelt.
Art on Paper and Photographs of Frida Kahlo
Bentley Gallery is proud to present the opening reception for this feast of visual arts. Art on Paper will feature abstract, original works from a host of artists including Daniel Brice and Dion Johnson. Juxtaposed are the Photographs of Frida Kahlo providing, “an intimate look into the world of the renown Mexican painter,” from photographers such as Fritz Henle, Lucienne Bloch and more. Doors open from 6-9 p.m., located at 215 E Grant St. More info here.
Swing through the Herberger Gallery at the Arizona Center from 6-8 p.m and catch this daring showcase that is trendsetting, provocative and on the edge! This exhibit will feature more than 25 local artists versed in a wide variety of mediums and processes. Support local art at the Herberger, located at 455 N 3rd St.
Tar and Feather
I don’t like to repeat art exhibits, but if you missed this one, make time before it’s gone for another 60 million years. Seriously, artist Lee Davis is setting the standard for fine art in Phoenix with his surrealistic, prehistoric paintings that embody the concept of altered perceptions. Despite being absurd, this show is next level. See you there! Doors from at the Grand ArtHaus from 6-10 p.m., located at 1501 Grand Ave. More info here.