Monthly Archives: June 2009

Javier Piñón: Collage Artist, New York

Piñón’s collages of cowboys are made from images from mid-century road-trip magazines that have begun to lose their color.  So seamlessly made that they seem to arrive fully formed, like found photographs, the collages are often mounted on yellowed handmade paper, creating a warm setting. The images feature cowboys swinging on chandeliers and perched on towers of chairs. What I like most about his collages is the presence of Classical Myth. Like in Theseus and the Minotaur: a cowboy in a rodeolike stadium wrestles a bull-headed figure—violence marked with unexpected comedy.

For more on Javier’s work visit


Target presents FREE Saturday admission July 11, 2009 thru Aug 1, 2009 + hands-on activities, music + dance performances at the Heard Museum.

2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
For more information about The Heard Museum visit


July 12, 2009 —October 25, 2009
Rineberg Lobby, Lyons Gallery, Behrens Promenade, Great Hall, all levels of the Katz Wing.

Locals Only showcases 12 Valley artists whose work in different media (paint, print, and sculpture) deal with issues of identity, the tension between high and low culture, and the shifts between representational and conceptual art practices.

This exhibition was organized against the backdrop of Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, which will be on view at the Museum this Summer and deliberately explores how Metro-Phoenix artists work with the analogous themes and issues.


Claudio Dicochea, Fausto Fernandez, Luis Gutierrez, Annie Lopez, Melissa Martinez, Monica Aissa Martinez, Martin Moreno, Hector Ruiz, Roy Wasson Valle and Dose, Lalo Cota and Mykil ZEPata.


Two new monumental sculptures by Hector Ruiz.

A new series of paintings by Claudio Diocochea that examine that 18th century tradition of “casta” paintings from colonial Mexico.

Three conceptual text and photo pieces by Annie Lopez.

Collaborative paintings by Hector Ruiz, Dose, Lalo Cota and Mykil ZEPata.

Rosemarie Fiore: Artist, New York

Rosemarie Fiore Firework Drawings (Archive) lit fireworks, collage on paper. cardboard

What intrigues me the most about Fiore’s works is the actual technique. On large format paper she explodes live fireworks which results in bursts of saturated color that are collages together into an incredible abstract composition.

Rosemarie Fiore "<b><i>Pyrotechnics</b></i>" Firework Drawings  2009 fireworks, paper, pole

More on Fiore’s “Pyrotechnics” Firework Drawings can be found at

Randall Stolzfus: Painter, Brooklyn

Raised without a television in a Mennonite household in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Brooklyn artist Randall Stoltzfus makes richly textured paintings that slowly unfurl into deeply receding landscapes. His work has been shown in New York, Virginia, Washington DC, and in Italy, where he was an artist in residence at an active insane asylum.  His evocative landscape paintings are haunted by memory, history, and light. More of his work can be seen at

When it comes to vacationing in the U.S., each city has its own unique art and design offerings.This top 20 list will take you to well known destinations for artists and designers as well as cities off the beaten path.

Top 20 Art + Design Vacation Cities on a Budget

20. Washington D.C.
19. Denver, Colorado
18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17. Nashville, Tennessee
16. Los Angeles, California
15. Seattle, Washington
14. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
13. Atlanta, Georgia
12. Austin, Texas
11. San Diego, California
10. New Orleans, Louisana
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
8. San Francisco, California
7. Charleston, South Carolina
6. Boston, Massachusetts
5. Chicago, Illinois
4. New York, New York
3. Santa Fe, New Mexico
2. Miami, Florida
1. Phoenix, Arizona

For art + design information in each of these cities visit