So Scottsdale August 2016

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culture Jeffrey DaCosta


Scottsdale Public Art activates storefronts with art and intrigue BY NICOLE ROYSE



hroughout select locations in Scottsdale (and beyond), passersby can enjoy the latest in an art installation series titled IN FLUX. Launched in 2010 by Scottsdale Public Art, IN FLUX activates vacant storefronts with art installations created by local artists. The current installation is known as IN FLUX: Linda Enger Cycle 6. In Scottsdale, these exciting art installations – ranging in mediums from painting to sculpture and mixed media – can be seen at Marshall Square, Scottsdale Fashion Square, The Pavilions at Talking Stick and Miller Plaza, highlighting work from an impressive list of artists which includes: Chelsea Bighorn, Jeffrey DaCosta, Malena Barnhart, Linda Enger, Xandriss, Danielle Wood, Elijah Bourque, Matthew Briggs, Garrett Johnson, and Luke Kautz. The Pavilions at Talking Stick feature Chelsea Bighorn’s Feathered 11. In this, she has created a series of warrior female figures comprised of patterns found on quilts created by her family through the generations. Also at The Pavilions, Jeffrey

DaCosta has created 18 free-standing deer silhouette sculptures painted with florescent, ultraviolet, light-sensitive paint as a metaphor for the way technology has changed the way we see the world. As the sun sets, hidden UV lights illuminate the herd, titled Decoys, creating a scene of deer viewed with thermal imaging. At Old Town Scottsdale’s Marshall Square, artist Malena Barnhart’s vibrant collage – created by an intricate spider web from thousands of repurposed girls’ stickers – is on display, titled Reticulation. Also on display at this location is Linda Enger’s Emergent, a vibrant mixed media installation exploring how we are affected


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by seasonal changes and the nuances of nature. Here, you can also view installations by Xandriss and Danielle Wood. While at Scottsdale Fashion Square, visitors can enjoy Topo, a responsive art installation that features three cloud-like structures, a water structure and moving lights created by Matthew Briggs, Garrett Johnson and Luke Kautz. As mall-goers move around the artwork, the lights respond, creating colorful reflections around the space. Find this installation on the lower level at the Neiman Marcus Court. IN FLUX has continued to grow, partnering with 11 organizations, and can also be found in Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe. “IN FLUX offers new perspective on the connections between community organizations, city governments, local businesses, artists and audiences,” says Donna Issac, the director of IN FLUX. There is plenty of time to see IN FLUX: Cycle 6, which will be displayed through December 2016. For more information, visit www.

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