But not everyone knows that Jerry is, and continues to be, a fine artist. In the mid 90’s he participated in Art Detour Phoenix, showing his work in one of the many Mystery Galleries. This weekend was Art Detour 26. A self-guided tour of Phoenix’s galleries and artist’s studios.
The Phoenix art market is by far, very conservative. It is not New York or Los Angeles or Miami. It is always an uphill battle for cutting edge and contemporary artists to establish a reputation in the art world, by being based in Phoenix. One of the shows today was banned from the Herberger Theatre Gallery for being too controversial. The R. Pela Contemporary Art Gallery showed the work this weekend and I was anxious to see it and make up my own mind. While the photographs made me pause and think, “Hmmm…interesting,” the subject matter was not gruesome or X-rated, nor would it make me cover a child’s eyes.
One of our favorite shows was Apache Skateboards by artist Douglas Miles. The amount of work shown by this artist was impressive and the quality was equally as fine. On the lighter side, The Braggs Pie Factory Gallery had a show entitled, Mutant Piñatas. It was fun to walk underneath these pieces and question, “What was the artist thinking when she did this?”
While the work on the inside of the buildings was pretty good, the mural work on the outside of the buildings in the “artsy” part of downtown Phoenix was exceptional. And while I don’t condone “tagging” on public surfaces, Jerry and I both appreciate the talent of good mural artists and feel it is definitely an art form all its own. One such talent we met and talked was Ishmael Duenas. His mural work has spilled onto canvases (the piece show is a collaboration and the city buildings are Duenas’s work) and if the work he showed this weekend is any indication, he should have a successful career.