Thursday, December 3, 2009

return of shade

a few years ago while in phoenix i stumbled upon a cool, local art publication called "shade."  i found it either at haus (at the original, downtown location on central), or red.  it focuses on the contemporary/urban/street art scene.  you know what i mean.  i tried to subscribe.  i did this by sending them a check for the amount they indicated on the subscription form.  in fact, i like the zine so much that i'm sure i did this twice.  it never came.  no shade.


but because i held on to an old issue, i was able to find them online and am happy to know they're still publishing.  http://www.shademag.com/  i found the following quote in memory of deceased artist pedro alvarez "...artists see the world in a special way.  that is their truth, and a good artist is the one who can share that truth with us." - marilyn a. zeitlin, director and chief curator arizona state university art museum.


apparently pedro was in unbearable anguish as he took his own life.  this came as a surprise to all around him.  he could no longer turn his anguish into art.


and then it occurred to me - it's 10:10 a.m. and 25 degrees in the shade.  the high today and tomorrow is supposed to be in the mid 30s. (it's a veritable heat wave i tell you!)  i have images ready to be wheat pasted but the weather isn't cooperating.  so hmmm, i think i should celebrate art basel in miami by going pasting in phoenix this weekend.  hmmm... for pedro.

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