We recently headed to Phoenix for PPA’s annual convention and trade show, ImagingUSA. As always, we had a fantastic time and picked up a few goodies along the way (our new white vinyl sweep arrives tomorrow – yay!). We got to hang out with some old friends and we made some new friends, and best of all we attended some great seminars put on by the best photographers in the world.
As many people know, our first obsession is photography but close behind is contemporary art. We take every chance we get to see the local art museum (thanks to our membership in the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth) and were excited to have an extra couple of hours in Phoenix to hit the Phoenix Art Museum.
We loved this sculpture by Anish Kapoor titled “Upside Down, Inside Out” – a pretty self-explanatory title. We absolutely LOVE his sculptures – they are so fluid and dynamic and have a very peaceful quality.
Next was the enticing and interactive installation from Yayoi Kusama titled “You Who are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies” (that is me in the middle of the swarm). We were thrilled to be able to stand within this installation and watch the colors fade and change. It reminded us what it means to just stand still and exist for a while.
Our favorite space was actually a combination of two works of art – Josiah McEhleny’s sculpture “e shape” and Peter Halley’s painting “The Circuit”. Both are brilliant pieces of work, and when viewed in such close proximity they take on a new dimension.
Our view from the other side of “e shape”
And we can’t leave out our attempt to be part of the art
Last but not least is Doug Hyde’s sculpture “Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers” that sits in front of Phoenix Plaza. Yes, that is me at his foot trying to get in on Bill’s photo 🙂