EXHIBITIONS – Spineless: The Invertebrate Art Show at The Trunk Space

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Michele Bledsoe “Forever” acrylic on canvas 6″ x 4″

“Spineless: The Invertebrate Art Show”

January 2o16

Opening Reception January 1, 2016 6pm – 9pm

The Trunk Space

1506 Grand Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Some estimates say up to 97% of animal life on earth lacks a spinal column. Their range is staggering: from microscopic protozoa to colossal squids that approach 50 feet in length. Insects, crustaceans, mollusks, worms, jellies, and arachnids take on an amazing array of shapes, colors and structures that vary from the beautiful to the grotesque.

In January at the Trunk Space, a group of artists display works made in homage to our backboneless fellow creatures.

The Trunk Space is one of the best alternative art spaces in Phoenix, Arizona. For almost 12 years now the venue has featured local, national and international performing and visual artists right in the heart of the downtown.

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The view from the Trunk Space parking lot

I have been fortunate to not only take part in many of the Trunk Space’s monthly art exhibits, I have the honor of being invited to curate shows as well.  January 2014 was International Stuckists: Explorers and Inventors. January 2015 featured Booked: Contemporary Literary Art. For January 2016, I was of a biological state of mind.

I wanted to paint a jellyfish. What a strange and beautiful animal-but also, potentially dangerous. The image of such an exotic creature joined with both the portentous archetypal icons and the B-movie monster mash that are programmed into my psyche, and I knew the picture I had to make.

Jelly from The Black LagoonRichard Bledsoe “The Jelly from the Black Lagoon” acrylic on canvas 20″ x 16″

The subject matter of the boneless animal seem to me a intriguing starting point for other artists as well. So many options available. As is standard with my curatorial philosophy, I selected artists, not individual works. I respect the inventiveness of these creatives, and I always find the show comes together best when I invite them to give whatever they feel represents the theme.

This show was no exception. Once again, Spineless demonstrates the power of synchronicity unleashed.

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Hanging the show, with Trunk Space owner and artist Steph Carrico

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It always amazes me to see the sheer individuality that inspired artwork displays. The artists of Spineless aren’t just depicting invertebrates. They are showing you something about themselves.

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Barton

Leslie Barton

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Michele Bledsoe “The Edge of Reason”

The Secret Kingdom Blog

Immortal Hyrda

Richard Bledsoe “The Immortal Hydra”

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Steph Carrico “Swineless”

http://carricophotography.com/

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Soft Things

Dan Pederson “Soft Things”

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LB

L.B. Paintings “Vital Impetus”

 L.B. Paintings Fine Art

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Dadsocks

Bill Taggart

Dad Socks: Stencil Art by Bill Taggart

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Ron Throop “Sure, I Like the Way Sparkling Earrings Lay…But I Won’t Sleep in the Desert With You”

Tam and Friends: Ron Throop Painting and Writing

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Hannah Irene Walsh “Apophis as Round Worm”

The Art of Hannah Irene Walsh

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Whiting

Shelley Whiting “The Deadly Leeches”

Shelley Whiting’s Art

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6 thoughts on “EXHIBITIONS – Spineless: The Invertebrate Art Show at The Trunk Space

  1. […] The Trunk Space hosted one of the exhibits I’m most proud of: 2014’s International Stuckists: Explorers and Inventors.  We displayed works from artists from 6 countries in downtown Phoenix, cutting edge pieces that challenged the dreary conformity of the contemporary art market. Other highlights included 2015’s Booked: Contemporary Literary Art and 2016’s Spineless: Invertebrate Art. […]

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