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Good Fun and Social Criticism In Scream Queens at the monOrchid

David Miller Photoworks "Scream Queens" opens at the bokeh gallery at the monOrchid in April

 
 
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PRLog - March 26, 2013 - PHOENIX -- First Friday, April 5, 2013 marks the opening of two all new exhibitions at the monOrchid.  The bokeh gallery at the monOrchid will feature David Miller Photoworks cinematic photo series Scream Queens.  Miller came to the valley from Nebraska and earned a BFA in Photography from ASU.  He was drawn to photography as a teenager, partly because he was frustrated with his drafting skills, but mostly as a vehicle for adventure.  Miller quickly saw the potential to shape ideas through the medium and began photographing models conceptually using 20th century pop cultural references in an attempt to critique old attitudes, appreciate past art forms, and replicate styles as faithfully as possible.  The series was created in 2012-2013 with models Mosh and Briana Robertson using projection and shadows to emulate scenarios from old horror and sci-fi films.
The series pokes fun at both the ludicrousness of fantasy fear and the way women are portrayed in cinema.  Miller remarks, “Playing with these tropes is good fun and shorthand for commonly understood cultural references- femme fatales, damsels in distress, good girls and vamps etc.- but when presented knowingly, the ludicrousness of them is apparent.  It's clear that many of these stereotypical portrayals of women still exist in modern cinema, and the best way to defang a negative element in society is to use humor.”  The images appear playful and light-hearted but upon further reflection and context a critical dialogue is addressed about past and present attitudes towards the female in cinema, and in our society.

The monOrchid gallery will feature the show Every Which Way: The eclectic art of Jon Arvizu.  Arvizu is an illustrative designer and artist with a distinct style and sense of exploration.  Jon is preoccupied with ephemeral (throwaway) design and illustration of the golden age in advertising (1930s- 70's). Much like walking through a thrift store, his work swings wildly in many directions drawing inspiration from high art history to low-brow and folk art.  

The exhibitions will be full of related events throughout the month of April:
•   Both exhibitions open Friday, April 5 for the First Friday artwalk (6-10pm) featuring a “merch” table of Jon Arvizu’s smaller work and unique items and a raffle for 2 3D Viewfinder’s with images from Scream Queens.
•   Friday, April 12 the galleries will be open from 6-10pm with a special guest, the Upper East Side Big Band ( www.bigbandaz.com ) will be playing vintage jazz and swing from 1950s to present in the monOrchid gallery.
•   Friday, April 19 join us for the Third Friday collector’s night (6-10pm), a much lower key event than First Friday.  The evening will include a short Q&A discussion with Jon Arvizu.  We will also be celebrating “Designer Appreciation Night”, the evening will include an industry partner discount for all sales made to interior designers, architects, and graphic designers.  To top off the evening our friends Tres Lunas (http://treslunas.bandcamp.com/) will perform their eclectic music at 9pm in the monOrchid gallery.
•   Friday, April 26 will be the last chance to view the exhibitions from 6-9pm, and then our friends at filmbar (www.thefilmbarphx.com) are throwing an after party for David Miller’s Scream Queens featuring cocktails, retro movie trailers and music videos from 9-10pm.

Located at 214 E Roosevelt St, in the heart of the arts district in downtown Phoenix, the monOrchid building offers space for events, weddings, photo/video production, art exhibits, and small businesses. The monOrchid is a 14,000 square foot space comprised of two art galleries, office pods, a coffee shop, and two world-class photo cycloramas. The varied connected spaces house multiple creative businesses and offer unique settings for cultural events within the masonry walls and soaring natural wood bow trusses. Originally a warehouse constructed in 1937 by Del Webb, the building is an excellent example of adaptive-reuse in the city’s core. Through years of renovation and invention, the building has morphed into a place for collaboration, creativity and celebration.  

The monOrchid building is open daily.  The galleries are open for public events every First and Third Friday from 6-9pm and by appointment with the curator, Justin Germain.  For more information about art exhibitions, event rental, or office space leasing please visit http://www.monorchid.com, “like” us on facebook, or contact the curator at art@monorchid.com

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