New downtown Scottsdale project to display video-art

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(submitted photo)

A video ArtWalk featuring video projections throughout the Downtown Scottsdale Arts District is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7.

The inaugural event will feature dynamic installations by Arizona‐based video artists Mark Hughes, Francisco Flores, Justin Winters, Lauren Strohacker, and Kendra Sollars and performance art by designer Katharine Leigh Simpson.

Live music by six bands will fill the air along the ArtWalk line on Marshall Way and Main Street in downtown Scottsdale, according to a press release.

Mr. Hughes, Mr. Flores and Mr. Winters are visual artists who work in a variety of light-based mediums to create dynamic experiences. As part of a collaborative group, the artists use lasers, video projection and LED lighting along with software and real-time image capturing techniques to create interactive environments.

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Their work will be on display in more than half dozen locations between 5th Avenue and Indian School Road along north Marshall Way.

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The group’s past works have included a large-scale laser billboard in downtown Phoenix using a real-time Twitter interface, projecting at a major Hollywood venue and installations at: ArtelPhx; Burning Man; the Herberger Theatre; and numerous art galleries throughout the Southwest, the release stated.

Video collaborators Ms. Strohacker and Ms. Sollars will offer four installations featuring their recent “Animal Land” project along east Main Street. The award‐winning project is their response to the current and rapid loss of biodiversity and investigate a future where genuine interactions between humans and non‐human animals may not exist.

“Animal Land” was awarded a Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant by the Phoenix Art Museum and an Artist Research & Development Grant by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. It also has been presented as part of the prestigious “Iris Nights” lecture series at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Accenting the impermanent intersection of art and life, designer Katharine Leigh Simpson will appear throughout the venue in costumes designed by her to evoke whimsy, romance, and the sensation of life emerging from video, the release stated. A multi‐media artist working in cut paper costuming with LED accents, Ms. Simpson will roam the ArtWalk Line interacting with video.

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