Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

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Art in Many Forms
From the Airport’s Collection

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 4, Level 3, eight display cases
Through September 13, 2015

Desert Flora VIII Art is as varied and diverse as the artistic people who create it. And the limitless selection of materials that the artists choose plays an important role in conveying their stories, ideas and concepts.

The wide assortment of artwork being produced today in the Southwest is represented in the Airport’s own art collection. Part of the Phoenix Airport Museum, the art collection has been acquired through the years either by commission, purchase or donation. The result is a broad and varied collection of more than 900 artworks in all media.

This exhibition presents a sampling of works from the Airport’s diverse art collection. From a traditional black and white large-format photograph of modern-day cowboys to a brightly colored abstract metal wall piece, the exhibition also includes hand-pulled fine-art prints and pieces made of clay or fiber. Each of the eight display cases on Level 3 in Terminal 4 represent artwork made from a single medium: painting, fiber, metal, ceramic, mixed media, printmaking and photography. Artists carefully consider their medium and technique to best suit their vision creating Art in Many Forms.

Image Caption:
Thomas Kerrigan, Desert Flora VIII, 2003, earthenware ceramic with stain, glaze, metal, 39 x 20 x 4”

Creature Feature
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 4, Level 3, gallery
May 9, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016

Chase For thousands of years, humans have brought creatures to life in stories, songs and artworks. Real and fantastic beasts have been used to illustrate everything from ancient beliefs and fables to 1950s monster movies and modern day science fiction works. Imaginative variations in nature and science have always intrigued, fascinated, amused and sometimes even scared us.

This exhibition presents paintings and sculptures by six artists that take their inspiration from the natural world. Some of them have taken an anthropomorphic approach by placing animals in human situations or wild critters in intricately painted formal portraits. Other artists have invented species and fantasies by creating paintings reminiscent of scientific illustration or sculpting other-worldly life-forms from wood or fiber materials.

Whether creepy or cute, real or surreal, these artworks are sure to impart a sense of wonder and strangeness to the viewer. Enter this fanciful world and explore these artists’ stories and artworks in this creature feature..

Image Caption:
Dwayne Hall, Chase, 1997, oil on canvas, 30 x 40”

Finding the Beauty in Construction
Photographs by Craig Smith

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 4, Level 3, center wall south

Evening, Supports for taxiway bridge at South 41st Street The PHX Sky Train® opened in spring of 2013 making it easier for travelers to get to Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4 from the Valley Metro Light Rail and East Economy Parking. The conception and construction of this massive undertaking took years of planning and building.

The driverless electric train runs on an elevated guideway that goes over an active taxiway; the first in the world. The columns supporting the guideway are as deep under the ground as they are tall; up to 125’. The bridge over the taxiway alone took 3,000 cubic yards of concrete; about 45,000 wheelbarrows.

For two years (2010 – 2011), photographer Craig Smith documented the PHX Sky Train® project. He photographed the endeavor at various stages, at different times of day and from different directions. Using his artistic expression he found the beauty in construction.

Image Caption:
Craig Smith,September 13, 2010, Evening, Supports for taxiway bridge at South 41st Street, photograph, 24x 16”

Sewing Stories
Printed Artworks by Annie Lopez

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Terminal 4, Level 2, two display cases
Through Oct. 11, 2015

Things My Mother Said A fourth generation Phoenician, Annie Lopez creates artwork that tells stories of her own personal experiences and history. Her Influences include family, local and national news as well as television shows she watched as a kid. She combines text, old letters and photographic images into narrative cyanotype prints and dresses.

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. It involves chemicals that when mixed together and applied to paper, become light sensitive. Lopez prints the cyanotypes by exposing them to the sun. To make a dress she prints on about 20-30 sheets of paper commonly used to wrap tamales. She sews the printed sheets together to form material from which she creates her dresses using vintage patterns.

“Each new day sends me a situation that begs to be recreated on paper in a story or as artwork. I remain, as my family has for over one hundred and twenty years, rooted in Phoenix.” Lopez’s artwork goes beyond the visual piece, she is Sewing Stories.

Image Caption:
Annie Lopez, Things My Mother Said, 2012, cyanotype on paper, thread

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