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Onloaded, a series of 5 pop-up emerging artist solo exhibits in a cargo container

In spring, 2014, phICA launches an innovative series of curated “pop-up” solo exhibitions in repurposed cargo containers. The containers have recently been purchased by Roosevelt Row CDC and have been converted into white cube, wood floored gallery spaces. During the first five months of the year – January, February, March, April, and May – five Phoenix-area based artists in the initial stages of their professional artistic practice will have the opportunities to showcase their work in solo exhibitions in these spaces. There is a didactic element to the project in that each of the artists, in tandem with the curator, must make decisions as to installation and space design with regard to showing art work to large crowds. The dimensions of each container are approximately 18 feet deep x 7.5 feet wide x 8 feet high.

The series may be expanded during in Fall, 2014 during the months of September, October, November, and December.

These five artists were selected on the merit of their work their commitments to their professional artist careers, and the catalytic effect that phICA may have in bolstering careers through providing opportunities for exposure of their art to the public in this time.

The Project Artists for Spring, 2014: (openings are Third Friday of the month; will also be open on the First Fridays)

Abe Zucca, Phoenix – opens January 17 – February 16, 2014

Amelec Diaz, Phoenix – opens February 21 – March 16, 2014

Cory Slawson, Tempe – opens March 21 – April 13, 2014

Maral Tabrizi, Tempe – opens April 18 – May 11, 2014

Fernando Pinal, Mesa – opens May 16 – June 15, 2014

Project Support:

The Onloaded exhibition series is organized by Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) in a community development collaboration with Roosevelt Row CDC and was curated by Ted G. Decker.

The presentation of this exhibition series was made possible through the generous support of Tana and Ridge Smidt/Arizona Home Care. Additional support provided by: Arizona Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and phICA. Exhibition marketing was made possible in part by a mini-grant from Ted Decker Catalyst Fund.

Additional community collaboration and in-kind support provided by: Verónica Villanueva and Brent Bond; Cindy Dach and Greg Esser; Bill Fielder/Bill’s Custom Frame; Ellyce and Eddie Shea; Valber Silva; and Ted Decker Fine Art Consulting, Phoenix – Rio de Janeiro