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The art of recycling

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Salt river project is getting in on the Phoenix art scene. An exhibit at After Hours Gallery called Fridge-A-Thon will feature “fifteen uniquely painted recycled refrigerators” by Valley artists participating in the utility company’s recycling program.

Local artistas and celebrities have teamed up with Salt River Project (SRP) to raise awareness about energy conservation by making art out of old appliances. SRP’s Appliance Recycling Program has recycled more than 12,000 refrigerators and freezers since 2008.

Old appliances have never looked so appealing. They’d make for artsy (unplugged) pantry space, or even a cool place to keep a vinyl collection. No pun intended.

After Hours Gallery is located at 116 W. McDowell Road. A VIP reception on Friday, June 4 will kick things off for Fridge-A-Thon, on display till the end of June. More details can be had at www.afterhoursgallery.com.

El Moisés is as bold as his creations. His look and his antics resemble those of El Santo, the Mexican wrestler. The wrestler mask is the first obvious point of comparison, but less ubiquitous is the air of mystery … who’s the man behind the mask? The main page of his website offers a hint: “The voice of the Chicano Art Movement.”

In many ways his art epitomizes the aesthetics favored by his fellow Chicano artistas: el barrio, el macho, el luchador, el nopal – but with a postmodern twist.

His work is currently on display at Barrio Café. Read more on the artist at www.artedemoises.com.

Jerry Triana is shy and humble, yet when talking about his work, his eyes light up. “I see a renaissance of Latino arts in our community. All the elements are there – we just need to come together and celebrate our work,” he says.

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Triana has been in Arizona since 1997. By his own admission, he’s very much intrigued by the phoenix, the mythological bird emblematic of rebirth. He incorporated his own version of the phoenix on his recycled fridge. “The water phoenix.” he explains, “is born out of our collective conservation efforts; it symbolizes new life.” In following with the mythological theme, Triana uses the Greek Titan Atlas as the main subtext. “He’s supporting our planet, like we all should be doing,” he says.

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