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Artist Saskia Jordá, who won the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Award of Phoenix Art Museum in 2015, will present an original installation inside the retail space titled Cacerolazo (pictured) consisting of hundreds of pots, pans, and utensils, suspended at varying heights from the ceiling rafters within reach of the viewer. In Spanish, cacerolazo refers to the action of striking a pot to make a loud sound, as well as a unique form of political protest that consists simply of a group of people making noise by banging on pots and pans. Originating in South America in the 1970s in response to food shortages, the cacerolazo is a remarkable form of demonstration, a cathartic activity that enables participants to make themselves heard without saying a word. The installation is inspired by a cacerolazo from the artist’s childhood in Venezuela. At select times, viewers may be invited to interact with the installation as well as experience on-site performances and programs including dance, music, and hands-on activities.
Artist Melissa Martinez’s installation entitled Drip, Dribble, Drop, previously featured at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in 2013, will be on view outdoors in the CityScape Plaza. The work is a prime example of the Tempe-based artist’s practice, as Martinez often works with found objects and unconventional materials to convey emotional experiences that occur in the presence of natural phenomena. This installation imbues a household item with a new dimension of meaning. Hanging from the ceiling, a series of white umbrellas becomes a set of artistic forms that evoke simplicity, beauty, and proportion, while suggesting a variety of experiences that a light winter shower may inspire. The installation lights up at night, inviting viewers to ponder, reflect, and of course, take the ultimate selfie.
Image: Melissa Martinez:Drip, Dribble, Drop, installation view, Canal Convergence, 2013. Photo by Dayvid LeMmon. Courtesy of Scottsdale Public Art.