IN FLUX Cycle 10
IN FLUX Cycle 10 includes 12 artworks in six cities across the valley, including four pieces here in Scottsdale. IN FLUX provides opportunities for local artists to create site-specific, temporary public art installations.
Hector Ortega’s sculpture, Reliance, is inspired by the interconnections we all share in our daily lives—how our interactions with each other as people and members of society influence the human condition. We have a great impact on each other’s lives. We share in this ongoing narrative collectively, each bringing our own set of values and experiences to the world, interdependent of each other; it’s part of the connection we share to make this a better place, one idea and action—all pieces of a greater work we call life.
Ortega is an Arizona-based artist whose work is focused on a multidisciplinary arts practice, primarily in metals (steel and silver). Ortega works in all scales of size, from small, machined, purpose-built objects to large-scale, abstract, three-dimensional sculpture in the public and private realm. Ortega’s large-scale work focuses on geometrical relationships, interconnections, and constraints among a particular space. Geometry, life’s experiences, constraints, and his current environment at hand often inspires the interconnections between each fabricated element of any given work to inspire others to better this world through his efforts.
Installation: May 25, 2022, through June 30, 2023
Location: Northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Oak Street
This digital gesture is a manifestation of the mindsets and processes accessed to realize it. Gesture in its rudimentary form is a subconscious movement made with spontaneity and rhythm. The post-gesture is a reflection on the previous and allows for growth and elaboration of said concepts. Fragmented Reflection captures both mindsets, gestural and post-gestural—a freedom of motion with a machined hand. The fluidity of the initial gesture is captured through a brush stroke-like motion, while the contemporary perspective is demonstrated with a simple fragmented mirror image of itself.
Christopher Luper was born and raised in the northwest Chicago suburbs and received a bachelor of fine arts in painting and drawing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Luper proceeded to pursue a master of fine arts at Arizona State University in sculpture, specializing in foundry. His works often revolve around the importance of mindset and process. Luper believes our attention guides our perception of the world around us and shapes our internal landscape to an extensive degree. The work he does requires a tremendous amount of attentiveness and patience, which is often manifested through abstract forms.
Installation: May 25, 2022, through June 30, 2023
The Magic of Water
The Magic of Water is a mural to light up our mundane life and appreciate water resources. The shape of the pipe and well as the combination is not block-shaped like the house in the neighborhood. The mural resonates with the dynamic and gentle character of water and the shape of the pipe. The main colors are blue, azure, orange, and pink. It represents water and desert, cool and hot.
Yuke Li is a visual artist, a storyteller who was trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been working in the creative field for more than 10 years, and she works both digitally and traditionally. Li uses visual language to express emotions and thoughts. Her work has been recognized by ADC Award, American Illustration, and Bologna Children’s Book Fair. This year she is working on public art projects and her personal graphic novel.
Installation: May 9, 2022, through June 30, 2024
Zenith, Surge, and Bliss
Three dynamic and colorful figures, each 8-feet tall, are in the three landscape beds at Miller Plaza. Zenith, Surge, and Bliss are hand-fabricated from steel and powder-coated in a vibrant color palette with a gloss sheen. Each figure is made from a series of abstract metal geometric shapes that twist and turn in space. Each piece occupies space in a different way also relate to each other in their design and scale. Responding to the existing architecture and the scale of the public area, the three vibrantly colored figures soar into space. These dynamic figurative sculptures tell a story and enhance the identity of the plaza, whose primary business revolves around fitness, aesthetics, and wellness.
Shirley Wagner is a Tucson artist. She graduated with a fine arts degree from Youngstown University in Ohio. Her favorite art class was sculpture, where she developed a love of form and structure. For nearly three decades she has been fabricating wall assemblages in her Arizona studio. Her early work in wood was inspired by the art of American artist Louise Nevelson. In the last two years, Wagner has moved her focus from wall assemblages to large-scale figurative sculptures in metal. Continuing her ongoing dialogue with form and structure, her three-dimensional figures entertain a narrative revolving around human emotion. With this new endeavor, she is setting her sights on public art.
Installation: June 28, 2022, through June 30, 2023
Location2302 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257, USA
DatesJune 28, 2022 through June 30, 2023