The PUSH gallery show in downtown Phoenix kicked off this season with a huge success. The gallery opened in March of 2009, but was recently remodeled. A little further down the street and off the beaten path of the Roosevelt Row cluster, PUSH still holds its own in terms of audience. The show on Saturday, November 2 was host to bands, live painters, a food truck, artists, press, and spectators milling about the gallery located on 1145 E. Roosevelt.
If you have anything to do with the local Phoenix art scene, whether an artist or a small business owner willing to exhibit local artists, you may have heard of Matt Brown. He acts as the liaison between the two, making finding a place to exhibit work for the artist and finding beautiful pieces to fit the walls of the business a seamless effort. Curating the latest show at PUSH gallery, Matt has succeeded in showing over twenty artists with over fifty pieces of work. His longtime friend and fellow artist Jay B. Fail hung the pieces beautifully. The prices of the work range anywhere from $50 to $5000.
Matt has been a curator for local emerging artists for over ten years. The Valley art scene would not be the same without him, and local businesses would have more bare walls. Matt heads this group of artists under the name of House of Flying Paint. He doesn't charge the business or the artist for all his hard work. “It's just fun for me,” he says. “I do it because I love it, even though it's a crazy amount of work.” There is a small cover charge for gallery shows to cover the costs of rent and bands. Curating gallery shows gives him the freedom to do what he wants. The name PUSH came from the idea of “pushing” the local art scene through heading events and charities. The lastest show will be up indefinitely. Click here to find out about past and future events and to contact Matt.