1Spot Gallery: Nominated for 2013 New Times Big Brain Award!

Wow Phoenix.

1Spot Gallery is very honored to be a finalist for the 2013 Big Brain Awards by Phoenix New Times.

Each year, New Times honors the community’s art-felt achievements with the Big Brain Awards, giving cash prizes to emerging creatives.

— Being nominated is a beautiful catalyst to continue creating, expanding, showcasing and building up our local Native art world. —

We’d like to give a shout-out to previous years winners, who happen to also be our friends, conspirators, and collaborators!




Performing Art: Dulce Juarez

Visual Art: Thomas Greyeyes





Performing Art: Joseph “Sentrock” Perez

Culinary: Brian and Margita Webb of “Hey Joe!” Filipino Food Truck


Check out article and other Finalists below!


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Take note and give your creative friends a big pat on the back — we’re announcing the finalists for the 2013 Big Brain Awards.

The award was created to recognize emerging local creatives, and for the past few weeks we’ve been narrowing the long list of submissions to 18 finalists in six categories.

See also:
2012 Big Brain Awards Winners Announced
Big Brain Awards 2013: Nominate Emerging Phoenix Creatives for Cash Prizes

On April 27, from 7 to 11 p.m., we’ll be honoring six winners with $500 cash prizes in the categories of craft, design, online, visual art, culinary, and performing art at Monarch Theatre in Phoenix during our annual Artopia celebration.

We’ll be profiling the finalists in the April 25 issue of New Times and on our blogs in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are their names:

Ashley Cooper
Keytha Fixico
Brandon Boetto

Kelsey Dake
David Emitt Adams

Leah Marche
Space 55

Lindsay Kinkade
Justin Katz
Jon Arvizu

Dust Circuit Radio
Club Fonograma
Lightning Octopus

Check them out on Chow Bella

Tickets to Artopia go on sale this Thursday, March 28. Stay tuned to the Big Brain page for more details …

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Slickest in the Southwest – Damian Jim: Featured on 1121South.net

Our very own Damian Jim is the featured artist for 1121South.net blog.

Check out this great article about Damian’s work, accomplishments, inspiration, and journey!

Slickest in the Southwest


Slickest in the Southwest – Damian Jim

Who are you?
My name is Damian Jim, I’m a Dine artist and graphic designer from the 4 corners region.
My clans are Deer Springs for the Ute People Division of Red Running into the Water, and my grandparents are both from the Many Goats Clan.
Where are you based?
I’m currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona.

What is your background as an artist?
I’m a self-taught artist, with a degree in graphic design.  I’ve been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil, with my teachers lending me support in elementary school with a school newspaper beat drawing advertisements.  In high school, I garnered an award nationally as well as being recognized for my contributions by the school.
I received my degree in graphic design, and started working for Blue Mountain Trading Post in Blanding, Utah, and later on Twin Rocks Trading Post in Bluff, Utah. My job involved collaborating with the premier Dine basket and rug weavers in Southeastern Utah in producing geometric, pictorial, and abstract images that were then produced on fibered media.
This work helped many artists to win awards nationally and helped to inspire a resurgence in Dine basketry, as well as produced many articles and books on printed media and video.  I also had my first museum show right around this time, which inspired me to start participating in local art markets.
I was also able to win awards at Gallup Ceremonials with my own paintings during this time, and eventually I progressed into web media and helping to acknowledge and promote other native artists.
Currently I work fulltime, run a gallery in Phoenix, produce paintings and digital media, and work part time on Ziindi, an indigenous contemporary art zine.
How would you explain your creations in 4 words?
Indigenous, Vibrant, Provocative, Verve.

Where does your vision come from and what do you hope to accomplish? 
My vision comes from the infinite depths of my imagination.  My art is the focus of this journey, and the image of the artist as an icon is dead.  I use visuals from print and video media to shape my paintings.  My canvases speak of my experiences from growing up on the reservation and the racism/tribalism that has pervaded my life while growing up.  I also use universal ideas on life, Dine creation stories, Dine symbolism, and writing in Dine and English in my work.
My hope is to not only help to inspire young artists, but to cultivate an Indigenous community free of stereotypes and bravado.  It is only when we can see beyond ourselves that we can unite and elevate the proletariat.

When you were young, did you ever imagine your work would inspire and motivate so many people?
I never started doing art hoping to achieve fame; working for fame only inspires hate, jealousy, and mistrust in people.  My current work with Ziindi has been a constant mission that I have used in various incarnations.  Starting off with teaching graphic design to Summer school kids, and doing motivational talks about my work, that helped to start a positive trend in community involvement with young artists.  From working with 4natives.com, to working with Native American connections, I’ve always wanted to give back to the Indigenous community, mostly because I know how harsh growing up on the Reservations can be when you’re young.  If my work can help to inspire and motivate the youth, that is just one step to changing the dynamics that govern our lives.

Could you please give our viewers some information about where they can see/purchase your work?
I have my website DamianJim.com, which has links to my deviant art account at damianjim.deviantart.com, and my facebook page facebook.com/damianjim, has the latest works in progress as well as finished pieces.
My work is currently represented at 1Spot Gallery on Roosevelt and 6th Street in downtown Phoenix: 918 N 6th Street, Unit B, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – 602 281-0697, facebook.com/ziindigallery

"Feed The Beast"
"The Fire Inside"
"The Red Queen's Domain"
"Red Fever"
"Where Spiders Sleep"

"Violent Heart"
"Fire Shaman"

“The Space Between Two Worlds” – New Works by Jeff Slim @ 1Spot Gallery

1Spot Gallery & Ziindi: Indigenous Art Zine proudly present

Works by Jeff Slim

_”The Space Between Two Worlds”_



“The Space Between Two Worlds exists within stories and memory….Creating color where there was none in one world and bringing to life reminiscences in another.”


_Opening Reception:

First Friday

April 5th, 2013

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


_Closing Reception:

** Celebrating Jeff’s Birthday!! **

Third Friday

April 19th, 2013

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


* Private Tours Available by Appointment *



_ DJ Set by Nube

_ light refreshments by Sana Pueblo Food Creations

* Join us for a special closing reception

as we celebrate Jeff Slim’s Birthday on April 19th! *



_About the Artist:

Jeff Slim is a Diné artist from Black Mountain, Arizona; located on the Navajo Reservation.

While working with the Black Sheep Art Collective he was able to help brighten up communities by means of mural workshops. Beyond the Collective he supports a variety of nonprofit organizations and causes by contributing his artistic abilities and time.

_Series Description:

The Space Between Two Worlds exists within stories and memory. Through this series of paintings I am exploring the worlds of Bíla’ ashdla’ (“five fingered people”) and Áltsé deests’á (“the first one that died”); the third and fourth world that each respectively occupies.

Creating color where there was none in one world and bringing to life reminiscences in another. Using the paintings as a vessel to explore my own cultural stories as well as personal history, I invite viewers to interpret the paintings through their own perspectives.

_Artist Statement:

Influential elements of one’s life are constantly changing and evolving into something beautiful or gruesome.  It’s within these shifts I find myself utilizing various mediums of art to convey these spellbound moments. It is a collection of sentimental memories of stories I have read, heard and experienced that are eventually transpired into my work. A continuous exploration of ways to communicate and connect with my surroundings.

“Exhibit Celebrates Women” – Gallup Independent covers Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase

Weaver aims to bring traditional symbol back to Diné art

Recent article in Gallup Independent  by Arlyssa Becenti explores Ziindi’sCh’ikeeh Baa Hozho Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase at the Navajo Nation Museum

By Arlyssa Becenti

Diné Bureau navajo2@gallupindependent.com 
INDOW ROCK — Navajo Textile Artist Melissa Cody stood next to her brightly colorful Navajo rugs that depict the infamous swastika symbol — a symbol most people don’t realize was used by Navajo rug weavers way before the World War II era.

As a fourth generation rug weaver and young Diné female artist, Cody has incorporated the symbol, which is called the whirling log or whirling wind, into her weaving inorder to reclaim a symbol that was never meant to be considered taboo.

“The work I’m doing incorporates these symbols. It’s a body of work that I’m doing to reclaim our old symbols,” Cody explained. “These symbols were once perverted at one time. It’s all right to identify with them and use them in our ways.”

Cody’s body of work is just one of the 60 art pieces from 14 different Native American female artists that are on exhibit at the Navajo Nation Museum. The new exhibit opened Feb. 15, and Navajo Nation

See Exhibit, Page 5

Brian Leddy/Independent At top, Melissa Cody is one of the female artists featured in a recent art opening at the Navajo Nation Museum.

Independent file photo

Above, textile artist Melissa Cody gives a weaving demonstration in July 2011.


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Museum Director Manuelito Wheeler described it as “a long time coming.”


“It should be obvious as a matriarchal society for us to be doing a show like this,” Wheeler said. “We wanted to focus on an all-female contemporary art show here at the Navajo Nation Museum. Here at the museum we affect people’s lives and change people’s views to see the world a lot differently.”

Collaborating with the publication Ziindi, based in Phoenix, Wheeler said the museum was able to get most of the female artist showcased in the independent zine to bring their work to the museum. Navajo/Xicana artist Nanibah “Nani” Chacon, who has had her work showcased in Ziindi, was also in attendance at the opening of the Navajo Nation Museum exhibit, which included her paintings and a 10-by-22-foot art installation. A former graffiti artist, Chacon is exhibiting her paintings of Native women across the United States.

“I primarily do female figurative work. I wanted to create an archetype of Native women in contemporary cultures,” Chacon said. “I think this exhibit is monumental in the fact that they’ve brought together contemporary Native artists who are all women, which isn’t a very common thing to come by and that they are all supporting it from all different facades, from emerging to established, to painters, graphic artists, weavers, photographers. They are approaching it from all different levels.”

Artists supporting artists

Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim also showed his support for the exhibit and its artists. As a published poet, essayist, playwright and actor, Jim expressed how being an artist, whether through words or paint, takes much effort. He hopes the Navajo Nation will one day be innovative enough to open a performing arts school in order to gain more Navajo artists.

“We were talking about starting a school for performing and visual arts on the Navajo Nation,” Jim said. “We ask our kids to be doctors and lawyers, which is fine, but we need more artists. We need more actors, poets and painters. It’s the art world that defines a culture.”

Notable Navajo photographer Andrea Ashkie, who has her photos in an exhibit at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in Albuquerque, came with her husband Patrick Hubbell, a painter and also a wellknown figure in the Native art world, to the Navajo Nation Museum to view the work of the female artists.

“I really love her rugs. It’s rug making like I’ve never seen it before. It’s inspiring,” Ashkie said about Cody’s rugs. “I think this exhibit is empowering for women. Most of the time it seems like a majority of art shows exhibit males so it’s great to see works just by women.”

The Ch’ikeeh Baa Hozho Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase at the Navajo Nation Museum features works from artists Jeri Arviso, Charvel Baldwin, Lyncia Begay, Nani Chacon, Xiana A. Clitso, Melissa Cody, Carrie R. Curley, Shamie Encinas, Estelle S. Pete, Lakota Scott, Roshan Spottsville, Eunique Yazzie, Jolene Yazzie, Melanie Yazzie and Venaya Yazzie. Information: (928) 871-7941.

Brian Leddy/Independent

The work of Jolene Yazzie, one of the female artists featured in a recent art opening at the Navajo Nation Museum.

Independent file photo

Jolene Yazzie poses with one of her unique skateboard creations in Gallup in May 2009.

#NATIVEAMERICA – Wrap-Up Show: Why we should all “Remain Calm and Decolonize!”

What a journey it’s been…

We traveled through Jaque Fragua’s visual representations of his most recent body of work:

#NATIVEAMERICA    –     fragua.co

“The imagery is derived from billboard advertisements, southwestern textiles, reservation folk art, corporate logos, traditional pueblo designs, and my overall savage spray-paint style.”


Bold statements are found in the under-current of Jaque’s ground-breaking work.  Listening to the story behind every image, as he plans “to investigate and dissect our Western cultural adaptations in order to find new ways to adapt to the true reality”.

And now it’s time to take it all in one last time, as this show moves on from it’s temporary Phoenix home.


Join us this Third Friday, March 15th, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

for the closing reception of


at 1Spot Gallery

918 North 6th Street, Rear  –  Phoenix, AZ 85004


Featuring Jaque Fragua on the decks as DJ FOXTROT


We Rocked It: #NATIVEAMERICA @ 1Spot Gallery

Wow, what a weekend.

Downtown Phoenix was inundated with art lovers from all over!

Artists, galleries, studios, and shops strut their good stuff and made a great impression with First Friday and the 25th anniversary of Art Detourartdetour

Phoenix Art is Hopping!

Of course, we made our mark as well.

Jaque Fragua debuted his phenomenal new body of work: #NATIVEAMERICA.



We had an overwhelming positive response from folks coming into the gallery.  Thank you to Jaque for working on such an amazing and moving show.  We wish everyone could listen to the background to each one of his pieces.  They will move you.

Jaque also got down on the turntables spinning as DJ FOXTROT with some sounds we couldn’t help but groove to!


See photos of the show here: #NATIVEAMERICA at 1Spot


Wait – it’s not over yet!!

If you didn’t catch the hype this past weekend, fear not.  We are throwing a Wrap-Up Show for Jaque and #NATIVEAMERICA next

Third Friday, March 15th

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Featuring music and food by Sana Pueblo Food Creations.

Catch this show before it leaves Phoenix – many works are still for sale.

RSVP and Info here: #NATIVEAMERICA Wrap-Up Show



#NATIVEAMERICA @ Art Detour 25 – This Weekend!

Opening Reception for Jaque Fragua‘s #NATIVEAMERICA is tomorrow,

First Friday, March 1st, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Ziindi’s Gallery 1Spot.


Featuring music by DJ Musa Mind and special set by Jaque Fragua himself DJ Foxtrot.


Can’t make it for the reception?

1Spot Gallery will be open all weekend Art Detour 25:

Saturday & Sunday, March 2nd & 3rd

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Check out Art Detour 25 Map, we’re #60.

RSVP for event here:



OBEY Supports #NATIVEAMERICA by Jaque Fragua

Shepard Fairey of OBEY gave an awesome shout out to Jaque Fragua and his new work featured this Friday at 1Spot Gallery in Downtown Phoenix.

Check out the write-up on ObeyGiant.com here:


RSVP for this Friday’s event here: #NATIVEAMERICA


#NATIVEAMERICA – Jaque Fragua @ 1Spot Gallery – This Friday!

What’s next for Ziindi?

Now that Ziindi has found a new home on Roosevelt Row at our 1Spot Gallery,
we continue to feature the best contemporary indigenous art of the Southwest.


Join us next Friday as we kick off Art Detour (the 25th Anniversary of this free, city-wide tour of art exhibits, activities, and events) with a bang.

1Spot Gallery proudly presents:



by Jaque Fragua   –   http://fragua.co/

“The body of work consists of paintings that revolve in the realm of Native American art itself and the aesthetics it has acquired based on economic values and the lack of true cultural substance.

The imagery is derived from billboard advertisements, southwestern textiles, reservation folk art, corporate logos, traditional pueblo designs, and my overall savage spray-paint style.

Through my travels across the US and beyond, I have witnessed the vision Native Americans have grown into and continue to perpetuate. This is a vision based on the ol’ American Dream. We have succumbed to live up to a genre not defined by our own selves. This is not indigenous, nor is a life of brash consumption conducive to the reality of our natural environment. I plan to investigate and dissect our Western cultural adaptations in order to find new ways to adapt to the true reality, through these paintings.”


Featuring music by DJ Musa Mind and refreshments by Sana Pueblo Food Creations.


** Copies of our new publication: Ziindi: Vol 1.2 – Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase will be available ! **
Opening Reception:
First Friday, March 1st
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Art Detour hours:
Sat. March 2nd  & Sun. March 3rd
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
1Spot Gallery
918 North 9th Street, Rear
Phoenix, AZ 85006
About the Artist:
Jaque Fragua is an acclaimed multi-media artist from New Mexico. From his cultural background, he has developed a yearning for creativity and for the intrinsic process that is Art. Experimenting with various mediums, such as aerosol, found-objects, earthworks, poetry, & music, messages of civil unrest, social justice, emotional introspection, and personal healing have heartened his unique perspective on life through art.Fragua has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and in turn, has taught many community-based workshops, such as mural projects/public-art studies, and studio classes for figure drawing & painting.  Fragua has worked with fine establishments such as Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, & Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to produce progressive/innovative exhibits concerning the plight of Native America.

Thank you for your presence as we continue to break ground in Phoenix showcasing the best in contemporary indigenous art.


A Beautiful Success: A Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase

Ch’ikééh Baa Hózhó – A Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase

“It is an honor to share this work and dream with you.”

A little over a week ago, a very beautiful event happened in Arizona.
Ch’ikééh Baa Hózhó – Contemporary Native Female Arts Showcase debuted at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.
Fourteen indigenous women showcased their beautiful art; from paintings to photography, drawings and sculpture, rugs and quilts, printmaking, and a 20 foot installation piece (a first for the Museum).  Ziindi debuted the second edition of our publication.

It was the first time an all women, contemporary art show had been featured on the Navajo reservation.

It was the first time artwork from tribes other than Dine’ had ever been exhibited at the Navajo Nation Museum.

We teamed up with the Navajo Nation Museum and these talented artists; the result was magnificent.
Vice President of the Navajo Nation Rex Lee Jim gave a beautiful talk about supporting the youth in becoming artists.
A special performance was offered by Saakred, an avant-garde performance artists straight from San Antonio, Texas.
Families, friends, elders, and children all gathered to honor and celebrate these artists and their courage.
We are blessed to have your support and encouragement in fostering these spaces for our community.

Thank you for supporting Ziindi in making this happen.

See photos of the event here.


For those of you who were not able to make it, the event started with an opening reception. The director of the Navajo Nation Museum Manuelito Wheeler served as the host, and shared words of support and introduction to the show with the crowd.

“Females have kept us alive, it is only right that we encourage these young women”.

Then the Vice President of the Navajo Nation Rex Lee Jim (Navajo Nation: Rex Lee Jim) spoke beautifully and eloquently both in Diné and English about the need to support shows like this. He is a great supporter of the arts, and mentioned not only should we encourage and support our children to become doctors and lawyers, but also artists, as they are an important part of our history and our community.

Following the Vice President was Navajo Nation Museum curator Clarenda Begay, who spoke of the show and how she became connected to Ziindi and Damian Jim.
Damian Jim shared words regarding the importance of this show, and our inspiration in starting to showcase modern indigenous artists out of a need for spaces that were willing to do so.

“This a Revolutionary Show, the first ever all female show on a reservation”

Executive Director of Ziindi Michelle Ponce then spoke to the audience about the importance and courage of being a woman creating art in 2D and 3D art world dominated by men.  She thanked the artists all for your courage, “we honor you with this show”. 

Michelle noted that this event was to inspire girls and boys everywhere that being an artist is possible, it is a good thing, and that the community supports them in that journey.  Right after artist Nani Chacon, who created the beautiful installation piece, spoke of her participation and role as an artist.

After closing remarks from the director Manny Wheeler, the show continued with people coming in throughout the evening.
There were families, children, elders, and youth. The Navajo Times was there to cover the event, and take pictures.
Food was served, and soft ambient music played in the background.
Some of you had tables set up with your beautiful work, and people enjoyed looking at the beautiful exhibit and the artists vendors.

Later in the evening we had a special performance by “Saakred“, 317an avant-garde performance artist who drove from San Antonio, Texas (!!) to perform. Her work incorporates projected visuals, electronic sounds and beats, movement, and words into a powerful and moving performance. (Video will be available soon.)
The audience was moved and the children loved it! They ran up to her at the end of her performance to ask for autographs and ask her questions.

After Saakred’s performance, DJ Deaddisko aka Vanessa Wilde set up and played music for us all from vinyl records (thanks to Burt Benally for lending equipment) . Lights were set up, she was wonderful!

The night drew to a close around 9pm, as artists and families began to pack up and leave; it had been an inspiring and beautiful evening full of art, family, talented ladies, and an arts community that for the first time were able to see such a beautiful contemporary exhibit at the Museum.


This is the most beautiful and important art show Ziindi has had the honor to work on.

We are proud and humbled at the beauty we have shared and the community we have fostered through this process.

The show will be up until October 2013; we invite you all to come by and see the show in the upcoming months!