“Unity Through States of Being”
A Group Exhibition
March 17 – April 15, 2017
Opening reception: Third Friday, March 17, 6-9pm
Open during Art Detour 29: Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19, 11am-5pm
Closing reception: First Friday, April 8, 6-10pm
+ Christopher Jagmin “TROUBLE MAKER” installation


Modified Arts gathers an array of smaller works based on the artist’s interpretation/vision of unity. Facing resurgent division across geographic lines, and returning our attention to racial and class strife, we each wonder, what does unity look like? Do we eliminate or highlight or differences? Do we homogenize, or point to what makes us each unique? In opposition to a climate of urgent division, Modified Arts wishes for the artists to perhaps light the way.

Working across media, “Unity Through States of Being” showcases Arizona-based artists embroiled in personal and political struggles. From the unique print processes of recent ASU graduates Ethan Roads and Lauren Kelly, to the manic assemblage of veteran Jeff Falk, to the warm ceramics of Deborah Hodder, each artist presents their own hopeful or dark view of what it means to strive towards unity. And at the show’s center, the gallery is honored to showcase a work by the late Mel Roman, from his acclaimed body of work “Coming Out Under Fire,” most recently shown in a retrospective at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Artists: Jessica Dzielinksi, Dorota Lagida, Ethan Roads, Simona Gocan, Kathryn Hratko, Deborah Hodder, Andrea Cook, Erik Karvonen, Lauren Kelly, Jeff Falk, Sam Frequez, Jeff Del Nero, Melissa Dorazio, Molly Koehn, Christy Puetz, Mel Roman, Miguel Monzon, Peter Brian Klein
Christopher Jagmin
Outdoor wheatpaste installation

Lately, I find myself confused, scared, and a little unsure. I am being told not to trust the very foundation on which I stand, and believe to be true. Knowing that I am not alone, the work I am now doing tries to make sense of the age we are living..

Inspired by mantras, internal conversations, and confused text messaging, TROUBLE MAKER is just one in a series of posters that I am posting around the Phoenix area.

Christopher Jagmin is a Phoenix-based multi-disciplinary artist.

Gallery Hours:
Local First Arizona staff:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gallery staff:
First Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Third Friday, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Or by appointment, scheduled by E-mail.

Modified Arts
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004