Laura Spalding Best

  • Desert Island, 33 29' 50.8" N 111 55" 34.1" W
  • Desert Island, 33 29' 17.4" N 111 56' 05.2" W Desert Island, 33 29' 17.4" N 111 56' 05.2" W Desert Island, 33 29' 17.4" N 111 56' 05.2" W
  • Desert Island, 33 27' 56.3" N 111 58' 36.4" W
  • Commute, oil on found objects
  • All the Utility Poles of Farmer Avenue
  • Calle Tomi, Guadalupe
  • All the Utility Poles of Farmer Avenue
  • College Avenue, North and South
  • Centennial, Public Mural
  • Mirage, Public Mural
  • Power Structures, Public Mural

Laura Spalding Best’s artwork documents and dissects the urban landscape of the contemporary American West. Exploring mundane iconography and infrastructure, her oil paintings on found objects emphasize and celebrate the strained overlap of the romantic southwestern desert and its modern support system. In this work Best examines
the confusing line separating an oasis and a mirage in a developed desert city.
Laura Spalding Best is an artist living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her BFA from Arizona State University in 2003 and has been actively involved in the local art scene since then. Best recently received a Pollock-Krasner grant and has appeared on Arizona Horizon Art Beat to discuss her artwork. She has been involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions in downtown Phoenix and currently has two public murals on view. Best has been the Exhibitions Manager at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for nine years.

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    • Phoenix AZ
    • 602-410-5804

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