Three photographers, three genres

Shelly Black's Tiki Motel, Karina Puga's Old Adobe Home, and Samantha Schwann's Arizona Slot Canyon
Tucson International Airport Center Gallery
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Three photographers, three genres are now on display in the Tucson Interntional Airport Center Gallery through September 7.

Samantha Schwann exhibits Wabi-Sabi Deserts in the airport’s Center Gallery through September 7, 2017.

Wabi-Sabi is an aesthetic centered on finding beauty in transience and imperfection, and accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.

It directs the attention to raw authenticity by acknowledging three simple realities: Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.

Karina Puga exhibits Standing Symbols of Our Arizona Heritage in the airport’s Center Gallery through September 7, 2017.

Puga likes to explore both the beautiful and chaotic intricacies of life. She’s spent most of her life in Arizona and has come to develop a deep connection with its nature and rich history. To her, Arizona is more than a desert. It has immense depth and diversity, not only ecologically but culturally. She feels, the more she explores Arizona, the more she feels as though she’s only seen the surface of it. This collection of photography explores what she calls standing symbols of Arizona. Symbols are not always static and frozen in time but feel independent of time, slowly adapting and evolving to offer an ancient interpretation and experience. These symbols offer the experience of openness, magic, and beauty that visitors may feel during their first experiences here.

Shelly Black exhibits Miracle Mile 1AM in the airport’s Center Gallery through September 7, 2017.

Miracle Mile 1AM is a body of work that documents vintage neon motel signs in Tucson, Arizona. The Miracle Mile corridor was part of the cross-country Routes 80 & 89, the main artery for travelers before the construction of Interstate 10. The signs Black photographed were recently renovated, and neon signage is best experienced at night. However, this part of town is not highly frequented during those hours. She used black and white film, a medium contemporary to the Automotive Age, and made these images to increase awareness of these cultural landmarks.

Black says having lived in multiple places, the timelessness of motels is a comfort. While she is drawn to these spaces for the transient, she also forms a deeper connection to the Old Pueblo by reflecting on its past.

The Center Gallery is located on the ticketing level between Southwest and Delta Air Lines.

Map pin7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ, 85756
DirectionsSecond level between Southwest and Delta's ticket counters
CostCost: Free
PhonePh: 1-520-573-8187
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