I have always thought the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art was, architecturally, a piece of art that housed more wonderful art. But that has been taken to the next level of cool with the recent additions by Hurley brand artist James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek). He is known for his colorful, geometric skateboard and graffiti art, and was commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art and SMoCA to produce murals for the museum walls.
Using a palette of yellows, oranges, fuchsias, and deep purples, James created “Radiate” on the walls of the SMoCA Lounge. The geometric shapes and colors emulate the intense heat and light of the Arizona sun that shines through the rectangular clerestory window in the northeast corner of the space.
“Shift” is his vibrant, two-part creation for the store and sculpture garden. Entering the museum store, you are greeted with geometric shapes in varying hues of pinks and yellows. Along the wall of the Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Garden, you can see beautiful hues of violet, blues and greens, reflective of the colors that are produced when the sun shines through the translucent glass in the courtyard’s scrim wall.
These new murals are amazing! You can even see a time-lapse video of how the sculpture garden piece was painted. Be sure to stop by SMoCA to see these new works, and check out the museum’s current exhibitions and events.