Found:Re Art Hotel Opens Near Roosevelt Row
October 28, 2016 by Lauren Potter
Found:Re hotel opened on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Portland Street and Central Avenue near Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix, and it’s not an ordinary hotel. Between its 105 rooms, the outdoor pool and a great restaurant, Found:Re is basically one big art gallery — that’s because nearly every single wall inside (and outside) the building features original works by more than 20 local artists, and all pieces were hand-selected by Michael Oleskow, Found:Re’s cultural curator.
Before you experience the immersive art hotel in person, check out some of the local artists whose work is featured at Found:Re. Oh, and one other thing you should know: all of the art in the hotel is for sale.
Controversial? Maybe. Comical? Absolutely. Painted in 2015 by local artist Randy Slack, “That Was Then, This Is Now” features a larger than life naked Burt Reynolds with long, blonde Britney Spears-inspired hair. According to Oleskow, Slack gave his painted version of Burt a new nickname: Burtney.
When Found:Re curator Mike Oleskow saw the first iteration of Linda Ingraham’s “Reveries,” it was a much smaller piece. But with a little coaxing, Oleskow encouraged Ingraham to get out of her comfort zone. By scaling up the mixed media works, it adds large, eye-catching elements to the hotel’s open lounge. Look closely and you’ll see there’s matching pillows, too.
Even the parking lot at Found:Re is its own gallery space. Rather than leaving the eastern wall near the parking lot that leads to the hotel blank, Oleskow chose local artist Diego Perez to liven it up with a whimsical mural.
Wayne Rainey’s “Illuminated,” which was recently featured at Artlink’s 18th annual Juried Exhibition was chosen by Oleskow to hang on the west wall of Match Cuisine & Cocktails. The photograph depicts debris from the construction site along Roosevelt Row, where Baron Properties iLuminate apartment homes are now located.
Loud fuchsia upholstered seats catch your eye when entering the Found:Re’s gallery room, which can be used for banquets and other private events. On the northern side of the room, illustrative colorful oil on canvas works by Laurence Karasek’s “Red Desert Series” line the walls. Two custom-made geometric light fixtures by Bang Bang Designs hang from the ceiling.
It would have been relatively easy for Found:Re to install standard room number signage, but being an art hotel, it only makes sense that they took it a step (or 105) further. The entrance to each of the hotel’s 105 guest suites are fitted with a unique and original mixed-media piece by local artist Cheryle Marine. But don’t fall in love too fast — these beauties aren’t for sale.
We may live in the middle of a land-locked desert, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the beach… a beach mural that is. Local artist Lucretia Torva’s bright, colorful beach-themed mural is featured on the eastern wall of Found:Re’s patio overlooking its crystal clear pool.
It’s large. It’s an ear. And it’s listening. No really — this sculpture by local artist Ronna Nemitz is titled “Listening” and it’s one of the first things that visitors and passersby see at the hotel. The piece ads a creative and playful touch to the hotel’s exterior. Nemitz has other work featured throughout the hotel, including another sculpture and art in the rooms.
Each room at the Found:Re hotel is unique — with its own look and art, making each stay a unique experience. If you’re lucky enough to stay in one of the gorgeous eighth-floor suites, you’ll get an impressive view of Downtown Phoenix — and it’s basically a work of art.