Published in Las Vegas Woman
August 16, 2012
Las Vegas Woman brought you a few of the art offerings around the city during the summer months and hopefully, you made it out and saw a sampling of the fine art that is making its way to Las Vegas galleries and museums. Take a look at our Fall Arts Guide and make some time to enjoy some of these exhibits as well. The weather is finally cooling down, so now is the time to see great art in Vegas.
As more time goes on, the arts continue to grow and impress many in this fine city of ours. Don’t miss it!
The Pop Up Art House (730 W. Sunset Road) pays homage to an influential past generation and genre with the show “80s Vegas: The Scene.”The show, which is open through August, will present photography from the Las Vegas punk and alternative music culture of the 1980s, as seen through the lens of a modern social network.
Concentrating on color and composition, “Paint it Up,” showing at Sporadica Designs Gallery inside Emergency Arts (520 Fremont St.), will feature layered and textured paintings.
With the under layers peeking through the top ones, each piece is unique, interesting and shows the depth of the canvas and artist.
The Brett Wesley Gallery (1112 S. Casino Center Blvd.) will present “A Study of Navels,” featuring work and installations from Chris Bauder.
In this show, Bauder turned liquid latex house paint into shape through the process of dipping and dripping, pouring, peeling and stuffing – creating plastic environments of semi-organic forms and patterns laden with sensual overtones.
“The Garden of Forking Paths,” which runs through August 23, at the Contemporary Art Center (107 East Charleston Blvd.), brings together three recent bodies of work from the individual oeuvres of Philadelphia artists Katie Baldwin, Nichola Kinch and Katie Murken.
Through two-dimensional and sculptural works, each artist explores the dialogue between space as it is imagined and space as it is experienced.
If you didn’t make it over to Sin City Gallery (107 E. Charleston Blvd. Suite 100) for Steve Diet Goedde’s exhibit, “NEW WORKS,” you still have time. The exhibit will showcase Goedde’s recent erotic photographic explorations that expand his traditional means of taking images.
Sean C. Jones opened his show Aug. 3 at Blackbird Studios (1551 South Commerce St.). In his artist’s statement, Jones said, “In our age of Google searches and hundreds of cable channels overwhelming our senses, the imagery of our past collides with the present. … These thoughts haunted my head in the twilight hours of insomnia and I soon resolved to somehow manifest them in paintings. … Hopefully, by juxtaposing the past with the near present, I can attract a new generation to these treasures before they are lost in a pile of electronic mayhem.”
COLAB, a new architecture and design gallery to join the downtown arts scene, will be exhibiting its Young Guns show featuring seven designers selected by a blind jury. “It is difficult in the architectural profession for the young guys /gals to establish themselves, and it is known that most architects do not gain a name for themselves until they are white haired,” explained Amy Finch, director and founder of COLAB. “This show was a way to help promote and celebrate local young designers who are great designers and doing great work.”
From August through September 13, the Windmill Library (7060 W. Windmill Lane) will exhibit its sixth annual “Diversity in Clay” by member of the Nevada Clay Guild. The show will focus on pottery created using various clays (earthware, stoneware and porce) and kilns (electric, gas, soda kilns, pit firing and raku firing).
Fancois Dubeau will present his color work titled “The Beautiful Accident” at Sin City Gallery from September 6 through October 20. Many know Dubeau from his elegant black-and-white work. Of his new work, Dubeau says, “My color work is borne of totally different roots than my black and white work. These two bodies of work are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but nevertheless complement one another. They are my yin and yang.”
“Mr. Big,” an exhibit by Giovanni Morales, will open in September at The Brett Wesley Gallery. Morales is known for his multi-layered pop-art style paintings that take inspiration from collage, sign writing and old-fashioned comic strips. While working with mainstream iconography, Morales creates a visual framework that is bold, adventurous and creates a lasting impression.
Opening September 7 at the Contemporary Art Center, “Unpopular Music” by Purdue University MFA graduate Aaron Nemec, explores the complex listener-performer relationship in pop music culture through a series of recent audio projects constructed as videos and objects.
September 1-8, the Off the Strip New Genres Festival invites the community to take part in a dialogue with participating local, national and international artists. Established by the Contemporary Arts Center in 2009, the Off the Strip New Genres Festival showcases contemporary performance art and video.
The Brett Wesley Gallery will be featuring new works by nationally recognized fashion photographer Jana Cruder. In 2010, Cruder produced a compelling body of work that explores femininity and the lasting affects of Barbie’s iconic influence on our culture and perceptions of beauty. In her new series she has brought Ken into the picture.
With Ken and Barbie, she takes a humorous approach to sexuality, identity and the dichotomy of the male-female relationship in the 21st century.
“Games People Play” brings Sporadica Designs Gallery back to its roots of found-object art. All pieces will have a vintage game board as their base. Playing on the notion that as a society we no longer sit around a table communicating on a personal basis to play a game, the assemblages will reflect this lack of personal communication and camaraderie.
“Into the Wild,” a collection of surreal watercolors, oil paintings, hand-cut china and a site-specific installation, opens October 5 at Blackbird Studios. Las Vegas artist Su Limbert weaves elusive narratives through a recurring cast of female and animal characters. Her ethereal characters explore themes of vulnerability and empowerment and keep the magic of childhood alive through their dialogues with nature.
Internationally renowned photographer Justice Howard will exhibit her “Rude, Crude and Tattooed” imagery at Sin City Gallery, October 26-Novemver 25. Howard is rated as one of the top 20 tattoo photographers in the world, has more than 500,000 images in her portfolio and is known in more than 25 countries. Howard’s technique is vibrant and crisp, supernatural and intense, alluring and compelling. Every shot stands illuminated and shines above and beyond other known works.
Be the artist!
Social Paintbrush (7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., #118) invites you to come and unleash the artist within! Offering multiple opportunities every month to paint under the direction of different artists, Social Paint Brush is an interactive and fun way for individuals to enjoy music, mingle and paint their own masterpieces, providing a true “social art” experience. Visit socialpaintbrush.com for more info.