Since late 2017 I have been living in Bozeman, Montana, and in 2020, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Beginning in 2019, I began the experiment of working in color. I’m finding there are some similarities, but many differences as well. And this is fine, as I’ve always defined my job as “problem solving.” I’m ready for the challenge. The problem in this particular case was the issue of not liking my color landscapes. So I began to search for a solution of how to create a look that was illustrative of the landscape instead of literal representation of it. I want people to look at them and hesitate a moment and ask questions.
LVCCLD Collection Tour
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s permanent art collection started in 1974 with donations from local artists and library customers. Since that time, the collection has grown to over 400 works of art and become one of the most comprehensive collections of local art held by a public agency in Southern Nevada.
Jose Bellver: A Conjugation of Light
Abstract fields of color comprise José Bellver’s new drawing and painting exhibit titled A Conjugation of Light. The artist’s painted lines and rectangular forms subtly blend, transform, and glow like the sun along the desert horizon or the famed neon lights of Las Vegas.
Hank Schoepp: EYESCAPES
Schoepp’s brimming mosaic photographs are a result of his technique layering multi-dimensional details specifically for capture through a camera lens. The intricate scenes revealed on high resolution film are designed to intrigue and create wonder for the viewer.
Suzanne Acosta: Until it Speaks Back
Suzanne Acosta’s colorful and expressive portraits represent the people in her life. Paramount to her work is an investigation of process using a variety of materials: oil paint, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, charcoal and graphite. Beyond the materials, Acosta attempts to find psychological depth within the context of the human face, and the colors of the portraits are heightened to affect the emotional impact of the image. All the works are experiments in the abundance of ways the human face can be interpreted.
Isik Kaya & Thomas Georg Blank: Second Nature
With the uprise of mobile devices, the infrastructural needs of the telecommunication industry have exploded, and since the 1980s, cell towers have started to fill the cityscapes. The scenery changed dramatically when the first antenna was transformed into an artificial pine tree in 1992 by a company called Larson Camouflage: a company that had worked for Disney. Disney and the term “Disneyfication” has a certain tradition in sociology and is used to describe the consumer-oriented transformation of the environment into a spectacle. Jean Baudrillard writes in his essay Simulation, “Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, when in fact all of Los Angeles and America surrounding it are no longer real but of the order of the hyper-real and of simulation”. Baudrillard’s observation that the relationship between simulation and reality is radically twisted in California points to this transformation and its effects on our perception.
Kristin Hough: Time Out For Tears
Time Out For Tears is an exhibition of paintings based on still frames from consecutive seasons of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. The work focuses on a ubiquitous trope in reality TV - female contestants crying on camera.
Desert Companion: 2021 Focus on Nevada Photo Showcase
Photographs selected for the Annual Desert Companion Focus on Nevada Photo Contest. The photos, submitted by both amateur and professional photographers, represent the spirit of Nevada through images of desert landscape and wildlife, signature Las Vegas architecture, and the people who live and work here.
Ken Kline: Still Life
A native of Las Vegas, Ken Kline uses trompe l’oeil (French for “deceives the eye”) techniques to create realistic still lifes of personal and family objects. “My goal is to create subjects that will be interesting. Each viewer may find some more appealing than others. I construct each painting in oil on board using personal and family objects that are treasured memories.” – Ken Kline
Joe Louis: American Hero
An exhibition of memorabilia from the family of former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis. Items on display include the Brown Bomber’s championship belt, US Congressional Gold Medal, WWII Army exhibition gloves, Veterans of Foreign Wars Award, and more.
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