Clearance, 2003-2008, 2014
Oil on Belgian linen
Barrick Museum Collection
Plaza Towers, 1997
Oil on canvas
Barrick Museum Collection
Daniel Habegger's “Clearance” and “Plaza Towers” cannot be fully felt through a jpeg. You have to be in front of it. The image, the ground, your ground, drifts apart and radiant grays click into place. The patchy matte surface cannot be taken in all at once. It makes and remakes itself before you.
Every mark is essential, and there are many marks, and the affect evolves (very similar to the way light rakes across the facade of a city building).
Immediately, I thought of the self-reflexive paintings I’ve New York, but without irony, and with nothing in quotes. The artist states: "I have never had a conflict with representational, and abstract, non-representational methods, because, essentially, my paintings are for the most part, self-referential, about the process of painting itself."
- Alisha Kerlin
Swiss born Daniel Habegger has a way of finding abstract romance in the non-adorned, which speaks of his homeland’s graphic design that uses visual references to bounce off industrial design. But through his paintings Habegger moves away from that tradition of sterile representation by finding life in the façades we read as elegatarian-speak of architects. Habegger has long found beauty in the simplicity of materials, as seen in "River//Stop" during "Reduced Part II" at Clark County Government Center in 2010. “I have never seen a distinction between representational and abstract styles because essentially, my paintings are about the process of painting itself,” once said the artist. - EF
Recent Acquisitions" is the current exhibition of recently acquired works for UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum and Las Vegas Art Museum. While The Barrick posts items from the collection on their Facebook page, Alisha Kerlin, UNLV Collections Manager, and I will share thoughts on selected works on Thursdays. "Recent Acquisitions" runs through September 19.
Congresswoman Dina Titus posted this shot showing the Basin and Range National Monument posse in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama and LACMA director Michael Govan. While Sen. Harry Reid left his Ray-Bans on to protect fragile eyes, Michael Heizer did surrender his cowboy hat.
CUE THE NYE NAYSAYERS: Nye County Commissioner Frank Carbone told KNPR that the Basin and Range monument designation "comes with a financial cost."
WHAT WILL TRUMP SAY? "This Guy's Crazy Art Project in the Nevada Desert" Is the 2016 sleeper campaign and GOP candidates will weigh in on this "lunar stretch of stark and unspeakable beauty," warns Mother Jones
ECONOMIC POLICY: Once there was a time you entered a museum to understand a collection's contribution to society, or to an art movement. Now you have to look through the strategic plan that works to add value to a sponsor or collector. That's my take away after reading "Museums' disturbing transformation: relentless commercialization" by LA Times' Christopher Knight.
“Shepard Fairey, the street artist responsible for President Obama’s ‘Hope’ poster, is now facing vandalism charges in Detroit. It’s pretty serious. Detroit officials say the artist’s spray paint caused over $9,000 worth of improvements.” - Jimmy Fallon
MOVING. SHAKING: There are changes afoot in local arts reporting. On Facebook, Arts and Entertainment editor Cindi Reed posted she will be moving on after five years at the weekly magazine, an announcement made the day their Best of the City issue hit the street. Recent art stories at Vegas Seven stories on Tatyana Franck, curator of the Picasso archives seen in Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s exhibit "Creatures and Creativity", and the "8 miles out, 6 feet" indoor mural by artist Miguel Rodriguez, were penned by Jenessa Kenway. At Las Vegas Weekly, Kristen Peterson is beginning to shift away from specifically covering the arts. Recent Las Vegas Weekly reviews have been written by Dawn-Michelle Baude.
"Find the Vowels" is a game of changing identity.
Detail from "Plumbing Supplies" recalls Rene Magritte's "The Treachery of Images," says Alisha Kerlin, collections manager of The Barrick.
It’s said there was a time, in the days when abstract expressionism was the new and improved path to artistic fame, that art students with forceful and delicate skills in realism denied their talent to keep their art school from banishing them as an illustrator. That would send an artist down the commercial artist rabbit hole. The late Endewelt was in that time frame, yet refused to pander to that movement and had a prolific career as an illustrator, educator and arts chair before retiring to Las Vegas, where continued painting iconography without deadlines. In “Find the Vowels” and “Plumbing Supplies” we can see his use of disparate reference, this time within the composition of instruction books. It becomes an abstract manual on how illustration and text flows graphic arts into fine art, and by doing shows conforming the essence of realism can still be defiant. - EF
"Recent Acquisitions" is the current exhibition of recently acquired works for UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum and Las Vegas Art Museum. While The Barrick posts items from the collection on their Facebook page, Alisha Kerlin, UNLV Collections Manager, and I will share thoughts on selected works each Thursday. "Recent Acquisitions" runs through September 19.
Previous UNLV Chat: Robert Beckmann "Belly Glass"
The 2015 UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series has been announced and once again and the slate of speakers include abstract artists, writers, thinkers, filmmakers and public artists.. According to the release: "This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students." The Visiting Artists Lecture Series give UNLV students a chance to have alternative experience for course credit, and to benefit the larger arts community. The series is free to the public and held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at The Barrick Museum beginning September 9 and onward to December 3.
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