Last week Las Vegas artist Nate Murray and his crew worked on a mural on South First between Hoover Ave and Gass Ave, an independent project in the 18b Arts District that's far away from the bustle and PR of Life is Beautiful. It's completed after “60 gallons of paint and a whole lot of rolling” says the post at MunkArt,
Lakwena Maciver in downtown Las Vegas I Photo by Paint This Desert
FIELD NOTES: Armed with quippy charm, Lakwena Maciver is the London-based artist awarded a spot in a last minute Life is Beautiful call for artists. I’m eager to see she creates in her style of pop art text-type imagery with frantic organized color. In only ten minutes, before I excused myself so the artist could work her designated wall, we chatted about medium and message in the manner of Marshall McLuhan; and no matter what you put on a wall the message will lose its origin as a reader will amend the context, à la Roland Barthes “Death of an Author.” Write on, Londoner.
(Left) Saner's mural on end of day October 22 from JustKidsOfficial. (Right) Saner on October 21: Photo: PaintThisDesert.
QUICK WORK: Life is Beautiful murals are still in progress so a few days from now will be the time to look closely at the additions to the downtown Las Vegas street art portfolio. Many are checking out the progress in person or online with JustKidsOfficial. Today they posted murals by D*Face and Edgar "Saner" Flores. SITE SEE: Saner will harvest new fans with his images of masked romance and Mexican folk iconography, a link to his early recollection of Mexican muralism before his skill sifted through graphic design studies and now practiced as street art. His new piece is on North Seventh, between Ogden and Stewart, next to the 2013 D*Face LiB mural.
Earlier this month, I was invited by Shannon Mc Mackin to participate in VAST space projects collaboration at the Western, within Life Is Beautiful. My contribution is photography that works with some vivid writing by Molly O'Donnell. She blogs at Arts Vegas where she wrote:
Vast Space Projects may have the most ambitious plan yet. Juxtaposing the high with the low, Vast has curated art that reflects the unique position the festival has put artists in: the modern West meets the Western. A 1970s-looking former casino and bingo hall, The Western is a relic of old Vegas that unlike the Rat Pack aesthetic, no one seems quick to reclaim.
O'Donnell is an instructor at UNLV with expertise in "Nineteenth- and twentieth- century British fiction." Still, I prefer to consider our collaboration as two bloggers uniting to represent specialized online media from Las Vegas.