Jess Vanessa Alvarez fabricated "El Tejido De Le Vida" for the UNLV BFA Exhibition to be a non-Day of the Dead sculpture that looks at life. It’s a post-modern Posada.
“It’s an installation based off altars,” Alvarez says. “By taking the underlying premise of Día de Muertos’ traditional values, and the aesthetic symbolism, it still shows emotional representation.”
While flowers in traditional altars speaks of passage into death, Alvarez has them represent those who come into other peoples lives. Her papel picado are not paper, but fabric, a less temporary material that become a storyboard of life’s moments.
Her grandmother, who is still very much alive, is the matriarch above weaving a tapestry of stories into a collection of memories. “This is about embracing our lives in general,” says Alaverz of her alternative altar.
Jess Vanessa Alvarez
Jess Vanessa Alvarez "El Tejido De Le Vida" 2016 Mixed Media. UNLV Grant Hall.
He's also a fan of what others accomplished. Michael Ogilvie and Checko Salgado joined other public art believers on the opening day of Seven Magic Mountains, produced by Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art.
FIELD NOTES: The pro-public art community is still lurching with the news that Michael Ogilvie traded in his local public art leadership post for one in San Jose, California. Public Art Director no less. As Clark County's Public Art Cultural Specialist, Ogilvie curated a broad portfolio of sculpture and programming in just a few short years, deftly guided artists, some new to public art, through bureaucracy and shenanigans to give the region a stronger public art profile. Though he and artist/teacher wife Elizabeth will be relocating in January there are a few projects that will be completed after leaves Las Vegas.
"Slidin' Through A" and "Slidin' Through B" (2016) during opening night of “2016-2017 CSN Art & Art History Faculty Exhibition” at College of Southern Nevada Fine Arts Gallery.
Above: Stencil in the Arts District