Photo: Ed Fuentes
FIELD NOTES: As we wait for white smoke to appear from the conclave of Clark County that announces new public art leadership, or at least a memo, PtD has the chance to catch up blog readers on some of the County's summer public art notes shared on Facebook and newsletters. Onward.
BIG MUDDY: At his home studio Gig Depio showed the penciled draft of "Through the Muddy," his commission for the Moapa Valley Mural Project, a Clark County Public Art commission that took over his garage. “The final piece will be about 39-feet wide and 12-feet tall,” said Depio. In all, 16 panels will be installed on the west wall of the main meeting room in the Moapa Valley Community Center. It will serve as a backdrop to Town Advisory Board meetings, as well other public events held in the room. It may very well make the public space a destination. Below Gig shows the ongoing progress.
Photo: Ed Fuentes
Courtesy of the Artist / Clark County
RELOCATED: Robin Stark, with help from Eric Pawloski, created these abstract pedestrians for Clark County’s “Centered” median public art project. The art became roadkill when struck by a car. The artists were invited to repair the work, and reinstall it on safer ground on a custom concrete stage at Walnut Recreation Center (3075 N Walnut Road).
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ROUGH LANDING: Jesse Carson Smigel completed his low-meets-high art installation, “I Told You Not to Paint it Hot Orange,” at the Clark County Shooting Complex. The concept is a space ship that looks like a shooting clay was mistaken for a target and landed short of the entrance of the shooting range. Aliens with road rage standing outside the ship were installed in May. “As the craft drifts over the Nevada desert in search of safe landing, it finds itself gliding above the Clark County Shooting Complex,” Smigel said, according to the Review Journal. “[I]n the sights of local skeet shooting enthusiasts” who, “in a moment of vain spurious correlation” believe “they are now responsible for the disc’s ever-increasing relationship to the ground.” Staff at the Clark County Shooting Complex (11357 North Decatur Blvd) report that the craft and its pilots are popular with those armed with cameras. Extra VIDEO.
An artist talk by Laurens Tan for 'FIT Babalogic in the Desert' is this Friday, August 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery (500 S. Grand Central Parkway). Runs through September 1, 2017, on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PRESS: "The key work in the Rotunda Gallery, 'Babalogic III' (2009-2012), features a modified white enamel rickshaw mounted on a slanting platform with an exact 3D scale model of Bruegel’s tower of Babel in ABS plastic positioned behind the seat. Each level of the tower contains Chinese ideograms in the doorways, from pure Mandarin at the bottom to characters for English words like “birth control” near the top. The new-car-platform slant and three-wheeled vehicle suggest an ominous instability in both Chinese language and culture. In the myth, the tower fell, but the message of doom is bested by the humor of the trike and its ridiculous cargo." - Las Vegas Weekly
"Laurens Tan turns languages, globalism and identities into works of art." - Review-Journal
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Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.