Over some morning coffee at The Beat, I was listening to Kent Anderson Butler be in bliss about a magic show he saw during a recent visit into Las Vegas. He dissected a magician’s assistant placed inside a box, and then the box was folded with her inside. He didn’t want to deconstruct it. Butler wanted to experience the illusion. It was Las Vegas showbiz as site-specific performance art.
He’s in town for an artist talk about his photo tapestries of artists, art writers, and curators as large-large scale art. Most are posed with arms crossed, a physical sign of relaxed defiance, that continues his narrative of the body as subject.
Kent Anderson Butler Artist Talk is Thursday, March 13, at Amanda Harris Contemporary Gallery (900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, enter at Suite 150), 6 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you walk in the door, that’s me welcoming you. Don’t be afraid. I mean you no harm.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.