You Killed Me First "Lost Bottle Project".
(There is less risk of being caught by The Man when a street artist shifts into a gallery setting. Still, when the edge of being unauthorized is gone the work still must stand on its own. In “NIGHTSHIFT,” featured artists You Killed Me First and There She Is stay true to the subculture they helped introduce to Las Vegas. The pair have hit the streets of the 18b and Fremont District as a solo and as a duel.
You Killed Me First, sometimes shortened to YKMF, is self-taught. His work is a direct pedigree from the hard art streets of Melrose Ave in Los Angeles and the street name is hijacked from a 1985 Richard Kern film that came out from the Cinema of Transgression underground. YKMF’s new work still has his internal trickster create images framed by strong typography. He uses type, the coded aesthetic of well-budgeted advertising, to be the straight man to a pay-off. His "The Lost Bottle Project" is a small installation of beers with slick labels that implies there is a special reserve that lets lost soul brand despair in a dark bar. The labels forecast the voices heard in a lone drinker’s head.
There She Is, trained at an undisclosed art institution in California, illustrates a corroboration of caricature and someone else’s darkness that has her able to find a personal happy place. "Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Pack" is a small assemblage inside a beaten suitcase––a hand-me-down from an uncle––filled with authentic Las Vegas road trip shrapnel, seemingly thrown in to dodge a bust that started with knock at the door. The title is appropriated from Hunter S. Thompson’s writings, and the face, a look of recovering from binge and haze, lines the suitcase.
With a combined count of 33 new pieces (many modestly priced) on the chaotic walls of Eden Art Studio and Gallery, YKMF and There She Is show how the indoors doesn't compromise process and style. They still send out messages filled with dark wit.
Star Wars themed satire by Dan45, expert collages by Snipt, and ethic-themed images by Laron MC use individual clarity to compliment the exhibition.
There She Is "Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Pack"
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.