Holly Lay's Midway Exhibition is untitled. That is appropriate for an installation using themes prompted by online images curated by, as she says, an "amateur cyber anthropologist." You may not know the sources of the digital archives she uses to create "memes, cyber culture, representation, appropriation, circulation, femininity, craft and kitsch." It is a collaboration with the unknown and untitled sources, so to speak. The centerpiece is "Myth," a series of latch hook tapestries, and a mural, sourced from pixelated images to revisit how the female form is still objectified for viewing.
Holly Lay Midway Exhibition
UNLV Grant Hall Gallery
Through February 9
Closing Reception Friday February 9, 6 - 9 p.m.
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The highlight of “on the fence,” Brandon Lacow’s MFA Thesis exhibition, is the replica of Dorothy Gale’s house from MGM’s Wizard of Oz (1939). It is an entry point for the artist to question the meaning of home, and if home is comfortable or a constricting space during a transition to adulthood. It is the artist making a statement exploring domesticity and discovery, and how personal realities are questioned. The craftsmanship of the house sitting on the ground floor of The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery is as detailed as Lacow’s work as a photographer. The house as a sculpture has even captured the imaginations of UNLV facility workers. When I was there three workers drove up in carts to admire the installation. I secretly thought they were the UNLV version of Hunk, Hickory and Zeke. For those not prepared for Wizard of Oz trivia, those three characters were later seen in the film as the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
'on the fence'
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Closing Reception: Friday February 9th, 6 -9 p.m.
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery
Cinema graphics is a playground for YKMF, aka You Killed Me First, the Las Vegas-based street artist who masterly mimics the poster style that ruled before Photoshop drove movie Key Art. In this piece, presumably titled “The Man with the Golden Paste,” legend graphic designer Saul Bass is channeled in this wheat-paste homage to simple geometric form. The arm holding the tool of visual deconstruction adds charm to the selling of the target product; the street art process of water, flour, boil, and paste. It’s an addictive method of art, almost as bad what a junkie in an 1955 Otto Preminger film feels.
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.