Corey McMahon at The Donna Beam Gallery.
Corey McMahon is a painter with a peaceful aura about him. Don’t be fooled. His experimental work is a fury of strategic risks. He was known for his large-scale abstraction coming in the UNLV MFA program and carried a solid rep.
An earlier work, a large abstraction painting, was on the back wall of then CAC gallery for a group show. It caught the eye of art critic Dave Hickey, who was sitting on his throne across the room waiting to speak on “25 Women: Essays on Their Art.” Hickey looked up from his cup of coffee, saw the large canvas with fierce Pollack-like brush strokes and grumbled, “Who the hell did that? . . . It’s good.”
Then McMahon wanted to go past paintings. He left his safe house to explore ideas. Once, when the graduate art students held an open house, he checked out hardbound dissertations from the UNLV library and stacked them in a display window. He called it ‘An Investigation of Analysis of. . .” His midway exhibition wasn’t what was expected. So what? I thought. That’s the point, isn’t it? Take a chance.
His thesis show opens February 26. From his description, while assembling and painting, he is exploring the idea of accidents.
I am looking forward to his show. The artist reception is March 9.
February 26 - March 10
Reception March 9, 2018
A statement from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu was posted February 12.
If you missed it: "According to the new budget proposal, the NEA’s budget would be cut down to $29 million, and the NEH’s budget would be reduced to $42 million. Both organizations are currently budgeted at around $150 million; they account for well under 1 percent of the government’s budget." ARTNEWS
It's from a year ago. Sadly, it is still current. "CAA encourages its members and all advocates of the arts and humanities to be persistent and do more." They offer a toolkit online" College Arts Association
Seven Magic Mountains by Gianfranco Gorgoni.
FIELD NOTES: Since it opened on May 11, 2016, Seven Magic Mountains has been under constant public surveillance and Instagram is essential in sharing the experience of the stacked Day-Glo boulders. It was fitting the social media platform was one way to announce the Ugo Rondinone sculpture will sit along the Interstate 15 longer than the original two years . . . Stay Up: The artist has “expressed a strong desire to explore ways to keep the artwork on view at its current site,” according to Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund, who co-produced the installation. They are also seeking how Seven Magic Mountains can remain a roadside public art landmark even longer. "While the plan progresses, we can state with certainty that, at a minimum, the installation will remain on view through the end of 2018," said the art producers.
Below: Rocks meet drones
ABOVE: Gig Depio
“Through the Muddy”
2017-18 480” x 144”
Oil on Canvas
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February 2 – March 31, 2019
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Sunday, February 10, 2019,
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