Adolfo Gonzalez's “Octosteam" from Clark County "Centered"
From urbanista writer Alissa Walker: "Please overindulge on our latest project at Curbed, featuring Mimi Zeiger on starchitects, Ed Fuentes on public art, Patrick Sisson on sustainability, and yours truly on the housing crisis. Plus Strip-walking, bus-riding, and monorail-ing! Edited by Sara Polsky." It's all at CURBEDVEGAS.
For my contribution, a map with commentary, the public art entries are laid out to create a driving loop of Las Vegas, and includes works that have been overshadowed by recent art. My intro: "Greater Las Vegas grew thanks to highways, and those desert roads have shaped its public art aesthetic. Many artworks seem designed to be viewed from a moving car, and in fact the signage and neon along U.S. Route 91 and Fremont Street are a cornerstone of the city’s outdoor visuals." While one headline reads 'best' public art, my intent was really to give a robust introduction on what can be seen.
For the map, some photography by Chris Mueller, and some from the PtD archives.
IF YOU RECALL: Alissa Walker once did a series on Las Vegas for GIZMDO.
'Tilting The Basin' at 920 S. Commerce Street.
"Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada" runs through May 14. The exhibition reconciling north and south, urban and rural, and high art with low art is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Fridays the exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (920 S. Commerce Street / For more information call 702-201-4253).
For the record here are some of the reviews.
"Let’s teleport 'Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada' from Las Vegas to Manhattan. Better yet, clone the whole thing; put a copy in London, another in Sao Paolo, one in Shanghai. The international art world should know: Nevada is home to first-rate artists who can hold their own anywhere."
Baude, Dawn-Michelle. "'Tilting the Basin' unites the state's art scenes in a glorious show of strength." Las Vegas Weekly. March 22, 2017. lasvegasweekly.com
"Tilting" makes its Las Vegas debut in a partnership between the northern museum and the in-the-works Art Museum at Symphony Park, giving Southern Nevadans an opportunity to experience the aesthetic and intellect poured into starkly minimalist and tidy works and complex sculptures made from a lavish garden of divergent material. Textiles, photography and works on paper, glass and wood meet a large installation speaking to the idea of Las Vegas’ urban landscapes shifting and changing in hyperspeed, compared to the millennia it took for the area’s natural geography to form."
Peterson. Kristen "Tilting the Basin Gives Contemporary Art a Powerful Voice in Nevada" DTLV. March 15, 2017. dtlv.com
Las Vegas-based Brent Sommerhauser, one of the featured “Tilting the Basin” artists, characterizes the show as “more eclectic than it is cohesive.”
The “eclectic” description definitely fits Sommerhauser’s work, which includes blown glass (“The Well”), woodwork (“Bellmouth,” “Curl”) and drawings — made by forcing air into a chamber, where soft metal fragments leave their marks.
The title of Las Vegas-based Gig Depio’s painting “Bridge the Gap” reflects another “Tilting the Basin” goal: bridging the gap between Northern and Southern Nevada.
“ ‘Tilting the Basin’ is all about setting cliques and politics aside, and a merging of efforts between our two major art communities in Nevada,’ ” Depio says. “Because Nevada artists make do with little resources and recognition outside our local arts community … it is this very struggle that keeps us on our toes.”
Cling, Carol. "'Tilting the Basin' pop-up in downtown Las Vegas features art from artists across the state." Las Vegas Review-Journal. March 11, 2017. www.reviewjournal.com
[JoAnne Northrup of the Nevada Museum of Art] said artists in Northern and Southern Nevada have somewhat different styles that are informed by the environments they live and work in. “I would say a lot of Las Vegas artists’ work is informed by culture, whereas many of the Northern Nevada artists’ work is informed by nature,” Northrup said.
Wasser, Fred . ""Tilting The Basin" Art Show Now In Las Vegas." Nevada Public Radio. Accessed March 17, 2017. knpr.org
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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