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"
Lea Catania dances out of a barrel at Small Space Fest. Screen shot from IPhoto video: Paint This Desert.
Offer the local art loving public an aberrant variety of alternative performance and installations, mix it with solid contemporary art on walls, then use small rooms for interactive happenstance, and you have an experience with a Las Vegas aesthetic; an eccentric buffet that has something for everyone.
Small Space Fest at Emergency Arts worked. The underground Facebook buzz from those who went are sending kudos to organizers Elizabeth Colon Nelson, Heidi Rider and Adriana Chavez, who worked off the theatrical environment of Emergency Arts and played it like a theatrical space, not just a placeholder for galleries. They threaded the rooms and hallways with wisely curated moments.
After reading the pitch from PR materials, and having a short chat with Rider, I suggested Weft in the Weave Collective’s SmallSpaceFest was working toward being a micro-version of an Allan Kaprow-like Art Happening. The collective reached their hype. (It did not hurt to have an organized event indoors when the lows are reaching record highs).
While one attendee said it was the best event they experienced since Art Basel 2013, I won't make that claim. Small Space Fest did, however, demonstrate what an art walk-like event could be. It was immersive, experimental, and innovative, yet accessible. It was avant-garde light. It was cool inside.
The site of the Blue Angel Motel in the final light of the 2016 summer solstice leads us in this edition of Link + Ink.
F. Andrew Taylor on the ideas and suggestions from "The Downtown Alley Design Guidebook." Murals were offered way to activate space. Someone suggested the temporary kind I Review Journal
"The usually smiling Mother Teresa in 1988 appears tired and agenda-driven. Whatever was in her mind at the moment, [photographer Yousuf] Karsh caught it." Kristen Peterson on "Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the Twentieth Century" at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art I Las Vegas Weekly
"When husbands and wives work together things can often go horribly awry, but their combined works are actually quite successful."
- Susie Tommaney of Houston Press on Matthew Couper and JK Russ “Salon of Desert Martyrs,” an exhibition of solo work and collaborations at Tommy Gallery.
Las Vegas’ Monaco Tower at Riviera Hotel and Casino were demolished in series of traditional and dramatic explosions; building as performance art I Las Vegas Sun
“I think with the Neon Museum, there’s something just so incredible about seeing these signs that had a very specific function and then now, they’ve become a kind of public art. Those sort of shifts in context were really intriguing to me,” Neon Museum Artist in Residence Whitney Lynn I Review Journal
Five Las Vegas museums are highlighted in Paste Magazine.
A reception for Zap 8 Laughlin will be held on June 25 I PaintThisDesert
This is out of range for a start up art collection budget, but this Scorpion Art Car with "a tail that rises up and shoots fire from seven flame throwers" from Burning Man is for sale. IT would have been an interesting addition for Nevada State College. The Scorpion is their mascot I Digital Trends
City Heights Business Association shows off new wire art by artist Spencer Little in San Diego. More at Voice of San Diego.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced hiring sound artist Alan Nakagawa to work on LA’s Vision Zero plan, an international movement to reduce traffic deaths I Gizmodo + Off Ramp
Art Stamping is the direct transfer of a formal object to canvas created by LA Contemporary artist Ricardo Garcia I laicreatives
The image and actions of The Donald are feeding street art, reports the Tribune News Service (But we knew that). From the article: “Street art can be highly critical,” said James Daichendt, an art critic and historian who studies the genre as the dean of arts and humanities at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. “And with Trump being such a divisive figure, it’s really reached a fever pitch.”
Christopher Knight reviews "Helen Lundeberg & The Four Abstract Classicists" LATimes
" 'Made in L.A.,’ at the Hammer, Excavates Hollywood’s Past" I NYTimes
A San Diego woman pleaded guilty to tagging rock formations in seven national parks. She's banned from 524 million acres of public lands for two years I LATimes
Bob Ross is "very, very big right now" notes Glasstire. Also worth reading is this happy little article in the NYTimes from December 2015.
British artist Wolfgang Buttress opened Hive installation in London. From the Guardian: "Its 170,000 pieces of aluminium, suspended from the ground, appear as a twisting swarm of bees from afar, but as you come closer it becomes a hive-like structure of latticework whose low humming sound and hundreds of flickering LED lights draws you in to a multi-sensory instillation. " I The Guardian
A building is invading the horizon line of Espacio Escultórico, a land art masterpiece in Mexico I
Hyperallergic + NYTimes
Photo by Wolfgang Volz © Christo
D*Face, a regular at Life is Beautiful, now has work up at Coney Island. Photo: Gothamist.
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