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T : The sign that once read Indoor Garden Organic Supercenter became a guerrilla message. Consider it an alternative gateway to the downtown Las Vegas Arts District.
I will be taking an indefinite summer sabbatical to work on options that could lead to the next stage of Paint This Desert. During that time I will also be doing some art-making, catching up on reading, and write non art freelance essays. You may see some tinkering around the site, and I will still be chatting up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, proceeds from the sales of BUNKO based prints and other general swag will be stashed away into a PtD fund. Until then, here is a summer Link + Ink with art items leading into September.
A MURAL OF MAYORS: In the arts district Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and former mayor Oscar Goodman, with ever-present martini, offer a gleeful toast to anyone wandering the alleys on a mural safari.
BACK UP: In between haunts at DIsneyland and Melrose Avenue, There She Is Art and You Kill Me First have begun popping-up again in the 18b. They produce works that fall under what Dr. Rafael Schacter wrote in "Esto Es Graffiti" (2014); visual ornaments that "aim for parity which held elitism in contempt." And by being seen in public space without the support of galleries works like this "overturn the laws" of traditional art markets.
Photo: UNLV Creative Services: Lonnie Timmons III / Courtesy of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
LINK: In my preview of Andrew Schoultz's "In Process" at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art I wrote the installation will be an "ephemeral summer affair with art." Don't miss it. A bar has been raised for both venue and artist . . . Some Ink: "Welcome to Andrew Schoultz’s world. It’s a colorful, sometimes fantastical place, populated by prancing beasts breathing fire," says the Review-Journal . . .More Ink: "The installations depend on confident, single-stroke, uncorrected lines. In 'Spinning Eyes,' those lines deploy large-scale optical interference patterns that literally make our casual viewer dizzy! Centered in each pattern is the all-seeing eye, inspired by the orb atop the pyramid of the almighty dollar and looking in the direction of 24-hour surveillance." That's from Las Vegas Weekly. . . Summer Days: "In Process: Every Movement Counts" runs through September 15.
OPEN CALL FOR ART: Artists are also being invited by Settler + Nomads to submit work of any medium for Today is All We Have, the website's first digital exhibition. (The deadline is July 6). Curated by Holly Lay and Mikayla Whitmore, the selected digital images or videos will be presented as an online gallery in August 2018.
UNLV TEASER: A group Latino/a/x show is now being planned for Fall at UNLV. It will be mounted at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery and a reception will be on the night of UNLV College of Fine Arts Annual Art Walk on October 12. They are hashtag ready. #ArtWalkUNLV
MORE EXHIBITION NOTES
BELLAGIO: Curated by Midori Nishizawa, "Primal Water" will feature twenty-eight Post-War and contemporary Japanese works in painting, sculpture, photography, site-specific installation, and film by artists referring to water as a way to explore themes that respond to the absence of resources. “Las Vegas, having prospered as an oasis in the desert, has a meaningful connection with this theme,” said Nishizawa in a release. "Primal Water" at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art runs from June 29 through October 21, 2018.
ADD July 5: Carol Cling is clearing her desk with last writing-to-do list. The retiring arts writer reviews 'Primal Water' in '14 Japanese artists depict water in new Bellagio gallery' / On June 30, Cling said goodbye to her readers in 'RJ arts writer reflects on 34 years of Las Vegas culture in final column.'
LOCAL HEADLINES: How arts are funded in Las Vegas . . . 8NewsNow catches up on public art struck by cars or that melted in the heat . . . Las Vegas art museum draws closer to reality . . . Has anything been resolved from that Clark County Rotunda art controversy? Not much.
Photo courtesy of Geia de la Peña /NCCA @ National Commission for Culture and the Arts
FAR FLUNG EXHIBITION NOTES: Gig Depio "Bring Home the Bacon" at NCCA Gallery, Intramuros, Manila. Curated by Egai Fernandez. It closes June 30 (above) . . . Tim Bavington "Blow-up" is now on view at Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, Texas. It closes July 28, 2018 (below) . . . At Monterey Museum of Art, UNLV MFA alum Lisa Rock is the FLUX in "Currents + FLUX." With Carol Henry. From June 22 – July 22, 2018 . . . At Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, Sush Machida just ended a two-person exhibition with Jon Fox. It ran from May 1 through June 16.
Screen grab / American Craft Council
HARDEST WORKING FAV IN LOCAL ART BIZ: Justin Favela is the subject in the current 2018 issue of American Craft Council Magazine, and gets video to boot…With Emmanuel “Babelito” Ortega, Latinos Who Lunch was featured at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. . . June also saw Justin as the artist-in-residence at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine . . . On June 1st, 2018, he was awarded the Alan Turing LQTBIQ Award for International Artist while representing the U.S. at ARN Culture Business Pride Festival in the Canary Islands.
This image from a craving on a Reno-Tahoe tree looks like a Picasso to Jean Earl. Photo PtD
FIELD NOTES: Jean Earl is an artist, who with Phillip Earl, have long been dedicated to showcasing the regional aesthetic of tree carvings (arborglyphs) by Reno-Tahoe area Basque sheepherders from the first half of the 20th century. Last week at Nevada State College, the current host of the traveling exhibition “Mountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin”, Jean talked about scouting trees that were carved with images and messages. She also shared the rubbing process with muslin that now allows us to see the found images as displayed works.
As Jean noted, when you find yourself with a few dogs and a lot of sheep there is free time. The sheepherders left behind images of animals, sayings, hobbies, and in the tradition of all artists, the nude female form. It has to be noted that one constant reference was no matter the state of dress each female wore high heels, said Jean with an impish smile.
"Mountain Picassos" is presented as an intersection of art, culture and nature, but one can also say it is an early form of graffiti. Instead of paint, sharp objects were used to illustrate details in bark to leave evidence of existence. Since many of the trees with works are gone from the woods, what is on display at Nevada State College Gallery is an important document as well as insightful exhibition. ‘Mountain Picassos’ runs through July 6.
Nevada State College Gallery
Rogers Student Center Building.
1300 Nevada State Drive, Bldg. #300
Henderson , NV
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Download a map of the works by local artists that are installed around the campus to make a day of it.
Directed by Rudy Valdez
Los Angeles Premiere at LALIFF 2018
By María Margarita López
On opening night of LALIFF, director Rudy Valdez took the audience on an emotional journey. The first time filmmaker’s feature debut, “The Sentence,” is a deeply personal documentary about his sister, Cindy Shank, and the impact a 15-year prison sentence had on her family; husband Adam and their three daughters, four-year-old Autumn, two-year-old Ava, and newborn Annalis.
The film begins with home movies that were made to record key moments so Cindy could see what she missed in her daughters’ lives while she was in federal prison. These moments turn into a story that resonates with thousands of families across the U.S. who are affected by “the girlfriend problem,” a term that refers to Reagan-era mandatory minimum sentencing laws that restricted the judge’s ability to use discretion in sentencing.
These laws resulted in harsher sentences for women who were convicted of conspiracy and imprisoned for crimes committed by their boyfriends. Between 1980 and 2014, the United States realized a 700 percent increase in the number of women behind bars, according to the non-profit The Sentencing Project, some of the data the filmmaker found during rigorous research. The minimum sentence was 15 years.
Cindy’s case was not unusual. For many women it did not matter to the courts if they’d turned their lives around. Cindy paid the price for her deceased ex-boyfriend’s crimes and the film takes her personal story and creates a window into broader issues including the effects of mass incarcerations, the prison industrial complex, and the hurdles involved in getting a sentence commuted.
In the hands of Valdez, the doc also delivers a story of love. It is moving to see how daughters miss a mother, and the lengths a family goes to in order to maintain ties across time and distance.
Director Valdez does not sugar coat difficult issues, but respects his subject’s willingness to participate. (No other director would have been able to achieve this level of trust from these subjects). His nieces’ raw emotions hit the audience with full force, as does the candor from the rest of his family. Valdez accomplishes much as a one-man crew, first starting to film with consumer-grade phones and cameras, then moving his way up to robust Canon equipment by the end of the decade.
Valdez’ evolution as a filmmaker parallels his growth as an advocate for his sister’s clemency. He organically informs the audience of the laws, policies and technicalities underlying his argument this is unjust sentencing. Neither Cindy nor the film makes excuses for why she is serving time, but the facts presented in this emotional story, and watching those girls grow up without their mother, calls into question if $64 billion a year on the warehousing of inmates under these laws is money wisely spent.
“The Sentence” will be released by HBO later this year.
María Margarita López is film producer and co-founder of AjuuaEntertainment. She is based in Los Angeles.