Pantone with help from YESCO.
FIELD NOTES: This year's Life Is Beautiful festival left behind a new crop of murals in Downtown Las Vegas; not surprisingly, the mural media swarmed in for a closer inspection. My Modern Met posted POV and pics (though I am not sure why they refer to JustKids as a group local to Las Vegas). Also on the scene was Tech.co, who reported their festival findings in, "How Life is Beautiful Turned Vegas Into a Canvas of Mood Art." . . . Real POV: If you want to get away from the old tropes by drop-in writers, count on local art media for a better perspective. Vegas Seven checked in with six festival artists in "Fresh Paint." . . . Reminder: JustKids Official always posts their portfolio on Instagram.
PASSINGS: Charles Barnard, the Stockton-based sign artist who "helped turn Las Vegas into a supremely dazzling destination” passed on Monday, reports Record Net. “We believe he was one of the great sign designers,” said Cynthia Behr Warso of the Neon Museum of Las Vegas to the Stockton, California, paper. “Not just of his era. We think his work stands the test of time.” Barnard was 89.
Image credits: Gústi Productions
ONE FROM OUTSIDE LAS VEGAS: A small town in Iceland has a pedestrian crossing that could be used on Maryland Parkway. Via Bored Panda.
HEADS UP: 8 News Now got questions from viewers about that big head that turned up on Eastern and the 215. It was Luis Varela-Rico's "Norte y Sur," installed late in the evening of October 21. This last installation of Clark County's "Centered" project was delayed due to road construction. . . Other Local News: "All Fired Up’s Gail Schomisch has helped install public murals all throughout the Valley. So when the Healing Garden in Downtown Las Vegas opened as a memorial to victims of the Route 91 shooting, she knew exactly how to give back." is the lede by Leslie Ventura at Las Vegas Weekly. . . . Tagging Hearts: Michael Scott Davidson reports on the 200-foot-long graffiti mural, bubble letters and all, that serves as tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. R-J
SPEAKING OF CLARK COUNTY MEDIAN ART: At the Clark County public arts commission meeting held last Tuesday, the board was informed that two pieces - Holly Ray Vaughn's "Gem," and Chris Bauder's "Night Eyes" - were not to be repaired or restored. It was not clear which department made the decision. Previously: If you recall, K.D. Matheson's "Anthropos" was struck by a vehicle and destroyed. Robin Starks and Eric Pawloski's "Thumb's Up" was also hit, but has been reinstalled at Walnut Recreation Center.
FURTHER BUSINESS: Also at the meeting, Eric Strain was voted to keep his post as commission chair, and Rebecca Holden was voted to be vice chair. Her first duty was to run the rest of the meeting. . . . For the Record: Mickey Sprott is now Cultural Program Supervisor. Brian "Paco" Alvarez is overseeing Winchester Cultural Center Gallery and Clark County Rotunda Gallery. Through her official title is fluid, Patty Dominguez has been operating as am ad-hoc project manager.
DISCLOSURE: A reminder that I am also a part-time member of the Clark County Public Art posse. We are still working on a title.
NOTE: I have been doing research in Los Angeles, mainly to cover Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Instead of using extra material here, which would be an invasion of L..A. subject matter on a Las Vegas-centric site, I rebooted my former blog, viewfromaloft. Most of the posts will be by writer and filmmaker María Margarita López, and writer (plus a 2016 PEN Emerging Voice recipient) Jian Huang. When murals and Chicano/Latino art as the topic, there will be some crossover between here and there .
THANKS: This heavy schedule entering the crunch of a final year of an MFA would have been difficult without research assistant Bomi Kang and editing support from Jamie Sontany. They should be noted as two people who make helped made it possible for Paint This Desert to sponsor Clark County's Life in Death Festival’s Jury Exhibition. The winner will be announced November 1.
Adam Bateman’s “Monolith."
REVIEW: "12 featured artists approach the 'preservation' theme in markedly dissimilar ways, but they share the combat against loss—of ecosystems, of bioforms, of culture, of self," wrote Dawn-Michelle Baude in Las Vegas Weekly. "Each piece affably draws viewers into a world of insight and discovery." Preservation was curated by Aurora Tang and runs through January 20 2018.
From NYT: "The 19th-century feather trade almost wiped out the roseate spoonbill, painted by Danielle Mastrion."
In "Public Art Takes Flight," the New York Times Editorial Board writes that New York art gallery owner, Avi Gitler, is not allowing the legacy of John James Audubon to rest. From the NYT:
The article was emailed to me by retired Clark County Supervisor Patrick Gaffey, who now spends his time writing and bird watching. Gaffey's Facebook posts are a nest of source material for a local mural project that could feature birds of Southern Nevada.
ABOVE: Luis Varela Rico