The highlight of “on the fence,” Brandon Lacow’s MFA Thesis exhibition, is the replica of Dorothy Gale’s house from MGM’s Wizard of Oz (1939). It is an entry point for the artist to question the meaning of home, and if home is comfortable or a constricting space during a transition to adulthood. It is the artist making a statement exploring domesticity and discovery, and how personal realities are questioned. The craftsmanship of the house sitting on the ground floor of The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery is as detailed as Lacow’s work as a photographer. The house as a sculpture has even captured the imaginations of UNLV facility workers. When I was there three workers drove up in carts to admire the installation. I secretly thought they were the UNLV version of Hunk, Hickory and Zeke. For those not prepared for Wizard of Oz trivia, those three characters were later seen in the film as the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
'on the fence'
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Closing Reception: Friday February 9th, 6 -9 p.m.
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.