“Car Show” is an exhibition of sculptures by Justin Favela and Sean Slattery that references three highly publicized tragic events, all involving celebrities and cars. The exhibit will be on display from March 16 through May 8 at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway near downtown Las Vegas. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, March 20 with an artist talk at 6:30 pm.
From the aftermath photo of well-known musician Tupac Shakur's shooting death in Las Vegas, to the tense media coverage of Yolanda Saldivar's standoff in her truck after murdering Tejano crossover sensation Selena, to the widely viewed news footage of O.J. Simpson’s low speed chase through Los Angeles freeways and streets, the vehicles involved are forever linked to the memories of the incident. A black BMW, a red GMC truck and a white Chevy Bronco: the automobiles become the surrogates of the perpetrators and victims of three of the most shocking events of the ‘90s.
The sculptures are constructed of modest, impermanent materials Justin Favela frequently utilizes in his work: cardboard, foam, paper and found objects. Combining their tangential sensibilities, Favela and Slattery have created a shared vision of three large works that spotlight the cars in individual ways. “Car Show” will feature an abstract monument proposal for the site of Shakur’s shooting at the intersection of Koval Lane and Flamingo Road, a large paper truck that draws upon the ritual and celebration of the roadside memorial and an amateur enthusiast's recreation of the century's most famous car pursuit.
Being posted and shared is this shot of "Car Show" at Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery (500 S. Grand Central Parkway). The installation by Justin Favela and Sean Slattery opened today and runs through May 8, 2015. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20 with an artist talk at 6:30 pm. From the press release:
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FIELD NOTES: On Saturday I saw one way street art get Las Vegas celebrity status. Framed by the clean white walls of defunct Las Vegas Motel, next to the El Cortez Cabana Suites, is the Shepard Fairey designed Andre The Giant, sans OBEY command. Overlooking a rarely used parking lot, it is isolated from those commoners wandering the walls of the 18b Arts District. The seminal image that was a warning of propaganda is used to accent the part of town with commissioned street art from Life Is Beautiful Festival. In “Shepard Fairey Inc.: Artist/Professional/Vandal,” author James Daichendt wrote how Shepard Fairey "often cites a desire to reawaken people to their surroundings” and the repetition of Andre as repeated image from posters and stickers was the use of random infiltration to become powerful recollection. This location gives Andre's glare, the street art gaze, a different meaning. Now he, and his posse of three Felix stencils, is a docile artifact guarded behind a locked gate.
The artist behind Milk The Bunny pasted this for Pi Day's celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi), which of course, has been highjacked by foodies wanting to celebrate pie. For math fans (mathies?) this years Pi Day is significant because it's 2015. Mathies will have to wait a century for the sequence of numbers in the calendar to matches pi -- 3/14/15. "While the mathematical constant, which represents the ratio of circumference of a circle divided by its diameter, is often abbreviated as 3.14 for convenience, pi actually has an infinite number of digits beyond the decimal point, starting with 3.141592653." ABC News
FIELD NOTES: This story from the street came from Zap 7 artist Gig Depio. While painting the UNLV mascot--his box is across the street from the campus--a women stopped to watch him paint. Then she asked him for a dollar to get food. Depio was apologetic that he had no change "even for myself," he said to her. She nodded and moved on. Depio saw her walk to the corner and went back to work. A few moments later the woman came back with five dollars negotiated from a driver at the intersection. The she went in the nearby gas station food mart and got herself and Depio a burrito. I can't take this, said the artist. "Who else is going to take care of you?" Asked the woman.
MEANWHILE: Readers can click on a dedicated page of artists and their boxes here (ZAP7) or the button on top of this page.
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