'Moral Assault.' Photo: PtD.
FIELD NOTES: A new mural by street artist Izaac Zevalking, the social-political operative behind the brand Recycled Propaganda, continues his crafted commentary that uses pop-culture references.
This one is loaded. Titled “Moral Assault,” the large-scale stencil work uses the Morton Salt logo, known in the canon of corporate marketing as the Umbrella Girl.
Visible from the sidewalk on East Colorado just east of South Main Street, the icons of innocence are set against the blue field and repeated as a trio, so the stepping forward is now a synchronized march of defiance. The piece states protection from the elements is no longer hiding under an umbrella, but raising a fist in clenched protest. With the gesture of head facing down, the hand in the air kindles the moment when gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos wore black gloves. They raised their fists in a Black Power salute when the national anthem was played during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
What are the three salt girls protesting? That’s not clear. Is it something from the current White House that questions a moral choice via Tweet or policy action? The title also hints that sexual assault is the topic. It could be anything. During these times seeking something to speak out on is not hard. In this reign, it pours.
Laura Brennan ‘Transience" at The Donna Beam Gallery of Fine Art
FIELD NOTES: For three years Laura Brennan has navigated science and art as fluid realms so her photography can explore how, if at all, memory can be represented through experimental photography. Her thesis exhibition, titled ‘Transience,” encompasses large print, mostly monochrome, that regard how recollection of past experience can be an visual abstraction; ways memories can be represented through photography with accuracy. Like her personality, "Transience" is a quiet inquisition, as Brennan is an artist who also thinks as a scientist. After the bluster and boisterous visual canon of her male MFA colleagues, Brennan allows the UNLV class of 2018 to take a final dignified bow that balanced with emotion and logic.
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery
Through June 22
Reception June 15, 5 – 8 p.m.
Cheech Marin. Photo PtD
FIELD NOTES: Cheech Marin joined in the ceremonial announcement that the Southern California museum that will bear his name and house his collection of Chicano Art reached a milestone. A $3-million capital campaign was started to fulfill a memorandum of understanding for the Riverside Art Museum, the City of Riverside, and the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry. Boosted by a $600,000 donation from Altura Credit Union, who hosted the Thursday morning press conference, the “Reach For the Cheech” campaign announced it has a total of $3,168,000.
“We want everybody to be included, whether you donate five cents or more,” said Cheech at the conference. “We want you to feel part of this.” After the conference Cheech repeated his ideology that Chicano Art is American art. “My goal is to expand the definition of Chicano Art because we want more people and inclusiveness,” he said.
The Cheech has already been felt. At the Riverside Art Museum, who will be the administrators for The Cheech, the exhibition “4 Threads” is currently running and features new contemporary Chicano Art by Jamie Chavez, Gerardo Monterrubio, Jaime Muñoz, and Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias.
As much as this is a story from my hometown of Riverside, it can also impact Las Vegas art colleagues who often travel to Los Angeles to take in museums and galleries. Riverside is 60 miles east of Los Angeles, and just under a four hour drive from Las Vegas; there was a direct invitation from Cheech. “We go there to see you, you know. So come here to see us.”
The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, dubbed The Cheech, will be in a 61,420-square-foot facility that is currently the Riverside Public Library main branch. Photo: PtD
Previously at KCET: "The Getty, the Broad and Now 'the Cheech'?"
Above: "Blue Angel: Between Heaven and Earth" at The Neon Museum's Ne10studio.