Cockroach Theatre. May 13, 2018 I Photo: PaintThisDesert
FIELD NOTES: When the light from the Las Vegas sun lands on the Cockroach Theatre’s new mural, painted by spray can artists @VulcanNYC and @APEXER, the upper band of metallic gold glistens. The lower half of the wall, now in a shade of copper, has a subtle bling. The main image is an abstract form that blooms out like large plant leaves with colorful cuticles sitting on a pattern of boxes. Or maybe it is a curtain on a stage pit. No matter. There wasn’t a mandate that this collaboration by the artists have literal meaning. Cockroach Theater leadership just wanted a new look for the frontage so their 15th anniversary season could make a grand entrance. The mural's look is honed by two artists who learned from the streets of New York and San Francisco and makes the piece a territorial claim that this corner of the building is about theatrically, and that behind the wall is an active ensemble. It was completed last week in less than two days, and the directions to the artists came was to create a punchy expression of color to draw people to the district and give Cockroach Theatre a new identity. The painters performed. Everyone took a bow.
ABOVE: Luis Varela Rico