Recent Shows
July 2014: Yasmina Chavez presents Floss & Gravity

In this, her third solo exhibit, artist Yasmina Chavez explores the idea of senselessness and acceptance. The work was inspired by Patricia Oakley, a once San Jose, California resident and the first person to jump off the Hoover Dam Bypass bridge. On April 9, 2012 this 60-year-old woman decided to die at the mercy of gravity.

This exhibit is about a middle where everything is grey, time works in circles, and answers are nonexistent. As Chavez explains, “The exhibit is not about suicide, but about a world that exists between the things humans control and the things that control us—things such as floss and gravity. Life is at the mercy of a mental and physical chaos in this in-between world. The outcomes that derive from this place of senselessness leave us with the only option of acceptance.”

Floss & Gravity is part ceramic and part video exhibit. Through a risky experimental reverse casting process, once treasured stuffed animals were dipped in slip clay then burned away in a gas kiln firing, leaving only the shells of what used to be. The pieces are suspended in air by dental floss and gravity, a metaphor for visible human control and invisible natural laws.

The sculptures are accompanied by a series of videos called the “Grandma Suicide Vignettes.” Appropriated sound was matched to footage filmed over a span of two years, forging a collision that creates connections where ones didn’t exist. The videos explore the idea of acceptance through a minimalistic approach in sight, sound, and time.

Yasmina Chavez is a long time Nevada resident. She was raised in Elko, NV and has lived and worked in Las Vegas since 2004. She graduated from UNLV in 2011 with her BFA in photography. In the fall of that same year, along with three other local artists, she co-founded 5th Wall – a contemporary art gallery focused on encouraging artists to work conceptually with the idea of space and visitor interaction. Since graduating, Chavez has had two solo exhibits and has collaborated with friend and fellow artist Javier Sanchez on two large scale installations. She has also participated in group shows throughout Las Vegas, including the 2012 and 2014 London Biennale, the 2012 short film festival Spring Flicks, and 2010’s Off The Strip new genres festival. This fall Chavez will be pursuing her MFA at New York State’s Alfred University, ranked #11 in the nation for their Fine Art graduate program and #1 for their ceramics school. She is ecstatic to take her art practice to the next level with the opportunity for concentrated research and exploration of new artistic territory, in New York.


May 2014: Yasmina Chavez and Javier Sanchez present Derivative Presence: A dual-location examination of what "presence" means in this day and age.

Derivative Presence is an exhibit about what “presence” means in this day and age. We no longer only exist in an interpersonal physical form or “face-to-face.” Through social media a post means “here.” This project explores what it is to be present now, which pertains to the unawareness of our pervasive presence forever accessible in a digital condition.

Derivative Presence will run in two locations for the duration of the exhibit. Randomly searched and found youtube videos of people communicating directly to their audience will be exhibited inside TastySpace Gallery (May 23 - June 21) as an invasive spatial installation. The original sound corresponding to those videos will fill the Xeric Garden environment at the Marjorie Barrick Museum (May 5 - June 21) creating an isolating sound experience.




April 2014: Just Make Me Pretty: A Collaborative Examination and Deconstruction of the Ideals of Beauty presented by 3 Baaad Sheep (Alex Huerta, Alexander "Sky" Carranza, and Eddie "Cicifu" Canumay




March 2014: Schematameme: Works from Christopher A Jones



The show is a study in sign processes, signification and communication. Intending to increase the dynamic between audience and author, with hope there is an objectification of emotions and a duality of interpretations experienced. The art itself is an investigation into the thought and behavior of our minds; preconceived ideas that can be depicted and realized in art.

Christopher A. Jones is an artist living and working in Las Vegas. He works in a variety of media, with a prejudice to ink on newsprint. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, he approachs a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way. His artwork directly responds to the surrounding environment and uses everyday items that are either thrown away or created for immediacy as a starting point. Often these are framed instances which would go unnoticed in their original context.



February 2014: African-American Talent Showcase




December 2013: "Let Me Re-Introduce Myself": The Abstract Graffiti Work of Tanya Michelle



November 2013: "Neon and Nonsense": Contemporary Realism and Absurdist Illustration of Jelaine Faunce



October 2013: "Blokt Out: Las Vegas artist MIKEL PATRIK continues to explore his PIXEL Blok 3D series using Las Vegas photographer Stephen Campbell's stunning natural and architectural photography as subjects. On view through early November.



September 2013: "Alternative Transportation:" Inspired by the rebirth of cycling and downtown Las Vegas’ steady move toward a more pedestrian-accessible, resident-friendly demeanor, artists were asked to stretch their imaginations in the world of transportation. Beyond that, there were really no rules. The show features the work of twelve artists. Ten local, one from Austin, and one from Minneapolis. Their backgrounds run the gamut, from animators, architects, art directors, art instructors, fabricators, full-time painters, gallery owners, illustrators, jacks-of-all-trades, mural artists, and university faculty. Thank you coming to see their work. We hope you enjoy the show.




June 2013: "You Don't Know Me": Group show featuring the work of nine Las Vegas-based artists.



May 2013: "Renewal": Paintings of Paris Buchanan




April 2013: "Hringrás": 14 Visual Interpretations by 15 Icelandic Designers and Illustrators



The Icelandic word “Hringrás” translates to “Cycle” in english. Here, 15 designers and illustrators offer their 16.5” x 16.5” interpretation of the theme.

This body of work was recently featured in Reykjavik, Iceland during the month of March for DesignMarch, a prestigious design show.

Summary: Circle of life. Repeating of history, of the mistakes. Again and again. We forget what we learn. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Recycling. Time. One man’s death is another man’s bread. Waste/Materials. Rebirth. Life and death. The food chain. The hydrologic cycle. Biosphere, atmosphere, hemisphere. Chemical compounds. Meaning of life. Purpose.

Participants in Hringrás:
Þorleifur Gunnar Gíslason, Bobby Breiðholt, Signý Kolbeinsdóttir, Elli Egilsson, Siggi Odds, Hrefna Sigurðardóttir, Dóri Andrésson, Kristjana S Williams, Hrafn Gunnars, Sig Vicious, Jónas Valtýsson and Erla María Árnadóttir, Alli Metall, Ragnar Freyr and Halldór Andri Bjarnason.

www.hringras.in



March 2013: "Thelonius and Me": Abstract Painting and Collage Work of Eric Comstock




February 2013: "The Space Between You and Me": Work by Dat Nguyen and Bill Dambrova




January 2013: "The Life Frenetic": Abstracts and figurative work of Susanne Forestieri




December 2012: "About Face": Portraits by Niki J. Sands




November 2012: "Humans Being": The Work of Paula Livingston




October 2012: "Gather: An eclectic body of work representing, celebrating, and benefitting (WIMA) women in music and arts"

September 2012: "SRSLY...WTF!: NU TXT-BSD WRK BY JOW"

August 2012: Jelaine Faunce "Fractured Neon"

July 2012: Erica Hauser "Road Trip"

May 2012: Jelaine Faunce "The Inevitable Mouth Watering: Small Treats, Big Treats, and Neon Streets"

April 2012: "World to Come: Futureglyphics, Dollar Store Animals, and Untitled Collages from Doug Pedersen."

Doug's work was recently featured in the 2012 Communication Arts Typography Annual 2. His work graces the cover.



February + March 2012: Seven Styles from Seven Cities
Inaugural show featuring the work of several talented painters, designers, illustrators, photographers, silkscreen artists, and more.

Official opening February First Friday (February 2nd). 6:00 pm on. The more, the merrier.