The Barrick Museum provides Kveck, Russ & & Stellmon: Break Ups & & Tear Downs, ranging from Oct. 23– Jan. 23. These three Las Vegas artists provide distinct bodies of work that spring from a typical practice of breaking down their subject, then restructuring and reordering the pieces. The results, whether paintings, collages, photos, or buildings, are sensational and thoughtful revisualizations of modern styles. The work of each artist reflects distinct style and method, refined during careers as extremely related to experts.
“This exhibit will certainly be effective both visually and in social commentary,” says Barrick Museum program director Aurore Giguet. Wendy Kveck incorporates discovered images from art history, contemporary media, and princess coloring books into her work as cultural signifiers of excess, desire, stress and anxiety, worry, regret, and loss; JK Russ creates surreal landscapes using found images from magazines, juxtaposing fashion icons with images from the natural world developing dream-like meditations on gender and sexuality; and Erin Stellmon utilizes multimedias collage to stand for the cycle of destruction and rebuilding that we typically see in Las Vegas.
A public opening reception will certainly be held Oct. 23 from 6– 8 p.m.
. More About the Artists
Wendy Kveck is a visual artist from the Chicago location who lives and works in Las Vegas. Through her work in painting, drawing, collage, and efficiency she examines photos of ladies from art history and contemporary media as cultural signifiers of excess, desire, stress and anxiety, fear, remorse, and loss. Her interest in efficiency as a reflective, reactive, and transformative action has been stimulated by the examples of early and contemporary feminist artists. In her recent work she has utilized food and drink imagery to represent women as both customers and taken in.
JK Russ is an artist from New Zealand who moved to the United States in 2010 and settled in Las Vegas. She utilizes cut-paper collage to produce investigative contrasts between the bodies of sexy females and images of landscape and wildlife. Her style is informed by a longstanding interest in surrealism, photographic illustration, and the photomontage work of the German Dada artist Hannah Höch (1889 – 1978). The Nevada desert is an existing source of inspiration, as are Las Vegas’ burlesque clubs. By eschewing digital control and instead demanding the purposeful imperfections of the analog procedure, Russ makes use of the ambiguous relationship that the medium of collage naturally establishes between realism and fantasy.
Erin Stellmon is a multi-disciplinary artist from Oregon who resided in Las Vegas for more than a years. Her community-focused practice explores regional symptoms of transience, memory, and reinvention. In her mixed-media collage work she regularly highlights the visual fragmentation of the compositions in order to highlight the cycles of damage and reinvention that she views are endemic to the Las Vegas municipality’s civic culture.
About the Barrick Museum
The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, a public arts unit under the UNLV department of art and the College of Fine Arts, aims to offer a welcoming environment in which students, members of the university neighborhood, Southern Nevada locals and the public in general can study and find out by straight experiencing artworks. Our objective is to boost the visitor’s understanding of art as a long-lasting human endeavor and to promote visual literacy for all clients. To this end, the museum gets, exhibits, interprets, and preserves artworks agent of past and present cultures, and creative imagination.
For existing program and exhibition information, call 702-895-3381 or check out unlv.edu/barrickmuseum.
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About the University
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting organization of 28,000 students and 3,300 faculty and staff. Established in 1957, the university provides more than 220 undergrad, master’s and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is found on a 332-acre school in dynamic Southern Nevada and is categorized in the category of Research Universities (high research study activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Improvement of Teaching.