Above: Byron Stout, “The Best”, Oil on Canvas.
First Friday is gaining even more momentum, and was in full summer-swing last night. We’re glad to see that there is still something for everyone, from the family-friendly craft tables to the über-weird street performers, who are just as much a part of it as they were a year ago. We hit up a bunch of galleries in our adventures, and here’s our recommendations for checking out some great art this month.
Trifecta Gallery has another gem of an exhibition, Dave Barnes: Past Time. Illustrator Dave Barnes mixes childhood nostalgia with a dark sentiment, adding-in scraps of vintage ephemera. This show is quite cohesive, sets yet another high mark on Trifecta’s exhibit list this year. A definite must-see.
Left: Dave Barnes, “Seasonal Tidings”, Acrylic, collage and ink on wood.
Right: Dave Barnes, “Alpha”, Acrylic, collage and ink on wood.
If you haven’t checked-out the newest exhibition at the CAC, The Garden of Forking Paths, read our review of it here.
Byron Stout’s hallway exhibition in the Arts Factory deserves a mention as well. His paintings are Americana and pop-culture paired with a twist of humor (see image at top). Check out this Utah native as he makes his name in Vegas and beyond.
Over on Commerce Street, Blackbird premiered it’s new group show, Atomic Vegas. The theme is quite literal, and the work encompasses a huge variety of media. A split-canvas by Sean Jones was one of the highlights.
Inside the Emergency Arts building further north, LVSK8 Six premiers at Get Up Gallery. Featuring over fifty artists and over 70 skateboard decks. From the simply-adorned, to the highly conceptual, this is another great exhibition in an ongoing series.
Down the hall at Tastyspace, it’s time for a Road Trip. The exhibition title is fitting for a midsummer show, and Erica Hauser’s work conjure’s up imagery of the less-traveled roads of Anytown, USA. A residency in New Mexico last year was likely a source of inspiration. It really reminded me of the route we took in moving cross-country to Vegas. Curator Dana Satterwhite has done quite well with a string of well-received exhibitions, and much detail has been put into the space itself.
Left: Erica Hauser, “Red Rooster”, Acrylic on Canvas. Right: Erica Hauser, “Trail Motel”, Acrylic on Canvas.
Fodé Diop, a mover and shaker in the #vegastech community, has taken over a 6′x6′ room on the east side hallway, in which he plans to feature work by friends and collaborators.
We headed to Aria for a nightcap, to see Nicholas Blackham’s work being exhibited at the Deuce Lounge. Unfortunately, I was wearing shorts (it was still daylight when we left home) and was denied entry into the club. We hope to see his work soon, with dress pants on.
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