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Fun with Politics: An exhibit at Brett Wesley takes on election season madness

Las Vegas Weekly - Kristen Peterson January 2016

Amid patriotic bunting, the humorous and serious works capture the circus of the American election season and its players, while tapping into overriding concerns from the divided electorate.

‘PASSING BY’ BALANCES BETWEEN REALITY AND DREAM LIFE IN THE LA LANDSCAPE

Las Vegas Weekly - Kristen Peterson November 2015

Amid patriotic bunting, the humorous and serious works capture the circus of the American election season and its players, while tapping into overriding concerns from the divided electorate.

CONCRETE MESSAGES FROM FICTIONAL ARTISTS IN ‘13 BARISTAS’

Las Vegas Weekly - Dawn-Michelle Baude September 2015

The creation of Adam Turl, 13 Baristas is a complex, immersive installation emitting competing signals. The backstory is explained in the “final issue” of 13 Baristas Art Collective, a tabloid distributed to gallery goers.

13 Baristas Pours It on Hot and Heavy

Vegas Seven - Jenessa Kenway September 2015

The air is thick with coffee. A couple of stained mattresses lie on a floor littered with old blankets, used coffee filters, coffee grounds and odd pieces of furniture. It looks like a run-down safe house belonging to spies or criminals, or the grungy apartment of an addict.

Eric Burwell Uses Materiality of Paint to Push the Stuck Medium

Las Vegas Weekly - Dawn-Michelle Baude June 2015

It takes guts to be a painter in 2015. Because what can you really do? Over the past 150 years, painting innovated, innovated, innovated and then—stopped. For juice, some artists turned to installations or multimedia or performance.

Surfing the Paintings of Adam Caldwell

Vegas Seven - Jenessa Kenway May 2015

The exhibit is called Mindscape for a reason. Viewing Adam Caldwell’s paintings at Downtown’s Brett Wesley Gallery is like flipping through TV channels—after-images layering under new images until several are backlogged on your mental clipboard.

In a New Light

Las Vegas Weekly - Dawn-Michelle Baude January 2015

With neon tubes, mirrors and In the super-saturated, stimuli-sodden extravaganza of Las Vegas, minimalist art has particular, understated appeal. Pasha Rafat’s Light Works, at Brett Wesley Gallery, deploys the neon tubes we know so well in geometric constructions that we discover we don’t know at all.

Geoffrey Ellis’ photo exhibit blends Las Vegas’ present with its past at Brett Wesley Gallery

Las Vegas Weekly - Kristen Peterson November 2014

In This Must Be the Place at Brett Wesley Gallery, photographer Geoffrey Ellis creates a narrative inspired by ’70s and ’80s Las Vegas, when the Mob was losing its grip, paving the way for a corporate-run era that would change the landscape.

Boxed In: Performance artist Nicky Watts explores emotional isolation

Las Vegas Weekly - Kristen Peterson, March 2014

Feeling emotionally disconnected from others and wanting to “disappear,” performance artist Nicky Watts did something quite the opposite. She put a clear Plexiglas box over her head and went out to meet the world directly, making herself vastly more visible while floating her anxieties before her in conversations about the thing on her head.

Elizabeth Blau takes an interesting approach to landscapes at Brett Wesley

Las Vegas Weekly - Dawn Michelle Baude May 2014

Once upon a time, landscape painting idealized nature. Nowadays, the idea of depicting majestic mountains seems as quaint as home-ground flour. Too much is arguably at stake on planet Earth—too much evidence of destruction—to put landscape at the center of an artistic practice. But Elizabeth Blau went and did it anyway in her latest show, Changing Landscapes.

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