05-11-2014 VAST Press
LIFE IS ART INSIDE THE WESTERN HOTEL AT LIB
29 October, 2014
The art corridors inside the Western Hotel hit visitors with a multi-sensory wallop, the kind of one-two audio/visual punch taking over the streets outside. There’s so much art to absorb, so many selfies to take, so many shiny things...
Vast Space Project
12 August, 2014
At Vegas Seven, Jenessa Kenway profiled Vast Space Projects for its third anniversary and notes how the warehouse gallery has given regional contemporary art a chance to look west ... "and the West looks back."
Vast Space Projects Points a Divining Rod at L.A.
22 July, 2014
Between For three years, Vast Space Projects has acted like a dowsing rod, locating the buried artistic groundwater flowing between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. By keeping an eye on coastal talent, director Shannon McMackin...
BEST GALLERY: VAST SPACE PROJECTS
17 July, 2014
Between Mark Brandvik’s solo show and MAS Attack Vegas, a one-night-only event between Las Vegas and LA artists in the 5,000-square-foot warehouse space, VAST remains the go-to gallery for cutting-edge contemporary art. It might...
Las Vegas Takes Center Stage In Large-Scale Art Project MAS Vegas
22 May, 2014
A small cul-de-sac in the industrial area of Henderson may seem an unlikely place to encounter a large-scale contemporary art event, but Las Vegas can be full of surprises. As the sky begins to tinge with mauve on this mid-May...
MAS Vegas: Notes On The Vegas-L.A. Art Connection
20 May, 2014
It's Saturday, in the seam between afternoon and evening. On the pitted asphalt outside VAST Space Projects, you encounter Max Presneill, a motive force behind MAS Vegas, about which more in a minute. Around you, arty types...
A train in a car: An exchange with artist Mark Brandvik
6 May, 2014
Floating in the darkness of an unlit warehouse, Volume Control, Mark Brandvik’s solo show at VAST Space Projects, is both accessible and rigorous. It wouldn’t hurt, for example, to bone up on your Bernini...
MARK BRANDVIK GUIDES VIEWERS THROUGH A VAST NEW WORLD IN ‘VOLUME CONTROL’
23 April, 2014
Wait ... Give the eyes a sec or two to adjust. Volume Control by Mark Brandvik fills the 5,000-square-foot Vast Space Projects warehouse with an intimate, grainy darkness. A handful of softly lit sculptures nestles there—strange...
NICOLAS SHAKE PLAYS WITH THEMES OF PRESENCE AND ABSENCE AT VAST
21 December, 2013
1 Is the Zero That Comes Before is the title of Nicolas Shake's haunting exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photo collages at Vast Space Projects' latest Henderson location. The title's 1/0 refers to binary code — either something...
Beautiful People: Patrick Duffy wants to create a journey of art for 'The Odyssey'
23 October, 2013
Patrick Duffy has a clear vision for The Odyssey. This vision features a bouffant, a 1963 Buick Wildcat convertible and a warm day in Las Vegas."We're rumbling down toward the entrance of the Town Lodge on our first trip to...
LIB Recap: Art Odyssey is a '48-hour nirvana'
29 October, 2013
Life and death are nailed to the wall in the form of potatoes. A tinny recording of Hank Williams' "I Saw the Light" plays from a red stereo on a sandy floor while a video collage with a caterpillar cocooning loops...
How Street It Is: Life Is Beautiful to feature urban gallery of visual and performing arts
16 October, 2013
Street theater. Street art. And, speaking of art, a gallery that was a motel in its previous life. That's the eclectic picture planned for the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival, which will take over 15 blocks...
Life Is Beautiful's 'Odyssey' turns the Town Lodge Motel into an art hive
5 September, 2013
Between LA's Western Project artists, Northern California artists William T. Wiley and Eric Tillinghast and an assortment of emerging Las Vegas artists, art collector Patrick Duffy has arranged an unprecedented visual art...
Some fine Women
6 September, 2013
VAST space projects hosts the opening reception of Some fine Women. In addition to the painting show exhibited in the white, cube gallery space and the intimate "drawing room" with works on paper, the show takes over an adjacent...
Commentary: "It took twenty hours..."
16 August, 2013
"It took twenty hours to melt that lipstick, said Rachel Lachowicz at the artists' panel on Saturday night. It burns if you overcook. Her canvas is a square bloody pond of poured red plush, like liquid upholstery, smooth but not...
Vast Space Projects New Show Has Some Fine Artwork
14 August, 2013
Vast Space Projects has built a reputation for its genre-defying art shows, carefully assembled exhibition catalogs and multifaceted events.
'SOME FINE WOMEN' AT VAST SPACE PROJECTS IS A ROBUST TOP-GRADE SHOW
7 August, 2013
The title, Some Fine Women, understates. "Many fine women" is a more accurate description of a robust multimedia show with a whopping 60-plus works by 36 artists—from renowned cultural magpie Alexis Smith to emerging artist...
Some Fine Women
1 August, 2013
Some Fine Women is VAST Space Project's newly opened group show that ambitiously draws the works of 34 artists from a range of disciplines into a single exhibition.
Raze the roof
2 April, 2013
Iconic Vegas painter and muralist Robert Beckmann is back in town after many years away — with a fresh eye for a very changed city
Curating Hell - David Pagel chooses eight artists to create an 'Inferno' for today
2 April, 2013
The point of curating an art show is to help viewers make connections between work that they wouldn't otherwise see. That's the opinion of Los Angeles Times art critic, professor and curator David Pagel. "Everything gets put in its...
A conversation about the 10th Circle exhibit at VAST Space Projects
20 March, 2013
"OK, Pagel says hell is part of us now. It's not a destination you arrive at by screwing up your life, it's innate in us. I see the expression of that in a lot of this work."
The 10th Circle' is a vibrant, thought-provoking triumph
6 March, 2013
Hear that sound? That's your neurons firing as you come through the door of The 10th Circle exhibition at Vast Space Projects. This group show of six early-to-mid-career LA artists delivers raw energy exploding from a Big Bang of...
Sorry, Dante, David Pagel takes it one hotter in '10th Circle' at Vast
27 February, 2013
When going to hell and back, you'll likely emerge with a few dings, a little more hair on your chest and maybe even a bold new skip in your step as you move forward from the inferno behind you. But what if there's no entrance and...
Taking the Las Vegas arts scene seriously
14 February, 2013
The villagers are at the gates, their torches in the air. They're calling for change, a revolution of sorts. But with no establishment, no leader and no institutions to tear down, there's nothing to overthrow.
UNLV architecture students dream up alternatives for The Roadhouse casino
06 February, 2013
We see a lot of we-heart-locals on billboard advertising, but have we fully explored the role of casino resorts in the community? Is their purpose to provide jobs and movie theaters? What about a casino...
Mixing art and politics: Vast space projects delivers an 'October Surprise'
31 October, 2012
We stand cynical and misty-eyed this election season, looking up at the polished diction and grinning faces of opposing parties, promising with rolled-up sleeves and desperate verve, a deal better than any other...
Art and politics mix at VAST space project exhibit
28 October, 2012
A politically charged art exhibit and a get-out-the-vote rally for a local politician were a part of the festivities held at VAST space project (formerly known as Pop Up Art House) located at 720 W. Sunset Road on Oct 20.
Art and politics unite: Hammargren rally meets VAST gallery opening
24 October, 2012
"Where's Lonnie?" I asked for the third or fourth time to anyone within earshot outside VAST Space Projects (formerly Pop Up Art House), where the gallery crowd had settled to enjoy the cool Saturday night.
October Surprise Exhibition @ VAST space projects
24 October, 2012
VAST space projects (formerly Pop Up Art House) combines Art and Politics with October Surprise, a selection of works by Alexis Smith, Scott Grieger, Mark X Farina, Burton Machen and a rare exhibit of Hunter S. Thompson...
LA artists exhibit comes with a political bent and a Lonnie Hammargren rally
17 October, 2012
As if October Surprise, an exhibit of works by Alexis Smith (yes, the Alexis Smith) and other LA artists—Scott Grieger, Mark X Farina and Burton Machen—isn't already an insanely triumphant moment for arts in the Valley...
PUAH quietly builds reputation as quality art gallery
27 September, 2012
Local dealer focuses on strong contemporary works and large-scale installation pieces. Pop Up Art House is one of Henderson's best kept secrets, but gallery owner Shannon McMackin is ready to change that. "It is feasible that...
Exploring Performance Art
30 July, 2012
If a man pees into a cup, then drinks his own pee... is that art? It certainly was last week at the Biennale 2012, a local performance art exhibition downtown. We talk with local artists (including a man who painted while...
Biennale 2012 was an avant-garde hit. But will it further artistic growth or be a one-time wonder?
25 July, 2012
"Salty." That's the answer to the first question you'll ask once I report that a local artist, by way of raising some interesting questions about survival, memory and the nature of art, drank his own urine in a gallery the other night.
Best New Gallery: Pop Up Art House
28 June, 2012
Shannon McMackin's new gallery in Henderson just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and we couldn't be happier. Pop Up has hosted some of the best exhibits the Valley has seen—installations, painting exhibits and a salon...
Pop Goes the Anniversary
31 May, 2012
Pop-up art galleries have recently emerged as alternative art spaces, occupying otherwise vacant commercial buildings. Artists benefit by getting a place to show their work, and desolate urban areas get a vibrant shot of life.
New Yorker and Californian make Pop Up Art House anniversary show memorable
30 May, 2012
For Pop Up Art House's one-year anniversary show, CA / NV / NY, gallery owner Shannon McMackin brought in two artists, old friends of one another, whose divergent styles are surprisingly complementary.
Salon de Henderson
22 March, 2012
With Saturday's closing reception, it's time to bring the curtain down on the Pop-Up Art House's first group exhibition, Salon Show, in its PUAH Gallery. Featuring a retro twist, Salon Show asked 24 artists...
Pop Up's brilliant 'Salon Show' is no simple rehash
22 February, 2012
There was a moment during the crowded opening of The Salon Show at Pop Up Art House when a guest mentioned that some of the works seemed "derivative." Sure, anyone could find references to Edward Hopper's realism...
Rejuvenating Concepts, Within and Without
15 February, 2012
Valley residents are all too familiar with the look of boarded up windows in unfinished developments, rows of empty storefronts lining abandoned strip malls, even shining, multi-million dollar towers left standing deserted.
Best of the City: Best Art Gallery
01 February, 2012
What isn't there to love about The Pop Up Art House? This grand white space with ample room for ambitious work of any scale is serious about bringing serious art to Las Vegas.
2011 Year in Review: Art and Theater
29 December, 2011
Pop Up Art House opens, Henderson native Shannon Mc Mackin returns from LA to open one of the Valley's most intelligent galleries in an industrial part of Henderson.
Visual drama: 2011 saw highs, lows and a couple of close saves
29 December, 2011
Despite or perhaps because of the economic recession, the opening of Pop Up Art House gallery in the unlikely location of Henderson's industrial district surprised and delighted with a retinue of heavy-hitting exhibits.
Local heroes: In which we salute a few good people who help make this city a better place
22 December, 2011
Local hero? No way, says the Pop Up Art House's Shannon McMackin: "I probably should get the crazy person's award." She's no hero, she insists, trying to wiggle out of CityLife's spotlight. Still, in a year in which any number of...
Nature and the industrial entwined at Pop Up Art House
21 December, 2011
At a private reception at Pop Up Art House where members of the Modern Council have turned out for Mark Baugh-Sasaki's Transfigured Lands exhibit, guests walk on wooden footbridges crossing creeks of broken pavement.
Mark Baugh-Sasaki: Transfigured Lands @ Pop-Up Art House
20 December, 2011
To make your way several times through Transfigured Lands is to experience the movement of water, a substance whose strange nonchalance we often take for granted. An asphalt river (incidentally recycled from a resurfaced...
Shaping water, building trees
8 December, 2011
Whether extending the thoughts of twigs or capturing the elusive shape of water, artist Mark Baugh-Sasaki's work fluctuates between natural and industrial. It pulls upon the rhythmical nature elements of Andy Goldsworthy and...
Artist duo's 'sensuous now' will get under your skin at Pop Up
9 November, 2011
There's a variety of everyday magic that draws the senses into focus—a sound or maybe an action that aligns the body and mind into full and complete attentiveness. Worries about tomorrow or regretful yesterdays fall away...
ap-art-ment @ Pop Up Art House
19 October, 2011
The pioneer spirit is alive and well thanks to the Pop Up Art House and gallery owner Shannon McMackin. With the popularity of small independent galleries on the rise, the success of Pop Up would indicate a growing taste for...
The Saturday after First Friday: New show at Pop Up Art House
6 October, 2011
The first thing to know about Henderson's Pop Up Art House is that it's serious about art: the work it's interested in is rigorous, ambitious, contemporary. It's not a let's-show-our-friends! gallery. The second thing is...
Free to Flow
15 September, 2011
Four years ago, Los Angeles artist Jason Adkins abandoned the meticulously painted surfaces of his early "finish fetish" work. "It got old trying to keep canvases and sculptures perfect," the 38-year-old recalls. So he set aside an...
Vegas newcomer Jason Adkins brings his work to Pop Up Art House
24 August, 2011
...one of the most surprisingly impressive gallery spaces in the Valley. The Pop Up Art House, a vast white cube gallery, opened in May and is now housing its second exhibit: Jason Adkins' solo show, Align and Prosper.
Statues of liberty
18 August, 2011
The joke in the art world goes, "sculpture is the thing you bump into when you back up to look at a painting." Jason Adkins' new work at Pop Up Art House offers a rebuttal: "I'm gonna make them so big, you back into them, you're...
Pop Up Art House opens in Henderson
24 May, 2011
After having the thought that "life is too short, so why not make it beautiful," Shannon Mc Mackin decided to take a former Thai kickboxing gym and turn it into an art gallery in a redevelopment area.
Pop Up Art House
19 May, 2011
Even five years or a decade ago, when people were really working to make it happen, no one thought of Henderson as an arts destination.
Unique Gallery Debuts with Unique Show
19 May, 2011
Every now and then, people need to slow down, smell the roses and observe the sewage drains. That's what artist Matthew Marchand learned when he noticed that the sewage drains in San Francisco were spray painted...
Pop Up Art House finds strange home in Henderson
17 May, 2011
Largely vacant strip malls plague Southern Nevada, symbols of the explosive growth and severe retraction the valley experienced in the last decade. Shannon Mc Mackin's father, Robert, owns one such commercial center...
Mall owner hopes 'pop-up art gallery' revitalizes neighborhood
13 May, 2011
In the wake of the Great Recession, thousands of buildings in the Las Vegas Valley sit vacant as boom-era dreams fell victim to record high bankruptcies, foreclosures and unemployment.
This week in your city
12 May, 2011
One of the coolest projects to land in Las Vegas is the Pop Up Art House: a temporary, contemporary gallery traveling through one various vacant storefront in the Valley to the next, bringing culture to the spaces by showcasing...