VAST space projects is pleased to announce its participation in the Life is Beautiful - art, food, learning & music event covering the historic core of Downtown Las Vegas. October 24-26th, 2014, noon-8 pm
This year’s ART/LIB exhibition moves into the vacant Western Hotel, an iconic former bingo parlor on Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas where artists share the building with the event’s speaker series. Opening day offers PUSSY RIOT under the same roof as VAST space projects. NPR broadcasts live from the hotel’s former lounge. Responding to the artist call (“Life is ____”), VAST answers, Life is Vast through the works of nearly 50 artists, a number of them native to Nevada and UNLV graduates.
V A S T space projects & ARTRA Curatorial present MAS Attack Vegas - 1 night; 2 cities (LA & LV); 100 Artists; 5,000 sq ft warehouse space
MAS [Mutual Appreciation Society] Attack is coming to Vegas for one night only art event. A night for artists to appreciate other artists works. No commerce other than the exchange of ideas. There will be Flash Mobs
New Media Art, Performance Art, Painting, Photography, Sculpture & Installation.
A former transient motel in Downtown Las Vegas is transformed to an exhibition space. The unconventional site can not be ignored. The context as part of a music festival with the colliding of conventional art viewer/collector and festival attendees intersects and provokes - addressing notions of art as an relational experience and as a commerce. A group of individual artists were chosen for their conceptual practice and commonality of creating art installations that engage viewers in a sometimes physical but always provocative poetic sublime.
VAST space proposed projects and was granted the entire, front bottom floor of the former Town Lodge Motel at Art Odyssey - curating a cohesive exhibit of site-specific installations.
Captivated by the drawing room of the recent "Some Fine Women" exhibit at VAST, Jennifer Cornthwaite invited VAST to exhibit for the month of October at Emergency Arts, a former mid-century medical clinic. The original exhibit showcased 84 works of art, 31 artists over three separate spaces. The Drawing Room was space where artists were asked to pull something from their notebooks or show a work illustrating a shift in their practice. It is a show of intimate works in an intimate space.
"Our first collaboration with Shannon Mc Mackin of VAST space projects is a thrilling way to highlight the amazing curatorial talent we have in our valley, and to expose the downtown audience to a preview of her work for Life is Beautiful." - Jennifer Cornthwaite, Director, Emergency Arts.
Continuing the recent good spirit of Patrick Duffy's perfectly orchestrated, "Art Odyssey" at the Life is Beautiful festival, VAST space projects pushes it's program of curating spaces conducive to relational experiences further and set the stage for viewers to enjoy and participate.
The bounds of the temporary exhibition space was pushed again when the installation expanded to a larger space (the medical waiting room) for a two-day showing playing with both connotations of a traditional Drawing Room. An evening gathering availed the space as a place of reception, social interaction and where witty discourse ensues. The drawing room is the smartest room in the house. The following days set the scene for the very feminine meaning of a drawing room being a place for women to "withdraw", relax and take refuge. Visitors were invited to peruse art books and sip Paris Tea. The experience of place was heighten in a room staged with curated, mid-century, furniture collection of designers including Edward Wormley, Fritz Hansen, Paul McCobb, Renzo Rutili.
The DOWNTOWN Drawing Room became an experiential place for visual and discursive exchange.
In the first part of the performance at P3 Studios of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Eloise Fornieles collected messages of hope and fear from casino visitors. For a month, she sat in a wooden boat. in an enclosed glass room, with the floor covered in her artist fee of $4,000 - all in pennies. The performance mapped a journey of human discovery rather than a physical one.
On the night concluding her residency at the Cosmopolitan, Eloise, in one round of roulette, gambled half of her artist fee/pennies.
The following day, this journey concluded at the VAS T space projects site in Tecopa Hot Springs, California where for two hours, Fornieles dug a life size hole in the middle of the desert. She took the remaining half of the copper pennies and buried them, returning the copper material back to the earth and suspending the journey of small talismans embedded with human history passed from hand to hand over decades.
On the burial spot, she placed the wooden boat full of messages and set it aflame. The act released the hopes and fears that manifest within the urban spectacle of Las Vegas into the desert, which hosts the extraordinary city, creating a connection between the people and the land.
Eloise Fornieles is represented by Paradise Row gallery. After a BA in Fine Art at Kingston University, Fornieles graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2006 with an MFA in Fine Art Media. Her work engages with human interaction, intimacy and the relationship between beauty and violence, using photography and video as an extension of her work in performance and installation.
"Eternal Sea, Eternal Sky" , Eloise Fornieles, 2013 Camera: Brent Holmes and Jacob McCarthy, Music: Tom Rosenthal, Photography: John Stoelting & Shannon Mc Mackin, Singer: Thomas Hydes