THE GREAT BASIN COLLEGE ART GALLERY PRESENTS
OF TIME & PLACE: LARA ALBERTI & GEOGRAPHICAL DIVIDES
The “Time” section of the show focuses on a large collection of work by Reno artist Lara Alberti. Alberti gives new life to antique clock cases, with assemblage, collage and painting to create small scale worlds. “I am interested in how we orient ourselves in space and time, and the seamless continuum between past, present and the timeless worlds of our dreams,” states Alberti. Some of the recent work that is on display includes images from flowers and oriental rugs that create densely detailed inner worlds. “I hope to invite the viewer to step into and become a part of these intimate spaces” adds Alberti.
Exhibition Run: December 20, 2013 - April 12, 2014
Location: GBC Art Gallery located in the Leonard Center for Student Life on the Elko Campus, 1500 College Parkway, Chilton Circle.
Hours: Monday-Friday during normal GBC hours of operation
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION
Reception with the Artists: Friday April 11th, 2014 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The “Place” portion of the exhibit is: “Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground” featuring sixteen artists who were asked to explore the geographical and cultural differences in Nevada, if such differences truly exist. The assembly of printmakers—eight from the north, eight from the south—produced two prints from each collaboration. Visually exploring connections and disconnections between southern Nevada and northern Nevada cultural attitudes, aesthetics and geographical distinctions—these sixteen artists communicated and visually responded to each other’s unique economic, environmental, political and social settings—further dissecting this notion of a splitting geography and/or communion of Nevada’s polarities.
Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground examines Nevada unique visual culture. It is a state labeled with cultural myths like “Area 51,” “The Biggest Little City in the World” and “Sin City” and one that commands the imagination of Postmodernism from the architecture of Las Vegas to the proliferation of Burning Man Festival held once a year. It is comprised of two major metropolitan communities in the north and south divided by 300 miles of vast desert. Nevada’s art communities are not separated by distance of travel alone. There are notable differences among artists throughout the state in what is important in their work, most of which connects with where they live. This traversal of Nevada has also led to the realization of how little dialogue there is between artists of the two dominant communities—Reno and Las Vegas—not to mention the artists living in remote territories of the Nevada outback that are sometimes overlooked.
Collaborating artists include: Maria Arango, Las Vegas/Lynn Schmidt, Reno; Erik Beehn, Las Vegas/Nolan Preece, Reno; Bobbie Ann Howell, Las Vegas/Galen Brown, Carson City; Daryl DePry, Las Vegas/Sharon Tetly, Carson City; Keith Conley, LasVegas/Sidne Teske, Tuscarora; Anne M. Hoff, Las Vegas/Vicki LoSasso, Reno; Jeanne Voltura, Las Vegas/Candace Nicol, Reno; and Juan D.Varela, Las Vegas/Ashlea Clark, Reno with Gallery Notes essay by Fred Sigman.
Curated by Ann M. Hoff and Candace Nicol and organized by the Nevada Arts Council, Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground, is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
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