NORTH & SOUTH

“TILT­ING THE BASIN,” AN ALL-NE­VADA ARTIST SHOW FROM THE NE­VADA MU­SEUM OF ART IN RENO, TILTS SOUTH TO LAS VE­GAS.

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY AN­DREA BEN­NETT

“Tilt­ing the Basin,” an all-ne­vada artist show from the Ne­vada Mu­seum of Art in Reno, tilts south to Las Ve­gas.

Haven’t most good art ini­tia­tives hatched from a ware­house? In a happy con­flu­ence of tim­ing, artis­tic sup­port, and vi­sion, the im­por­tant show “Tilt­ing the Basin: Con­tem­po­rary Art of Ne­vada,” fea­tur­ing 34 Ne­vada artists from the north and south of the state bi­sected by the Great Basin, makes its way to Las Ve­gas in March. The tim­ing: Around the same time Las Ve­gas art con­sul­tant and gal­lerist Michele Quinn was co-cu­rat­ing the show with Ne­vada Mu­seum of Art cu­ra­tor Joanne Northrup in 2014, she joined the board of the nascent Art Mu­seum at Sym­phony Park. Since the show was de­signed to bridge the north-south di­vide, she says, “We agreed we needed to bring it down here. So we spoke to the [Art Mu­seum] board. Ev­ery­one saw the im­por­tance.” The artis­tic sup­port: At the same time, Quinn had been work­ing with de­vel­oper and art pa­tron Steven Mo­lasky, who was look­ing to ac­quire a ware­house space down­town. He closed on the skylit, 14,000-square-foot build­ing in De­cem­ber, and the show had its lo­ca­tion—a pop-up gallery in a rail­road track-side lo­ca­tion on Com­merce Street. The vi­sion: “Ev­ery­body’s work is so dif­fer­ent,” Quinn ex­plains of the show that ex­am­ines cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment, pol­i­tics, and tech­nol­ogy in a wide range of me­dia. “It would be dif­fi­cult to point to a sin­gle work that is em­blem­atic of the show.” A print port­fo­lio of 10 pieces by Las Ve­gas artists can be pur­chased at the show or on Quinn’s gallery web­site: 100 per­cent of the sale ben­e­fits the Art Mu­seum at Sym­phony Park. March 17– May 14, 920 S. Com­merce St.; mc­qfin­eart.com

Left: Reno artists Ti­mothy Con­der, Nick Larsen, and Omar Pierce col­lab­o­rated on the mon­u­men­tal I Won­der If I Care As Much (Pro­tag­o­nist), 2015, in Plex­i­glass, pack­ing tape, vac­uum-formed plas­tic, and digitally printed fab­ric, which makes its way south in M

Las Ve­gas born, Uni­ver­sity of Ne­vada Reno- ed­u­cated Chris Bauder’s Un­ti­tled (pink bal­loon box), 2016, de­tail, presents si­mul­ta­ne­ously sexy and antierotic pink orbs, a play on the ex­pec­ta­tion of avail­abil­ity.

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