Pop goes the easel at Elena Bu­la­tova’s ex­panded gallery.

IS A VE­GAS SUM­MER HOT ENOUGH TO MELT STAIN­LESS STEEL SCULP­TURES? SEE FOR YOUR­SELF AT ELENA BU­LA­TOVA’S NEW GALLERY. BY KRIS­TEN PETER­SON

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Rus­sian artist Elena Bu­la­tova’s 12foot lol­lipops in stain­less steel were her first foray into art in pub­lic spa­ces. Part of her “Sweet Life Se­ries,” the gooey, drippy lol­lipops are in­spired by Claes Olden­burg’s Dropped Cone, which juts from atop a build­ing in Cologne, Ger­many. The up­side-down and over­sized sculp­tures, now in cor­po­rate col­lec­tions, are matched by others in her gal­leries with the same high-gloss can­dies and white stems, melt­ing into their own pud­dles.

The lol­lipops are fea­tured along with the works of other artists, plus her vivid, large-scale ab­stract paint­ings, sculp­tures of full-bod­ied women, and other works at Elena Bu­la­tova Fine Art on Gallery Row at Aria. She’s ex­pand­ing her gallery into the­gallery, which had shown the work of Dale Chi­huly. It’s the fourth gallery, in­clud­ing a space in La­guna Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, and her orig­i­nal gallery (and HQ) in Palm Springs, for Bu­la­tova, who stud­ied pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion and eco­nom­ics at Moscow State Univer­sity, where she was awarded a Yale Fox In­ter­na­tional Fel­low­ship in 2007.

Read what you will into her con­tem­po­rary pop-art por­traits of su­per­heroes and car­toons painted onto The Wall Street Jour­nal pages as can­vas. What you may find in­stead, though, is that her art is re­fresh­ingly de­void of angst. “They make peo­ple won­der and make them smile,” she says. “It takes them away from daily life.” 3730 Las Ve­gas Blvd. S.; 702-5907111; elenab­u­la­to­vafin­eart.com

clock­wise: The molten Rain­bow Lol­lipop by Elena Bu­la­tova is a Ve­gas sum­mer epit­o­mized; Lola by Roni M, an artist rep­re­sented in the gallery; Elena Bu­la­tova.

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