tomorrowpeople- Contemporary Arts Center
tomorrowpeople is the latest exhibition showing at the Contemporary Arts Center, until March 18th. Justin Favela, Leah Craig, Catherine Cruse and Thomas Willis make up the emerging artists of tomorrowpeople.
Upon entering the gallery, Justin Favela’s work titled ‘1095 Tamales’ makes a substantial statement. Mr. Favela, a Las Vegas native of Guatemalan and Mexican decent conceived this work based on his contemplation of 'what it would look like if I had a tamale, for three meals a day, for a year'. Tamales, traditionally made by women are in this context made using ‘manly’ industrial material such as cement, sand and found objects. Taking his inspiration from the Neon Museum, Mr. Favela created ‘Estardas’ motivated by the Stardust sign which can be seen there. Using cardboard, paint and hot glue he created a sizable likeness which similar to Vegas, is quirky and fun. I really love his “Hella, Hella, Hella Bomb” a sculpture made of wood, foam core and cardboard. This whimsical piece is a wink to the numerous Mexican restaurants that grace most southern states. Inspired by a chance visit to one such restaurant with his brothers, the food was declared a “Hella, Hella, Hella Bomb”. Mr. Favela’s art is grounded and playful. His portrayal of his daily surroundings and influences makes palpable his happy take on life. He describes his current work as a response to his Las Vegas upbringing stating: “My home, my heritage and bad television motivate me to make things.”
Thomas Willis is described as “interested in the idolization of material objects in Western culture and its relationship to binary systems such as the absent and the present”. His works feature objects on “burnt surface of gessoed canvas”. Mr. Willis describes remembering his fascination with his father’s wallet as a child and uses everyday objects to capture mesmerizing and rhythmic forms, using a burning technique. His work has a sepia toned appearance which does in fact make it seem timeless.
The Contemporary Arts Center is located at
107 East Charleston Blvd., Suite 120
(702) 382-3886 / lasvegascac.org