Page 25

THREE SQUARE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

her compatriots had managed to go 12 years without seeing a “real painting.” There’s a first time for everything, and theirs was a thrill. Reafsnyder’s “Confetti” is part of the eclectic exhibition “Into the Light” at UNLV’s recently renovated Marjorie Barrick Museum. “Light” marks the museum’s premiere not only as part of the university’s Department of Art, but also as custodian of the Las Vegas Art Museum collection. It is a beautiful trifecta — the Barrick, the Department of Art, LVAM — a momentous turn of events expanding the local roster of high art venues and with it the opportunities for looking at art. Culled from LVAM’s collection of roughly 200 works of art that have been in storage since the Museum’s closing in 2009, “Light” is a paintingheavy mixture of old and new works by a wide range of local and national artists. Given the diverse scope of the collection, UNLV Donna Beam Gallery Director Jerry Schefcik’s curatorial strategy for the exhibition was to foster a series of conversations. By identifying subtle (or not so subtle) ways in which two or more pieces might exist in dialogue, Schefcik has shaped an experience in which a viewer might easily insert herself into the exchange. Never intimidating or condescending, navigating “Into the Light” is as rigorous as a game of Chutes and Ladders. With that in mind, I suggest beginning with a monologue rather than a conversation. Which brings us back to “Confetti” heckling from its own little slice of heaven near the entrance of the exhibition, its small size unsuccessfully masking a big personality. Easily mistaken for a painter’s palette, it is a frenzy of thick acrylic paint and heterogeneous colors exuberantly sloshing across panel. The drama of such painterly pursuits is punctured by the inclusion of what every serious painting needs — a smiley face with large lavender antlers oozed straight from the tube. Reafsnyder’s painting trips you as you walk by, pokes you in the eye, and then tickles you in the ribs for good measure. The Ab-Ex physical comedy of “Confetti” is a beautiful way to begin “Into the Light,” inspired in its passion and generous with its humor — a necessary tool when visiting any art exhibition. The piece holds its own opposite comparatively muscular work by David Ryan and Bradley Corman, by contrast a more minimal introduction to “Light.” The taut sculpture/painting tight rope navigated by each artist is accentuated by Schefcik in a pairing whose forced marriage heightens this dynamic to a crescendo. Ryan’s clean, bright abstract painting “NV 316 NHJ” consists of panels that appear to flatten layer upon layer of cartoon thought balloons, thick and sculptural in their perceived two-di-

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS CHILd fOCUS NEVAdA MUSEUM Of ART UNITEd wAY NEVAdA dISCOVERY MUSEUM pROJECT REACH GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER Of SOUTHERN NEVAdA THE SMITH CENTER fOR THE pERfORMING ARTS dISCOVERY CHILdREN’S MUSEUM UNIVERSITY Of NEVAdA, RENO fOUNdATION wASHOE EdUCATION fOUNdATION COLLEGE Of SOUTHERN NEVAdA fOOd BANk Of SOUTHERN NEVAdA JUNIOR LEAGUE Of LAS VEGAS SpREAd THE wORd NEVAdA AMERICAN REd CROSS UNIVERSITY Of NEVAdA, LAS VEGAS fOUNdATION dESERT RESEARCH INSTITUTE CARSON VALLEY TRAILS ASSOCIATION NEVAdA LANd CONSERVANCY SpRINGS pRESERVE OUTSIdE LAS VEGAS fOUNdATION SAfE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION pUBLIC EdUCATION fOUNdATION ANTI-dEfAMATION LEAGUE NEVAdA CANCER INSTITUTE

We’ve discovered an unlimited source of energy. Our employees. Throughout your community, NV Energy is giving back. with more than 30,000 hours volunteered by our employees and over $5.3 million in charitable donations last year, we’re making a difference. To learn more about what we’re doing to improve the lives of Nevadans, see our community report at nvenergy.com.

DesertCompanion.com | 23

Desert Companion - November 2012  

Your guide to living in southern Nevada