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Through Sept. 20

Not so loony ’toons More than one artist references comic style or iconography in his or her work. Here’s why Las Vegan Michael Ogilvie does it — or, rather, not why he does: “I do not make it for catharsis,” he says, “but rather to explore the very nature of that innocence,” that is, the innocence we associate with reading comics as children. Back when we read them for the sheer joy of it, before they accrued pop-cultural associations, fanboy cred and economic significance. The work he showcases in his solo show The End of the Rainbow — which he calls “viciously cute visual poetry for the connoisseur of fanatical conjecture” — probes the links between memory and pleasure, the better to understand how one influences the other. (SD) Free, CSN

Anthony Bondi's collage work recalls old Vegas.

Ongoing

September-December

Freaky First Fridays

The man comes (back) around

What does “rural” mean now? An idealized Western landscape undulating around … a server farm? Cattle lowing within a cowpie’s throw of tract houses? A quaint ranching town with a big-box store and the second homes of wealthy out-of-staters? Into this rapidly complexifying place comes a loose group of artists examining rural life in the new West: the tension between the modern region and the mythic one; the conflicted relationships between rural, suburban and urban; the overlay of new economies on a place once devoted mostly to ranches and mines. Post Rural examines a timely topic no matter how far you live from the nearest cow. (SD) Reception 6p Sept. 27, free,

The blatantly unthemed millingabout that so many of us remember from First Fridays past appears to be giving way, at least some months, to a more theme-driven milling-about. August’s event, you’ll recall — either because you were there or because your social media blew up with it — adopted a whimsical “winter wonderland” motif, complete with a tromp l’oeil ice-scape painted on the street and real penguins. First Friday mullahs are rather tight-lipped about upcoming themes, not wanting to commit too early. But we’ve heard tell of a “tribal fusion” thing for September — perhaps something about celebrating your roots? And there’s a good chance that October’s FF will be devoted to books, a fine lead-in to the Vegas Valley Book Festival a month later. Kept creative — a “companions in the desert” concept sounds great to us! — these themes just might give First Friday the renewed community momentum its organizers are seeking. (SD) Free, Arts District,

CSN Fine Arts Gallery

firstfridaylasvegas.com

Artspace Gallery

Through Sept. 27

Once upon a time in the West

Whether you’re a Vegas old-timer wondering, What’s Anthony Bondi been up to lately?, or a newcomer wondering, Who?, your question will be answered by a pair of exhibits this fall. What the venerable but rarely exhibited artist has been doing will be made clear Sept. 5-28, when RTZ Gallery shows his recent digital photos (paired with shots by Ginger Bruner in a show titled Suspicious Evidence). “This is the first time I have shown this work,” says Bondi, who’s lately spent much of his energy making interactive pieces for Burning Man. That’ll be followed in November with Neon Metropolis, a Sin City Gallery display (Oct. 31-Dec. 23) of the ’90s-era collages with which he cemented his rep as a Founding Father of local art. The first show proves he didn’t stop creating art a decade ago; the second, that he didn’t just start, either. (SD) Free, RTZ Gallery, Sin City Gallery

Through Oct. 4

Eyes in the skies It’s a distinctly 21st century question: How does the world look through the eye of a drone? More precisely, what are the moral, political, spiritual and emotional consequences of making lifeand-death decisions from such a lofty, distant viewpoint? (For one thing, we know some of the pilots, stationed at nearby Creech Air

Force Base, have suffered posttraumatic stress disorder.) And is there a way of making art that grapples with this new way of seeing? Such were the questions cycling though Christopher Tsouras’ imagination as the College of Southern Nevada art professor photographed the local landscapes that became the stripped-down images of technological modernity in Drone Series. (SD) Free,

Winchester Cultural Center

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