Washington D.C.-based artist Melissa Ichiuji’s latest works are a brutal commentary on politics. The former Alvin Ailey dancer has seen success for her work with erotic soft sculptures, but for her latest exhibit, Fair Game, the imagery is stark and brutal. “I wanted to play with traditional portraiture and settled on doing busts,” Ichiuji says. “It’s a play on words in how the media is out there looking for the next sound bite or gaffe, ready to ‘bust’ political leaders from both parties.” Ichiuji brings two pieces and a slide show from her D.C. exhibit to the entertainment and architectural lighting agency Alios (1217 S. Main St.) at 4 p.m. Oct. 28. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is shown, with darkened, closed dead eyes, his head open to reveal a variety of metal gadgets. President Obama appears to have a brutal wound as well, although the piece has been altered, in a controversial move, by the hosting gallery in Washington. Next year, Ichiuji hopes to return to Vegas with an equally “mind-blowing” exhibit showcasing rock icons.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.