Professor and Los Angeles Times art critic David Pagel curates 10th Circle, a show at Vast Space Projects featuring eight West Coast artists (including Brian Porray, who was a star in the Vegas art scene before we lost him to California). The title refers to the nine circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno. In an essay about the show, Pagel references This is Spinal Tap, writing that 10th Circle is a “‘dial-goes-to-eleven’ version of Inferno.” “Most of the works in the exhibition look as if they’ve been to hell and back and have emerged from the journey more battered and beautiful than ever before: more fierce, even ferocious, in their pieced-together defiance,” Pagel writes. Given the curator’s credentials, this promises to be one of the most important art shows of the year.
Artist and curator panel discussion at 5 p.m. March 2; opening reception 6-8 p.m. March 2; exhibit runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed-Sat, through April 13; 730 W. Sunset Rd., VastSpaceProjects.com.