Anthony Bondi’s Eternal Enigma


One day I walked into the now-defunct Downtown Las Vegas coffeehouse Enigma Garden Café and found Anthony Bondi sitting at a shaded table with a pile of papers and a large pair of scissors, chuckling to himself. Bondi is this city’s foremost collage artist, a man with a preternatural gift for taking a person or object out of their own environment and placing them into another bizarre, yet somehow more suitable, environment (as he himself did when he appeared alongside Anthony Bourdain on the Las Vegas episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown). He kept chuckling to himself, so I asked him what was so funny. “Nothing,” he replied. “I just love making collage.”

Some of the results of that happy work—a collection of striking, monochromatic flyers for the very café where Bondi was hanging out that day—are on display in their original, hand-cut form at Sin City Gallery in the Arts Factory through December 24, and they’re beautiful. You can’t look at them without a delighted laugh escaping your mouth, maybe looking for new context. 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 100, 702-608-2461. 

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