From newbies to seasoned sculptors, each artist in ROCK Stars has chipped and polished a block of alabaster into a fluid, thought-provoking symbol. The exhibit, on display in the Grand Gallery of City Hall through May 5, offers an array of shapes revealed by the rock-sculpting imaginations of the students of Las Vegas sculptor Sharon Gainsburg. Purple-rippled stone twists in an abstracted treble clef in the very first stone sculpture by Chuck Boxwell. A luminous white-veined orange torso by Doug Clark emerges from a chunk of rough-hewn stone, recalling a series of sculptures by Michelangelo of captives only partially released from stone. In another seemingly partial reveal, this one by Ann Bedlion, a spiral peeks out from the top side of its green stone housing like a seashell fossilized in stone. Nearby work by Kim Friesen entraps fire, a curling flame rising to a peak, simmering, frozen within yellow ochre shot through with cadmium red. In an era when advancing technology creates a dizzying list of ever-expanding mixed-media options, the classic contact between artist and stone is mentally refreshing in its skilled simplicity.
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.