Vegas Seven

Brett Wesley Gallery

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    13 Baristas Pours It on Hot and Heavy

    By Jenessa Kenway

    This coffee-filtered installation at Brett Wesley Gallery, by St. Louis-based Adam Turl, showcases the fictional lives and flophouse studio of the 13 Baristas Art Collective, a proletariat narrative invented by the artist.

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    Surfing the Paintings of Adam Caldwell

    By Jenessa Kenway

    Viewing Adam Caldwell’s paintings at Downtown's Brett Wesley Gallery is like flipping through TV channels—after-images layering under new images until several are backlogged on your mental clipboard.

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    Fake Plastic Trio

    By Geoff Carter

    Ken’s eye is wandering. Barbie suspects that he’s developing a crush on Joe, the guy who cleans the pool at their idyllic, mid-century modern home. But that can’t be the case, can it? Barbie and Ken are made to go together, right?

  • First Friday Hot Spots

    By Cindi Reed

    CASA DON JUAN. Before you venture forth, load up on cheese, beans and tequila at this friendly Mexican restaurant. You’ll likely see everyone you know, doing the exact same thing. (1204 S. Main Street, 384-8070.)

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    Layers of Meaning

    By Cindi Moon Reed

    What if you could look in a mirror and see all of yourself—worries, memories, deepest secrets—overlaid on your reflection? In a sense, this is what Giovanni Morales paints.

  • 7 Sins, Redrawn

    By Liz Ohanesian

    Is there a better way to express the sin of jealousy than to copy your peer’s work? Artists Luke Chueh and Juan Muniz are doing just that in The Primrose Path, their joint show at Brett Wesley Gallery, which depicts the seven deadly sins. Taking their cue from a very old saying, the two have created a “path” marked by temptation and overindulgence. In Chueh’s work, this often means moments when luck turns to greed and pride. To illustrate jealousy, for example, the two have swiped each other’s well-known characters, Chueh’s bear and Muniz’s child in a bunny suit.

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    Behind the Rabbit Suit

    By Jarret Keene

    Las Vegas-based Juan Muniz is a creative triple threat. He’s a tattoo artist, animator and fine artist. But you might not know it by just hanging around Las Vegas. Muniz rarely shows his work in local galleries; he enjoys more success selling it in Los Angeles. Despite his California focus, Muniz, 28, still manages to touch every cultural corner of Las Vegas—from the murals on the outside of Artifice to Slidin’ Thru’s T-shirt designs to InsertCoin(s)’ interior art. Vegas Seven sat down with Muniz at the Brett Wesley Gallery, where he shares wall space with renowned L.A.

  • Faces of First Friday

    Flesh and Feathers

    By Jarret Keene

    Plumage, Kevin Chupik’s new show at Brett Wesley Gallery, is as dazzling as the feathers of the most exotic avian. It presents split-canvas diptych paintings of birds and women’s body parts, reducing them both to aesthetic objects and demonstrating how far apart and close together we are as species. The avian and the woman, two seemingly disparate anatomies, are united in a stunningly attractive—dare we say a—fashion.

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    Aesthetic Whore

    By Jarret Keene

    Step Two in “facts, fears, myths and legends”: Bell punches the canvas with paint-dipped fists. “Bail Out!,” 2009

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