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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

America's #1 Foreclosed City: Las Vegas @ The Contemporary Arts Center...

The Contemporary Arts Center is presenting yet another thought provoking show with America's #1 Foreclosed City: Las Vegas opening this week during the Preview Thursday in 18b. This is a must see show for anyone with a slight bent towards the contemporary. 

For more information about the Contemporary Arts Center please visit http://www.lasvegascac.org/

America's #1 Foreclosed City: Las Vegas                               

New Work by Emily Kennerk                                              
August 3rd-September 18th                                             
Opening reception August 5th 6-9PM                                 
Artist's talk: 7PM                                                               
Thank you to our reception sponsors Sunflower Farmers Market and Red Rock Wines!
Save the Date - Thursday, September 9th, 7 PM: Please join us for a special round table discussion with artists Emily Kennerk and Erin Stellmon, Kirsten Swenson, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art at UNLV and Robert Dorgan, Director, UNLV Downtown Design Center.  At the Sci-Fi Center 900E. Karen Ave. Suite D-202         

About the exhibition:
Emily Kennerk's installation casts a bright, critical light on the real estate collapse that has transformed our city.  A twenty-two hour-long video projection pays momentary homage to every foreclosed home in the city in 2009.  Photographs appropriated from online images are reproduced on sheer textiles at room-size; the interiors(and houses that surround them) unevenly obfuscated, disintegrating, evaporating.  A powdered graphite rubbing traces the exterior wall of a vacant home and like rubbings of tombstones, Kennerk's act of transference and inscription functions here as both memorial and artifact, conflating distances and uniting surfaces.

About the artist:
Artist Emily Kennerk is interested in the transitional state of current modernity, the departure from a solid plausibility structure to a liquid one, and how seemingly discarded ideologies operate within current modes of thought.  Identifying structures and thought processes, then placing them side by side or alone to find their realities, is a common theme and approach that inspires the artist's work.
Emily Kennerk completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and received her Master of Fine Arts with merit honors at Cranbrook Academy of Fine Art in Bloomfield  Hills, Michigan.  She taught at Herron School of Art, DePauw University in Greencastle, Indianaand most recently at Trinity Christian College before joining the UNLV faculty in 2008 where she currently heads the sculpture department.

The Contemporary Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 art organization dedicated to presenting new, high quality, visual, and performing art, while striving to build, educate, and sustain audiences for contemporary art.The CAC strives to provide a place where artist can learn about best practices, test new ideas in the public arena, and connect with fellow artists within and beyond our own community.

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