May 3, 2012-June 16, 2012
Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3rd from 6-9 pm
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 2-7 pm Sunday: 11 am -3 pm
First Friday: Friday, May 4th from 6-10 pm
Presented at the Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas, Noctilucent is an installation featuring the work of Mark Rumsey, a Michigan based artist working in social situations and spacial manipulations.
Titled after a cloud-like crystal phenomenon that happens in the upper atmosphere of earth, Noctilucent seems to be a very befitting description of Mark Rumsey’s work. Using common office supplies, Rumsey manipulates a space to create a new world within an existing dimension. With the help of volunteers his work transcends that of one person, but instead becomes a part of the community, allowing the people to come together and create something larger. “Transformation is inherent to the work: transforming a physical space- how we use it, how we perceive it; transforming a common material, in this case office paper, into something uncommon- re-presenting it, changing its function.”
Rumsey is a Michigan Native, who earned a BFA in Art and Philosophy at Grand Valley State University. He pursued graduate studies at Montana State University and Ohio State University prior to completing an MFA in Printmaking at Kendall College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited recently at Nil/Baodo Arts (Graz, Austria); Rondo Atelier (Graz, Austria); Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, MI); The Studios of Key West (Key West,FL); Installation Nation (Indianapolis, IN); Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX); GarbageMan Astronaut Project Space (Portland, OR); Northwestern University (Evanston, IL); Living Arts (Tulsa, OK); ArtXchange Gallery (Seattle, WA); and Gallery Sho.dan (Montreal, Quebec).
In the News …
‘Noctilucent’ provokes thoughts of transformation at the Contemporary Arts Center – Mark Adams, Las Vegas Weekly
'Noctilucent' volunteers create a social installation – JK Russ, Jo Russ Art Journal