The Contemporary Arts Center brings in some heavy hitters for its new multimedia exhibit, It’s all a Blur, and you’re really going to want to see this one. You might even want to hug the CAC folks afterward (or become a member), because this is contemporary art at its mind-bendingest.
The SOMArts Cultural Center’s touring exhibit, curated by Justin Hoover, features works by influential artists Tony Labat, Dale Hoyt and Guillermo Gómez-Peña that will rattle your brain, make you laugh, broaden your perspective and invite you to ruminate on today’s American Dream. Political and social issues are at the core, mostly bundled in approachable pieces. Hoyt’s kitty drawings and hilarious, disturbing and touching video shorts will either have you running or sticking around for more.
Labat’s readymades include a Weber grill of idolatry proportions, delivered in original packaging and attached to 6-foot legs, where it’s literally and figuratively out of reach. Movie-style target-practice posters of a terrorist taking over a plane come with gun holes, created when Labat was a visiting artist at UNLV. They cover a gallery wall and the windows facing Charleston Boulevard. Two of his video installations are also on display.
Clear some time to sit through Gómez-Peña’s The Great Mojado Invasion, Part 2 (The Second U.S.-Mexico War). Made with filmmaker Gustavo Vazquez, it weaves together factual and fictional accounts of U.S.-Mexico relations with clips of exploitative Hollywood movies—sci-fi, westerns, musicals, dramas, porn and cartoons.
The mockumentary—narrated by the performance artist and activist, seated at a table, drinking and toying with the term “alien,” which, in this movie, also refers to “Euro Aliens” who took away Mexican land—will almost have you laughing at the “truth” Americans have perpetrated through popular culture and history classes.
Las Vegas Weekly