Established in 2009, the Off the Strip festival offers an alternative to the highly formulated entertainments and spectacle of the Strip. Off the Strip showcases contemporary performance and video art addressing themes relevant to the contemporary environment of Las Vegas and Nevada. Since its inception, the festival has developed a reputation for showing progressive works that push the boundaries of traditional theater, performance and film. The varied program reflects the rich cultural diversity of Nevada.
Participating Artists 2012:
Artist Michael Barrett (Las Vegas, NV)Michael Barrett draws inspiration from his experience as a former U.S. Marine, cancer survivor, and college coach/athlete. Following the tradition of the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied in the New Genres and History/Theory departments with Howard Fried, George Kuchar, and Hou Hanru, Michael incorporates the body as the site, subject, and relic of his happenings while negotiating situations in which his corporality and masculinity are pushed to extremes.He has exhibited, among other locales, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Scope International in Basel, Switzerland, and SOMArts in San Francisco. http://artistmichaelbarrett.com
Candy Warpop – Director Ryen McPherson (Las Vegas, NV)Continuing their tradition of combining creative visuals with their own unique brand of psychedelic art punk, Las Vegas’ own Candy Warpop once again open their music to collaboration with visionary talent in the local arts community. Director Ryen McPherson’s punk rock sensibilities and outrageous styling along with his powerhouse production team, Shoot To Kill Media, and are a perfect match for the band’s aggressive sound and lyrics. Photo by Monica Rose.www.candywarpop.com
Austin Dickson (Las Vegas, NV)Austin Dickson is a 27 year-old artist currently residing in Las Vegas and working on his MFA at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has shown nationally in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, New Orleans, and Indianapolis (his hometown). He has also shown internationally in Sofia, Bulgaria and will be featured in the Toronto Urban Film Festival this fall.
Justin Favela (Las Vegas, NV)Justin Favela is a Las Vegas native working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and performance. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts from UNLV. He has participated in group exhibitions in San Francisco and Nevada. Las Vegas venues include the Contemporary Arts Center, Trifecta Gallery and Kleven Contemporary. His work draws from art history, popular culture and his heritage. Favela’s solo show “County Center”, at the Clark County Government Center, received local and national attention.
Amanda Haymond (Las Vegas, NV)Amanda Haymond is an artist and writer who grew up in Las Vegas. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in studio art with a concentration in sculpture at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. With five years’ experience working with homeless people in Las Vegas, NV, and Gainesville, FL, social issues are an integral component of her current work. In 2006 she founded the non-profit organization Forgotten Voice.
Julia Holden (Australia)Julia Holden is a graduate of Elam, School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, New Zealand, completed her Master of Fine Arts, at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and was recently included in SafARI, Sydney Artist Run Spaces unofficial fringe show to the Sydney Biennale, June 2012).The Philosopher is made from 776 individually rendered oil paintings. In a world increasingly wedded to slick digital techniques Holden’s intimate films extravagantly foreground the hand made, celebrating painting as a dedicated practice, a private meditative ritual not unlike an addiction, or habit. http://safari.org.au/julie-holden-artist-profile-interview/
Jenessa Kenway (Las Vegas, NV)Since 2005, Jenessa Kenway has been working in digital and mixed media practices and has exhibited in San Francisco and Las Vegas. Having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, in Experimental Video Installation / Mixed Media Digital Practices, Kenway also writes about art for local publications and works as an art instructor at UNLV.Through a combination of provocative, rich visuals and audio, grounded within habitats and activities common to our daily existence, Kenway seeks to provide viewers with an encounter that may shift their perspective and give new handles on the issues we cope with as human beings. Jenessa Kenway Artist Writer | Wix.com
Kid Meets Cougar – Directors Mike and Jerry Thompson (Las Vegas, NV)They’ve been described as the ‘furthest thing from the flashing-light glitter of the Las Vegas Strip’ with the ‘DIY aesthetic’. Las Vegas band Kid Meets Cougar has developed a complex live visual presentation to accompany their special brand of tuneful, loop-friendly electro-pop.This commitment to the creative audio-visual projects, led the band to work with UNLV film graduates Mike and Jerry Thompson, who recently released the popular feature film Thor at the Bus Stop. http://www.kidmeetscougar.com
Slavomir J Milewski (UK)Now based in London, Polish artist Slawomir Milewski studied at the University of Fine Arts in Pozman, Poland and the Scholarship Universite Rennes 2, in France. Milewski’s photography and experimental film work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and festivals including Videoformes 2012, Clermont-Ferrand, France, and the 14th Biennale Art Media Festival, Wroclaw, Poland. Milewski will be in attendance at the Off the Strip New Genres Festival 2012.
Aaron Nemec (West Lafayette, IN)Aaron Nemec received his BFA from the University of Michigan in 2001 and his MFA from Purdue University in 2011. The primary focus of his work is recombinant aesthetics in music and the listener-performer relationship. He is also a founding member of the rock band Drum Kit and conceptual art band The Meatballz.Nemec recently participated in the VIA Music & New Media Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, and Radio Arts Space, CONA Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing, Ljubljana, Slovenia. www.executivebird.com/nemec.html
Daniel Oshima (Las Vegas, NV)Daniel Oshima was born is Okinawa, Japan in 1985 and currently lives and works in Las Vegas, NV. In 2011 he received a Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from University of Las Vegas, Nevada. This year he assisted performance artist Mai Ueda in the Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio in conjunction with Art Production Fund. Most recently he had his first solo exhibition i wish daniel was my bf at 5th Wall Gallery in Las Vegas, NV (2012) in which he created an installation of a bedroom accompanied by a performance piece.
Miguel Rodriguez (Las Vegas, NV)Miguel Rodriguez received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, and in 2001 relocated to Las Vegas and was awarded an MFA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Working across a range of mediums, Rodriguez’s work has focused on themes of socio-political commentary, mortality and emotional drama.Group and solo exhibits include shows at the Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas Art Museum, Clark County Government Center, and Trifecta Gallery.
Lou Lou Roxy (Las Vegas, NV)A nearly ten-year veteran of the Las Vegas burlesque scene, Lou Lou Roxy is well known as an entertainer, singer, dancer, make-up artist, and performance artist.Lou Lou has been a featured act in various variety, vaudville, burlesque and drag cabarets around Las Vegas. She is a founding member of Sin City Grind Kittens, Las Vegas’ first modern burlesque troupe and has been featured on HBO’s Real Sex with some of her fellow Grind Kittens for their performance at the 2006 Fetish and Fantasy Ball, the motion picture Camp Burlesque, and in the video for The Pervs I don’t Care. She has also performed live with the Swingin’ Pedestrians and the Silver State Slackers, as well as being featured burlesque for Wild Records’ Pre Viva Las Vegas party multiple times. http://www.loulouroxy.com
Heather Younger (Las Vegas, NV)Creating art concerned with a frustrating uncertainty towards the bigger picture and its relationship to her innate desire for the satisfaction achieved from hard work, Heather Younger is an interdisciplinary artist. She received her BFA in Photography from Louisiana University in 2008 and her MFA in Visual Art from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2012.
Ronnie van Hout (Australia)Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Ronnie van Hout completed his Master of Fine Arts at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. Often featuring himself in different guises, van Hout works across a wide variety of media, including sculpture, photography and video.A recipient of the New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Award, van Hout has been awarded artist residencies at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and PS1 in New York. His work was included in the recent Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, South by Southeast: Australasian Video Art, and his works are held in public collections throughout Australia and New Zealand, and in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. http://www.ivananthonygallery.com/ronnie-van-hout