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November 7, 2013

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A&E | FINE ART ANOTHER DIMENSION Philip Denker takes on new material in Over + Under BY KRISTEN PETERSON Initially, the wow factor with Philip Denker's work was his intricately detailed geometric drawings, created with such mathematical precision they were comparable to that of forms generated by 3D software. Then came his flat pixilated works made from pipe cleaners and corrugated plastic, designed to reference Vegas' "sensory stimuli"— an insanely detailed effort that had him slipping measured bits of pipe cleaners into small plastic cells for the large wall works. In Over + Under at Trifecta Gallery, Denker again draws from Las Vegas and the digital—this time with bits of colored PVC foam, stacked, cut and arranged into pan> DENKER ON DISPLAY The title piece in Trifecta's Over + els of repeating patUnder exhibit. terns that offer a sense of motion. While the colors in the material and, in some works, a router exhibit incorporates a fabrication process bordertable saw to carve shapes into the panels. But Over ing more on sculpture, the work puts forth a more + Under is more than constant movement. Denker flat (rather than three-dimensional) quality, an throws in some variety with "Blue unexpected flip for the artist who's Riser" and "Orange Crush," in which been toiling between 2D and 3D since he places a sheet of PVC foam over his early drawings, originally inspired OVER + UNDER his pixilated panels and cuts through, by Frank Gehry's cardboard furniture. Through December 22; Mondayrevealing a design that contrasts the Many of the pieces reference the Wednesday & Friday, frenzy with the surrounding field of motion in the spinning wheels of a 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurssolid color. slot machine. Denker says one, "White day, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Over + Under is as visually stunning, River," came from thinking about Saturday & Sunday, complicated and simple and mathethe patterns in the text of a book. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Trifecta Gallery, 366-7001. matical as Denker's other undertakRegardless of the inspirations, each ings, proving that there are plenty of piece evokes the speedy digital world, options out there for him to toy with its infinity of marks and, in some cases, in combining his admiration of architecture and a pause in the noise. design with fine art. His repeated patterns use the 12 available CREATIVE OUTSKIRTS New gallery Wasteland celebrates the underground Three weeks ago, Spencer Olsen found a panda in the trash. Tonight, the found wood cutout is a psychedelic deity from another dimension. Electric pink swirls of acrylic paint marker suggest molten fur and sacred geometry, and patterned green feet are planted half in Las Vegas and half in a portal of cellular cross-sections pulled from an old textbook. "I've never done anything like that," says Olsen, whose WASTELAND fine pen and ink works on GALLERY other walls of Wasteland Thursday 6-9 Gallery were supposed to p.m., Friday & be the bulk of his solo exSaturday 6-11 hibition, Imaginary Emails. p.m. 1800 Industrial Road #104A, But when he Instagrammed wasteland the original cutout, land owner Scott Wood suggested he make it his own. "He's breaking out and stretching his legs a bit," Wood says. "I'm in love with what he did." In his 2-month-old gallery on the edge of the Arts District, Wood is in love with more than the panda. The one-room space (plus hallway) has the feel of a personal collection, from the beautiful wrinkling on Mike Biggs' shrunken latex head to the cutesy woe of Roxy B. Montoya's popsicle raccoon; Jska Priebe's lush oil painting to Pop! Goes the Icon comics. An artist himself, Wood has long supported "creatives of all walks," through former galleries, street fair co-ops, First Friday afterparties and his reversepropaganda sticker campaign Waste Your Life. Be an Artist. Along with established names, Wasteland is a platform for underground and up-and-coming talents who can miss the spotlight. "It's not like everybody wants it to be a closed circle," he says, "but at the same time, if nobody knows you or nobody's met you, shows just don't appear." –Erin Ryan For more on Wasteland, visit Though not officially a contact sport, silent art auctions can bring out the bloodthirst in the best of us, given the deals and steals dangled BIKES FOR in front of art hoarders and the more polite citizenry who see a winning bid at a charity auction as BRATS CHARITY a certainty. Not every event is going to flip civility on its head, but there have been some notewor- AUCTION November 9, 5-9 thy and memorable evenings. ¶ So anyone hoping to snag some new works at this weekend's p.m. Alios, 1217 S. Hammer & Cycle's Bikes for Brats charity auction might want to prepare themselves, given the Main St. lineup of artists who've donated work. Sush Machida, Amy Sol, Justin Favela, Erin Stellmon, Jesse Smigel, Casey Weldon, James Henninger, Brent Holmes and Ras Onerz are just a handful of the 40-plus whose pieces will be auctioned to buy bikes for area youths for 98.5 KLUC's annual bike drive. Throw in a bar, witty banter and an assortment of other art-related sundries to be auctioned, and it's game. –Kristen Peterson GAME ON! WASTELAND BY L.E. BASKOW 44 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM NOVEMBER 7–13, 2013 44_Fine_Art_20131107.indd 44 11/6/13 4:34 PM

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