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December 19, 2013

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A&E | FINE ART MEN'S ROOM The Male Mind explores the world of the Y chromosome > LIVING LARGE Now on the Container Park menu: papiermâché turkey. HOLIDAY TURKEY FURNISHINGS PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL HUGHES Justin Favela brings a giant bird and more to the Container Park BY KRISTEN PETERSON with the artist's full-size 1964 lowrider Impala piñata When you combine the sci-fi movie Mysterious made for a group show or his crude cardboard-andIsland with a high-end architectural lighting store and glue appropriations of CityCenter's art collection for artist Justin Favela, there's bound to be a giant cooked a 2012 solo exhibit. A fan of Claes Oldenburg, Favela turkey in the makings. Not just an exaggerated turkey, also created a version of the sculptor's "The Store" at but one closer in size to a Smart Car than a kitchen his uncle's market, a performance installation he titled oven, garnished with papier-mâché vegetables and "The Mini Mart." then placed on an equally enormous plate. But it's his papier-mâché turkey Such is the well-lit bird in the window currently grabbing all the attention. It of Alios at the new Container Park. The FURNISHINGS BY came as a request by VonBastiaans, who sculpture—made of cotton sheets, dipped FAVELA Through was inspired by the giant chicken from in glue, painted brown and lit from above January 14, SundayMysterious Island. It serves to reference by an elegant chandelier made of silverThursday, 10 a.m.-9 a dining area. Favela's cardboard urinal, ware—is one of several works created by p.m., Friday-Saturday, attached to the wall next to a Philips Favela to define areas of a home, or in this 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Alios, Living Shapes interactive lighted mirror, case, a 500-square-foot urban loft. Container Park, 478serves as a nod to Marcel Duchamp's "There is this push to live smaller 9636. Artist recep"Fountain," while representing the bathand live Downtown that we keep heartion December 19, room area. Cardboard Bert and Ernie beds ing about, so we picked lighting fixtures 6-9 p.m. flank an eco-friendly Cerno LED-lit wall that would be beautiful in a 500-squarelamp with an extending arm. foot space," says Alios owner Todd In the "living area" VonBastiaans uses an iPad to VonBastiaans, an art collector whose company's Main change the hue of the LED lights above the FavelaStreet location has doubled as a gallery for exhibits. fabricated Simpsons couch—a continuation of the VonBastiaans' collaboration with artists at the TV and movie theme. As for Duchamp's "Fountain," Container Park is designed to showcase art and sophisFavela points to the artwork's pop-culture crossover ticated lighting. That Favela was the first to be feaand ability to hold its own. tured should come as no surprise to anyone familiar With an exhibit titled The Male Mind, there's no telling what you'll be walking into. Anything from grave nods to drumbeating Robert Bly fans to the Abstract Expressionist movement is on the table. But the 13-artist show at Brett Wesley Gallery focuses on all things male with a healthy dose of humor and confession, playing off the stereotypes, expectations, frustrations and aspirations of being male. Right off the bat is writer Geoff Carter's text piece, offering a prose-style, stream-ofconsciousness spilling of what's transmitting through the neurons. In between "stores dialogue from Quentin Tarantino and Bill Murray movies" and "wants THE MALE to call mom" is "Dreams MIND Through of being the smartest January 31. man in the room, the Wednesdaybiggest badass in town Friday 1-7 p.m. and the richest man in & Saturday, the world." 1-4 p.m. Brett In John Bell's wall Wesley Gallery, installation, the phrase 433-4433. "Lost in The Divorce" glows loudly in pink neon over a faint trace of a painting that's been removed. Brett Sperry's black-and-white archival pigment print, "Field of Power," has a young man brandishing a long fluorescent lightbulb like a sword, sticking out his chest and offering a barbaric grimace—a sort of schoolyard role playing that dangles between childlike fragility and forced machismo. Lucky Wenzel's image of a topless hipster with his hairy chest covered in lipstick kisses— presumably by the two girls sharing a black boa behind him—plays on the assumptions of a photographer's life, while Curtis Walker's "Bounce" offers a humorous look at what's perhaps at the forefront of the male psyche. The exhibit includes a rare local showing of neon works by Pasha Rafat, compositions that have energetic gases crisscrossing in precise patterns (in one, revealing voids at the intersection). Add to all of that an erotic latex paint sculpture by Chris Bauder and works from other artists on the Brett Wesley roster and you have a surprisingly fun romp through the tides of maleness. –Kristen Peterson DECEMBER 19–25, 2013 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM 53_Fine_art_2_20131219.indd 53 53 12/18/13 1:32 PM

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