Basin and Range, curated by Checko Salgado and Jerry Schefcik, features eighteen Southern Nevada artists who were invited to create artwork honoring world-renowned artist Michael Heizer’s iconic land art piece Double Negative, and another of his works, the massive City in the Basin and Range Province of Nevada. The exhibition artists have connections to Southern Nevada, maintain active studio practices, and were interested in Heizer’s work.
The purpose of the exhibition is for artists to respond to and support of a tract of Nevada land covering over 700,000 acres, now identified as the Basin and Range National Monument. This area not only includes amazing wildlife and incredible desert landscapes and formatio...ns, but also ancient and contemporary artwork: hundreds of petroglyphs carved an estimated 4,000 years ago, and Michael Heizer’s mile-long City. As most Nevadans know, there is a great deal more to our state than casinos and Area 51. The Basin and Range exhibition is evidence of that.
Each of the artists exhibit a piece inspired by their own personal experiences with the Basin and Range area. The exhibition features paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, video, and performance pieces by eighteen artists from the Las Vegas valley. Robert Beckmann, Mark Brandvik, Natalie Delgado, Brent Holmes, Christopher Jones, Jennifer Kleven, Rebecca Pugh, and Krystal Ramirez focused their work on Double Negative with painting, photography, and printmaking. Greg Higgins, Checko Salgado, Julian Kilker, Javier Sanchez, Sierra Slentz, Cristian Torres and Mikayla Whitmore concentrated on aspects of the Basin and Range Province. Another three artists – David Sanchez Burr, Justin Favela, and Elvis Lederer—developed performance pieces at Double Negative, which were recorded on site, in part by a drone-mounted camera.
The Exhibition is open to the public through May 29, 2018. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9am-8pm, Fri./Sat. 9am-5pm. Closed Sundays.
Basin and Range is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Nevada. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
Artwork detail used for the Facebook Event page: by Rebecca Pugh.