Satellite Contemporary is a gallery that aims to create a larger conversation about art and to show high-quality work by talented artists. We invite local, national, and international artists to exhibit in our space and engage in an exchange of contemporary ideas. Las Vegas is where we began growing our community. From visitors to the gallery to those on our website, want you to be part of our future. We encourage all to contact us with your ideas about art and add to our conversation. With it's wild and unruly reputation, we have found Las Vegas to be the perfect fit for our ambitions. We hope you'll join us.
Nicole Langille is an artist and faculty member in Northern Arizona University's Department of Art. She received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Ohio State University in 2009. Her work has been exhibited regionally and internationally in the years since, and she was recently featured in New American Painting, Issue 120. The focus of her practice is on abstraction, with a particular emphasis on process and materiality.
Christopher Kane Taylor was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew-up in Massachusetts. Chris received his BFA at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and had two solo exhibition of his work at the Old Main Museum at NAU. Chris spent a year as an undergrad studying Aboriginal Art and Art Southeast Asia in Australia. He also spent time travelling and painting in Bali, Indonesia. Chris received a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Most recently in 2013, Chris’ work was published in the prestigious New American Paintings: Edition 108, West, juried by Veronica Roberts, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. Chris’ work was selected to be in the 2006 Boston Young Contemporary Show, juried by Kiki Smith.
Since 2008 Chris has returned to NAU to teach; Color Theory, and Painting. Chris is also the Gallery Director of the Beasley Gallery and recently accepted a position to be the Program Coordinator for an upcoming project between Coconino County and Northern Arizona University for a unique Artist Residency Program at Roger’s Lake. Since 2010 Chris has an annual and popular community based show called the “Wall Draw Show”. This show invites NAU students and people from the community to come into the gallery and draw on the walls with brushes and Sumi ink. Lastly, and as a point of pride, Chris volunteers with the Hozhoni Foundation in Flagstaff. This is a day program that works with adults with developmental disabilities to make artwork. There Chris holds workshops and has curated two exhibitions of artwork with these amazing artists.
Dennis K. McGinnis currently works as a Lecturer and Advisor at Northern Arizona University. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2003. Dennis’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he is a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient. He has been included in articles in The Brooklyn Rail and The New York Times, among others, and his work was featured on CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown.
Focusing on the self-portrait genre, but not limited to, Dennis creates narrative works based on his body as an object, its’ relationship to the world and its’ relationship to women. Conceptually he explores issues of self; from private to global, trivial to tragic, personal to political and/or serious to silly. His points of view on issues related to the body, beauty and desire seek to unnerve the safe viewpoints others have regarding themselves and their tolerance for others. Dennis’ long term artistic goal is to become a Master of Fuk U Painting.
As seen in the photo above, Dennis is a notorious boozer and womanizer. He also moonlights as Denise, a female artist and dominatrix.
D.K. Sole (left), born and raised in Melbourne, came to the United States with an American spouse. Finding herself in Las Vegas she took up a job at the Marjorie Barrick Museum, showed her own found-object assemblage art here and there, became impressed with the quality of work at Satellite Contemporary, and willingly joined when the offer was advanced.
It's Heidi Rider, our new intern and award recipient! Get to know her in our conversation below...
SC: Heidi I know you are new to town. Where did you relocate from, and how did you decide to land in Las Vegas?
HR: The relocation question, or, where are you from? is always hard to address directly because my life pathway has been circuitous. I grew up in a nomadic family that moved around the country to follow jobs, and I have continued that way of living for most of my adult life. I most recently moved to Las Vegas from Olympia, Washington to form an artist collective with Adriana Chavez and Elizabeth Colon Nelson. Elizabeth had been living here for about a year and a half and reached out to us when she got the green light from Emergency Arts to produce Small Space Fest. So we came! I am really excited about the possibilities of this city, the space, the affordability, the weirdness of Vegas, and the strength of the artistic community.
SC: Great! Thanks. I know that you are also an artist. Could you describe your work, and what effect (if any) your nomadic existence has contributed to it?
HR: Oh, the nomadic existence is a deep part of who I am and definitely affects my work. My family moved an average of once per year, sometimes more often. In fifth grade we moved three times and I attended three different schools. My sister was my constant companion through the recurring changes, and together we developed a vivid imaginative play of story telling and invention of characters and worlds. I still work this way! My family spent so much time exploring, playing, crafting and creating on minimal funds. Imagination was our main resource. Having to start over so many times in my life makes me very adaptable and malleable, but also makes me long for a solid center in all of the reshaping. The last couple of years I have been thinking about my family history and embracing the working class roots that I come from. There is a solid spine in looking back, not only through my own life, but the lives of my lineage. It all pulls forward into me and my work. My family mythology includes a story of how my great grandmother saw a mermaid off of the southern coast of her native Sweden when she was a girl and mermaids are currently swimming through my mind. I am enchanted with an idea about imagining the line of daughters in my family, as mermaids, in relation to my great grandmother and her experience. I am currently giving myself full freedom to explore my memories and ideas using cheap, non-traditional art materials from my childhood, such as faux wood contact paper, pasta and cardboard tubes, gathering and altering crappy ceramic figurines from thrift stores and re-imagining them all into new shapes and relationships… and then coating them in paint. I am channeling my little self to create work based on what I was passionate about as a child. There is so much freedom in this experimentation and I am not limiting or judging the process (or the materials) for the first time in my life.
SC: And what exactly is the Small Space Fest?
HR: Small Space Fest is a large scale project that my collective is working on, which will open on June 20, 2016. We are curating a site-specific experience which will embrace all art forms- visual, performing, and the undefinable. The fest will be a full building takeover of Emergency Arts in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, with the “theme” of Big Art in small spaces. The building is a two floor former medical facility with weird corridors, closets and stairwells. What we are interested in is the transformation of these common and overlooked areas. What happens if you open a broom closet and there is a stand-up routine inside? You hear an aria coming from the bathroom, there is a sculpture installed inside of the recess of a missing ceiling tile, or you open a drawer and discover a miniature wonderland. The festival will squeeze into, fill up and transform these architectural spaces until the building is busting at the seams with visual and performing arts. This is an opportunity for artists to let their imaginations run wild with possibilities! We're excited about connecting national and local artists together to create a fantastic art experience, but we are also looking forward to the ways in which the ties made through the work will continue to grow and expand beyond the festival itself.
The Weft in the Weave Collective, Las Vegas
Small Space Fest! June 20, 2016