SECOND SATURDAYS: NEW GALLERIES PUT THE ART BACK IN EMERGENCY ARTS

Jerry Kearns, TWEET, 2010-2013 Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 92 inches courtesy Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

Jerry Kearns, TWEET, 2010-2013
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 92 inches
courtesy Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

That galleries around town that had been showing career artists’ work were closing—or had closed—meant dwindling opportunity for exposure to serious art. But here was curatorial acumen playing out in works by young artists from around the country.

It was a sign that the Las Vegas gallery scene would, as usual, rebound as part of the ebb and flow that has defined the arts here for more than a decade. And the dizzying game of musical chairs that ensued offered even more meat to the meal: By December, Satellite Contemporary had moved into the old TastySpace suite, allowing for 6 Gallery to move into that vacated space. In January, Rhizome Gallery, opened in the former 5th Wall Gallery by two academics who’d recently settled in Las Vegas for work at UNLV, formed a nucleus that included Space 164 gallery.

The four galleries have now teamed to create Second Saturday, a monthly art event that offers a well-rounded, diverse representation of contemporary work, putting the art back inside Downtown’s Emergency Arts.

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Suzanne Silver's "The End" will be part of Satellite Contemporary's Heroes exhibit.

While Satellite Contemporary’s February exhibit, Heroes, features work by established artists and mentors—including Venice Biennale representatives Ann Hamilton and Dadang Christanto—and mentors that have inspired the gallery’s owners (a trio of artists and faculty members from Flagstaff’s Northern Arizona University), Rhizome Gallery’s I Hope This Doesn’t Succulent comprises mostly emerging artists on the subject of cacti.

6 Gallery continues its exhibit The Last Goodbye with work by painter Wade Schuster and photographer Monica Figura, both tackling the color and form of Las Vegas signage. And Space 164 continues its exhibit of work by Tess Felix, a California artist with a theater background whose representational assemblages, mostly engaging portraits made from beach-found discarded plastics, reflect environmental issues affecting marine life.

Second Saturday February 14, 6-10 p.m. Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont Street.