City Of Las Vegas Opens Two New Exhibitions In September

Article by City of Las Vegas Press Releases

Artists Shaurya Kumar And Terry Hargraves Are Featured

The city of Las Vegas plans to open two new art exhibitions in September — the first in the West Las Vegas Arts Center Sept. 14 with works by self-taught artist Terry Hargraves and the next in the Charleston Heights Arts Center Sept. 17 with digital images created by Shaurya Kumar. The public is invited to view both these free exhibits.

Masterworks: Visualizations of Binary Degradation, by Delhi, India, native Kumar will be exhibited Sept. 17 through Nov. 27 at 800 S. Brush St. The Charleston Heights Arts Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (702) 229-1012 for more information.

The works of Hargraves will be featured at the West Las Vegas Arts Center Gallery Sept. 14 through Nov. 13. The public is invited to meet the artist during a free reception on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. at the gallery. Gallery hours for “Terry’s Works of Art” are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Both arts centers are closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Call (702) 229-4800 for more information.

In his current exhibition, Kumar distorts classical art images by digitizing them and working on codes on the binary level, behind the façade of the image interface itself. He manipulates the information that is stored in the magnetic or optical devices. This change, mostly random constructs and destructs, breaks and distorts the data, imitating the unpredictability and change that it would undergo with disaster or age. This process comes from an understanding and philosophy that we are living and experiencing a new world or society, variedly known as information society, knowledge society, cyber/virtual society, with extreme emphasis on constant, rapid and invisible change. The exhibit will feature images by Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Jackson Pollock, among others, which Kumar has altered with binary degradation.

Kumar studied printmaking and painting at the College of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and graduated with his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2007. Since 2001, he has been involved in numerous prestigious research projects, like The Paintings of India (a series of 26 documentary films on the painting tradition of India) and Handmade in India” (a three-volume encyclopedia on the handicraft traditions of India). Kumar also has worked on digital restorations of sixth-century Buddhist mural paintings from the caves of Ajanta in Central India.

His work has been showcased in numerous national and international exhibitions, including solo shows. Kumar is a recipient of a number of awards, including second place in The Markem-Imaje International Art Contest in France, the Terry Burnette Art Endowment Scholarship, the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville Interdisciplinary Award in 2006, and numerous other travel and research grants.

Hargraves, 53, was born in Chicago, Ill., and moved to Las Vegas in 1977. A Station Casinos employee, Hargraves enjoys doing something completely different and creative at home. He writes poetry and paints portraits, landscapes and abstract art. This exhibit consists of a variety of celebrities and personal photos he transformed onto canvas with oils and acrylics.

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