Multiplexer started as an art space Downtown in the City of Las Vegas. The exhibits focused on the potential of video as a medium, and away from consumer media culture. Multiplexer exhibited work that crosses the threshold from visual language to relevant and poignant explorations in a wide variety of subjects and motifs.
A creative (art) approach to video-making necessitates a vision where intent differs from commercial and entertainment practices or purposes. Video by shear reach is dominated by media industries but a small element of it, (the interesting part) leaves open a wide range of possibilities in creative practices and continues to be a great incubator of ideas.
Multiplexer also focuses on the detritus and artifacts of video technology and its relationships to changes and shifts in history, from analog to digital, broadcasts, video art and home videos. From the anthropological and scientific, to the exploratory and experimental; all genres and categories of video art have been considered for exhibition.
The original art space was located in downtown Las Vegas two blocks from the 12 million LED screen Viva Vision, on Fremont Street, both a technological inspiration and an unsettling reminder of the power media wields.
States of Democracy and Borderstasis by Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Exhibit Dates January 23 to February 20, 2020
Juried by David Sanchez Burr, Danielle Kelly and Rebecca Goldberg
Curated by David Sanchez Burr
Crucial to the success of democracy stand the challenges of equal representation, justice and human rights. Progress towards these goals can be fragile and recent election cycles have created salient evidence that deep regressions in democratic systems are warnings we must take seriously.
Driven to explore states of democracy, poignant artworks are effective vehicles through which we encourage discourse and provide opportunities to critique, examine and reflect on the impact democracy has on our lives. The artists chosen for this exhibit all brought to bear interesting interpretations through which we can think of democracy.
The exhibit focuses on a variety of subjects that help form a broad representation of democracy. The work in this exhibition was selected for its potential as a collective of work capable of transmitting experiences, interpretations, situations and language associated with a laundry list of socio-political issues present in society. Each artist brings forth a valuable perspective and the cumulative effect of viewing their work makes one more aware of a distinctly convoluted state of democracy. The intent of the exhibit is to pierce through the mediated and prescribed notions of ourselves and find patient reflection on how to address the challenges ahead.
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The Wildife Divide
The Wildlife Divide Project was started in Las Vegas in 2012 by artist and curator David Sanchez Burr. The program began as part of the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area art programing. The U.S Forest Service in conjunction with the Southern Nevada Conservancy and the Great Basin Institute, needed programming that would engage the public at large through the arts and have these activities serve as a vehicle to increased education and knowledge about the natural, scientific, and historic value of the area.
Given the unique landscapes and topography of the region in combination with the rapidly encroaching urban areas the Wildlife Divide was designed as a means to explore the threshold between these vastly different ecologies. Art programming in the natural landscape needed to address the increasing divide between pedestrian knowledge of the biological and natural systems that surround our city and the work of the scientists and researchers that study these areas. Art projects, workshops, lectures and exhibitions were designed to thread through the threshold of urban and natural environments, and investigate how these ecologies could someday connect in ways that are both sustainable and conscious of preservation. Although this project started in Mt Charleston it became increasingly evident that the Wildlife Divide could be useful anywhere where there is a need to build community consciousness towards preservation, ecosystems, art and science.
Support for Wildlife Divide Programming has been provided by:
The Contemporary Arts Center
The United States Forest Service
The Great Basin Institute
The Southern Nevada Conservancy
The Nevada Arts Council
(some future, some time)
This exhibit was selected as part of slate of exhibitions at the Las Vegas Reed Whipple Cultural Center. The works selected were tied together by ideas and contemplations of the future.
Aaron Flint Jamison, Lake Newton, Collaboration work by Aaron Sheppard and David Sanchez Burr, Craig Colorusso and Amelia Winger Bearskin
Tubaexotica was a collaborative curatorial effort with Craig Colorusso to create a web gallery showcasing internet and video art. In 2004 the internet was becoming a new place for audiences to see experimental work. Creating the website and ensuring that the work was maintained online was a great learning experience. Tubaexotica featured the artwork of Chris Jordan, Josh Feldman, Michael Bullock, Corinna Heller, BJ Warshaw, and Ricardo Rivera.