— TheWayISeeIt


One of the perks of working for an amazing modern art museum is the fact you get to meet amazing artists. In the past I’ve had the pleasure of working with artists such as Edward Burtynsky, Leo Villareal and Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison. A few weeks ago I was able to document Franklin Evan’s installation of his exhibition time paths at the Nevada Museum of Art. Franklin graduated from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno but went on to live and work in New York. The exhibition took over a week to install and was an amazing process to witness. You can see an interview with him here at The Brooklyn Rail Magazine with some of the images we did.

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Earlier this year I was introduced to Leo Villareal’s work at the San Jose Museum of Art. It was expansive, colorful and at times mesmerizing. When the show moved to the Nevada Museum of Art, I was able to not only see it again in different surroundings but also meet and work with Villareal, have a wonderful dinner and show him the exciting, albeit unique, aspect of Reno nightlife (which I am sure he is still wondering “what the hell just happened to me that night”).

Aside from being a genuinely nice guy, Villareal is also a very talented artist and shrewd businessman. He has brought his art from small pieces that you hang around your neck in the dust of Burning Man to the massive structures covering the walls of such prestigious locations as Tampa Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and PS1/MOMA in Long Island City. And his proposed installations are fascinating. You get the idea that he just looks at the world as a huge light frame and if he had it his way he would turn Mt. Everest into a huge mound of computerized LED’s.

I highly recommend seeing the exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art before May 22 or you can check for his site for his public works and future exhibitions.

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