Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Leo Villareal

Dan Conroy and myself attended the Leo Villareal exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art. This is a pretty interesting guy. Apparently he went to Burning Man back in the 90's and got inspired by all the art there. Also, apparently he got a bit lost out in the desert and had trouble finding his van. He decided that he would create a digital light sculpture/animation to help himself find his way back to his van. Now he's a digital artist who creates really interesting light shows using many different types of lighting and animations

The exhibit was pretty cool, he had a lot of his different pieces there including my favorite Star. Star was one of the first pieces you saw upon entering and is basically a huge circular steel frame with blinking and flashing lights all attached to it that moved in and out at different times and speeds, and at one point even looked like it was "breathing." He had a cool American Flag one too that was a bit more "traditional" that was made out of different colored fluorescent tubes. I thought it was cool the way he used not only different techniques, but also different sources of light and motion to make every one of his pieces feel truly unique and exciting.

I thought this exhibit was cool and way different than anything I've seen at the Nevada Museum of Art. It looked more like something I would have expected to see at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, or at Coachella, or yes, I suppose Burning Man.

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