Multimedia Installation Transports Viewers to Future
Jess Carson Smigel’s installation exhibit, "The Perfect Future is Sanitary, The Sanitary Future is Purrrfect” is a multimedia presentation meant to place the viewer in an environment comprised of objects aboard a fleet vessel in the year 4013. The exhibit, a mix of science fiction references from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s and cat-related humor, will be presented Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, July 12 at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. An artist reception and performance will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at the gallery.
Some of the items left on the vessel include propaganda posters, a war tribute mural, infomercial, animal taxidermy and a concept model of a fleet vessel. The items are meant to showcase the premise that humankind will pollute itself off the planet. Although this vision of the future may seem bleak, Smigel said he believes there may be a silver lining in cats – if an entire civilization were to restructure its prime directive around cats, proper resource distribution and recycling, perhaps the future wouldn’t look so sad.
“One might think of it as THX1138 meets ‘The Aristocats,’” Smigel said.
By trade, Smigel is a theatrical carpenter, sculptural designer and scenic artist, working on shows such as “The Lion King” at Mandalay Bay, and is co-owner of Blackbird Studios. A former art student at the College of Southern Nevada and UNLV, Smigel is mostly self taught. He works to create art that appeals to the inner child and deals with the subjects of transition and change. Smigel’s sculptural work has been seen recently in “Gnot the Proper Gnomenclature,” an exhibition at Las Vegas City Hall, and “Building Atomic Las Vegas” at the National Atomic Testing Museum.
Those interested in "The Perfect Future is Sanitary, The Sanitary Future is Purrrfect” can contact the Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
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