Through January 19, 2018
Artist Talk and Reception
December 14, 2017
6 to 8 p.m.
Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery
500 S Grand Central Parkway
COLLIDE adds the often overlooked aspects of light and color to the center of a public space. It is intended to elicit a playful yet meditative experience within the formal atmosphere of a government building. Visitors to the rotunda are greeted by a large kaleidoscope sculpture, designed to be viewed with the help of a stranger or friend. Plexiglas, a material generally used for industrial purposes, does not typically grab our attention despite its omnipresence in our urban spaces. Constructed in Plexiglas and framed by wood, COLLIDE provides an explicit visual experience to the viewer, in hopes that they will reconsider the overlooked implicit properties of light and color within our daily environments.
Holly Rae Vaughn is a Las Vegas-based artist whose work often explores the visual effects produced by combinations of light refracted through colored material. Utilizing her experience as a large-scale fabricator, her most recent public sculpture, GEM, is constructed of an array of Plexiglas sheets in steel frames. Sunlight produces blocks of colorful shadows through the Plexi, demonstrating the full visible light spectrum. Thematically her work is whimsical and marked by simple but visually striking installations.
The Clark County Government Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on weekends. For more information, visit www.ClarkCountyNV.gov or call the Public Art Office at (702) 455-8685.