In "Urban Naturalism, Again," Jennifer Kleven returns to her investigation of how organic life adapts to technology through 13 works, including one collaborative piece with gallery guests.
With her signature manipulation of photographs, the artist highlights the absurd methods used by telecommunication companies returning nature into the lives of city dwellers. Kleven poses the questions: Is it important for the object to be authentic? Or in the case of cell phone towers disguised as metal palm trees, can appearance fulfill needs? The exhibit appears through Oct. 12 at Winchester Cultural Center Gallery located at 3130 S. McLeod Dr., just north of Desert Inn Road.
Kleven is a Las Vegas native and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2009 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She operated Kleven Contemporary exhibiting emerging artists in downtown Las Vegas from 2010- 2013, and her own work has been exhibited at Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery and the Jesse Metcalf Gallery at UNLV, Contemporary Arts Center, and Trifecta. Her first look at tech infiltrating landscape was seen in 2012's "Urban Naturalism" at CounterSpace in Las Vegas. Kleven's discovery of perfect unrealities and false identities come from the lens of a being a Las Vegas native. Currently, she works at the Neon Museum and splits her artistic time with photography, ceramics, and plants.
The Winchester Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.ClarkCountyNV.gov or call the Public Art Office at (702) 455-8685.