- an artist working in sculpture, glass and on paper.

Upcoming & Recent Exhibitions

Current and upcoming exhibitions

INDELICATE

Curated by Jw Caldwell
Exhibition Dates: September 5 – September 28, 2013.
Contemporary Arts Center
107 East Charleston Blvd., Suite 120,
Las Vegas, Nevada

The artists selected for this exhibition were chosen for their use of unconventional methods and materials. In the art world’s constant quest for “The New,” anything out of the ordinary quickly draws attention. These artists have found ways to translate their classical training into works created in ways not traditionally employed. These photographs are not just photographs, paint has become sculpture, lowly materials have transformed into objects of nostalgia, mark-making processes are as much science experiments as art, and constructions are deconstructed.

These Indelicate works lie on the edge of discomfort, appearing ready to break or unravel. However, the trust and faith that these artists have in their concepts and exploratory process gives these works the strength to hold their own, and help us consider the world in different ways. There is always a fragility involved in new endeavors, but the works of these artists have proven to hold together and stand strong on their own.

Brent Sommerhauser can’t be troubled with doing things the easy way. Every endeavor becomes a challenge of “what if” and a blatant disregard for Ockham’s Razor (the notion that the simplest plan is usually the best). There is certainly more than one way to skin a cat, but Brent has made it his mission to come up with the most convoluted and poetic way imaginable.


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Recent exhibitions

Downtown display lets Cirque employees show their artistic talents off the stage.

By Andrea Domanick, Las Vegas Sun

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Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory is pleased to announce the opening of the next segment of its rotating exhibition series, “Locals Only”, featuring local artist Brent Sommerhauser. MCQ Fine Art will unveil the artist’s latest works in glass, sculpture, and drawing.  Brent is well known in Las Vegas for his finesse at crafting glasswork and his organic sculptures comprised of carved pencils and other materials. Much of his work involves a harmonization with the architectural environment; this new work seeks to expand his creative vision while transforming the physicality of his materials into a sublime experience.  In Sommerhauser’s words, his pieces pursue “thin, quiet places where invisible forces and visible material collide.”

For more information about the artist and his creative process, read Artist Brent Sommerhauser: Getting his hands dirty, featured in the April issue of Desert Companion, Nevada Public Radio’s guide to arts, culture and community in Southern Nevada.

PLEASE JOIN US THURSDAY APRIL 26 FROM 6-8PM FOR OUR OPENING RECEPTION. MCQ Fine Art Advisory is located at 620 South 7th Street, Las Vegas 89101, between Garces and Bonneville.

Some works in progress…


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Telegraph Art Collective at CSU from Haley Bates on Vimeo.

This video surveillance footage compresses the activities of the seven members of Telegraph Art Collective from approximately 5 days into a little over 12 minutes. “Telegraph Art Collective: Conversations and Collaborations” took place completely within the confines of the Hatton Gallery at Colorado State University. Traveling from locations all across the country, members of Telegraph arrived in Fort Collins with little more than sketches, ideas, and the willingness to work collaboratively and spontaneously with largely found or scavenged materials. The resulting installation is not comprised of individual works created by each artist; rather, it is a joint effort authored by Telegraph Art Collective as a whole.

Comprised of seven members with diverse disciplinary backgrounds, TELEGRAPH is an artist collective that originated in Detroit, Michigan. The name Telegraph describes both the group’s long-distance method of collaboration (the members are now scattered across the country), and pays homage to Telegraph Road, the ubiquitous Detroit thoroughfare. The collective functions as a running conversation, typically conducted at long range. Occasionally the group materializes and collects in one location to collaborate on projects and exhibitions. Telegraph made its exhibition debut at the Art Chicago Stray Show in May 2004, and has since exhibited in Kansas City, Detroit, Toronto, Dallas, Berlin, and Esslingen, Germany.  The artists of Telegraph continue to exhibit individually at numerous galleries and museums both nationally and abroad.

For Conversations and Collaborations Telegraph will enthusiastically descend upon Colorado State University, where they will spend approximately one week creating site-specific work that responds to built and open spaces, as well as the people, the history, the resources, and even the detritus of CSU and its vicinity. The artists will not bring finished works to Fort Collins; instead, they will arrive with notes, sketches, pieces, parts and their curiosity.

Telegraph Art Collective:
Conversations and Collaborations
February 16 – March 23, 2012
The Clara Hatton Gallery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

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ArtWiki goes public on the opening day of the 7th Berlin Biennale on April 26, 2012. I will be participating within the invitational digital venue, an open resource online.

In November 2010, curator Artur Żmijewski announced a call to artists from all over the world, asking them to send in artistic material as part of the research of the 7th Berlin Biennale. In addition to the standard information usually requested in such a call (documentation of art works and projects, CVs, etc.), it included the following addition, which generated attention in and of itself:

As the research also focuses on the question of whether artists consider themselves to be political, please inform us about your political inclination (e.g. rightist, leftist, liberal, nationalist, anarchist, feminist, masculinist, or whatever you may identify yourself with) or whether you are interested in politics at all.

The call was published in various languages. The Berlin Biennale ultimately received over 5,000 submissions in reaction to the Open Call.

In response, we invited all those who sent materials to become artists of the digital venue of the Berlin Biennale. Together with Berlin-based media activist and writer Pit Schultz we developed ArtWiki, a digital art library based on the model of Wikipedia, which is a sustainable project that will continue into the future. It aims to present artists as political and social entities, to lay open the artistic resources of our society and abandon the typical curatorial stance of a politics of selection and exclusivity. Furthermore, art representation on the Internet has been strongly dominated and positioned by market speculation and financial interests, and artists are often hesitant to upload their work for fear of it being misappropriated or even stolen. ArtWiki is the tool through which we want to extend the Biennale exhibition and create an open, not-for-profit platform for information exchange for artists, their activities, and their political standpoints, to show today’s spectrum of artistic attitudes. ArtWiki is also a form of social contract, which is about free exchange of information and trust—something very unusual in times when the art system is based on fully controlled access to art works, images, and even ideas. – by Joanna Warsza

ArtWiki will go public on April 26, 2012 - the opening day of the 7th Berlin Biennale. www.artwiki.org

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Wind Drawing (Circle), graphite on BFK paper, 2011

“Brushing the Firmament,” an exhibit by Las Vegas artist and 2012 Artist Fellowship recipient Brent Sommerhauser is featured at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery, 716 N. Carson Street in Carson City, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 12 through Feb. 10.

Sommerhauser explains that firmament refers to an ancient belief that the sky was actually a solid dome – one that separated the terrestrial world from a celestial one.  Clouds rode along its arch and wind curled against its surface. His drawings happen as pencils lift and leave traces of their encounters with their own firmament. “The very barrier they brush against coaxes these ethereal forms into existence,” he said.

“I had been watching how invisible forces like wind affect the physical world, forming waves or blowing paper around the street. I started experimenting with ways to harness that in a new and compelling way,” said Sommerhauser, who works in multiple media including glass, sculpture and drawing.  He developed a unique method of drawing using pencils that are placed inside a closed apparatus with a vacuum cleaner or a blower attached. When the air is turned on, the pencils spin and crash along the inner walls of these chambers creating the artwork. Through air speed controls on a vacuum, the artist can manipulate the movement of the pencils to create what he calls defined currents of marks, or to set up circumstances for particular types of drawings.

Originally from south central Kansas, Sommerhauser holds bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and psychology from Emporia State University, Kansas and a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University. He currently teaches 3-Dimensional Design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

A recipient of a Nevada Arts Council 2012 Artist Fellowship and a Cirque du Soleil Community Support Grant for the Visual & Performing Arts, Sommerhauser is nominated for the upcoming Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award.  His work has been featured in national and international solo and group exhibits, including the 2004 Windsor Biennial in Ontario, and in noteworthy publications, such as International Glass Art, International Drawing Annual 4 and New Glass Review 26, the journal of the Corning Museum of Glass that highlights 100 innovative works in glass.

The exhibit was organized by the Artist Services Program at the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Call (775) 687-6680 for details.

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I will be showing 6 new works as part of Trifecta Gallery’s minUMENTAL Invitational, a large show of small works.

Each work is a wind drawing on MDF.
They are made by placing a small chamber over the MDF disc and filling that with pencils, colored pencils, chalk or pieces of silver. I then attach a blower to force air through the chamber, so that the pencils etc. leave marks as evidence of the path of the wind.

Opening December 1, runs though December 24, 2011
Trifecta Gallery (in the Arts Factory)
107 E Charleston Blvd. #135,
Las Vegas, NV 89104
http://www.trifectagallery.com/

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After a successful exhibition titled “Opening Lines: Telegraph in Berlin” at the Milchhof Pavilion, Telegraph is happy to announce a second itinerary of their first overseas project that will take place at the private residence of a wonderful  collectors duo that has left a bold mark in Detroit’s artist community, and is continuing to do so even after their move to Germany a couple of years ago.

While the pavilion’s design allowed the show to be accessible 24/7  throughout the run of the show, the exhibition in Esslingen will be open to the public only after making a prior appointment.

Continuing Lines : Telegraph in Esslingen
Hartmut Austen / Haley Reneé Bates / Fabio J. Fernández / Shannon Goff / Tom Lauerman / Brent Sommerhauser / Christian Tedeschi

Saturday, 26.11.2011 von 2-6 PM / Artist Talk at 5 pm and Sunday, 27.11.2011 from 11AM – 2 PM

The show will be installed until the end of December.

K&K Entenmann / 73732 Esslingen / kentenmann@ mac. com

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Book Festival Invitational

“10 x 10:  A creative exchange between visual artists and writers”

Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery

Las Vegas, NV

October 24 – December 2

Visual artists and writers whose work is influenced or inspired by Southern Nevada engage in creative discourse for this exhibition that celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Vegas Valley Book Festival, with a nod to the recent centennials of Las Vegas and Clark County. The exhibition and accompanying limited print publication will present the sculptural objects and literary texts emerging from this exchange. A First Friday reception will feature a spoken word event on November 4 from 6-8 PM. Video footage of poetry, fiction and non-fictiion prose readings by participating authors will be presented on the Clark County Parks and Recreation web-page for smart-phone access in the space.

This project is a partnership with the Vegas Valley Book Festival and is funded, in part, by the Nevada Humanities and the Nevada Arts Council, state agencies, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a national agency.

Participants:

Noelle Garcia and Nila Northsun

David Sanchez Burr and Danielle Kelly

Jesse Smigel and Alissa Nutting

Jason Adkins and Becky Bosshart

Catherine Borg and T.R. Witcher

Shannon Eakins and Erica Anzalone

Andreana Donahue and Kathryn Kruse

Shan Michael Evans and Jeffrey Bennington Grindley

Troy Gillett and Dayvid Figler

Maille Chapman and Brent Sommerhauser

Sam Davis and Bliss Esposito

Erin Stellmon and Jarret Keene

About the work

- Maile Chapman and I realized that we share an interest in architecture and have both been affected by Alzheimer’s in some way, so we thought we’d explore that in this exhibition.  Maile mentioned a series of architectural solutions meant to ease the anxiety when familiar surroundings begin to become unfamiliar,  even threatening.  We both noted that seemingly ordinary architectural and design features could be unsettling to someone experiencing the early stages of dementia.  It occurred to us that, in instances of disorientation, architecture may appear to be flexible and shifting, perhaps even conspiring against one.  What came to mind was the unsettling potential of mistaking a cast shadow for a hole in the floor…too dangerous to step across.

This section of tongue and groove flooring hosts a wedge (which is also a custom piece of tongue and groove flooring) locked within the structure of the floor by the surrounding planks.  From one angle, the wedge disappears, but in casting a menacing shadow there is a perceived danger.  Rather than just a visual misunderstanding, the plank actually extrudes upwards and has become a genuine threat.

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/bookfestival
http://youtu.be/oixQxuCV5hA

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Galerie Meinblau e.V.
Christinenstr. 18-19, Haus 5 (Pfefferberg)
Berlin
September 30 – October 2, 2011
Opening: Friday 7 PM, 30 September 2011
www.meinblau.de

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Exhibition w/Telegraph Art Collective

Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V.
Pavillon am Milchhof
September 23 – October 28, 2011 – This exhibition will coincide with Kunstherbst Berlin

There will be a second showing in Esslingen in November.

Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V.
Schwedter Str. 232-234
10435 Berlin

http://www.milchhofpavillon.de/

and here.

Pencil Tip Volcano.  Contribution to the Suite of Telegraph Multiples

The artists of Telegraph will be creating a Suite of Telegraph Multiples in conjunction with this exhibition.

More details will appear here (and at telegraphart.com) soon.

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Past Exhibitions

Chain Letter

LA Weekly
LA Times
Huffington Post
KCRW
Art21 Blog

Curated by Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey

Shoshana Wayne Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Suite B1
Santa Monica, California 90404

July 23 – August 24, 2011

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“Constructed Drawing” (w/Telegraph Art Collective)

February 4 – February 25, 2011 at the Free Museum of Dallas

http://www.freemuseumofdallas.com/shape-of-things-to-come/

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CENTERpiece Gallery

Artists include Tim Bavington, Erik Beehn, Jw Caldwell, Phillip Denker, Shawn Hummel, Wes Fanelli, Angela Kallus, Sush Machida, Aaron Sheppard, Brent Sommerhauser, Todd VonBastiaans and Thomas Willis.

3720 Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 181

Las Vegas, NV 89109

http://www.centerpiecelv.com

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I hope you’re feeling better

November 3rd, 2010 – January 7th, 2011

Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas

Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Curated by Kathryn Kruse and Andreana Donahue

As a part of the Vegas Valley Book Festival, “I Hope You’re Feeling Better” explores the concept of collaborative art and the boundaries between the written and visual art. The project connected eighteen writers and visual artists, asking them to consider each other’s work and influences. Collaborators then began creating together in self selected groups. The result is a wide variety of work, from traditional ekphrastic pieces of illustrated writing to large installations that explore questions of contemporary society and art.

As artists attempt to navigate experience through object, image and word, collaboration between writers and visual artists has long been a critical basis for expression and understanding. Curators Andreana Donahue and Kathryn Kruse ask both participants and audience to experience art as dialogue between disciplines. In “I Hope You’re Feeling Better” artists and writers explore the potential of language through collaboration as methodology, often straying from their normal practices to discover innovations in their work.

http://www.ihopeyourefeelingbetter.com/

http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2010/nov/03/illustrated-word/

Events include:
November 3rd, 6:00 PM
Readings & performances including Don Revell speaking on the history of collaborative art (literary and visual), and a presentation/performance by Jarret Keene and Stephen Hendee.

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Pilchuck Glass School’s 32nd Annual Auction

Thursday & Friday, October 14 & 15, 2010

The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington

October 14 – Pilchuck on Display: An Exhibition of International Glass is an one-night public exhibition featuring original works in glass by more than 250 international artists.  Pilchuck on Display will be the only public viewing of these works before they enter private collections. All of these artworks, along with more than 100 table centerpieces will be auctioned off during Pilchuck’s Annual Auction Gala the following evening, Friday, October 15, 2010.

October 15 – Mark your calendar for the largest glass art auction in the world! Join other arts patrons and glass art collectors for an elegant evening of delectable cuisine and great company. View more than 350 glass artworks from around the world. Meet the artists, bid on their artworks, and purchase an exclusive Pilchuck Annual Auction centerpiece. The Annual Auction is an integral part of Pilchuck’s connection to the vibrant international glass art community. All proceeds benefit Pilchuck’s educational and artistic programs.

More info here.  View my included work here.

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Unlikely Events

April 1 – May 4, 2010

Brett Wesley Gallery
Las Vegas, NV

*Read Danielle Kelly’s review of the exhibition here, and see images of the show here*

In his solo exhibition, Unlikely Events, Brent explores the natural forces around us and brings attention to them with his unique insights and use of materials.

Located in the heart of the 18b Las Vegas Arts District, the gallery is dedicated to presenting internationally recognized and widely celebrated artists, such as David LaChapelle, Paul Morrison and Marilyn Minter. Additionally, the gallery promotes emerging and mid-career artists (both local and international), including Danny Roberts, John Bell, and Andrew Myers. In this fashion, owner Brett Sperry is bringing new voices to the fine arts community. Brett W. Sperry had recently received the 2009 Mayor’s Urban Design Award for the beautiful design of the Brett Wesley Gallery.

Brett Wesley Gallery
1112 casino center blvd.
las vegas, nv 89104


http://www.brettwesleygallery.com/

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The wind would find it out

Solo show at Greg Kucera Gallery

Exhibition: July 2 – August 15, 2009
Opening: First Thursday, July 2, 6 – 8 p.m.

Greg Kucera Gallery
212 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

http://www.gregkucera.com/
Photos of the exhibition are here and at http://gregkucera.com/sommerhauser.htm

Read more:
http://www.artsjournal.com/anotherbb/2009/07/from-carl-andre-lynda-benglis.html
and
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2009/07/06/currently-holding