New exhibit by local contemporary artist James Stanford Sept. 21-Dec. 8
Contemporary local artist James Stanford presents a new exhibition featuring photomontages of vintage Las Vegas landmarks and the city’s famed neon signs. The free exhibit will be Friday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 24 in The Studio at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.
A welcoming reception with Stanford will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27.
Heavily influenced by his native Las Vegas roots and surroundings, Stanford is an innovative artist who revisits the vibrant energy of 1960s Vegas with this collection. Entitled Shimmering Zen, he will feature a range of intricate digital collages of original photographs that capture the city’s iconic aesthetic and particularly its neon signs. Some of the pieces include The Neon Museum, Fremont Street, Fong’s Garden and the Circus Circus, Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Tropicana, Caesars Palace and Binion’s properties.
Stanford’s use of traditional photography and digital techniques make his Shimmering Zen work unique and compelling. Drawing on his expertise as a painter, photographer, professor of colour theory and pioneering advocate of new technologies in digital art, he layers photographs to create and discover patterns in familiar, yet completely revitalised, images with bold colors and intricate patterns that create mesmerising designs.
Shimmering Zen also reflects Stanford’s continued interest in transforming reality into imagined realms. As an artist, he is concerned with the development of a visual expression of spirituality. Drawing on the ancient traditions of Buddhism, he conceives his digital montages as “modern mandalas” – maps toward inner zen. His work responds to the potency of the “mandala” as a symbol and its influence and importance to cultures worldwide.
“When you open up your mind, you become so full of this one vision, everything becomes pure energy, pure light. That’s Shimmering Zen, and incorporating iconic Las Vegas images for their beauty, uniqueness and historical significance in the city and my life makes this collection even more special,” said Stanford.
Shimmering Zen features 46 works Stanford created during the past 20 years. In addition to the Las Vegas pieces, he will incorporate new works inspired by his recent visit to London, such as a large scale triptych (96’’ X 192’’) printed on metal and composed of three mirrored montages featuring Buckingham Palace, entitled Trioca Pentaptyc.
Shimmering Zen premiered at the 20th Anniversary of Asia Art in London, the global hub of Asian contemporary art and antiquities featuring more than 60 of the world’s top dealers, major auction houses and museums for an annual 10-day celebration of the finest in Asian art.
Many of the exhibition’s pieces have been compiled into Shimmering Zen, a large-format, 264-page hardback book of 150 of Stanford’s original works that will be launched in the United States at the Neon Museum on Oct. 13. The book is being distributed through Midpoint, a subsidiary of Ingram Content Group and is available through Amazon and Smallworks Press, a specialty arts and publication company.
Hours for the Shimmering Zen exhibit will be 10 a.m. to7:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday through Sunday. For information, call 702-524-1019, visit www.shimmeringzen.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About James Stanford
An international exhibiting artist, James Stanford graduated with painting degrees at the University of Washington (UW) with a Master of Fine Arts and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also practices photography, digital illustration and drawing. Dedicated to creativity and the fine arts, he has taught at UNLV and UW, established the Smallworks Gallery/Lost Vegas, and curated exhibitions at various venues, including the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Stanford also served as chairman of the Arts Commission of the City of Las Vegas and later president of the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Stanford’s recent exhibition at Asia Art in London and the release of his book, Shimmering Zen, at The London Library, further showcases his ability to create new and innovative art. Due to the success of Shimmering Zen, he has further broadened the scope Smallworks Press, an independent publishing company specializing in books on arts and culture. He currently lives and works in Las Vegas. For information, visit www.jamesstanfordart.com or www.shimmeringzen.com or call 702-524-1019.
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