This is a celebration of the second issue of the Dry Heat art journal with a live panel event on May 19. Three local artists—Anthony Bondi, Brent Holmes, and Laurence Myers Reese — will discuss the significance of art writing in Las Vegas and beyond.
The new Dry Heat features writing by Las Vegas-based artists Nima Abkenar, Gig Depio, and Julian Kilker, along with an examination of contemporary Iranian protest graffiti by a citizen of Iran who goes by the pseudonym Ain/Amal. Ain/Amal is responding to themes in Abkenar’s essay, which is a meditation on his current predicament as a displaced Iranian living in Las Vegas while history-making events are happening in his homeland. Meanwhile, Depio ponders the role of painting in the fast-paced contemporary world, and Kilker describes his idiosyncratic photographic practice as he affirms the value of the desert as a place for artistic experimentation.
You can read Dry Heat online or pick up a free hard copy at this event. (Pictured: Julian Kilker, Colleague preparing motion control system at Mt. Irish, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.)