The 705 Erogenous Zone

The 705 Erogenous Zone Las Vegas, NV 2017 2,000+ sqft mural (Video) Dr. Laura Henkel, Sin City Gallery (curation) Alison Chambers, The 705 (building) “Downtown” Steve Franklin, The 705 (building) Brian “Paco” Alvarez, Zappos (materials donation) Aaron Sheppard has a complex. Well, a few of them. But on this warm and breezy mid-May day, while…

Strange Glove Entices and Intimidates

You can look but you can’t touch. The rubbery, wet-looking pieces in Chris Bauder’s “Strange Glove” solo show at Sin City Gallery ask to be interacted with, but there’s a reason the fleshy assault rifles are protected behind a glass case. He likes the idea of people wanting to interact but having to resist. Bauder…

Exhibit Gives In To Sin

A toy gun and an old computer mouse sit on a shelf, their plastic shells encased in salmon-pink latex. At least that’s what one can assume they were before artist Chris Bauder transformed them into aesthetically glutinous pieces for his latest exhibit, Strange Glove. The mouse, titled “Backlash,” now resembles a dominatrix’s whip, and the…

Make Me Swoon

American artist Shelbi Schroeder makes photographs that have a sort of old world breathlessness to them. Her recent White series is made up of landscapes of pristine clouds, the subjects caught at the moment of snowy solitude and purity. Still others show the moment of sexual pleasure, where memories, rivers of time, a sense of…

Swoon

It’s hard to reinvent the nude, but former Las Vegan Shelbi Schroeder has done just that—turned the same old body we’re so used to seeing into something fresh, mysterious and vital. Swoon features nine works in 12-by-12-inch frames, each exhibiting a single Fujifilm Instax Mini color instant photo of a tiny nude body. It’s so…

Not Kid Stuff

Las Vegas-based Iranian artists Ali Fathollahi and Nanda Sharifpour landed in Istanbul, Turkey, the day before the terrorist attacks at Ataturk Airport this summer, finding themselves once again in a heightened political landscape where violence shakes and defines reality. As jarring as it was, it was familiar terrain for Fathollahi, who’d spent six months of…

Creating Questions with Art

Ali Fathollahi is an Iranian-American artist based in Las Vegas. All his experiences, from being an expatriate of Iran to moving from city to city, have influenced his work and inspired him to create more than “beautiful.” He has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s in fine art from the Azad University…

Taboo

If there’s still a taboo around erotic art in Las Vegas, rest assured: Dr. Laura Henkel is breaking it. The curator and specialist in human sexuality helms the Sin City Gallery, which is preparing for an upcoming show of Hajime Sorayama paintings. She also runs 12 Inches of Sin, an annual juried erotic art exhibition.…

Bringing Sin To Vegas

She’s vivacious, sexy and worldly. She’s curated exhibits at the Erotic Heritage Museum in town. She’s the owner of Sin City he artistic landscape of Downtown Las Vegas, but quietly. And yes, she has seen more than 300 hours of adult films (more on this later). The intriguing Dr. Laura Henkel, who landed in Vegas…