Image by Lonnie Timmons III/UNLV Creative Services, Courtesy the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
January 28, 2023 - March 18, 2023

Brent Holmes: Behold a Pale Horse

On loan from the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

Working through a variety of media, Las Vegas artist Brent Holmes practices an active meditation on the challenges of manifesting the contemporary and historical presence of Black voices in the American West.

Observing that "actions lead to objects," the artist brings together sculpture, painting, performance, video and installation to cast a critical eye on the iconic forms of the cowboy, the railroad worker, the prospector and the tools that powered the westward movement of 19th-century settlers.

“Technology and progress have always been intermingled. The cowboy serves as an avatar for this in the West,” Holmes says. “An intersection of northern European, Spanish and African herding traditions, there is no more American representation of radical individualism and self-reliance."

Brent Holmes is an artist, activist and cultural animator whose work investigates contemporary social structures through a historical lens. Much of his work examines epistemological warfare, the body, food, play and cultural discourse. He has exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, and is part of the permanent collection of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. He is the co-organizer of the performance art event RADAR, an arts writer and curator.

The exhibition would not exist in its current form without the technical expertise of Michael Genova and Joshua Vermillion, the metal-working proficiency of John Stoelting, and the construction skills of Joel Spencer. The artist would also like to thank Ashanti McGee, his children, Patrick Sibily, Brandon Thompson, Rebecca Snetslaar and Claire Vaye Watkins.

Admission Free

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