August 19, 2016 by: Natalie Fleming
Settlers + Nomads: 269 MILES is an evening of video and performance hosted by BLAM Projects, an artist-run space in downtown Los Angeles. The programming is part of the gallery’s three-week event series “Hot August Nights” curated by artist Joe Wolek in conversation with the current gallery exhibition On the Distant Horizon. “Hot August Nights” turns BLAM projects into an evening event space featuring local and international artists during the last three weekends in August. The focus of “Hot August Nights” is interpretations of illusion built on inspiration derived from the speciﬁcity of locale. As part of this series Settlers + Nomads presents 269 MILES on August 20 at 8:00 pm: an evening of video and performance: 269 MILES includes works by artists with a connection to Las Vegas that explores our relationship to place, the 269 MILES title refers to the distance between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Participating S + N artists include UB Department of Art MFA student Javier Sanchez along with Lauren Adkins (Los Angeles), Audrey Barcio (Chicago), Catherine Borg (Baltimore), Mark Brandvik (Las Vegas), Yasmina Chavez (Las Vegas), Andreana Donahue (Las Vegas), Stephen Hendee (Baltimore), Brent Holmes (Las Vegas), Danielle Kelly (Las Vegas, NM), Wendy Kveck (Las Vegas), David Sanchez Burr (Las Vegas, NM), and Mikayla Whitmore (Las Vegas).
Settlers + Nomads (S+N) is a collaborative work in progress cataloging a network of contemporary artists, thinkers and projects with ties to the Las Vegas region. The project’s website includes a blog featuring the writing of visual artist-contributors as well as Las Vegas contemporary art news and events listings. S + N was founded by Las Vegas-based artist Wendy Kveck in 2015. 269 MILES is the first S + N project curated for a physical space.
BLAM Projects is an innovative exhibition model focused on creating a synergy between artists in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. These bicoastal, multiplatform exhibition spaces in downtown Los Angeles and the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn are designed to showcase a wide range of artists and curators from both sides of the country. The goal is to introduce the wealth of talent in both communities to a wider audience of art lovers, art writers, curators and collectors. The spaces also will bring selected international artists to audiences in the two cities. The dialogues continue outside gallery walls as BLAM partners with other alternative spaces, publications and organizations. BLAM was recently featured in ART AND CAKE LA, as one of the nine must see alternative spaces in Los Angeles.