Who Should be the Subject of Deborah Aschheim’s Next “Obsession”?

Who should be the subject of Deborah Aschheim's next obsession?

Look, we said to ourselves last Friday afternoon: we’re about to open two new shows. Let’s write a new question on the chalkboard.

The response was so quick and so fulsome that James — one of the Barrick volunteers — went out of the office this morning to take photographs and make a transcription.

Our question: Who should be the subject of Deborah Aschheim’s next “Obsession”?

(Deborah Aschheim is UNLV’s current artist-in-residence and the Barrick is showing a collection of her recent drawings. The show is called The Kennedy Obsession.)

The answers so far:

The state of obsession itself
Lady Gaga
Marilyn Monroe
Movie Stars
Nixon [response from the artist: “Already did that.”]
The feminist movement
Love Yourself
Is the government really are who they say they are
Not everyone knows
The Wizard of Oz
OJ Simpson
Nelson Mandela
Mahatma Gandhi
The mind [response from the artist: “Did that too.“]
Bus Stops
Childhood cancer
Police brutality
Occupy Wall St
Dita von Teese [twice!]
Graffti [sic]
Rocks Bay Max [I’m interpreting this one as “Baymax rocks”]
The Beatles
A non-American event [response from the artist: “You win – DGA”]

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Visitor-Made Desert Drawing


Barrick volunteer Shelly Volsche writes an open invitation to our next Visitor-Made event. Text and photographs are both hers.


drawing in the garden


You are invited to help the museum create a visual catalog of the drought resistant plants in the Museum’s Xeric Garden. From fine details to broad visuals, your drawings will become part of the official Visitor-Made Guide to the Garden.




Desert inspired pieces beckon you to explore the garden. This bronze tortoise welcomes you at one of its entrances.




While the word “desert” often conjures images of desolation and emptiness, the Museum’s Xeric Garden has details of beauty…

… and color.


red and green flora




Benches are embraced by the Xeric Garden as it envelops you in its atmosphere. Allow the seating to inspire your drawings and vision.


a number of plants


The garden has a wide assortment of cacti, trees, and ground shrubs. Learn more about the variety of native bushes thriving in the Nevada desert.




And while you are here, you never know who else might be enjoying the Xeric Garden with you.

We hope to see you on March 19th!

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Art materials and field guides will be available.

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Branden Koch: Be the Banana

Branden Koch sketchbook collage 1

We are looking forward to the UNLV Forum Lecture “Art Practice: Memory, Myth and Storytelling” and asked artist Branden Koch to send us a few images for the Museum’s blog. He kindly shared these samples from a sketchbook collage. Branden’s lecture — which he has described as an exploration of artistic bananaology, “Be The Banana: How to slip on your own skin and get caught in your practice, a non-prescription” — will blend humorous anecdotes and art to explore the dynamic relationships between memory, myth, and storytelling. He’ll be here on April 6th at 7:30pm in the Barrick Auditorium.

See the details of the event on the UNLV calendar.

See details on Facebook.


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Commentary: “What’s around the corner …”

Nice work here from two Barrick volunteers, Eric Desantigo and Shelly Volsche. All of the photographs can be credited to Eric and all of the written responses are Shelly’s.

Ceiling and walls

What’s around the corner?

Follow the path of your mind within this space. Ask yourself what the line is shining on? What’s behind the wall? Think about how we interact within spaces, corners, and walls within our worlds … and within our minds.


Life intersects among the shades of gray.

In our fast paced world, we are often asked to make snap decisions based upon black and white information. Do you see the subtleties in your world? Notice how the wall changes color amongst the shadows and light. Think of the metaphor of thought and physical environment.

directly upwards

Same but different.

Is this one space or two? Our life often hands us repeat situations that provide opportunities to learn, grow, and change. While the pattern of the tiles repeats, subtle interjections of light and architecture ask us to consider how each interaction is different, even when the players appear the same.

auditorium chairs

Are you being watched?

We often find ourselves lost in our own worlds, even in public spaces. Spend a moment of awareness to see yourself from another’s point of view. Spend a moment contemplating your interactions within space and time, with others, and with yourself.


Nature and Nurture

Human made and nature made regularly combine in space. Notice the juxtaposition of human ideas running through the complex web of natural growth. Even with the use of natural materials, human impact is noticeable.


How do you spend your time?

This image captures space and time with the depth of the contrails. Take a guess how much time passed between the leaving of each line. Three minutes? Five minutes? Ten? Consider what you accomplish with that time each day … or how you waste it.


Where are you going?

We travel many paths throughout our day, and our lives. A simple set of stairs can ask us to consider many things about the texture of our world. Where are you going? Where have you been? Do you focus on the shadows of your past or the open courtyard of your future?


It’s all perspective

This image contemplates the importance of perspective within our worlds and our lives. What does one see from the other side? There is value in considering another perspective whether solving a problem, finding a resolution with others, or seeking to interact with space in a unique way.


Off the path

So frequently we get focused on getting from point A to point B that we become oblivious to the world around us. This image asks us to contemplate the beauty we may miss if we forget to look beyond our to-do lists and objectives. Consider what experiences exist beyond the concrete.


Space is color and light

Crayons come in a plethora of colors. Piled in a heap, they play with light, shadow, lines, and intersections. As you experience your world, do you notice the colors around you? What shade of red was the pepperoni on your pizza? Was the sky blue or aqua today? Challenge yourself to notice the variety in your world.


Be where you are

Ask yourself to be within the space before you. Do you feel the warmth of the natural light at the doors? The cool of the tile floor? The comfort of the benches? How does this space make you feel?


Is your life handmade?

Consider the repetition and focus required to make a basket. There is a routine, yet variation is inherent due to its handmade origin. Is there art in your routine? Or is your life machine made? Ask yourself to be aware of the differences between textiles and materials in your daily life. What color was the carpet in your last car? What do the chairs in your classroom feel like? Find beauty and flexibility to create small variations within your routine for a handmade life.


Where’s the glass?

This image beautifully blurs the line between indoors and out. Nature meets nurture. Can you see the glass? Or do you feel as though you could simply pass through? We look through glass throughout many times in our day, our life. Ask yourself, “Am I being kept in? Or am I keeping something out?”

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