Jim Skalman’s installations dance with the mid-century modernist architecture that is embedded in the American Southwest, and his works are about changing how we read that space and landscape. The San Diego artist is the next guest of the Artist Lecture Series, and like last week’s speaker, Miljohn Ruperto, he also plays with the visual lessons left behind by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Which is to say mood is shaped with light and shadow. That has this lecture reveal aesthetic codes that film and architecture students can refer to, like the creation of artificial public space in private space. He will be speaking Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: James Skalman is a San Diego artist who has done multi-media, site-specific installations in museums and other venues during his 30 year career. His recent work sits at a nexus of sculptural and pictorial space, landscape painting, photography, film, and the American Southwest.
ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES: The UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series features a diverse array of some of the most compelling artists and thinkers working in the art world today. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students. This program has established itself as an invaluable resource for UNLV students and the public alike. The primary mission of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series is to educate, inspire and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through visual presentations and discourse.
This post was written by Ed Fuentes. He is a UNLV MFA Fine Art candidate and produces Paint This Desert, a regional arts blog.