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Life in the End Times: Thoughts on Sustainability by Yasmina Chavez, Javier Sánchez, and David Sanchez Burr

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Life in the End Times: Thoughts on Sustainability by Yasmina Chavez, Javier Sánchez, and David Sanchez Burr

Part of Greetings from Las Vegas

Gateway Motel 928 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV, 89101

Thursday December 5th  6:00pm to 11:00pm

It is said that if everyone pitches in a grain of sand we will one day fill the bucket. the questions we have on sustainability is what if that bucket is so large it would take millennia to fill? Who do we hold responsible? Regardless of the current and future damage to our planet ecosystem, the time will always be now to change the current course of damage, and it is not as simple as changing the packaging to green. To go forward without a full socio-political and economical investigation and analysis is to steer the ship into the melting glacier.

To help us understand why we find ourselves always at the border of the apocalypse we must dig into history. If we thought that the cause was simply CO2 then we could move forward, unfortunately this is only a partial explanation, this is a soft explanation that masks larger questions about capitalism and consumerism, questions purposely left behind the curtain. Environmental problems come from economic and social system who’s roots are found in wealthy nations and their corporations, systems that historically have been engaged in exploitation. Global industrialization strategies and plans circumvented the globe in less than a century exhausting or depleting our finite resources. Under the guise of bringing wealth and stability to resource rich undeveloped regions in the globe, the conspirators sack the poor and hand weapons and power  to murderous heads of state. Regions with no exploitable resources are left to their own problems of despair, starvation and illness. The strategy is playing itself out in different stages in different regions with few new spaces to exploit. Plans are already being made to divvy up the polar region, this will be the new war zone. The question is who wants all of the wealth and who is left out. The answer to this question is intentionally left orphaned on the doorstep of “purchased democratic nations” who lack any interest in challenging their patrons. Any motion towards forward change is considered radical, leftist and marxist only backwards change is acceptable.  Our message is to be aware of “sustainability” masked as a new wave of consumerism. Be aware of “sustainable, green and ecological” as marketing ploys of diffused meaning. The meaning of sustainability is to put these apocalyptic notions behind us, to re-engage democratically, to find out the true cause of earths exhaustion and eliminate it.

Yasmina Chavez

Yasmina Chavez is a long time Nevada resident.  She was raised in Elko, NV and has lived and worked in Las Vegas, NV for the past nine years. She graduated from UNLV in 2011 with a BFA in photography and is currently working for Greenspun Media Group as a photo coordinator for the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas Inc. As an artist, Chavez primarily works in photography, video and performance.  Together with three other local artist she co-founded of 5th Wall Gallery in the Fall of 2011, but has since left to focus on her own work. While at 5th Wall Gallery, Chavez curated “Deserting Las Vegas,” a road opera by Geneva based performance group Eternal Tour and “China in Box” a musical art performance by the local Las Vegas band China. She also co-curated shows like “Sonic Trichromacy,” a sound installation by Daniel Steffey, “I&I” an interactive installation by Luis Brennan and “Tangents”, a sculptural photography show by Fred Mitchell.  She’s had two solo shows at Counterspace Gallery:  “They Used To Be Animals” in 2013 and “Stranger Bond” in 2012. In the summer of 2012, she participated in a collaboration performance piece, “Okonomiyaki,” with Brent Holmes for the Las Vegas satellite show of the “London Biennale” held at VAST Gallery. Her first short film “Patty Cake” premiered at the 2012 Spring Flicks festival and her video, “Shut Your Mouth” was selected for the Claes Oldenburg 30th Anniversary juried exhibition show of his “Flashlight” sculpture at Donna Beam Gallery in 2011.

Javier Sánchez

Born in the suburbs of Mexico City, Javier Sanchez has now been a resident of Las Vegas Nevada for the last ten years. He received his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University Of Nevada Las Vegas in 2012. For the last five years he has exhibited his work in various galleries and venues within the Las Vegas area including his first solo exhibition in 2010 “El Salon De Dibujo” at CSN College Of Southern Nevada, and “Relative Perspectives” at the Clark County Government Center (Rotunda Gallery) in downtown Las Vegas. His most recent collaborative exhibition with Yasmina Chavez “ERISTIC” was a large scale video and sound installation at Alios Gallery in Las Vegas.  Javier Sanchez is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Las Vegas NV. He incorporates video, photography, sound, nature, and the community as parts of his art practice.

David Sanchez Burr

David Sanchez Burr is a mixed-media artist, currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born in Madrid Spain, David began his experimental sound and visual work in Richmond, Virginia while studying at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work is based on the study of a materials physical response to natural and man-made processes such as decay, vibration, entropic forces and maintenance. Using constructive and destructive methods the work is induced to be in a constant state of change. His research is applied to performance, installation art, sculpture, video and sound art; and is often site specific. He has recently exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco, Present Company in New York and at Art Murmur in Oakland California as part of the Mobile Arts Platform. Along with his art practice, David also organizes the Wildlife Divide, a series of art events and workshops related to the high contrast between urban and natural habitats.

Multiplexer Intercept 7:7


Intercept 6:7 October 5th through October 31st

Multiplexer is proud to present Intercept a seven part series exploring the various approaches to video as a medium in contemporary arts today.

Intercept began as a public call for art to create a panorama of genres,investigations, studies and endeavors of video artists today. The artists selected for this series span all continents and produce work with a wide variety of subjects and an even wider array of technical approaches. The Intercept Series will form the base from which the gallery expects to provide the opportunity to cultivate a discerning and critical audience of video art in Las Vegas going forward.

The context and approach varies from artist to artist but increasingly the outlook of video art continues to be dependent on how much it distinguishes itself from or is in opposition to the “broadcasted television” in its current commercialized form.

Intercept 6:7

October 5th through October 31st

Reception Friday October 5th  2012 6:00pm to 8:00pm

520 Fremont Street  Las Vegas, NV 89101

Gallery Hours 12-6pm Tuesday through Friday

Simohammed Fettaka

Ian DeLeon

Adrien Siberchicot

Irby Pace

Aaron Oldenberg

About the Artists

Simohammed Fettaka

“A Day in Tangier” 5 minutes 13 seconds 2010
Simohammed Fettaka is a young multidisciplinary artist, born in 1981. He currently lives and works in Tangier.

Simohammed studied Philosophy and Signal Processing in Morocco and later trained in filmmaking at La Femis, Paris.

He has worked for the past 5 years at the Cinematheque de Tanger (a non-profit organization) helping develop it since its creation in 2005. He founded and continues to direct the yearly film festival Cinema Nachia.

His work predominantly uses the medium of film, however it also incorporates photography and collage and extends to other art forms such as installation, sound art and performance. At the centre of his work is a reflection on the presentation of the image. This graphic personal interpretation is based on collective memory: the individual visual experience must thereby lead us to question our sense of ourselves.

Ian DeLeon

“You’re Still the Head of the Household” 5 Minutes 2011

Ian Deleon (b. 1987, Miami, Florida)

works primarily in video | performance | large scale installations.

He is interested in creating work that is both conceptual and visceral | aiming for substantial sociopolitical messages delivered with minimal ecological impact.

Appropriation, dramatic scale, pop culture, economics, and immigration feature prominently in his most recent body of work.

He received his BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston.

Adrien Siberchicot

“ Fata Morgana” 1 minute 40 seconds

“Born in Colombes, France in 1985, lives and works in Paris.His video is a composition made with objects of his studio. It combines the spectacular of the optical illusion with a set of basic objects producing a potential horizon line, evacuating a narrative distinction between the effect produced and the means of production. This video is part of a series of work entitled Discontinuous Lines.”

Irby Pace

“Unintended Consequences”  9 minutes 45 seconds 2012

Irby Pace was born in 1982 in Odessa, Texas. In 2005 he moved to Lubbock, Texas to attended Texas Tech University where he received his BFA in Photography in 2008.

He is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas where he received his MFA in Photography.

Irby Pace is a multi-project oriented artist that works in different genres and themes. His work investigates issues of privacy and individuality in “Unintended Consequences.” Irby takes images that customers left behind in Apple computer stores and presents them to the public.

Irby also makes one of a kind art pieces by combining his father’s photographs and drawings with his own. Pace believes that this work will help him understand who his father was.

Aaron Oldenberg

“Pieces of Jonestown” 3 minutes 28 seconds 2010

Aaron Oldenburg is a game designer and new media artist whose primary interest is in game rules as an expressive medium. His video and interactive work has exhibited in festivals and galleries in New York, Berlin, São Paulo and Los Angeles, including SIGGRAPH and FILE Electronic Language International Festival. He currently works on physical computing projects, designing new interfaces and electronic sculptures.

He teaches game design as an Assistant Professor in University of Baltimore’s Simulation and Digital Entertainment program and has an MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In October 2003 he finished two years as an HIV Health Extension Agent for the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa.

Intercept 5:7 August 21st through October 1st.

Multiplexer is proud to present Intercept a seven part series exploring the various approaches to video as a medium in contemporary arts today.

Intercept began as a public call for art to create a panorama of genres,investigations, studies and endeavors of video artists today. The artists selected for this series span all continents and produce work with a wide variety of subjects and an even wider array of technical approaches. The Intercept Series will form the base from which the gallery expects to provide the opportunity to cultivate a discerning and critical audience of video art in Las Vegas going forward.
The context and approach varies from artist to artist but increasingly the outlook of video art continues to be dependent on how much it distinguishes itself from or is in opposition to the “broadcasted television” in its current commercialized form.

Intercept 5:7
August31st through October 1st
Reception Friday August 31st 2012 6:00pm to 8:00pm
520 Fremont Street  Las Vegas, NV 89101
Gallery Hours 12-6pm Tuesday through Friday

Ezra Wube “Mela” 2011 1 minute 41 seconds
Danny Warner “ Aphasia V” 2012 2 minutes 20 seconds
Alysse Stepanian “Roghieh” 2009 5 minutes 30 seconds
Bridget Lynch “Feast” 2011 5 minutes
Shalo P “Driver Down” 2011 5 minutes 20 seconds

About the Artists

Ezra Wube
“Mela” 2011 1 minute 41 seconds
Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Ezra moved to the United States at the age of 18 and received his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and an MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY. His works encompassing video, installations, drawing, painting and performance.
Danny Warner
“ Aphasia V” 2012 2 minutes 20 seconds
Dan’s motion design and experimental animation has appeared in various venues including exhibitions, screenings, film festivals and other events in the U.S. and abroad, including the Phillips Collection, Solyanka National Gallery in Moscow, WRO Media Art Biennial in Warsaw, Natural History Museum of Vienna, and Trinity College Science Gallery in Dublin. His posterworks have also been fortunate to find exhibition in the U.S. and abroad, including the 4th Block Triennial in Kiev, the Yaku International Poster Exhibition in Peru, and the International Biennial of the Socio-Political Poster in Poland. His students’ work has recently been recognized in Novum: World of Graphic Design and Creative Quarterly.

An advocate of the cross-disciplinary perspective that animates experience design processes and activities, Dan is also currently investigating the motion poster as a medium of cross-platform engagement.

Alysse Stepanian
“Roghieh” 2009 5 minutes 30 seconds
Iranian born Alysse Stepanian moved to the US shortly after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. This video is based on her early dream journal. “Roghieh” paints a surreal picture of the early stages of the Iranian Revolution, when it empowered the underprivileged, who had a significant role in the overthrow of an elitist regime. A cleaning lady’s broom becomes a weapon symbolizing a new found strength. She jumps into the revolution from the wall-less bedroom of a young girl caught in the middle of great social changes and role reversals.

Bridget Lynch
“Feast” 2011 5 minutes
As an artist, B. Lynch, has been working with the topic of folly for the last Seventeen years. Her theatrical installations of the Folly pantheon have been shown at many solo exhibitions in New England. Lynch has been combining digital and other media for several years, presenting “Tragical, Comical”… an installation with video and a site-specific labyrinth at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery in Fall River MA in 2008.  She presented a mixed media and video installation, Truth & Folly at UMass Amherst November 2004. Chain of Fools: Hogarth Reinterpreted by B. Lynch, a mixed media and video installation at University of New Hampshire. January 2006 her project Just a Pack of Cards, with the Open Studio Program was on view at the Currier Museum in Manchester NH. At the Children’s Museum her site-specific installation – Folly Roger & the Sunken Treasure is on long term loan. Other shows of note are: the Throne Project 2003, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Fool’s Progress, Eastern CT State University;The Game of Folly, The Art Complex Museum; and Plucked Fruit, Montserrat College of Art. Lynch has shown extensively in group shows including The Chicken Show at the Boston Center for the Arts; as well as shows in Germany and the Midwest.


Shalo P
“Driver Down” 2011 5 minutes 20 seconds
Shalo P is a San Francisco audio / visual artist interested in raw emotion. His works span media as diverse as drawing, video, installation, sound performance, comix and curatorial practices. Generally taking the form of vibrantly rousing celebrations of the moment, his videos play elaborate games through repetition, use of symbols and a highly thought-out approach toward the structure of video as both an extension of cinema and other visual languages, offering up dense layers of sight and sound within a conceptual framework riddled with personal motifs and born out of universal themes of hatred, love, longing and sorrow.

Shalo P was born in Cartagena, Colombia and raised in Miami.

Multiplexer participating in OffTheStrip

While the main OFF THE STRIP festival program will be held at the Contemporary Arts Center, this year two new exhibition spaces will also participate. Multiplexer and 5th Wall Gallery, based in Emergency Arts, are both contributing to a growing local new genre scene, and will be hosting opening events.

Reception for ‘Intercept 5:7’ at Multiplexer.

Reception for ‘To be Titled’ by Jevijoe Vitug at 5th Wall Gallery.

This event is open to everyone and FREE to attend.

Intercept 4:7

Intercept 4:7

July 9th through August 30th
Reception Friday August 3rd 2012 6:00pm to 8:00pm

520 Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101
Gallery Hours 12-6pm Tuesday through Friday

Tina Willgren “Workout”

Steven H Silberg “Cape Neddick, Maine – August 2007”

Leyla Rodriguez & Cristian Straub “Isle of Lox”

Corey George “Sequoyah”

Cindy Rehm “Hold, Wrap Bind”


Tina Wilgren
“Workout” 2011 Duration 4 minutes 13 seconds

Born in Tierp, Sweden 1972. Lives and works in Stockholm, primarily with video, sound and installations. MA degree at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm 2005. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: No, No, I hardly ever miss a show, Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland/WPA Experimental Media Series, USA/Animacall, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece/Visionaria, Toscana Video Festival, Piombion, Italy/Projetaveis, Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

In 2011 the video “The Polymoids” received the first prize in the Blubanana Video Art Contest, and the Best Experimental/Animation award in the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival.

Steven H Silberg

“Cape Neddick, Maine – August 2007” 2009 Duration 4 minutes 45 seconds

Steven H Silberg is an image-influenced, pixel-based cross media artistwith a background ranging from photography to book conservation.Working in print, video, and interactive installation, he engage “new media” as a literalist. For him, the pixel and structure of the digital image is as important as the composition and content. Byhighlighting the construction of the image, Silberg; allows his viewers to both engage the work visually and engage with the technology creating it.
Created in Baltimore, his work has been enjoyedregionally, at venues including Baltimore’s ArtScape, the University of Maryland, and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts nationally, at the University of Texas, Dallas, Missouri State University and Orange Coast College California; and internationally atthe Third Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium. He was selected as the Winner of the Washington Post’s 2010 Real Art DC competition and has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2012 Trawick Prize.

Silberg received his MFA from MICA in 2004 and his BFA from the University of Delaware in 1997. He is a Lecturer in Foundations, concentrating in Photography and Video, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Leyla Rodriguez & Christian Straub

Isle Of Lox “The Face” 2011 Duration 3 minutes 54

Second Isle Of Lox “The Fruits Electric” Duration 3 Minutes 44

Second Isle Of Lox “The Pink Situation” Duration 3 Minutes 1 Second

Leyla Rodriguez ́s interventions in public space in form of a tempooary textil intallation, videos, films and Obejects have been exhibited in numerous galleries and film festivals. She was born in Buenos Aires/ currently lives and works in Hamburg/ Germany

Cristian Straub born in Bucharest, Romania.
Many of his short films and artistic works were shown and awarded internationally at film festivals. He lives and works in Hamburg/ Germany
The Isle Of Lox Episode “The Face” won the Kraft New Media Prize 2011.


“The Pink Situation” is the first film of the series not to feature Leylox & Krilox.
This time, the focus is on the “Holy Donkeys”. It’s not evident if those creatures are a part of the past or of the future of Lox.
The exodus of the donkey tribe is in full effect, when something quite inexplicable takes place (which may or may not be a holy ritual). The donkeys blend into “The pink situation”, a higher and peaceful state of mind.
Episode “THE FACE”

In „The Face“
Leylox and Krilox return to action in the first “indoor” film of the series. It also features for the first time non-textile Artifacts such as “The Reflektor”, a crystal skateboard. Leylox and Krilox are in a cathedral, which is full of mirrors. A mystery and identity play beginns, when they start walking over the mirror plates.

“The fruits electric” is the first film of the series to feature another protagonist than Leylox and Krilox. Lending iconography from Greek mythology (Aphrodite’s birth from oceanic foam), the Bible (Eve and the forbidden apple) and Grimm’s fairy tales (Hänsel & Gretel), the film features a girl on her audiovisual quest for the primordial origin of sound.A girl and “The Reflektor“ are washed ashore a beach. Strangely attracted by “The Flags” and uncanny sounds, she starts exploring the island she stranded on. When she picks The Fruits“ from “The Tree“ of sound she is instantly transposed to a mysterious house = “The Transformer“. This is when she becomes aware of her transformation: she is now the keeper of the sound crown, she has become the fruits electric girl.

Corey George

“Sequoyah” 2011 Duration 1 Minute and 41 Seconds

Corey George grew up in upstate South Carolina surrounded by farmers, old pine forests, wildlife and Southern Democrats. His current work is a study of the rural landscape in the southern U.S. documenting how man and society have shaped and altered it-and continues to alter it. He currently teaches at the University of Tampa.

Cindy Rehm
“Hold, Wrap, Bind” 1 minute 54 Seconds

Cindy Rehm is a Los Angeles based artist and educator. She is the co-founder of the feminist art space, Craftswoman House. Rehm is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship in Media from the Tennessee State Arts Commission and a Learning to Love You More Grant. Her work has been shown at LACE, Los Angeles; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Consolidated Works, Seattle; Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn; Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC; and at Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece. Her work may be viewed at and she maintains a blog at

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