This show was a residency in Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan hotel through Art Production Fund in New York. 15 of us showed up for the first week of installation. We were influenced by a field trip to the Valley of Fire State Park and the wealth of imagery in the city itself. We carved two cedar totems for this, and made a “rock” wall out of cardboard which was intended as a repository for “petroglyphs” made by us and visitors to the show.
Aside from trying to capture the overall visual character of the city, we also adopted a circus theme. It was through this that we acquired the head of a clown as an iconic staple for the group.
With this residency we stumbled upon a surprising amount of generosity from The Cosmopolitan hotel, Art Production Fund and Re-purpose America who were the source for most of our materials. We also had a strong line-up of members for this show, and some of them did acid for the first time and spent a long night searching for rooms inside of other rooms.