In 1821 the city of Las Vegas was named after the spring-fed meadows that appeared in the middle of the desert. Like an oasis, the city glitters in the shadows of the Spring Mountains. The city’s landscape has shifted from canyon petroglyphs to the Old Spanish Trail to a home for hydroelectric workers eager to lose themselves in the pleasures of an illicit speakeasy or underground casino while building the Hoover Dam. Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamorous facades, yet the underpinnings of the city rest on rusted bones in the middle of the desert. Printmaking can be viewed in a similar light – the intimate result of labor and process; malleable visual expression that can both mimic and innovate.
SGCI 2018 Altered Landscapes brings together printmakers from around the world to explore the tension between reality and representation; alteration and reincarnation; ventures and adventures; construction and decay. Altered Landscapes will capture the spirit of Las Vegas’s perpetual reinvention. Through dialogue and demonstrations, Altered Landscapes will explore transformations in artist attitudes towards the natural environment and printmaking’s evolving roles in creative and social practice.