Visitors to CSN’s Art Gallery might not immediately recognize Evan Dent in Supporting Recollection. The artist, known for his outstanding vintage-style and often satirical cartoon illustrations that showcase life’s dark underbelly has taken a more sentimental approach to personal impressions of popular culture from his youth.
- Supporting Recollection
The new work is his pensive ode to comic books, movies and video games, playing off the idea of memories evolving into tall tales when influenced by outside sources. It includes a mixed-media series of hands, rendered on paper and overlaid with etchings on glass—video game motifs, including a Pac-Man game—that resemble tattoos. The hands, chosen for their expressive nature and high profile in video games, read as a sort of secret sign language.
There’s also a mixed-media portrait of a woman in historic dress standing in the desert with water past her midsection, framed in personal symbolism—a reflection of Dent’s childhood fascination with a desert once filled with prehistoric creatures.
Supporting shows a more personal side of the UNLV MFA grad, who has exhibited in several shows around town and was featured in the 2010 book Drunk, A Comic About Bar Stories and in the Stop and Glow public art project (at the Arts District transit stop). It’s interesting to see where artists go when departing from their trademark style, and Supporting is an intriguing look into a native son’s boyhood memories.