This Week in Arts: Art Chantry, the LV Phil Guild and aesthetic possibilities of renewable energy

Beyond the Wave’ submission for the 2014 LAGI Design Competition Copenhagen by an artist team based in Seoul. Members include Jaesik Lim, Ahyoung Lee, Sunpil Choi, Dohyoung Kim, Hoeyoung Jung, Jaeyeol Kim, Hansaem Kim (Heerim Architects & Planners)

Public art and renewable energy

In 2010 the Land Art Generator Initiative held its first international design competition for innovative and art-based solutions to the renewable energy landscape. Teams from more than 40 countries submitted ideas and concepts, from sculptural wind turbines, solar pyramids and solar carpets to minimalist fields designed to harvest natural energy.

Tonight LAGI’s co-founders Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian will be discussing the role of technology in art at the Las Vegas City Council Chambers. Public Art within the Urban Fabric of a Sustainable Future, hosted by Southern Nevada’s Renewable Envoy, is part of LAGI’s focus: Renewable energy infrastructures placed harmoniously within our urban and suburban landscapes through collaborations between architects, artists, scientists and engineers. Capture, convert, transform and transmit.

Tonight’s presentation comes amid LAGI’s fourth biannual international competition (held this year in Santa Monica), which is currently seeking innovative ideas for harvesting energy and generating clean water through May 15. February 16, 6 p.m. Las Vegas City Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St.

Art Chantry speaks

Art Chantry, master of low-tech design and devotee to gritty underground-style aesthetics in posters and album covers, will be discussing his work February 18 at the Barrick Museum. The author of Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic's History of 20th Century Graphic Design, is legendary for his nod to rock-art history and artistically rich compositions while maintaining a general aversion to quick and easy design software: “There used to be a time when designers were trained in the history of composition. Now you just buy a f*ckin' piece of software and now you've become a designer.” The talk by Chantry, whose work has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Smithsonian and the Louvre, is hosted by the UNLV College of Fine Arts Graphic Design & Media Program and supported by the Las Vegas chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). February 18, 6 p.m., free. Barrick Museum at UNLV, 4505 South Maryland Parkway.

The Guild that keeps giving

A month after the Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild launched an instrument-collection program to get music into the hands of Valley students at charter schools, it was announced the guild has won two Roundtable Awards from the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras for its fundraising projects, Runway Rhythms and Adopt-A-Musician. The guild, 300 members strong, helps support the orchestra through volunteer work and fundraising, donating more than $400,000 for music and education since launching in 2003. Partnering with Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, where multiple students are sharing instruments, the guild is seeking instruments (playable and in good condition) as well as financial contributions and repair services. Contact the Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild at 702-462-2338 or [email protected]

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