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Artist Jska Priebe highlights local musicians in ‘Composition’

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Jska Priebe’s Composition at Wasteland Gallery.

In Composition at Wasteland Gallery, artist Jska Priebe takes the digital immediacy out of an image-based industry (within an image-based society) by painting oil portraits of Las Vegas band members, each sitting for three-hour periods or more in her Spectral Gallery. The portraits of the 35 musicians—members of Candy Warpop, Illicitor and Mercy Music and more than 20 other bands—including those who have recorded at the neighboring Naked City Audio.

Though more painter and illustrator of dark surrealist fantasy, Priebe (who co-owns Spectral) uses traditional figurative style to merge the art and music scenes, a common fusion at Downtown Spaces, home to a variety of creative types. “I like the immediacy and the challenge,” Priebe says of the works created during January and February. “Musicians kind of have an image already and are comfortable presenting themselves.”

Performing live at the First Friday opening will be Shayna Rain and the Part Time Models, Sal Giordano of No Red Alice and The Core, Bob Oh of Illicitor and Brian Gibson of Wax Pig Melting.

Composition Through March; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., First Friday & Preview Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Wasteland Gallery, 1800 Industrial Road, 702-475-9161.

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