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Audrey Barcio, artist in the spotlight

Audrey Barcio
Photo: Mikayla Whitmore

Tucked in a front room of the pop-up art experience at the Western Hotel, artist Audrey Barcio’s rock ’n’ roll shamanism quietly resonated with Life Is Beautiful festivalgoers. Her installation, “Infinite Reflection,” was an inspired integration of geometric precision and agility of material that granted the simplest gesture a totemic magnitude. Desert magic in acrylic and fur. Who is this mysterious Audrey Barcio? She’s a former sommelier and onetime flight attendant who first got to know Las Vegas during layovers on the Strip, and traded fine wines for fine art through an MFA at UNLV. Most recently LA-based, Barcio was quickly seduced by Vegas’ light. “I’m obsessed with our sunrise and sunsets, and the rotation of natural light into unnatural LED/neon nights.” Barcio will be very visible during the first half of 2015, with group shows at Brett Wesley and Michele C. Quinn Fine Art, but first up is a solo exhibition at UNLV’s Grant Hall Gallery. “I may only be here for a short time,” she says, “but I am committed to contributing to this city that has been nothing but welcoming to me. Vegas will always hold a special place in my heart.”


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