Ricardo Rubalcaba, Kyle Brown, and Beck Neal
Curated by The Holland Project
July 22 - August 30, 2019
Reception: August 1, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
McKinley Gallery East presents ‘EMERGE,’ works by Ricardo Rubalcaba, Kyle Brown, and Beck Neal, curated by The Holland Project. This show features three young artists who are becoming part of the larger art world. Their works are visually diverse but are all rich in symbolism, narrative, and talent. The show itself is a colorful symphony of styles and themes, digital illustration blending with traditional oils and acrylics. The works theme around interpersonal relationships, people’s relationships with nature, internal relationships, and cross-cultural relationships.
Kyle Brown is eighteen years old and a recent graduate from Reno High school. He hopes to go into animation. Beck Neal is also eighteen and has recently graduated from Douglas High School. She will be attending UNR and studying chemistry and fine art. Ricardo Rubalcaba is eighteen and graduated from North Valleys High School. He will be attending the School of Art Institute in Chicago and hopes to incorporate civil activism with his art.
The Holland Project is an all-ages non-profit organization that provides art shows, concerts, cultural events, and workshops to the greater Reno area. “Holland Project hopes to further identify Reno as a cultural center with a vibrant urban scene where art and music thrive. Holland fundamentally believes that music and art are vital forces, and that young people have the ability and right to shape and share their culture.” For more information on The Holland Project, visit their website.
Sun Shadows - Nevada Botanical Cyanotypes
Laika Press and Friends
July 22 - August 30, 2019
Reception: August 29, 5 - 7 PM
McKinley Gallery West Presents ‘Sun Shadows – Nevada Botanical Cyanotypes,’ a show produced by Laika Press and created by local community members and artists. The numerous, small prints that form the show are made up of beautifully saturated blues, overlapped with inverted shadows in pale blues and whites. These image figments create ghostly abstractions from recognizable shapes of local flora from the Truckee Meadows region. The remnants of the plant forms in the deep blue of the paper form earthly clouds. The abundance of images forms a tapestry not unlike fields of grasses and flowers or the flow of rivers and streams.
Cyanotypes are a form of photographic printing process that produce a print in shades of blue and cyan. The process is relatively inexpensive and more accessible than other printmaking and photographic process.
Laika Press is a local nonprofit co-op printmaking space. Their goal is to foster a more connected printmaking community in the Reno area. They provide access to printmaking for students, artists, and community members. They also hold classes and workshops. For more information about Laika Press, visit their website.