SFMoMA Museum of Modern Art

Double Down - Two Visions of Vegas

18 Sep 2008 - 04 Jan 2009

Olivo Barbieri
site specific_LAS VEGAS 05 (still), 2005
single-channel color video installation with audio, 13 min.;
Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery; © Olivo Barbieri

September 18, 2008 - January 04, 2009

Las Vegas has reinvented itself many times — from desert outpost to Sin City to megaresort — yet still retains iconic status in our collective imagination. Half dream, half nightmare, the city captures a distinctively American mix of gumption and excess. Double Down presents a portrait of this spectacular environment through two recent video works, Olivo Barbieri's site specific_LAS VEGAS 05 and Stephen Dean's No More Bets. Barbieri films Las Vegas from a helicopter, using a tiltfocus lens to render objects out of scale, transforming massive landmarks into souvenir-size miniatures. Dean's film draws us into the city's luminous signs, screens, and surfaces, abstracting the visual excess of Las Vegas and revealing beautiful, unexpected patterns of color and light.

Tags: Olivo Barbieri, Stephen Dean