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Artists Javier Sanchez and Yasmina Chavez delve into the look and sound of ‘eristic stasis’

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Eristic
Through May 25; Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. (Opening reception May 2, 7 p.m.)
Alios, 1217 S. Main St., 478-9636

For Eristic at Alios, artists Yasmina Chavez and Javier Sanchez created a sound, light and video installation that aims to explore their question, “What would unresolved conflict sound and look like?” The source of the conflict is not relevant, only the sensation of two forces fighting to win, regardless of truth.

Both artists are proponents of using space as an alternative to making work that hangs in a gallery. Using large sheets of plastic, creating the illusion of a construction zone, they’ve built two rooms, one that incorporates multiple video projects and another that serves as a sound and light room. Their aim is to go beyond thought and idea to physically place viewers in a perspective-transforming environment, a visceral eristic stasis.

“The important part is to be conflicted,” says Chavez, who works at the Weekly’s sister publication, the Las Vegas Sun. “Resolution is subjective. What comes out of the conflict is evolution. To be in conflict is to be generating life.”

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