Local artist Abraham Abebe’s dreamy take on the Las Vegas landscape
Wed, Jun 15, 2011 (6:06 p.m.)
- The Other Side of Las Vegas
- Work by Abraham Abebe, through August 11.
- Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7030.
Modest residential housing and vacant streets dominate a three-tiered landscape on a hot desert day overcome by shadows and their drama. The view, loved by many but familiar to few, is serene, a pause in time, a space devoid of the people who come and go. A skyline of casinos hints at the more common story of Las Vegas, but here the casinos are only the background. “People come and they go,” says Ethiopian-born Abraham Abebe, who received his BFA in painting and graphic design from UNLV. “I try to show what’s beyond the Strip. Vegas means a lot for us. If you stop and see this place, you see a lot of beauty.”