Daylong art event to revolve around ‘12 Inches of Sin’ show

For the fifth year, Sin City Gallery and owner/curator Laura Henkel are bringing the “12 Inches of Sin” show to Las Vegas and the 18b Arts District. This year, it promises to be bigger, longer and steamier, with a one-day special event, “Sin City Gallery presents Immersive,” planned from 1 p.m. to midnight April 9.

The exhibition will feature invited and guest artists and performance art in the gallery at The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., but galleries at Art Square, 1025 S. First St., and The Union House, 917 S. First St., are also set to be open during the event.

Most galleries will be free, but admission to “Immersive,” including Sin City Gallery, Eden Arts Gallery and three stages and booths in the fenced parking area along The Arts Factory, will be by ticketed admission only.

“I want the experience to be like something I would see in San Francisco, New York, Paris or London,” said Henkel, who has a Ph.D. in erotic art and was the original curator of the Erotic Heritage Museum. “It’s going to be adult, have sophistication and be transgressive. It’s something that celebrates art and lifestyle.”

She prefers to avoid the term “erotic art,” which she feels most people equate with pornography. She chooses works that are sophisticated, humorous and transgressive to display at Sin City Gallery, and she wrote a manifesto redefining herself as a modern provocateur.

“Immersive” is set to include a gift bag for the first 1,000 attendees, live performances and some very adult demonstrations, including a demonstration of Shibari, artistic Japanese erotic rope bondage.

“Antwan Davis of Molodi is our entertainment curator,” Henkel said. “Among the things we’ll have is sort of our version of TED talks, with people talking in terms of investing in art.”

The gift bags are also set to include a map of downtown.

“Since it’s a full day, we’re encouraging people to spend the day here and take advantage and see what exists here,” Henkel said. “Check out the restaurants; check out the antique shops. I’m hoping some people who live nearby will bike over. It’s a chance to see the neighborhood.”

The show features 12 works no larger than 12 inches in any dimension. The annual international call for art seeks works that are intelligent, witty and provocative. The “12 Inches of Sin” show has become the foundation many of the galleries’ shows are built around. Many of the shows feature artists discovered during the competition and a Salon de Refuse featuring works that were good but didn’t make the final cut of 12 is one of the gallery’s most popular shows.

The 12 works are selected by 12 international judges. The grand-prize winner is picked from the 12 entries by a second set of 12 judges, and the prize includes a solo show and being featured on the cover of the annual “12 Inches of Sin” art book, which reproduces images of the 12 pieces in the show, works from the “Le Salon Des Refuses du Peche” and some of the other notable submissions.

Previous “12 Inches of Sin” art books are available at the gallery. The hardcover edition of the current book, “12 Inches of Sin Volume V,” will be available at the event but only for VIP ticket holders.

“It’s a very international event,” Henkel said. “We have people from San Francisco, L.A., Portland coming. We have artists and patrons from all over the country coming in. We have artists coming from Canada, Germany and the U.K. that are part of the book. Artists from 23 countries have participated in the show over the years.”

Because the competition is international, it’s impressive that a literal couple of local artists made the cut into the final 12. Both Nanda Sharifpour and her husband Ali Fathollahi have works in “12 Inches of Sin V.”

“My work is three, small 4-by-4 canvases with oil paintings showing different body parts of women in relationship with a pomegranate, which is a metaphor in my paintings,” Sharifpour said. “It’s kind of related to the concept of first sin.”

Fathollahi’s work is a mixed media piece designed to appeal not only to the visual senses but also to touch.

The couple may be local, but they are also international. The Iranian college art instructors came to the U.S. after a government official came to one of Fathollahi’s exhibits and began tearing his artwork off the walls and destroying it because it was too suggestive. Not long after, they were summoned to a meeting that they feared they would not return from and instead fled to Las Vegas.

“We just came back from a trip to Los Angeles and saw works on the same subject (as ‘12 Inches of Sin’),” Sharifpour said. “That is what’s happening in the art world, and I’m glad it’s happening in Las Vegas also.”

Work by photographer Raymond Elstad, who took Best In Show for “12 Inches of Sin IV,” is set to be on display in Sin City Gallery during the event. The show “12 Inches of Sin V” will be upstairs in the Eden Art Gallery during the event and will move into Sin City Gallery afterward. Invited guest artists will be on display both at Eden Art Gallery and outside in the parking lot.

General admission, which includes access to the art exhibitions and entertainment, is $20 and includes a “12 Inches of Sin Volume I” eBook. VIP Admission is $150 and includes a set of hardcover books, Volumes I-V, including a Special Edition Collector’s Item Volume V.

Visit sincitygallery.com or call 702- 608-2461.

To reach East Valley View reporter F. Andrew Taylor, email ataylor@viewnews.com or call 702-380-4532.

ad-high_impact_4
Local
Lights FC coach Eric Wynalda lost his home in California wildfire
Eric Wynalda, coach of the Las Vegas Lights FC soccer team, talks about losing his home in the deadly California wildfires during an interview in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Women face issues from Essure birth control implants
DeVonna "Kat" Normand said she had complications from the Essure birth control implants. Normand uses her Sin City Heat show at 22.3 TakeOver Vegas Radio internet radio station in Las Vegas as a platform to raise awareness about Essure and connect with other women who have used the device. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Truancy and Clark County schools
Tony Stark, one of 23 attendance officers with the Clark County School District, have a tall order tracking down students who aren't in school.
North Las Vegas Water Meters
Randy DeVaul shows off the new water meters that the city is installing.
Project 150 Thanksgiving 2018
About 100 volunteers for Project 150 box Thanksgiving meals for high school students and their families in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Three Square’s Maurice Johnson Talks About Food Waste
Three Square’s director of operations Maurice Johnson talks about food waste.
Parade preparation nears completion
Downtown Summerlin prepares for its annual holiday parade.
Clark County Wetlands promotes 2019 Wetland Walker Program
This year the park will be celebrating the Northern Flicker. The program is designed to teach about that bird, and encourage people to visit the Wetlands and walk the same distance the bird migrates each year.
Poet’s Walk Henderson introduces storytelling
Residents enjoy a storytelling activity.
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like