2012 was a bust-out year for performance art in Las Vegas. One of the vanguard figures in this vanguard movement is artist Michael Barrett. This week will see Standing Room Only: Episode Two, the second of seven pieces he’ll mount at Trifecta Gallery in the Arts Factory over the coming year or so.
If you didn’t see the first, from October, google up the account of it by CityLife art critic Jenessa Kenway. Stretching across six hours, it was an elaborate work that saw Barrett physically exposed and forced into a variety of awkward, repetitive, energy-sapping activities.
Bodily endurance is a big theme of Barrett’s, and that’s no surprise — in his life he’s been a college athlete, a Marine and a cancer victim. To that conceptual base he adds references to gender identity, art history and more.
As with many things in life, it sounds potentially intimidating — what if I don’t know who Yves Klein is, or how Barrett’s work references his? But, as with many things in life, maybe you don’t need to know every little nuance. Maybe if you just go and see a guy trying to do a serious thing, you’ll get out of it something entirely your own. SCOTT DICKENSHEETS
Friday, Dec. 28, 6-9 p.m., Trifecta Gallery in the Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., www.trifectagallery.com