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Las Vegas Periphery: Views from the Edge
Photographs by Laurie Brown
with an introduction by Sally Denton

Laurie Brown has long been fascinated with what happens at the edge of cities. In her pioneering photographic work on the lands and suburbs south of Los Angeles, her focus was on the terraforming activities in that quintessential modern geography, where nature is literally scraped away and terraced to accommodate the most recent version of the American Dream: more roads and highways, more residential and commercial developments, more golf courses and city services, more pressure on the natural systems that undergird the entire region.

It was only natural that Brown would turn her artistic attention beyond the Los Angeles corridor to its eastern extension —Las Vegas—and she does so in full, living color. Few other places engender such a common image of excess and extravagance as does Las Vegas. But Brown reminds us that what makes Las Vegas such an alluring place to live and to visit is its location in the austere but beautiful landscapes of North America's driest and sunniest region: the magnificent Mojave Desert.

As Las Vegas has expanded, the contrast between the native desert and recent human terrain is a palpable fact that Brown captures brilliantly in her panoramic format. In each photograph we see the impact of our newest designs and constructions on the land, raising questions about the availability of scarce natural resources and, ultimately, the wisdom of our vision for the place.

By finding the interface between nature and culture that exists in these so-called paradisal environments, Laurie Brown takes us on a modern version of a well-worn path in Western civilization: the pushing out of the city that emerged in ancient Greece and Rome and extended beyond the city walls of medieval Europe to today's political boundaries nestled beside nature's undeveloped frontier. But at what cost? Like the ruins of Pompeii, Brown's hauntingly beautiful photographs reveal how well (or not) we have created a modern American Eden: Las Vegas.

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$60.00 U.S. (trade discount)
Hardcover with jacket
96 pages with 57 panoramic color photographs by the author
15.0" x 9.0" horizontal/landscape
ISBN: 978-1-938086-01-4

Published in Spring 2013

Distributed by Casemate IPM
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About the Author and the Essayist

Book Events:
Talk and book signing: February 27, 2014
Museum Visionaries support group, Orange County Museum of Art Newport Beach, CA

Book signing: December 5, 2013
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Lecture/talk and book signing: September 20, 2013
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

Exhibitions:
Landscape into Abstraction (2013-2014 group exhibition)
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

August 24 - December 8, 2013 (one person exhibition)
Las Vegas Periphery: Views from the Edge
Altered Landscape Gallery, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

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Laurie Brown and Colin Robertson, Charles N. Mathewson Curator of Education at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, at the Carol Blanc Buck Altered Landscape Gallery at NVMA, where thirteen of Laurie's photographs from her book,Las Vegas Periphery are exquisitely hung. The show runs through December 8, 2013, and is not to be missed.
Photograph by George F. Thompson.

Book Information Sheet (pdf)

 

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