CURRENT EXHIBITS

Horsehead Design and Eric Brooks

present

The Forgotten Works:

A Peek into the Piety, Personality, Possession,

and Pleasure of Rev. Jacob Ernest Deewt

On view in Halleck Bar Gallery until August 22, 2021 Set in an oddly melancholic, beautiful, and forlorn dream, the current installation produces more questions than it gives answers. Each assemblage sculpture and painting has a symbolic reference to the now crumbled Township of Deewt. The sculptures are created using antiques, religious iconography, and objects found in deserted areas throughout the mountain west. With rare exception, everything in the exhibition was salvaged, found, or pirated. The title is partially based on the Richard Brautigan novel, In Watermelon Sugar. The Forgotten Works being a forbidden area, trash heap, remnants of a former civilization. The artist uses the reference in comparison to the physical, emotional, and communal detachment easily found throughout society today. This theme also threads the fictional ghost town of Deewt to the demolition happening in today’s Reno, in particular, the mid- century modern motels and Victorian homes. This ‘growth‘ has sparked the artist’s introspective, personal look at change, shaped history, and adaptation. In collaboration with the exhibition, internationally acclaimed video artist, Peter Whittenberger, has created The Fallacy of Absence, which uses iconic elements of the western landscape, empty mines, and abandoned homes to portray the cyclical nature of life and death. The work portrays a variety of ecological and societal histories that exist through time. “The Fallacy of Absence illustrates a desert network by connecting the contemporary landscape with the histories of all the lives lived before and the histories yet to be written.” (PW) The combined collection represents 150 years of Nevada’s growth, transformation, destruction, and loss. The exhibition also introduces the persona of Rev. Jacob Earnest Deewt, the fictional history of the Deewt family, and the re-birth of the WYSPER philosophy. The artist will be performing as Rev. Deewt, over the next 16 months. Through monthly church services and events, the mystery of Deewt and WYSPER will slowly be revealed. The accumulation of experience will come to an explosive, multimedia, collaborative extravaganza. This community-driven, interactive, immersive event will be presented in Reno, NV, summer 2022— The Apostolic Revelations of Rev. Jacob Earnest Deewt. The Forgotten Works: Aspirations, Parables, Predictions, and Promises from Eric Brooks to You. The artist has lived in Reno and worked throughout northern Nevada for the past 8 years. In that time, the gentrification of Reno has been the forefront of community discussion on equality, houselessness, fair wage, and wealth distribution. These social issues, along with a deep dive into past life trauma, are a main source of inspiration.
RANDY LARGENT Watercolor Landscapes

On view in Barrick Gallery until August 1, 2021

This group of paintings are from Randy Largent’s private collection of watercolor landscapes. For about 30 years, he has added to his portfolio simply for fun and personal enjoyment. His career in mining has enabled him to travel around Nevada and other western states observing and sketching old mining operations. By living in Elko, mining towns, ghost towns, historic sites, and real western landscapes were easily accessible. His inspiration comes from the historic scenes of the west and the beautiful surroundings we have in this area. Historical markers often become his subjects. Most of Mr. Largent’s paintings are taken from life. He tries to capture scenes very quickly and in an interpretive way, without too much detail. He likes using color and practicing various watercolor techniques.

CURRENT EXHIBITS

Horsehead Design and Eric Brooks

present

The Forgotten Works:

A Peek into the Piety, Personality, Possession,

and Pleasure of Rev. Jacob Ernest Deewt

On view in Halleck Bar Gallery until August 22, 2021 Set in an oddly melancholic, beautiful, and forlorn dream, the current installation produces more questions than it gives answers. Each assemblage sculpture and painting has a symbolic reference to the now crumbled Township of Deewt. The sculptures are created using antiques, religious iconography, and objects found in deserted areas throughout the mountain west. With rare exception, everything in the exhibition was salvaged, found, or pirated. The title is partially based on the Richard Brautigan novel, In Watermelon Sugar. The Forgotten Works being a forbidden area, trash heap, remnants of a former civilization. The artist uses the reference in comparison to the physical, emotional, and communal detachment easily found throughout society today. This theme also threads the fictional ghost town of Deewt to the demolition happening in today’s Reno, in particular, the mid-century modern motels and Victorian homes. This ‘growth‘ has sparked the artist’s introspective, personal look at change, shaped history, and adaptation. In collaboration with the exhibition, internationally acclaimed video artist, Peter Whittenberger, has created The Fallacy of Absence, which uses iconic elements of the western landscape, empty mines, and abandoned homes to portray the cyclical nature of life and death. The work portrays a variety of ecological and societal histories that exist through time. “The Fallacy of Absence illustrates a desert network by connecting the contemporary landscape with the histories of all the lives lived before and the histories yet to be written.” (PW) The combined collection represents 150 years of Nevada’s growth, transformation, destruction, and loss. The exhibition also introduces the persona of Rev. Jacob Earnest Deewt, the fictional history of the Deewt family, and the re-birth of the WYSPER philosophy. The artist will be performing as Rev. Deewt, over the next 16 months. Through monthly church services and events, the mystery of Deewt and WYSPER will slowly be revealed. The accumulation of experience will come to an explosive, multimedia, collaborative extravaganza. This community- driven, interactive, immersive event will be presented in Reno, NV, summer 2022— The Apostolic Revelations of Rev. Jacob Earnest Deewt. The Forgotten Works: Aspirations, Parables, Predictions, and Promises from Eric Brooks to You. The artist has lived in Reno and worked throughout northern Nevada for the past 8 years. In that time, the gentrification of Reno has been the forefront of community discussion on equality, houselessness, fair wage, and wealth distribution. These social issues, along with a deep dive into past life trauma, are a main source of inspiration.
RANDY LARGENT Watercolor Landscapes

On view in Barrick Gallery until August 1, 2021

This group of paintings are from Randy Largent’s private collection of watercolor landscapes. For about 30 years, he has added to his portfolio simply for fun and personal enjoyment. His career in mining has enabled him to travel around Nevada and other western states observing and sketching old mining operations. By living in Elko, mining towns, ghost towns, historic sites, and real western landscapes were easily accessible. His inspiration comes from the historic scenes of the west and the beautiful surroundings we have in this area. Historical markers often become his subjects. Most of Mr. Largent’s paintings are taken from life. He tries to capture scenes very quickly and in an interpretive way, without too much detail. He likes using color and practicing various watercolor techniques.
NORTHEASTERN NEVADA  MUSEUM
NORTHEASTERN NEVADA  MUSEUM