Each year, Sin City Gallery produces the 12 Inches of Sin arts festival. The festival consists of visual and performance art. Artists and patrons travel from all over the world to attend our event in Downtown Las Vegas.
Proceeds from the event will benefit an HIV/AIDS charitable organization, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
We invite you to join us on to celebrate art, culture and lifestyle. Visit www.12ofsin.com for more information.
Black is the darkest color, the result of complete absence of light. It is one of the first color used in art. There was also theory stated that before anything was ever created, it was all beginning with black emptiness. Black color also represent and associated with many different kind of positive and negative aspect. It symbolize power, elegance, luxury, evil, secrecy, grief, etc. Regardless of its intended usage, black always have the timeless and contradictive aspect attached into it.
Interested with the usage of black, Kei Kusuma utilizes black color as the main instrument for his works. While most artist usually use black color either for the preliminary or finishing purpose only, Kusuma sees it with a slightly different perspective. He sees the similarity of “black” color and “drawing” techniques. As most people knows, drawing is a very important process of creating. Almost all of the things created nowadays are constructed based on a drawing, either a manual handmade drawing or computer based rendering. However, modern drawings are commonly used as only a draft rather than respected as a finished form of work.
Considering the primordiality and all interesting aspect of black color, Kusuma feels the usage of black color is rather degraded into basic utility. He thinks that it actually has limitless potential, which has been proven since ancient times. From that idea, he has created new works for ULTRABLACK. Highlighting the use of black color as the fundamental and main instrument for this exhibition, it brings back the old retrospective feels when most artworks were created with only black color and also the contradictive feels of Kusuma detailed modern visual imagery. The idea of using black color as the beginning and the end for the process gives combination of a nostalgic feels and modern approach of what black color can accomplished.
Created with an instrument and technique from primordial era, ULTRABLACK presents a showcase of Kei Kusuma artworks with combined mixture of timeless and contemporary quality attached into it. ULTRABLACK is the first solo exhibition of Kei Kusuma works, which arranged and supported by Sin City Gallery. The exhibition itself is a symbolic representation of Kusuma’s art progression, as the black color represent the beginning, an ascencion of hard work, creativity and ideas.
Kei Kusuma is the grand prize winner of 12 Inches of Sin, an international juried art competition attracting artists from all over the world.
12 Inches of Sin
Liquor, Acrylic on Board, Paul Butvila (Canada)
Mr. Happy, Oil on Panel, Sean Ghobad (USA)
Hillary, Pencil on Matches, Mike Bell (USA)
Magic Mirror On The Wall Who Is The Fairest One of All, Mixed Media Collage with Ink Additions, Nicola Filippo (USA)
An Unexpected Visitor, Collage Photopolymer, Thor Sivertsen (Norway)
Masturbation En Oro, Collage, Noémie Faligant (Mexico)
Candid, Arylic Crystal Resin Embroidery on Found Dolly, Nathan Emanuel (USA)
Sharing, Oil on Board, Eric Wallis (USA)
Little Hasan, Assemblage, Steve Bormes (USA)
Sex Clock, Mixed Media Lightbox with Moaning Sound, Seth Maturin (USA)
Rubber Lover, Spray Paint & Acrylic on Canvas, Michelle Mildenhall (UK)
Big Mouth, Latex Paint and Pillow Stuffing, Chris Bauder (USA)
Serve You, Photography, Dennis Keim (USA)
Better Than Two in the Bush, Photography, Same Source (USA)
Thank God, Digital Photography, Analysis Cunningham (USA)
Dancer in the Corner, Digital Photography, Marc Schmidt (USA)
Same Model-Double Exposed, Multi-Exposure Instant Film, Curtis Walker (USA)
For Maniacs Only, Digital, Gloria Bollard (Italy)
Santo Nino, Photography, Kelvin Burzon (USA)
My Body Is My Own, Digital Photography, Brian Janes (USA)
Overstretch, Photography. think tank ART (Germany)
Neon Bodyguard, UV Photography, Robert Babylon (UK)
Untitled II, Photography, River Thompson (USA)
Day Dreaming, Photography, John Steki (USA)
Le Salon Des Refusés Du Péché
Pleasure Zone, Gold Ink Matt Card Framing, Helm Rulfrok (New Zealand)
Night Walker, Photography, Steve Gatlin (USA)
Grasping, Charcoal on Paper, Nadia Vanilla (USA)
Infrared Rosie, Photography, Dave Hanson (USA)
Important Parts, Acrylic Latex Permanent Marker on Canvas, Janelle Whisenant (USA)
Beavers Love Peckers, Pencil on Paper, Stewart Freshwater (USA)
Lexi, Ink on Paper, CRD Larson (USA)
For The Win, Videography, Sue Kay Lee in collaboration with Lindsay Rose Russell and Mike Silvers (USA)
Sultry Poultry, Porcelain and Glaze, Lorren Lowrey (USA)
Untitled, Acrylic Paint on Canvas, Thomas Eliasson (Sweden)
What Lies Beneath, Mixed Media Collage on Canvas, Wayne Monaghan (UK)
Eat Pray Love, Mixed Media, Nancy Good (USA)
“Henkel, and Sin City, always seem to make a big impact. The 12 Inches show, now in its sixth year, draws hundreds of submissions. Last year she crowd-funded four books of art compiled from past 12 Inches shows; the fifth book comes out this year. Now, the gallerist is taking a shrewdly calculated big chance with Immersive, a daylong “art happening” that spills out of Sin City Gallery into the Arts Factory’s west parking lot on April 9. Hundreds of pieces of sexy and provocative art, from photographs to mixed media pieces, will be on display, complemented by a series of live performers.” Seven Magazine > Read More
Sin City Gallery presents 12 Inches of Sin IMMERSIVE art experience on April 9th. Music, performance art and the most spectacular visual art from around the world will be on exhibition and sale. 300 art works from around the world will be available for discerning collectors.
There will be three live auctions throughout the day:
1:00 to 4:00pm, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, and 7:00pm to 11:00pm
IMMERSIVE is designed so people may come and go from the event, experience the neighborhood and acquire outstanding works of art. There is art from Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, France, Slovenia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Uruguay, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
We are pleased to present original works of art by Sorayama and Moz for discerning collectors.
“If there’s still a taboo around erotic art in Las Vegas, rest assured: Dr. Laura Henkel is breaking it. The curator and specialist in human sexuality helms the Sin City Gallery, which is preparing for an upcoming show of Hajime Sorayama paintings. She also runs 12 Inches of Sin, an annual juried erotic art exhibition. Now, for the competition’s fifth year, an immersive art experience will accompany the annual competition.
For the April 9 event, Dr. Henkel is taking over the entire Arts Factory complex, the converted warehouse where Sin City Gallery is located, amongst other fine art studios and commercial galleries. She hopes to encourage Las Vegas’ downtown arts scene, and from 1 PM to midnight, the complex will be filled with visual and performance art, lectures, and live entertainment.” > Read More @ The Creators Project