Las Vegas Periphery: Views from the Edge
By: Laurie Brown (photographer)Hardback
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.
Laurie Brown received her M.A. in fine arts at California State University, Fullerton. In 1978, Brown was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography and, in 2002, was designated the Outstanding Individual Artist of the Year by ARTS Orange County.
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