Roadrunners That Won’t Run Far | Alisha Kerlin

Roadrunners That Won’t Run Far | Alisha Kerlin


Photo credit: John Stoelting

From the artist:

“The roadrunner is a great form with which to contemplate the phenomenon of static movement as a sculptural problem. Caught in mid-stride, the roadrunners constitute a link between contemporary manifestations of motion and the work of sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Futurist Umberto Boccioni, whose Unique Forms of Continuity of Space (1913) is still regarded as a landmark expression of speed, fluidity and forceful dynamism, one hundred years after it was conceived. The color palette of the larger than human-scale concrete roadrunners is pulled from the artist’s surroundings in Las Vegas. The birds were painted in four colors: 1) Silver-State Silver, 2) Flamingo-Yard-Art-Pink 3) Carrot-on-a-Stick-Orange, and 4) Southwest-Suburban-Stucco-Housing-Hue. The title of the Government Center Rotunda exhibit, ‘Roadrunners That Won’t Run Far,’ originated at a Vegas Swap Meet conversation over a doorstop in the shape of a roadrunner. The salesman and the artist were discussing the irony of making a doorstop—something that physically stops motion—in the form of a roadrunner—a bird built for speed. The salesman said ‘Now that is a roadrunner that wont run far.’ The birds are currently on view at the Springs Preserve, dotting the desert landscape that inspired them, standing where you may see a live roadrunner pass by. Beep! Beep!”

Alisha Kerlin received her BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and MFA from the Milton Avery School of Art, Bard College, New York. She moved to Las Vegas from NYC after teaching as the Artist in Residence at UNLV in Spring 2012. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including one person shows in New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston and Knoxville. Her work has been included in numerous group shows including “Greater New York” at PS1 MoMA, 2010. Interviews and reviews about Kerlin’s work can be found in publications such as Spike, Art Forum, and New York Arts Magazine as well as Art21.

Kerlin’s Roadrunners are currently on display at the Springs Preserve until August 28th. Cost is general admission and can be seen in the Botanical Gardens. More information here.