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Reverend Ethan Acres

Patricia Faure Gallery

For those of you who thought camp was dead, Reverend Ethan Acres has arrived to demonstrate that it was just festering in the open wound that is Las Vegas. Acres, recently featured in “The Vegas Show” at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery, is the product of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The art world’s current focus on Las Vegas seems to be another sad attempt to recapture some of the glitz and instant marketability of the ’80s. This strategy takes a page directly from pop music by promoting a form of regionalism—searching for an art-world equivalent of Minneapolis or Seattle.

Acres has all the ingredients to be the poster boy for his adopted town, for he comes complete with an imposing physical presence, an earnestness that denies irony, and a mythic tale of origin. We learn that he was raised in a small town in northeastern Alabama. His mother, the daughter of a preacher father and

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