Thursday, January 10, 2013

Artist Joseph L. Woolfolk opens special exhibit in Las Vegas gallery

LAS VEGAS, NV— Joseph L. Woolfolk is the featured artist for January in the Members Gallery at the Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Woolfolk’s exhibit, Poster Power, opened to rave reviews on Thursday, January 3. 

"Ski Yucca"
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Poster Power features 16 original graphic designs in the style of mid-20th century posters that bring to light hypocrisies of modern life and consumerism.  “I attempt to express the underlying messages we receive in modern communication and practices that we ignore, fail to acknowledge or question,” said Woolfolk. 

Woolfolk’s original “posters” are actually produced on glass using designs carefully cut from contact paper, then painted on the glass using lacquer.
"Detroit City"
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Among his most popular images is a poster called “Ski Yucca” which depicts someone skiing down Yucca Mountain wearing a protective radiation suit and a gas mask.  Yucca Mountain is approximately 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, in the Nevada Test Site, and was to be the site of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository before the U.S. government scrapped that plan in 2010.  Another image on display is “Detroit City: Rouge River Coastline” which depicts a skyline of smokestacks billowing toxic factory exhaust.

David Hardy, a writer for the Arts Vegas website, calls Poster Power "easily my favorite exhibition at the CAC in some time" and he recommends it as a “must see.”  The showing runs through January 27, 2013.  For more information, visit

Woolfolk also has launched a campaign through the Kickstarter website to generate funding to support the production of limited edition prints of his posters.  Backers choose their level of support and can receive up to four signed posters.  For more information, click here.


About the Artist:  Joseph L. Woolfolk is a native of Detroit, Michigan.  He is a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School (1986) and the College of Southern Nevada (2006) with an Associate's Degree in Fine Arts (High Honors).