West Hollywood Artist Garilyn Brune Brings Larger than Life Art to Las Vegas in a Sexy Exhibition at RTZvegas

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"The Big Big World of Garilyn Brune" is a show stopping tribute to a storied career that turns Americana on its head with a sexy, brash, stylish, controversial and utterly outrageous body of work. And now it is coming to Las Vegas where it has always belonged.

RTZvegas gallery teams with guest curator Michael Feder to present the artist's retrospective exhibition "The Big, Big World of Garilyn Brune." Meet the artist on opening night, June 6, 2013, 6-9 pm.

The West Hollywood based fine artist ‐ whose surname is pronounced "BROO‐nie" ‐ has devoted his storied career to turning Americana on its head, and with “The Big, Big World of Garilyn Brune,” his sexy, brash, stylish, controversial and utterly outrageous big body of work comes to Las Vegas, where it’s always belonged.

A onetime fashion designer whose love of illustration superseded his desire to make garments, Brune is perhaps best known for his illustrations of full‐figured women ‐ some of whom will be donning showgirl outfits for this Sin City stand – and his confrontational 1995 Tom of Finland Emerging Erotic Artist Award ‐winning piece which invigorated his career while very nearly ending it. Both facets of Brune’s work will be on display at RTZvegas, along with a few big surprises.

Brune’s life is itself a form of art. Born into a Pentecostal household in 1955, Brune grew up underneath an extraordinarily diverse umbrella of styles and cultures: He took equal inspiration from gospel music, the glam and Black Arts movements of the 1970s and the costume designers of Hollywood’s golden age. It was a lot for a young, shy, gay man to process, but when it all came together, it resulted in art that’s like nothing you’ve seen before.

“The Big, Big World of Garilyn Brune” will push your buttons. His take on the Church scandals is so jolting, it takes determination to stare down the work even if its message of fighting sexual abuse within the church is ultimately a profound and timely one. And though his “Fat Girls Series” promotes positive body image, there’s something down‐and‐dirty about the way those ladies regard your gaze. “Size acceptance is the last bastion of acceptable discrimination in the world,” says Brune, and the subjects of his work tell you that they won’t put up with it.

This is a big moment for both Garilyn Brune and Las Vegas ‐ a collision of pop culture, sex, religion and politics. See it for yourself and meet the artist June 6, 2013, 6-9 pm, 1017 S. First Street, Suite 195, Las Vegas, 90101."The Big,Big World of Garilyn Brune" runs through July 27, 2013.

About RTZvegas gallery:
RTZvegas gallery @ Art Square is an entrepreneurial arts space launched by Richard Hooker. The gallery presents monthly exhibitions and serves as a platform for special projects.

RTZvegas gallery media contact: Richard Hooker, rickricklv(at)aol(dot)com, 702‐592‐2164

About guest curator Michael Feder:
Michael is an art collector, art dealer and instrumental in the development of the Southern Vernacular Art collection at the House of Blues.As a managing partner in the creative service organizations, Fame Farm and Entertainment Exhibitions, Mr. Feder develops and executes unique licensing and exhibition campaigns for select clients.

Michael Feder media contact: Michael Feder, Michael(at)FameFarm(dot)com, 702‐505‐4750

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