The Space(s) Between
THE SPACE(S) BETWEEN
THE SPACE(S) BETWEEN
GOCA Ent Center for the Arts within The Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery, DU Vicky Myhren Gallery, and sites between
Outdoor Sculpture Walk
March 5 - July 25, 2021 | Gallery open Friday through Sunday 1pm-6pm
“The Space(s) Between” samples contemporary artists exploring various understandings of how we experience the vastness of place and the iconic nature of the American West. Notions of the horizon as a convention through which we orient ourselves in relation to the landscape directed many of the connections and conversations throughout this exhibition.
In traditional landscape representations, the horizon functions as both a formal tool to arrange pictorial space on the two-dimensional plane as well as a device to depict the illusion of depth beyond that surface. It visually divides the heavens and the earth; but as one ventures into the landscape, this liminal division becomes a non-existent destination per contra our perception.
Many artists in this exhibition explore imagery that nods to the tradition of the landscape while advancing their own path forward. Some explore the sky instead of the land, others continue to reference nature yet dissolve a clear horizon in favor of a disorienting field. Some focus on the direct relation to the earth via machines or culture which has its own imagined horizon suggesting progress or development.
“Landscape” as a subject is often dismissed as a cliche or taboo in contemporary art. It has a long history in art throughout time from various regions and specifically in the American west, which is where both the exhibition is designed for and where many of the artists in this show reside or gain inspiration. Notions of the horizon orient the works in this show both visually and conceptually. We also ask viewers to significantly rethink visual conversations about landscape in the West and how to build on it. This exhibition celebrates the environment, expresses concern for her future, and points to the sublime as often artists working in this field have always done.
This exhibit allows for both indoor and outdoor art experiences, Ent Center for the Arts is one of many sites to explore this exhibit featuring nearly 50 contemporary artists. We suggest you begin here with the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art, Friday through Sunday 12pm-6pm, registration encouraged but drop ins are welcome. Then you can tour the outdoors, with sculptures surrounding the Ent Center for the Arts. Nine new sculptures were installed in April to the north and west, leading to Pulpit Rock Open Space featuring The Windmill Project, which is also a part of this ambitious exhibition. Explore the other sites of this exhibit.
Artists: Lisha Bai, Libby S. Barbee, Tyler Beard, Mindy Bray, Chad Brown, Terry Campbell, Beau Carey, Amelia Carley, Jaime Carrejo, Lanny Devuono, Rebecca DiDomenico, Dani Dodge, Conor Dowdle, John Defeo, Andy Ducett, Nina Elder, Gary Emrich, Ian Fisher, Tobias Fike, Megan Gafford, Anthony Garcia, Alvin Gregorio, Scott Johnson, Tsehai Johnson, David Jones, Anna Kaye, David Maisel, Patrick Marold, John McEnroe, Michael S. Moore, Mia Mulvey, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, M12 Studio, Charles Parson, Collin Parson, Sarah Scott, Natascha Seideneck, Gretchen Marie Schaefer, Elspeth A. Schulze, Chip “Jetsonorama” Thomas, John Thrasher, Devon Tsuno, and Letha Wilson.
Image: Ian Fisher, Linda (detail), 60x60” inches, oil on canvas, 2019. Collection of Linda Gillam.
Virtual Gallery Program: April 7, 2021, 5:30 pm