Center for Visual Art

June 2 – August 13, 2011

  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 2nd
  • Members and Special Guests, 6-7pm
  • Public Reception, 7-9pm
  • Artists: Sabine Aell, Brian Cavanaugh, Terry Maker, Jon Reitfors, Yumi Janairo Roth, Ann Weber
Ann Weber - photo by Ken Hamel/

(from the press release)

The Metropolitan State College of Denver, Center for Visual Art presents Reclamation, an exhibition where the mundane is beautiful, the industrial is refined and function gives over to form.

Used cardboard, discarded and splintered pallets, last yearʼs billboard ads, emptied beer cans and film cartridges – all destined for the wasteland see a rebirth as raw material in art making. Detritus of our consumer culture, once serving a functional purpose have been reclaimed as fodder for new formal narratives.

Sabine Aell subverts billboard messages by repurposing the vinyl, which she repaints, cuts and forms into dazzling installations. Aell shifts the focus from economic concepts of wealth to a genuine well-being of the human self.

For his mixed media constructs, Brian Cavanaugh juxtaposes discarded objects and utilitarian common materials with the aim of creating something significant from the seemingly insignificant.

Terry Maker assembles various everyday elements including medical records, straws, and more into large, resin-poured forms. Cross-sections of the compilations offer surprising views of the embedded objects and exploration of her unusual visual vocabulary symbolizing desire.

Jon Reitfors creates photo-based assemblages using consumer-goods packaging. His works symbolize the joys to be found in the consumer marketplace as promised by advertising.

The works of Yumi Janairo Roth function as both natives and interlopers to their environments, simultaneously recognizable and unfamiliar to their users. Roth collected discarded shipping pallets and modified them with inlaid mother-of pearl using patterns gleaned from traditional Filipino furniture.

Ann Weber creates monumental sculpture from discarded cardboard. Her abstract sculptures read as metaphors for life experiences such as the balancing acts that define our lives.

Collective Vision: New Ways of Seeing with MSCD Faculty

The Center for Visual Art is launching an ongoing workshop and lecture series that taps into the expertise of faculty at Metro State. The first in the series Reclaiming: An Art Making Workshop will be led by professors Yuko Yagisawa and Lisa Abendroth on July 7 from 6-8 p.m. Call 303.294.5207 to register.

photos by Ken Hamel/

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State College of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
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