Semblance and Guised

Center for Visual Art

February 21 – April 13, 2013

  • Opening Reception - Thursday, February 21, 6-9pm
  • Semblance Artists in Conversation: Sama Alshaibi and Neil Chowdhury - Thursday, February 28, 6pm
  • Guised International Video Screening and Curator Talk with Sama Alshaibi - Friday, March 1, 6pm
  • Creative Mission: Gallery Talk with exhibiting MSU Denver students - Wednesday, March 20, 6pm
  • This exhibition will run through the Month of Photography Denver, a celebration of fine art photography throughout Denver and the region
Janaina Tschäpe, Juju 2 (from The Sea and The Mountain), cibachrome print

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Laura Shill - photos by Ken Hamel/

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CVA's Cecily Cullen with curator Tomiko Jones

(from the press release)

Semblance presents lens and time-based works that share the elements of performance, ritual and illusion. Artists Sama Alshaibi, Neil Chowdhury, Kim Keever, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Laura Shill, and Janaina Tschäpe explore ambiguous boundaries between the real and the imagined.

Whether at first cloaked and later revealed, or simply drawing us into an enigmatic narrative without clear linear progression, the photographs and video works navigate a reality not clearly identified. These artists use the passage of time, performance, constructed landscapes, ambiguity of scale, and layering to blur the boundary between real and imagined.

Further suggestions of the tenuous line between truth and fiction play out in resplendent scenes of the body engaging, struggling and blending into the environment. Carrying visual representations of what at initial look are tangible, much of the work evokes something other: a corporeal response to the earthly elements, the body as a cultural, social and political border, a tactile experience of hybridity. Semblance was curated by Tomiko Jones, Assistant Professor of art at MSU Denver and Cecily Cullen, Creative Director at the Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver.

Running in tandem with Semblance and curated by Sama Alshaibi, the video exhibition Guised is a fox in sheep's clothing. It enters with fantasy, humor and familiarity. The hidden and manipulated intentions of the seemingly benign nature of the showʼs content require focus and imagination. The seven multi-media artistsʼ projects in Guised contain a riddle that at first appearance offers a non-threatening trajectory, but upon further examination, unfolds onto a far more pointed and often sinister implication. A celebration of the multiple uses of video art formats: mise- en-scène, the long shot, performance, stop motion, animation, collage and interactive, the exhibition is a nod to the multiplicious canon of time-based media in both historical and contemporary forms.

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM


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