Meagen Svendsen: Hope Revealed

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November 14 - 30, 2008

Opening Reception: Friday November 14 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm

Closing Reception and Artist's Talk: Sunday November 30 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Meagen Svendsen at Next Gallery

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3759 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211

Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM


(from the press release)

Denver Artist Celebrates Barack Obama in Solo Exhibit “ Hope Revealed”

Titles of Pieces Include “Obama Rocks,” “The Audacity of Hope,” “Race,” “Born Again,” “Mortgage Crisis” & “Intelligent Design”

When Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention this year, few local artists were as invested in the event as sculpture and installation artist Meagen Svendsen.

Svendsen curated Denver's first exhibit around the Democratic National Convention in July in a juried group show called "Artists Against Convention." The show was featured on Colorado Public Radio with Ryan Warner .

Svendsen was unable to secure tickets for Barack Obama's speech at the DNC, but that didn't stop her. Instead, she carted fifty pounds of clay to the queue outside Invesco Field and asked people waiting to enter to help her document the historic day by taking a small ball of clay and "casting their hope" into the clay in the form of "Obama Rocks."

The response to her Obama Rocks was so enthusiastic that Svendsen extended the project to people in Denver and around the nation. She received Obama Rocks from as far as San Francisco and Brooklyn.

Svendsen fired about eight hundred Obama Rocks in her kiln throughout the day on Election Day. She explains, "As all that hope was diffused during the firing on Election Day, I kept visiting my kiln as if it would give me a sign. It was like waiting in the maternity ward."

Svendsen will display the Obama Rocks in a solo show in Denver to kick off Denver Art's Week (November 14-21). Her sculpture exhibit will be a celebration of Obama’s victory and a visual example of hope and connection through art.

In addition to the Obama Rocks, Svendsen will display her artwork. Svendsen’s ceramic sculpture and installation work reflects on the issues that resonate most with her as an American, a mother, and most importantly, a member of humanity.

Svendsen states, "The great accomplishment of electing Barack Obama is a wonderful first step toward healing our nation and the planet. I feel it is vital that we Americans hold tight to the hope and optimism that Obama's election has instilled in us, and that we harness that hope to fight for change that benefits both Americans and all of humanity."

See article in Westword

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