Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal

Vicki Myhren Gallery at The University of Denver

January 12 - February 26, 2017

  • Opening reception: Thursday, January 12th from 5-8pm
  • Artists in the exhibition: James Aldridge, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burtynsky, Matt Calderwood, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Tony Cragg, Salvador Dali, Desiree Dolron, Marcel Dzama, Laura Ford, Gilbert & George, Matthew Day Jackson, Hideaki Kawashima, Tianbing Li, Richard Long, Jie Luo, Jonathan Meese, Almagul Menlibayeva, Erwin Olaf, Hans Op de Beeck, Yang Shaobin, Anouk Steketee, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ruud van Empel, Levi van Veluw, Anne Wenzel, Erwin Wurm
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Desiree Dolron

The Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History is proud to present Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal, an intricate exploration of the our shared human experience in the decline of the industrial age through a curated exhibition of contemporary pieces. The show opens on January 12th, 2017, and will be on view through February 26th. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 12th, 5pm-8pm, refreshments and music provided.

Acknowledging the “unsettled, unraveled, unreal” of the contemporary experience, Dusk to Dusk is drawn from a single European collection and features thirty-two paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos by twenty-eight provocative contemporary artists who “examine issues of individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui in the decline of the industrial age.”

Curated by Richard Rinehart, Director, Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, the exhibition features the work of Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Dzama, Tony Cragg, Gilbert & George, Richard Long, Edward Burtynsky, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Erwin Wurm, Matthew Day Jackson, Erwin Olaf, James Aldridge, Salvador Dali, and Ruud van Empel among others. Ruud van Empel and Hideaki Kawashima summon primal anxieties of the body double and removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second lives. Gilbert & George, Erwin Wurm, Laura Ford, and Almagul Menlibayeva deploy psychological references to the individual in a society of global displacement, liminal sexualities, and political casualties. Edward Burtynsky and Aristarkh Chernyshev show technology misused, warped, and left in ruins, mocking our technocratic hubris. While others, such as Matt Calderwood, Huma Bhabha, Matthew Day Jackson, and Tony Cragg, take a more abstract approach, expressing a need for balance and intimacy in the ever-expanding human experience.

This combination turns a mirror to the world, examining individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui in the decline of the industrial age, an age in which people are simultaneously singular and collective beings. Some seek a return to the land, others seek spiritual transcendence, and others share affection for our new hybrid of increasingly alienated selves. Through painting, photography, sculpture, and video this exhibition explores a contemporary familiarity with collective darkness.

Dusk to Dusk was organized by the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, curated by Richard Rinehart, Director of the Samek Art Museum, with works generously loaned from THE EKARD COLLECTION. The exhibition is toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

Vicki Myhren Gallery
Shwayder Art Building
University of Denver School of Art & Art History
2121 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80210
303.871.2846

http://www.du.edu/art/myhrengallery.html

 

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