The hardest part of putting this show together, both jurors agree, was the difficulty of picking and choosing from online submissions, and while both obviously looked for works that stood out aesthetically, they had to go a bit further in hoeing a virtually weed-free garden. I had to ask myself what the obvious choice would be versus how something fit into the parameters of the concept in a different way, Zeile notes. This process led both jurors to look for unique interpretations of extinction and how it relates to the unexpected endangered places of modern life beyond the natural world: newspapers, for instance, or the classic Volkswagen Beetle. The seventeen chosen entries, Zeile adds, only begin to tell the story.
Expect this to be a small but very good show. The exhibit continues through July 26; an opening reception takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 28 (RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org). For details, log on to www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3500.
May 23-July 26, 2009