You will be speechless. Trying to describe the work of Baltimore-based multimedia artist Jimmy Joe Roche in words mind-blowing, psychedelic, weird, hilarious, frightening, creepy wont help, either. But perhaps American Ectoplasm, the title of a new show by Roche opening today at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Designs Philip J. Steele Gallery, 1600 Pierce Street in Lakewood, comes close.
Even Steele gallery director Cortney Stell doesnt quite know what to make of Roche, whose vision, played out in a combination of video art, monumental hand-cut paper sculptures and interactive computer programs, is visually out of this world, with an uncomfortable, cut-to-the bone satirical message, to boot. Hes super-hip, young, contemporary, very now, and honestly a little bit shocking, says Stell, who likes to run a wide gamut of exhibitions.
Bring an open mind to tonights reception from 6 to 9 p.m.; an after-party follows at 10 p.m. at Rhinoceropolis, 3553 Brighton Boulevard. American Ectoplasm remains on view through July 24 (the gallery is open daily, except Sundays); go to www.rmcad.edu/gallery-exhibitions/philip-j-steele-gallery or call 303-753-6046. For more about Jimmy Joe Roche, visit www.jimmyjoeroche.com.
June 18-July 24, 2010