One of the Biennials most ambitious local art exhibitions doesnt officially open until today, five days after the citywide July event ended, but that doesnt mean that the show, PlatteForums ambitious Here at Home: 6 Artists, has spent the month of July under wraps. Rather, the collaborative works created by resident artists and writers took shape right out in the open space of Riverfront Park and environs.
The majority of the Biennial exhibitions just presented; were actually creating and presenting the work in public, says PlatteForum director Judy Anderson. Its been a messy process; the public and the neighborhood have been a little bit confused by whats happening in our courtyard outdoors. But, she adds, its also been a fascinating process thats all come together beautifully for todays opening. Works on view include David Ocelotl Garcias three-dimensional mural; a series of sculptures inspired by the life stories of community members by Christopher and Rachel Smith Hecker; an installation about food consumption by ceramicist Tsehai Johnson; Cara Lopez Lees projections of video diaries of the homeless; and Tei Kobayashis amazing sculptural shelter built from repurposed materials (including the remnants of a 150-year-old mountain cabin) and completely anchored by tree trunks, rusty nails and random pieces of wood.
During the reception, from 3 to 8 p.m. in front of PlatteForum, 1610 Little Raven Street, there will be a reading by poets from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop of pieces written in response to the artworks at 6 p.m. and a performance by Kobayashi at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the works will remain on view through August 27; get information at www.platteforum.org or call 303-893-0791.
Aug. 5-27, 2010