PROCESS MAKES PERFECT

One of the Biennial’s most ambitious local art exhibitions doesn’t officially open until today, five days after the citywide July event ended, but that doesn’t mean that the show, PlatteForum’s 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; we’re actually creating and presenting the work in public,” says PlatteForum director Judy Anderson. “It’s been a messy process; the public and the neighborhood have been a little bit confused by what’s happening in our courtyard outdoors.” But, she adds, it’s also been a fascinating process that’s all come together beautifully for today’s opening. Works on view include David Ocelotl Garcia’s 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 Lee’s projections of video diaries of the homeless; and Tei Kobayashi’s 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

 
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