Those familiar with Sustainability Park, near RedLine Gallery at 24th and Lawrence streets, might recognize the circHouse "better" yurt on display there, designed by architect Ed Ryan as an alternative temporary shelter. Denver artist Viviane Le Courtois uses it as a studio, sometimes inviting friends to help her prepare elements for her work-intensive installations. When she’s not there, you’ll find Le Courtois at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, where she manages the gallery and helps coordinate exhibits created through the center’s artist-mentor programs for youth. Beginning this fall, her own interests in art and sustainability will rub off during a year-long architecturally based program, titled Building for the Future, that’s inspired by DAVA’s own ongoing renovations. Its first representation, the exhibit Shelter, opens tonight, featuring a site-specific installation designed by DAVA students with direction from Alvin Pagdanganan Gregorio and Erica Dixon of the M12 Art Collective based in Byers.
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“Alvin and Erica came to do a session with the kids here,” explains Le Courtois. “They first talked about their work, and then they asked the kids, ‘If you could be anywhere, doing anything, where would you be and what would you do?’ They all answered, and eventually picked one student’s drawing as the model for building an installation.” Take Shelter at tonight’s reception from 4 to 8 p.m., or visit DAVA, 1405 Florence Street in Aurora, through November 27; for details go to www.davarts.org or call 303-367-5886.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Nov. 27, 2012