Gallery Preview: Jokes of Nature, Opening September 4 at RedLine

Carla Gannis, "Garden Of Emoji Delights (Hell Detail)," Gif.EXPAND
Carla Gannis, "Garden Of Emoji Delights (Hell Detail)," Gif.
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The art of the grotesque has staying power, as RedLine development director Geoffrey Shamos, a scholar of Renaissance art from northern Europe, and local contemporary artist Donald Fodness, who has an affinity for the style in modern times, will both tell you. In the present, the genre in all its incarnations — ugly, lowbrow, funny, satirical, weirdly beautiful — remains compelling because it both terrifies and enthralls us. As co-curators of Jokes of Nature, a highly varied group show that blends works from local and national artists, Shamos and Fodness mine the paradox of the grotesque. Here’s a preview of the show, which opens at RedLine on Friday, September 4.

Xi Zhang, "MVM #88," acrylic on paper. 2014.EXPAND
Xi Zhang, "MVM #88," acrylic on paper. 2014.
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Trenton Doyle Hancock, "Miracle Machine #23 or The Humanity Hut," mixed media on paper, 2007.EXPAND
Trenton Doyle Hancock, "Miracle Machine #23 or The Humanity Hut," mixed media on paper, 2007.
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Laura Shill, "Wallpaper Proposal," digital collage. 2015.EXPAND
Laura Shill, "Wallpaper Proposal," digital collage. 2015.
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Stephen Martonis, "Things Unseen II," live audio, wine, feathers, beeswax, rope, glass, pulley, bucket, cow: 1974, Grand Champion, cow: 1976 Grand Champion. 2005.EXPAND
Stephen Martonis, "Things Unseen II," live audio, wine, feathers, beeswax, rope, glass, pulley, bucket, cow: 1974, Grand Champion, cow: 1976 Grand Champion. 2005.
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Stephen Martonis, "Things Unseen II," detail: live audio, wine, feathers, beeswax, rope, glass, pulley, bucket, cow: 1974, Grand Champion, cow: 1976 Grand Champion. 2005.EXPAND
Stephen Martonis, "Things Unseen II," detail: live audio, wine, feathers, beeswax, rope, glass, pulley, bucket, cow: 1974, Grand Champion, cow: 1976 Grand Champion. 2005.
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Paul Nudd, "Dr. Sourmoles," Ink, watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, acrylic, pencil on paper. 2011.
Paul Nudd, "Dr. Sourmoles," Ink, watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, acrylic, pencil on paper. 2011.
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Matt Harris, Untitled, fired ceramic and latex paint, 2014.
Matt Harris, Untitled, fired ceramic and latex paint, 2014.
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Carlee Fernandez, "Rat With Grapes," Altered Taxidermy, Plastic Fruit. 2002.EXPAND
Carlee Fernandez, "Rat With Grapes," Altered Taxidermy, Plastic Fruit. 2002.
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Jokes of Nature opens Friday, September 4 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at RedLine, and runs through October 25; for more information, visit Redline online

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2350 Arapahoe St.
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