Pirate member Christine Buchsbaum invited her friend and fellow artist, Michael Bhichitkul, to help her curate Where You Begin, a group show in which artists employ ordinary subjects in unusual or extraordinary ways. Both Buchsbaum and Bhichitkul included examples of their own works, and both are genuine standouts.
Buchsbaum's is a photo of a pair of women's legs standing in an ice-filled bathtub being used to chill fish. Bhichitkul created an image of a chunk of wood, then used an ax to chop into it and, as a consequence, the wall behind it.
"Lumberjack," by Michael Bhichitkul.
The show is filled in with work of the other invitees, who include two famous artists, Tony Oursler and William Lamson and a mix of others from Denver and across the country.
In the Associate Gallery in the back, Laura Phelps Rogers has mounted Strangely Decadent, a selection of vignettes with a whiff of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries about them, owing to the inclusion of an old wall clock, a gaudy chandelier and a neon sign that reads "eat."
Through October 6 at Pirate Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo Street, pirateartonline.org, 303-458-6058.
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