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The art collective Pangloss Gravitron — a group of like-minded creatives who came together over a theme of the invested hope in art-making — made a splash last December with their first show at Vertigo Art Space. The group's second exhibition, Corpus Exuberis, currently on view at Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria campus, takes the idea a little farther by focusing on exuberance: the sometimes out-of-control object of being alive. “By exuberance, we were thinking about things that grow and expand and evolve,” notes collective spokeswoman Tracy Tomko. “Where our last exhibit was looking at blind faith, this comes from a more informed place, and we all took it from our own angles.”

And, oh, the places they went! Whereas painter Mark Penner-Howell dwells on how the positive exuberance of growth and diversity in nature is the same force that’s responsible for the unregulated cell growth we call cancer, Meagen Svendsen tackles the effect of noise pollution on nature by superimposing an airport noise-exposure map over a museum-style scene from the wild. Tomko herself dealt with exuberance in terms of “biological exuberance,” which strangely refers to the study of homosexuality and bisexuality in nature. “It’s about living life with more grace in adverse situations,” she explains. Additional members Erin Asmussen, John Haley III and Patrick Loehr added their own points of view, along with guest artist Matthew Levin.

See Corpus Exuberis at a reception tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring live music, performance art and mixologist Sean Kenyon at the bar; the show runs through August 29. Additional events include a Gravitronic Party on August 15 and a closing coffee with the artists on August 29. For more information, go to or call 303-556-8337.
Thu., July 11, 6-9 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 11. Continues through Aug. 29, 2013


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