The best thing about First Friday is the sheer variety of it all. So if you fell off the art bus on Friday last, you've already missed a fabulous mixed bag of hard and soft openings and more, featuring art both high and low. Among them are: The Buddy System, graphic artist Scot LeFavor's paean to camaraderie and collaboration within the local art scene, at Plastic Chapel, 3109 East Colfax Avenue; sculptural and industrial works by Joroko and Brandon Kershner at the new, unmarked and anonymous Axis Gallery, 4301 Tennyson Street; a mid-run look at the outstanding Masters in Clay exhibit at Sandra Phillips Gallery, 744 Santa Fe Drive, with standout works by Paul Soldner, Martha Daniels, Maynard Tischler and others; and at the Center for Visual Art/MSCD, Substance: Diverse Practices From the Periphery, a far-ranging international exhibition that examines the link between modern design and social awareness.
But my personal favorite is just a little show: Lisa Michot's Eek! A Mouse!, at Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, features a whimsical series of works blending digital photography with Michot's trademark sculptures in this case, a world of mouse characters created from papier-mâché. She took the tiny mice businessmen mice and Buddhist monk mice and kayaking mice and others and photographed them on location, from the streets of New York City to the Denver Art Museum, with myriad stops in between. And though she says she's really a shy person, Michot even began dressing as a mouse herself her way, perhaps, of blending into the woodwork while she posed and shot the photos.
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"I thought it would be a fun and humorous way to make light of modern art and of the way people are with their cell phones and hyperactivity," Michot says. "The mouse is kind of a hyper animal that way always running." How true, though everyone's favorite grouping will surely be the "Where's Ward" series starring an itty-bitty Ward Churchill rat proselytizing in front of pertinent area sculptures.
All is forgiven. Eek! hangs on the wall at Spark through the end of September, and there's a formal reception next Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.; for details, call 720-889-2200 or visit www.sparkgallery.com.
Sept. 6-30, 2007