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Quiet Death

What is it about Trevor Appleson's new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver that reminds me of Cormac McCarthy's prose? Is it the intense quiet, the obsessive detail or the undercurrent of violence? Honestly, it's probably a little bit of each. Edging out all background distraction with a large black screen, the images highlight the still-life poverty, dirt and death in his otherwise commonplace subjects.

Appleson's latest work is the haunting result of a trip across Mexico. An apparently sleeping pig lying on the matted dust, tethered to a wooden post; a pile of eggs smashed on the lunar-like desertscape; a littering of broken palms — these are just a few examples of the simple fodder he takes to such affecting heights.

The exhibit opens tonight with a 6 p.m. reception at the MCA, 1485 Delgany Street; tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and free for museum members. For more information, call 303-298-7554 or go to
April 29-Aug. 10, 2008


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