Considering the rise of abstraction at the beginning of the last century, it's interesting to note that even now, more than a decade into the current century, some artists persist in creating old-fashioned representational depictions of the human figure. A secret to the success of these contemporary realists is their constant attempt to keep it fresh by doing the unexpected. For some, the way to do that is to capture disturbing imagery.
It is artists of this sort that Jennifer Garner, director of the Metro Center for Visual Art, has gathered together for her latest show, Out Figured. Garner selected pieces by John Coplans, the Corvo Brothers, Irene Delka McCray, Jenny Morgan, Marie Vlasic and Christina West. "This exhibition is both about the mastery of the figure by artists and about the dialogue that occurs between the artists and the viewers," Garner says. "I was especially interested in what these figurative artists are saying -- and meaning -- in doing such psychologically charged depictions."
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That, of course, is open to individual interpretation. Decide what it all means for yourself tonight at an opening reception at the CVA, 965 Santa Fe Drive, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show continues through April 7; for more information, go to www.metrostatecva.org or call 303-294-5207.
Feb. 2-April 7, 2012