Denver artist Viviane Le Courtois is best known for her interactive grassroots installations inspired by community and the circle of life, which often contain living, growing elements that cycle through time. But most of the pieces in Raw, Cooked, Fermented: Works by Viviane Le Courtois, a new exhibition opening May 25 at the Denver Botanic Gardens, will hang on the wall, giving Le Courtois a chance to display other aspects of her work, including a new series of kombucha prints, drawings that substitute plant juices and materials for paint, and sculptures in cast iron and clay.
“The show is about growing my own art supplies and my own food,” Le Courtois notes. “But I couldn’t use anything that was live. I had to make things that could last for two months.” As a result, the work on view will include bronze artichokes and “clay sculptures that look like mushrooms growing out of bags,” as well as large, detailed drawings of sprouts and specimen jars delicately colored with natural, homemade pigments, among other components. The artist hopes that Gardens visitors who pass by will find the work “a good inspiration to start growing their own things, or to use more art materials that you can't find in art stores.”
Raw, Cooked, Fermented with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gates Garden Court Gallery at 1007 York Street with a reception and artist talk, and runs through July 31. Le Courtois will also lead a workshop, “Grow Your Own Art Supplies and Eat Them, Too,” at 1 p.m. on July 30. The exhibit is free with the regular DBG gate admission of $9 to $12.50 (members get in free); find details at botanicgardens.org. And learn more about the artist at vivianelecourtois.com.
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