Rene Magritte's surreal University Hills art house: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology
Figure 87a. University Hills: Surreal outdoor art show exhibits familiar objects in a foreign place.
Artists in Denver are a dime a dozen, but art collectors are worth their weight in gold. The University Hills home pictured above proves how an art collector can turn an ordinary ranch-style house into an inside-out art gallery. The partially exposed banner featuring an image created by artist Rene Magritte and the painting of a fish flopping over fence rails further suggests that this art collector enjoys a life that is surreal.As seen below, this surreal University Hills ranch house address is a comic word balloon of neon pop art...
Figure 87b. University Hills: Famous artists hang around the front door of this home.
The banners that hang in the courtyard pictured above feature the work of surrealists Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali and Glenwood Springs artist Daniel Sprick. The choice of these artists suggests that this homeowner enjoys images that are suggestive and questioning. The display of art outdoors indicates a surrealist appreciation of unexpected juxtaposition. It also intimates that the resident's awareness of art was most likely formed in the 1960s, probably by looking at M.C. Escher posters while smoking marijuana in a dormitory at some Midwestern university. Placed above the front door where the address is usually posted, the neon word balloon containing the dingbats of a comic curse word demonstrate that surrealism has revolutionized this yard artist's cultural experience. This University Hills art house may be surreal, but the exhibitionist tendencies urge freedom from restrictive customs while still encouraging onlookers to give a @!#*. More from our Kenny Be/Comics archive: "Mickey Mouse yard art reveals Disneyfication of Harvey Park South: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology."
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