Isn’t It Ironic?

“Irony” and “artists” are two things that go together like peanut butter and jelly, and the new exhibition at RedLine, The Ironic Object, arranges them into quite a tasty sandwich. “I’ve long been interested in the object that functions in a pointed or ironic way,” explains curator Lanny DeVuono. “And when I started looking at the pieces I’d chosen for this exhibit, I realized that aside from the immediate humor, all of these images are really layered; they have a lot of depth to them. I think all of the pieces tackle issues that are heavy and deep within our culture, so I love that. But I also think there’s this element of play and fun.”

Viewers will see works such as Debra Baxter’s “Crystal Brass Knuckles” and Koto Ezawa’s “Moon From Earth/Earth From Moon,” pieces with depths of meaning that art lovers can mine for hours. DeVuono didn’t distinguish between between two-dimensional and three-dimensional art for the exhibit: “To me,” she says, “they are all objects.”

RedLine is the recipient of a Visual Artist Network (VAN) residency, and two artists in this show will be coming to Denver as part of that program. But first, Gabriel Brown will conduct his own ironic performance at the Ironic Object opening, which takes place tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street. The exhibit runs through October 27; for more information, call 303-296-4448 or visit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 4. Continues through Oct. 27, 2013

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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