Art Review

Light in the Darkness Is the Key to Linda Graham's Vaporous Installation at Hinterland

Linda Graham: Personal Perceptions Hinterland Gallery 3254 Walnut Street

Linda Graham has a background in ceramics, which she exhibited way back in the 1980s, but in the past few years she's discovered digital art -- which really couldn't be more different.

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Whereas she used a lot of direct effort working with clay, she must take a more indirect approach with her digital pieces. They require her to be more of an impresario than an artisan, having the elements produced rather than producing them.

In the impressive Linda Graham: Personal Perceptions at Hinterland, the artist has designed a set of curved walls in clear acrylic sheeting that are set up in the darkened room. Some of the acrylic has a yellow cast, some of it green.

A video projector using an altered 3-D design program, SketchUp, projects non-objective shapes against and through the acrylic sheets. These projected shapes are in constant movement, and as they run across the curved surfaces of the acrylic, they change, and as they cross the different colors, the light itself changes.

Interestingly, it's visually substantial, but pretty insubstantial from a physical standpoint.

Through December 5 at Hinterland Gallery, 3254 Walnut Street, 720-309-1764, hinterlandartspace.com.


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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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