Pirate member Christine Buchsbaum invited her friend and fellow artist, Michael Bhichitkul, to help her curate Where You Begin, a group show in which artists employ ordinary subjects in unusual or extraordinary ways. Both Buchsbaum and Bhichitkul included examples of their own works, and both are genuine standouts.
Buchsbaum's is a photo of a pair of women's legs standing in an ice-filled bathtub being used to chill fish. Bhichitkul created an image of a chunk of wood, then used an ax to chop into it and, as a consequence, the wall behind it.
The show is filled in with work of the other invitees, who include two famous artists, Tony Oursler and William Lamson and a mix of others from Denver and across the country.
In the Associate Gallery in the back, Laura Phelps Rogers has mounted Strangely Decadent, a selection of vignettes with a whiff of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries about them, owing to the inclusion of an old wall clock, a gaudy chandelier and a neon sign that reads "eat."
Through October 6 at Pirate Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo Street, pirateartonline.org, 303-458-6058.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.