Cullen settled on the theme after visiting the Nature Conservancy South America website. "I was struck by the extreme biodiversity in South America: They have the driest desert on earth, the largest rain-forest and the highest navigable lake," Cullen says, adding that the intense colors and bold expression favored by many South American artists seem to channel that natural bounty. From Peruvian artist Aldo Chaparro's shiny, crumpled works (which, Cullen says, "appeal to the magpie in all of us") to the vibrant street art of Brazilian graffitist Highraff (who is slated for an installation at DIA later this year) and Brazilian Rosane Volchan O'Conor's oversized walk-through microscopic environment, Altered Nature is bound to be an eyeful. "It's going to be a lush, intense, immersive experience walking through the gallery," Cullen concludes.
Altered Nature continues at the CVA, 965 Santa Fe Drive, through November 5; for information about other related events, go to www.metrostatecva.org or call 303-294-5207.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 1. Continues through Nov. 5, 2011