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The Shock of the New

You might say curator Petra Sertis of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art went a little bit out on a limb for her fall exhibitions, which feature a trio of very young regional artists whose previous exposure has been primarily underground. “All three of these artists had already caught my attention,” Sertis says. “Originally, we were researching a larger group for a joint exhibition, but these three stood out on their own, and even though they are young and emerging, I think they are ready to be presented. For a museum, I suppose we’re being a little bit daring by showing art that’s not yet established.” Still, she adds, the work speaks for itself.

The artists — Zach Reini, still a student at the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design; Thomas Scharfenberg, a pupil of renowned Denver geometric painter Clark Richert; and Amanda Marie Ploegsma, who presents innocent retro scenarios with a foreboding cast — represent three distinct directions in contemporary art. They also share some influences, from the dripping paint and stenciling of street art to the starker messages of minimalism.

>Zach Reini: Suburban Lawns, Thomas Scharfenberg: Obvious Invisible and Amanda Marie Ploegsma: Purity and Credence continue through the end of January at BMoCA, 1750 13th Street in Boulder; for information, visit www.bmoca.org or call 303-443-2122.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 29. Continues through Jan. 29, 2011

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