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 or call 303-443-2122.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 29. Continues through Jan. 29, 2011

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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