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When dumpster-diving art collaborators Matt Doubek and Sam Mobley open the doors tonight on Carnival of Fictional Amusement, their new joint show at Pirate: Contemporary Art, what awaits will be anything but the same old, same old.

That’s partially because Doubek and Mobley are men of facile resources; you might say they make stuff out of stuff, combining one’s skill for drawing and the other’s eye for graphic design with a freewheeling sense of how to incorporate cheap and reusable materials into something delightful to observe. For this exhibit, the duo will include an array of paintings, silkscreen prints and drawings, but the focal point is a ten-foot-tall, hand-built, human-powered Ferris wheel they made together (“because we can,” notes Doubek, whose experience in construction, along with Mobley’s success as a furniture builder, supports the claim), festooning its little baskets with toys and sculptures created by friends, family and artists, both local and national.

Give it a spin (but be forewarned – it comes with this admonition: “You must be under 18 inches with no living parts to ride...”) at tonight’s reception, which features such carnival-ready refreshments as corndogs and jelly beans. The fun goes from 6 to 10 p.m. at Pirate, 3655 Navajo Street; the show continues through February 28. Visit www.pirateartonline.org or call 303-458-6058.
Feb. 19-28, 2010

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