Twelve young artists were led through the “Design and Build” process this summer at the Museum Outdoor Arts and created a highly imaginative exhibit called “Altered Reality,” which opened Aug. 8 and runs through Sept. 19 in the MOA's indoor …
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Twelve young artists were led through the “Design and Build” process this summer at the Museum Outdoor Arts and created a highly imaginative exhibit called “Altered Reality,” which opened Aug. 8 and runs through Sept. 19 in the MOA's indoor gallery at the Englewood Civic Center. The exhibit includes individual pieces that line the entry and a collection of collaborative installations.
The Design and Build program began in 1991 with high school students and has since moved to college students and some recent graduates.
Interns spend eight intense weeks learning the processes for creating public art via teamwork. They use problem-solving related to a particular site, budgeting and planning, proposal writing, maquette making, construction and installation. They receive a stipend and in some cases, college credit.
“Optical illusions are transfixed and the mind is played upon in `Altered Reality.' The exhibition twists everyday perceptions, disrupts expectations and slants idealism. After all, what really is reality?” says a group statement.
In addition to student work, master teacher Cory Gilstrap, who specializes in soft sculpture and puppet making, has created, with Kamela Preswaela, a remarkable installation called “Ya-Te-Veo.” Located in the back gallery, it is a garden greenhouse on steroids, inhabited by brightly colored, bug-eyed, slightly sinister soft sculpture critters. At the entry is a window box that is growing upright knife blades in neat rows. One can't help but laugh.
On arrival, the viewer is greeted by a dreamy three-dimensional bank of clouds in a diorama. Beyond that, one sees an organic assortment of white “Seablooms” that crawl from floor to ceiling. A humorous upside-down ladder, paintbrush, rags and paint can speak to a home-repair project gone astray. “Hard Kandy” is a large panel with a bright bouquet constructed from hundreds of candies. Beyond that is a group of life-sized, intent-looking human figures in action. The installation is called “Immersion.”
The 2015 interns are Aziza Ahmadi, Kelsey Dickinson, Bailey Dunning, Austin Howlett, Maggi Johnson, Luke C.F. Lemon, Georges Loewenguth, Lyndie Mae, Daniela Marin, Karel Moyer and Jesse Nickell.
This is an exhibit children will really enjoy and a special scavenger hunt awaits them. Ask at the desk for special equipment.
If you go
“Altered Reality” runs until Sept. 19 at the Museum Outdoor Art's indoor gallery on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Admission is free. 303-806-0444, moaonline.org.
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