August 20, 2018
Two new exhibitions open at UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art in September
Communique, 08/20/2018
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Two new exhibitions open at UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art in September
Communique, 08/20/2018
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art is proud to present two new exhibitions: “Linda Fleming: Confluence,” opening Sept. 6, at the Ent Center for the Arts and “Radical: 50 Years of Libre Intentional Artist Community,” opening Sept. 7 at GOCA’s downtown gallery.

Linda?Fleming is an artist whose work makes physical such impermanent elements as wind, air, light and shadow. Fleming is best known for her large-scale outdoor sculptures, which draw from the desert and mountain environments surrounding her three studios (located in the Bay Area, Nevada’s desert and southern Colorado’s Huerfano Valley). “Linda Fleming: Confluence” is a major solo exhibition featuring works in steel, wood, rubber, felt and paper, and includes two monumental works on the Ent Center for the Arts sculpture green.?A catalog publication accompanies the exhibition.

Fleming is a founding member of the artists’ community?Libre?in Gardner, Colorado, where she maintains a studio in a geodesic dome that she constructed.?Libre was founded in 1968 on southern Colorado’s beautiful and rugged high mountain plains. It exists today as a place apart for artists and countercultural thinkers, one of the longest-running intentional communities manifesting out of the surge of communes in the Southwestern United States in the late 1960s and 1970s. It is known for its hand-built domes and “zomes,” inspired by Drop City and Buckminster Fuller. Libre was built by the artists who founded it—many of whom still live and work there.

“Radical: 50 Years of Libre Intentional Artist Community” features work from first and second generation Libre artists as well as additional artists connected to the history of the community. Exhibition artists include Dean Fleming, Linda Fleming, Luz Fleming, Christine Howard Sandoval, Bill Haynes, Jim Fowler, Electra Fowler Johnson, Scott Johnson, Michael Moore and Roberta Price. The exhibition highlights the historical and contemporary impact of this long-running creative experiment through the art of those who created it.

Beyond the geodesic domes, alternative architecture and sculptural explorations, Libre itself was a pioneering artistic invention. As part of a larger countercultural art movement, Libre and the artists working there were involved in the beginnings of conceptual art and the dematerialization of art. Contemporary art practices such as relational aesthetics, social practice, performance art and conceptual experiments which merge art, life and politics owe a great debt to Libre and the artists who manifested this intentional community in a spirit of boundless experimentation.

“Linda Fleming: Confluence” is on view through Dec. 9, at the Ent Center for the Arts and “Radical: 50 Years of Libre Intentional Artist Community” is on view through Nov. 3 at GOCA’s downtown gallery.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
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The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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