Co-curated by Cortney Lane Stell and Amber Cobb
Artists: Theresa Anderson, Jason Below, Abby Bennett, Jaime Carrejo, Tobias Fike, Matthew Harris, Irene McCray**, Dmitri Obergfell, Nikki Pike, Bruce Price, Zach Reini, Laura Shill, Rebecca Vaughan and Xi Zhang*
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 2013 6-10 p.m.
Closing Coffee: Sunday, February 24, 2013 3-5 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: February 8-24, 2013
Pirate: Contemporary Art
3655 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211
Hours: Fridays 6-10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m.
*Thanks to Plus Gallery and **Sandra Phillips Gallery
For 33 years, Pirate: Contemporary Art has maintained a tradition as being one of Denver’s edgiest artist run galleries. Denver’s artist community is uniquely served by Pirate and a variety of spaces that support and encourage high quality art making and conversations of an experimental/ experiential nature.
Excited by new conversations happening in the now and real, member Theresa Anderson invited Amber Cobb and Cortney Lane Stell to co-curate an exhibition that continues the conversation from the Stuff(ed) exhibition at Laundry on Lawrence. Stell and Cobb’s co-curated exhibition, Soft Subversions, focuses its attention on the ability of artworks made of or considering soft materials to quietly subvert our understanding of the world around us.
The title of the exhibition comes from Felix Guattari’s “Soft Subversion”, a culmination of essays, texts, and interviews from 1977-1985. Soft Subversions uses concepts from Guattari to investigate the discursive opportunity provided by artworks, which through their material are innately approachable. The artworks in the exhibition take advantage of the many associations with the concept of “Soft,” from the benign to the grotesque. These artworks have the unique power in their ability to softly suggest freedom from a mass-marketed, over produced, over socialized, capitalist society.
“Production for the sake of production – the obsession with the rate of growth, whether in the capitalist market or in planned economies – leads to monstrous absurdities. The only acceptable finality of human activity is the production of a subjectivity that is auto-enriching its relation to the world in a continuous fashion.” ~ Felix Guattari, Chaosmosis and Difference and Repetition 21
Click the link http://theresaandersonart.com/communication/stuffed/ to see images from the first exhibition
and http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2012/11/stuffed_laundry_on_lawrence_so.php to read Susan Froyd’s coverage of STUFF(ED) on the Westword Arts and Culture Blog
nice photo by Ken Hamel on denverarts.org newsletter- http://denverarts.org/local_exhibits/pirate_soft_subversions
Keen, Michael and Isaac, Eric. “The Theresa Anderson Interview” The Untitled Art Show, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, http://untitledartshow.com/mp3/UntitledArtShowE210-022013.mp3
performance document from flour flat broke food porn/ provisions for stark relief/ soft sculpture/ constructivist/ domestic failures with object about black and cultural collections 2013 metalized plastic lightweight icicles, VHS tape collected from her 1996-97 television viewing, paper mâché, paint, chair stuffing, object worn by Miles LaGree for 3 hours with black socks and flour pushing through 59″ x 20″ x 19″/ five foot 6 inches