Saturday, April 5, 2008

Penny for MCA

I was happy to see the Museum of Contemporary Art , quite crowded at opening time - 10 am on a Saturday. Perhaps more people have discovered it's only a penny on 1st Saturdays, and has fabulous views of Denver. The staff is always friendly and helpful too.

There's some interesting new work at the Contempory. (The Transformer Mirror ball piece is still up on the 2nd floor if you haven't seen it already.) Thank goodness the Bob Marley video installation from the basement is gone. Next to it, and throughout the museum are architectural models by David Adjaye, the architect of the Contemporary museum. He is one of the hot architects to follow right now. Architectural models, are difficult to draw a crowd, but they're well displayed, along with samples of building materials that the public can physically touch.

Jeff Starr, of RULE Gallery, has a solo area up on the 2nd floor. You might remember this tree trunk painting with axe and money bag. There's some nice home paintings included in the area, and an installation I had little patience for.
Following Starr's work is a room of intrigue, and not for the faint of heart, by Jasper de Beiger. His models, and prints are a mix of: war victims, wrecks, Judgement Day meets Gears of War video game. The portrait photo collages, from the series, "le sacre du printemps" depict men that have been to hell and back. Take note of the actual 8 inch models that he used for the photographs. A nice courtesy to have a hint of the process.
As always there is plenty to look at MCA, and if you tire of the art, have lunch on the roof top balcony.

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