Krysten Cunningham, Golden Trapezoid, 2014
Extending the Line
January 26 — March 7, 2015
A line represents the connection of two points in space, and as such represents a basic component of representation. This act of joining gives a line a particular physical, social and metaphorical weight. Extending the Line explores the mathematical, kinesthetic, and poetic aspects of line. The exhibition considers line in multiple dimensions. In two-dimensional drawings and prints, the agency of line is foregrounded: what does it mean to trace connections between disparate elements? The exhibition then traces line as it migrates off the page into three-dimensional space through fiber arts: here line folds on itself to realize into sculptural form. Line extends through in time in video explorations, and into performance space through dance.
Extending the Line will take place in Colorado College’s two campus galleries. Artists featured in IDEA Space include: William Anastasi, Herbert Bayer, Krysten Cunningham, Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti, Sol Lewit, Senga Nengudi, Abbie Miller and Anne Wilson. The Coburn Gallery exhibition features Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner.
- A series of drawings and prints borrowed from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, provides the exhibition’s foundation. From Sol Lewitt’s geometric constructions to Herber Bayer’s graceful arcing forms to William Anastasi’s explorations of line in motion, this portion of the exhibition reveals the structural and expressive qualities of line in two dimensions.
- Prints and works in fiber by Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner will consider the qualities of line by considering the relationship of the incised line of woodblock prints to the three-dimensional woven forms.
- Anne Wilson and Krysten Cunningham both create bas-relief images composed of fibers and woven elements that allow lines to emerge from planar surfaces, thus allowing line to realize from two dimensions into three. Video pieces in which lines move, multiply and weave together extend both artists’ investigations by incorporating elements of process, motion, and time. Abbie Miller’s monumental sculptures composed of vinyl sheets that are zipped onto structural armatures trace the progression from line, to plane, to three-dimensional object.
- Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti’s piece Notationotations and Senga Nengudi’s RSVP series address line’s relationship to the body. Engaging elements of performance, their works tease out the relationship between representational line and lines created through bodily motions.
- Extending the Line will also feature a soundscape component, wherein three musicians respond to the exhibition concept and specific pieces in the show.
Extending the Line will comprise a component of Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Week (January 26 -30) a fifteen-year-old endeavor that features a week of thematically related art, performances, lectures, and discussions. This year’s theme, What’s My Line?: explores connections between theater, dance, mathematics, and visual art.
Exhibition sponsored by: The National Endowment for the Arts, the Art Department/Stillman Fund for Exhibitions.
November 24 – December 17, 2014
Monday, November 24, 4:30pm: Opening
Reception and Artist Talk
Emma Powell (Assistant Professor of Art) introduces her photography to Colorado College with this one-person exhibition. Powerfully interested in the history of photography, Powell incorporates historic processes and devices into her contemporary practice. Past projects have included archaic technologies such as wet plate collodion process and old Kodak cameras. Her recent work navigates the fine line between reality and fantasy, using self-portraiture to articulate personal narratives. Using a cyanotype process, Powell creates a backdrop in which archetypal universal symbols combine and collide.
October 27 – November 15, 2014
Unique to America, reader board signs dot sidewalks, highways and roadsides all over America and reveal an authentic, quirky, funny, individual and very real America – one untouched by corporate promotion and ubiquitous blandness. But it might all be disappearing as the digital sign takes over.
A photographic exhibition by ANDREW MANLEY, Associate Professor in Theatre & Dance, who has been hunting reader boards for 20 years marveling, as only a foreigner from England can, at their unsung barmy brilliance.
October 27 – December 13, 2014
Closed November 19 – 23 and November 26 – 30.
Thursday, October 30, 4:30pm: Reception
and IDEA Cabaret presentation:
Readings of Rembrandt
by Rebecca Tucker and Tip Ragan
Rembrandt Van Rijn’s fame as a painter was exceeded in his own lifetime by his renown as a master etcher. In an age and a culture dominated by the intellect, Rembrandt’s patrons treasured his ability to communicate the profoundly spiritual beauty of the earthbound and the tangible. He is greatly esteemed today for his sensitivity to the psychology of the common man. This deeply felt empathy is embodied in the thirty-five etchings that comprise this exhibition from the permanent collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Through a range of subjects—self-portraits, landscapes, depictions of Biblical stories and everyday life—Rembrandt captured the essence of mankind’s sense of the spiritual and personal, all portrayed within the context of the dynamic, contemporary society of seventeenth-century Holland.
September 8 – October 18, 2014
Monday, September 8, 4:30pm:
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
Artworks that illustrate moral values and are central to the Western art tradition. While many people can name at least some of the seven deadly sins, the corresponding seven virtues elude most of us. This exhibition, featuring paintings and sculptures by Lisa Easton and Frances Carlson, reexamines the seven deadly sins and the virtues, giving visual expression to an individual’s silent struggle to make choices.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 4:30pm
Cornerstone Arts Center Flex Room
Come practice Yogla with Her Teslaness Kat Tudor, if you want to find the secrets of the universe while practicing energy, frequency and vibration.
Friday, October 3, 4:30pm
Dove Bradshaw enlists the unpredictable effects of time, weather, erosion, and indoor and outdoor atmospheric conditions on natural, chemical, and manufactured materials. Grants received include: National Endowment for the Arts (1975); The Pollock-Krasner Award (1985); The Furthermore Grant (2003); and The National Science Foundation for Artists Grant (2006). Her work has been shown regularly in the US, Europe, Korea and Japan, and she appeared in the 6th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea. She is represented in the permanent collections of many major museums including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); Museum of Modern Art (New York); The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); The Art Institute of Chicago; The British Museum (London); Centre Pompidou (Paris); and Marble Palace, Russian State Museum (St. Petersburg).
David Fodel is an artist, educator, writer, and curator whose work reveals the traces of systems and processes – technological and otherwise – that are overlooked. His eclectic installations, live performances, award-winning sound design and video works have been exhibited, screened, and performed internationally including: Festival ECUA-UIO (Quito, Ecuador); Future Places Festival (Porto, Portugal); Transmediale (Berlin, Germany); and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. He has been featured in Wired Magazine, and published by Media-N: The Journal of the New Media Caucus, The Experimental Television Center, and Sekans Cinema Journal. Fodel was selected for a residency in 2013 by the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow. He teaches Live Media, Creative Computation, and Interdisciplinary Practices at the University of Colorado, Denver and co-curates the MediaLive Festival. He has an MFA in Electronic Media Arts & Design from the University of Denver.
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7pm
Cornerstone Arts Center Celeste Theatre
Author of a recently published and widely acclaimed biography of Tesla, W. Bernard Carlson’s research demystifies the legendary inventor by placing him within the cultural and technological context of his time. Carlson’s work examines Tesla’s inventions as well as the creation and maintenance of his celebrity. Drawing on original documents from Tesla’s private and public life, Carlson shows how he was an “idealist” inventor who sought the perfect experimental realization of a great idea or principle, and who skillfully sold his inventions to the public through mythmaking and illusion. Carlson’s biography sheds new light on Tesla’s visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his most important technological breakthroughs. Presented by the Innovation Institute, with support from the Economics Department’s Innovative Minds Lecture Series.
Thursday, September 18, 6pm
Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room
A short film directed by Lance Acord (Lost in Translation, Being John Malkovich) about Tesla’s time in Colorado Springs. Produced by Kat and Bob Tudor. Starring Gregory Wagrowski as Nikola Tesla.
Thursday, September 18, 4:30pm
Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room
During his lifetime (1856-1943) and beyond, Nikola Tesla has been portrayed as an iconoclast genius, a flamboyant showman, a failed businessman, and as the prophet of a new spiritual age. In this presentation, Dylan Nelson and Clay Haskell, Assistant Professors of Film and New Media, explore the ways in which Tesla has been depicted in film and other media venues. Their talk considers how representations of Tesla reflect changing societal values and desires, as well as aspects of the man himself.
Thursday, September 11, 4:30pm
Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room
Until a relatively recent surge in popularity, Tesla had faded from history, overshadowed by his rival Thomas Edison’s more commercially-savvy marketing. Current portrayals of Tesla position him as an “outsider” scientist who worked in isolation; his Orthodox upbringing and subsequent spiritual proclivities have heightened this perception. In this Cabaret presentation, Jane Murphy (Colorado College Associate Professor of History), Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College Associate Professor of Philosophy) and Dan Miller (Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines, discuss Tesla’s place in science history and identify his various scientific and spiritual influences.
Saturday, September 6 9am – 4pm
Downtown Colorado Springs
IDEA and Smokebrush present “Tesla at the What If…Festival”, featuring Tesla-inspired art and Tesla Toaster, a traveling pop up Tesla exhibit by Kat Tudor celebrating and honoring Tesla’s influence on her art including the creation of Aqualuz, a global event healing the earth’s waters with light, sound and soul. The What If…Festival is an annual event showcasing innovative thinking in all its many manifestations. Explore inventions and innovations in robotics, cycling, apps, art, broadcasting, 3D printing, urban farming, musical instruments, sports, and more!