Exhibition title: Play Grounds
Artists: Myfanwy Ashmore, Simon & Tom Bloor, Brody Condon, Mary Flanagan, Tony Labat, Whitney Lynn, Emily Mast, Conor McGarrigle, Vince McKelvie, Anne-Marie Schleiner, Dan Tobin Smith, Chris Ulrich, Natalija Vujosevic, Agustina Woodgate
Exhibition Dates: June 13 through August 16, 2015
Exhibition Space: RedLine
Guest Curated by Cortney Lane Stell and Ruth Bruno
Featuring artworks by fifteen artists from seven countries, Play Grounds pursues numerous lines of inquiry through play. Rather than one overarching theme that gathers and frames the exhibition into a unified field, Play Grounds is comprised of a constellation of artworks that reflect on practices that use diversion, wandering, and experimentation to turn the familiar on its head.
In recasting our relationship to the familiar, the works challenge the viewer's perception of social, environmental, and material conventions. These outward explorations take many forms; from utilizing the game of pool to spur conversations about the social and political change in Cuba, to a hopscotch board that is thousands of numbers long reclaiming the streets as a place for play.
The central question threaded throughout the exhibition is: How can artists - through images, objects, actions, and interventions - bring together publics in order to reflect on our current worldviews? With this question in mind, Play Grounds gives weight to artists whose practices operate outside of the gallery and to those who experiment with the recognizable fields of marketing, pop culture, and technology. Furthering the opportunity for public discourse, this exhibition is complemented by several public works that can be found throughout the Denver metro area.
Photography: Sara Ford