Art and Artifacts From the Landscape of Glorious Excess
JUNE 30, 2010 – JANUARY 16, 2011
Energy Effects: Art and Artifacts From the Landscape of Glorious Excess was a large-scale exhibition exploring the relationship between energy and aesthetic power. Expanding the definition of energy, this exhibition presented a variety of ways that creativity advocates energy expenditure. From Washington DC-based artist Jim Sanborn's creation of a working model of the first atom-splitting particle accelerator to Buenos Aires-based Ciro Najle's experiments in irrational engineering, this exhibition explored the power and beauty of excess energy. Energy Effects encouraged visitors to re-examine their assumptions about conservation to develop a more complex view of energy use.
Exhibiting artist list: Orly Genger, Pablo Helguera, Anne Hardy, Kcho, Gonzalo Lebrija, Viviane Le Courtois, Ciro Najle, Martha Russo, Jim Sanborn, Ward Shelley, Don Stinson, Torolab, Steve Vaught (Fat Man Walking), and Willard Wigan. With a Titan IV rocket engine and two B61 thermonuclear weapons.
MCA Denver is one of the Citywide Cultural partners for the Biennial, which will be a month-long celebration of the culture, ideas, and people of the Western Hemisphere. The Energy Effects exhibition was part of the special cultural programming the Biennial will offer throughout July. It also accentuated the Biennial? themes of sustainability, innovation, and art.
Energy Effects was presented by MetLife Foundation with additional support from Scott Miller & Tim Gill, The Biennial of the Americas, and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs.
image: Gonzalo Lebrija. Entre La Vida y La Muerte (detail), 2010.