Montecarlo art collective brings show to Steamboat Springs
May 24, 2012
Steamboat Springs — The four friends met in college as the world continued to change around them. Now, the artists and friends who comprise the Montecarlo art collective are reeling through a dynamic time filled with youthful longing and disillusionment, hopefulness and wonder.
Through multimedia and contemporary artwork, the four twentysomethings of Montecarlo bring a colorful and mysterious show to Steamboat Springs to be displayed Sunday through July 13.
An opening is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Depot Art Center, marking the first Montecarlo show that will fully encompass all four artists' work since they met in 2005 in Baltimore, Md.
Montecarlo came to Steamboat via member Park Myers, who also serves as the artistic director for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
He and the other three members — Siobhan Feehan, Kate Learson and Vanessa Goglietino — who are spread between Baltimore and New Orleans, engaged in an online conversation about their current work as the idea for the exhibit began to gel.
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As the process wore on, their individual works began to take on collaborative tendencies as all their ideas meshed into a cohesive art show.
"This is a group of close friends and artists," explained Myers, who organized and designed the show along with presenting two works in it. "But there's something — that little bit of tension — though it's under the context and gaze of a wacky show."
Learson arrived in Steamboat on Tuesday, and the remaining two arrive this weekend to put the finishing touches on the display of 14 works of art.
The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey over, around, under and through a physical reflection of the young artists' minds.
From a suspended plexiglass video projection of a bright tiger to matte collages of worldly photos, Montecarlo hopes the show maintains a certain playfulness that all of the artists still embrace while representing their generation's skepticism.
Learson, who designed the tiger video installation, said her work represents the limitless but confined nature of finding one's path through life.
"The tiger is jumping through hoops, but he's stuck in the middle of them," Learson explained. "I'm trying to get this push and pull between how amazing things are but how, well, sucky they are."
The show begins at the Depot's front door with a "tourist table" that will feature small brochure-like introductions to each artist in the form of quotations and mix tapes.
"This isn't the kind of tourist table that can give you information you can just take with you," Myers said. "It's a tourist desk for the mind, so you can go on an adventure to our minds."
With several works suspended from the ceiling and one of Feehan's pieces relegated to the dark and musty Depot basement, the Montecarlo show is a physical journey from multiple video installations to conceptual works on paper.
"They're going to be taken aback," Myers said. "But I think people will get some kind of startled joy."
"I think everyone will be able to take something away from it, even through it's a bit mysterious," Learson said.
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