GOCA exhibit opens the realms of possibility, features Colorado artists

Nov. 2, 2015

Alexander Nedd
anedd@uccs.edu

The Galleries of Contemporary Art is opening a new exhibit, entitled “Beyond the Beyond,” at their GOCA 121 gallery on Nov. 6 from 5-9 p.m.

The collaborative project blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction, as well as in digital and material possessions.

“It’s a really exciting, visually delightful exhibition that features various artists using different technologies and new mediums,” said GOCA community cultivation director Nicole Anthony.

“It reimagines worlds and provides commentary on our contemporary world,” she said.

Anthony said she is excited for “Beyond the Beyond” to open to the general public.

“The downtown (gallery) is a great resource for students,” Anthony said. “You can engage with different ideas and aesthetics and other parts of our general Colorado Springs community.”

The exhibit features artists from around the nation including two from Colorado, Evan Mann and Katie Caron.

Students wanting a sneak peak of the exhibit can attend a talkback session at the exhibit with featured artist Carla Gannis on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.

Gannis will give a lecture as part of GOCA’s visiting artist and critic lecture series. Gannis is an established artist from New York who has had her work featured nationally across several exhibitions.

“Her work is really interesting,” Anthony said. “She’s taking classic art from the late medieval period and reimagining them with emojis.”

Gannis’ work also features strong sexual content related to power, politics and identity. It was inspired by a painting called “Garden of Earthly Delights.”

In addition to Gannis’ work, “Beyond the Beyond” features a variety of art displays including sculpture, video, projection, installation and sound.
Other artists include Barry Whittaker and Sam Sheffield.

One video installation project available for viewing is by Mann.

“His work imagines different type of spaces,” Anthony said. “(His work) looks at the different physicality of space.”

“Beyond the Beyond” will remain open until Dec. 19. The event Nov. 6 is free for students. Food and drink will be available and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase with your ID.

GOCA 121 in downtown Colorado Springs is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

The Lowdown

What:
‘Beyond the Beyond’

Where:
GOCA 121
121 S. Tejon, Suite 100

When:
Nov. 6-Dec. 19

How much:
Free for students

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