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Opening – We Were Wild: Reconstructing Western Landscapes at Alto Gallery
November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Join us First Friday Nov. 1 for the opening reception of “Reconstructing Western Landscapes” featuring new work from We Were Wild (Risa Friedman and Meredith Feniak). Free event. On view at Alto Gallery November 1 – 30.
Reconstructing Western Landscapes explores the intersection of regional folklore, domesticity, architecture and impermanence. Inspired by Gordon Matta-Clark’s architectural interventions from the 1970’s, We Were Wild used a turn of the century craftsman home in Park Hill slated for demolition as a site of artistic experimentation. This house is one of two main characters of the exhibition. The other is a wolf named Lobo – While We Were Wild explored the house, they found an illustration of a wolf from an old copy of the New Mexican tale of Lobo the King of Currampaw, written and illustrated by Ernest Thompson Seton.
The installation investigates rewilding, the idea of allowing natural processes to reshape land, and grapples with the life cycle of decay and reconstruction. The exhibition features extensive photography of the home and the interventions conducted by We Were Wild. Also on display will be several objects salvaged from the demolished house and its surroundings, including doors, wallpaper and hardware. A life-sized wheat paste of Lobo and his mate, Blanca will mark the entryway of the gallery. We Were Wild collaborated on a film with Eileen Roscina Richardson and an art book with Andrea Floren.
ABOUT WE WERE WILD
We Were Wild is a joint project of Denver artists Meredith Feniak and Risa Friedman. We Were Wild creates interactive, hybrid fantasy worlds of real-life urban spaces using a collage of original photography, fabric, botanical images, and historical photos. Feniak experiments with both ancient and modern artistic techniques and materials. Her experience as a botanical artist and illustrator injects flora and fauna into We Were Wild’s installations. Friedman is a photographer and paper artist. She explores the built environment through a focus on architectural detail and blocks of color. Both artists have degrees in sociology which fuel their fascination with the evolving city and the interactive elements of their work.