Tuesday, March 9, 2010

'Budget Cuts' opening

Posted By on Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Jungle cats love monetary discussions.
  • RUBBISH GALLERY
  • Jungle cats love monetary discussions.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Rubbish Gallery will open its latest show, Budget Cuts featuring The Lost City, a collaboration with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center that Rubbish's Lorelei Beckstrom explains this way:

Several months ago, [the FAC] asked if we'd be a satellite show for Conflict Resolution [the FAC's show]. They have basically asked each gallery to pick a subject relating to conflict and resolution. We thought about it — 'What are we all talking about right now?' — and that’s when we decided we would do a show called Budget Cuts. We thought, 'Let’s tackle the conflict and establish any sort of resolution with these issues and give the artists a voice in that.'

Beckstrom says the "Lost City" portion refers to an installation that artist Spika will be premiering on opening night.

The gallery looks like a giant dilapidated city, and Spika will be sitting in the middle, bound and blindfolded. He has the most amazing speaking voice, but when’s performing, he’s usually bound where he can not move.

Cuts features art using found, reclaimed materials and highlights some of the city's budgetary woes, something Beckstrom says has likely caused some of the lowest artistic turnout she's seen from an open call.

Even ourselves, we had a really hard time with this assignment. I know a lot of artists talked to us about it and they couldn’t figure out a way to address these issues ... [they] were concerned it would be cartoony. I would say we have about 10 artists that are featured, and we’ve had a lot of cancellations on people that couldn’t meet deadline.

The show runs through April 2, and will feature music from The Ghost of Michael Clark, Goodnight Stranger and Eavesdrop on opening night.

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