Benign Neglect: Exploring the Urban Landscape

There are plenty of examples out there of art that explores utopian and dystopian futures—futures in which things continue to grow and blossom, whether the results are good or bad. But what about art that explores things that won't grow, pockets of city life that will fade, crumble, and become empty over time—and doesn't necessarily see that as a bad thing? That is the premise of "Benign Neglect," a show that features work by emerging and established artists. Though the exhibit is about the aging of neighborhoods and businesses, it is not about spaces getting dumpy or being wasted. Rather, it explores the beauty in abandoned spaces and urban areas, as well as the natural ebb and flow of people and society and the areas they inhabit. Artists include painter David Holmes, landscape architect Jennifer Kotting, and sculptor Matthew J. Olson, who draws inspiration from his past work in the construction industry. The opening reception should be a good time filled with people, and will feature live music by Cities of the Plain and Tiger Gash from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18. (photo by Mark Murrmann)
July 18-Aug. 2, 2009

 
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