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5 Colorado Artists to Collect Now
"It's time to buy your artwork from the Mile High City's community of talented artists. Five art experts tell you whose work they're loving right now."
"Museum of Contemporary Art Denver assistant curator Zoe Larkins was particularly taken by Berger’s exhibition for Black Cube last year. “There’s an intimate quality to her works…but there’s also an element of the uncanny, a surrealism to them,” she says. In addition to these installations, Berger makes functional tableware using the pinch-and-coil method. Her cups, mugs, and plates are elegant but retain a rustic quality—in part because her fingerprints are visible on the finished products."
Gold Hill Art Project
The Gold Hill Art Project brings together a series of site-specific contemporary art installations situated in cabins and open spaces in the historic mining town of Gold Hill. Three Black Cube Artist Fellows – Molly Berger, Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Eric Stewart – have created new works that respond to the local history and surrounding landscape. Collectively these artworks draw together layers of past and present. They form a walking art tour that offers visitors alternative ways of experiencing this unique place.
Interview with Traction Magazine
"There’s this story I like to tell, about how I grew up in suburban Pennsylvania with a plum tree in my front yard. The fact that I had a plum tree in my yard is, in hindsight, quite unique and remarkable but at the time it was my truth, it was my everyday experience, it was commonplace, and lived in the background of my life. It is only with distance from that place and that time, many years later, that I was able to recall it at all and take note of its specialness. I think about that a lot in relation to this work, about the plum tree, and about the subtle yet enormous shift from ordinary to extraordinary that objects can take on."
RADIOLAB podcast-- Things
"From a piece of the Wright brother's plane to a child’s sugar egg, today: Things! Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold and things that can take hold of you. This hour, we investigate the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight or just let go." http://www.radiolab.org/story/things/
Humans of New York
"I collect treasures."
“What’s your best treasure?”
“A brown and red pot. Ancient Egyptians used to keep brains in pots!”
MOMA acquires @ symbol into its collection
"Some linguists believe that @ dates back to the sixth or seventh century, a ligature meant to fuse the Latin preposition ad—meaning “at”, “to,” or “toward”—into a unique pen stroke. The symbol persisted in sixteenth-century Venetian trade, where it was used to mean amphora, a standard-size terracotta vessel employed by merchants, which had become a unit of measure. Interestingly, the current Spanish word for @, arroba, also indicates a unit of measure."
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.