Six local artists will launch new works on Friday in Snowmass Village as part of the Snowmass Art Walk, an initiative to connect the city’s existing public art with new installations this summer.
The most recent sculptures, murals, and other installations are located in the Snowmass Mall, Base Village, and the Brush Creek Trail connecting to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. (Three of the artists on the art walk – Zakriya Rabani, Louise Deroualle, and Esther Macy Nooner – also work at Anderson Ranch.)
Rabaini’s “Linked Obsessions” sculpture on the Brush Creek Trail will likely look familiar to passers-by; the artist fused a dozen steel iterations of a letter shape “S” (also known as “Superman S” or “Stussy S”, among other names) which is also ubiquitous in the scribbles in class than in the culture of the skater.
Familiarity with form – both in childhood nostalgia and in the world of skateboarding, surfing and extreme sports – creates an accessible entry point into the art world, especially since the art stroll places bring the work to people who might not otherwise be looking for a studio or gallery, Rabani said.
“A lot of times I feel like I have that kind of culture, they’re labeled in a maybe inappropriate way or something or vice versa – it’s like they tend to think of the world of fine art can be snobbish or beyond their reach.… I like to break those boundaries, “said Rabani.” I hope this work can somehow lead to something along those lines, where these skaters will feel at home. comfortable coming to an art campus and looking at the work and talking about it. “
The art walk is not Rabani’s first foray into large-scale public sculpture. But for several of the featured artists, the art walk is their debut in public art, a configuration that they believe has created new opportunities to explore new scales and new formats that they might not otherwise be able to work with in one. studio or gallery.
“I was really interested in trying to take it a step further – it’s a scale I’ve never worked with before,” said ceramic sculptor Louse Deroualle, another artist based at Anderson Ranch. His piece in the Art Walk is nearly 3 feet tall, the largest piece in a landslide in his “Seed Pods” ceramic series which until now has been mostly portable in size.
The series explores “relationships, connections, belonging, a sense of grace,” inspired in part by Deroualle’s own experiences of connection and disconnection as a Brazilian living in the United States.
“They become, each time, more anthropomorphic, so it was really nice to grow up in scale and have shapes that look like bodies. … You don’t just watch them, you can get around them, ”said Deroualle. “They extend freely in space. It’s just a different relationship between the viewer and the room.
The creation of the piece for the artistic walk prompted Deroualle to continue to push the limits of size; now that she works in feet rather than inches, future works could be human-sized, totaling five or six feet in height.
For photographer Esther Macy Nooner, also an Anderson Ranch artist, the art walk offers what she said is an “exciting opportunity to bring something that is uniquely two-dimensional into a much more three-dimensional place.”
Her work installs a photo of the sky printed on durable vinyl on the floor of the Snowmass mall. Over time, the vinyl will show the wear and tear of foot traffic, which Nooner intends to be a “thought-provoking” metaphor for direct and indirect human impacts on the environment.
“In photography, you don’t really think about doing anything in a public and sculptural way,” Nooner said. “But I’m really happy to be able to put the photography into something like that, because usually it’s in a frame or on the wall or on some screen. … To bring it to a different kind of sculptural state of mind, I think it’s super interesting and I think it kind of shows the broad view of photography and contemporary photography.
There is an added benefit of engaging audiences in the placement of the art walk works, Nooner said.
“This is a great opportunity for me as an artist and also for people in the know – to see something in the general public and not just specifically on our campus, I think it just expands our artistic community from our little one. area to the entire community. Nooner said. “And I think it’s really important because art doesn’t only exist for select people who only know it here. But it should be there for anyone who wants to get involved and I think projects like this certainly make it happen. “
Chris Erickson, who painted a mural in the Snowmass Mall as part of his “superULTRAmega” series which visually depicts a distillation of a “constant barrage of information,” said the art walk also brought artists together.
“That’s kind of the beauty of it,” Erickson said. “I don’t know the rest of the artists that well, so I’m always interested in exploring other people’s work and seeing how all of our work relates or the voice that they are trying to portray in their work. “