For several MSU Denver affiliates, a musical suitcase provided an attention-grabbing opportunity.
Last Friday, a panel of past and present MSU Denver students discussed their experiences assisting artists at an exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts and DIA.
The exhibition, titled “In Situ,” is a collection of temporary commissioned art installation pieces that focused on different perceptions of public art through the eyes of four different artists from all three North American countries.
Former student Evan Miller and current sophomore Madeleine Kattman worked directly with internationally-renowned artist Humberto Duque on a public art installation titled “Lightning Blues Express.”
It has the assistants, dressed in business suits, walking around DIA with a rolling amplified speaker that looks like a piece of luggage playing old, twangy country songs.
“I think we are trying to interrupt the spectacle of the airport and make people more aware of their surroundings at the airport,” Miller said. “You never know what you’re getting into working with another artist — that can be crazy.”
Everything seemed to flow very seamlessly for these assistants — Miller said Duque knew specifically what he wanted to do, which made for “a smooth and easy process.”
The concept of working in an international airport can be frightening to some, but acted as an invigorating experience for Miller and Kattman.
“The biggest expectation I had was performing in public,” Kattman said. “It’s a whole different ball game.”
MSU Denver senior Ryan Mcfarlin, who also works at the CVA, was able to work directly with artist Ximena Labra.
Mcfarlin was in charge of designing, creating and maintaining a number of different graphics and decals for the project called “To Those Who Go.”
The piece focuses on taking someone out of a “violating, limiting space,” Mcfarlin said.
The different pieces of “To Those Who Go” can be seen throughout the airport.
“A lot of people were stopping us to ask what we were doing with confused looks on their faces,” Mcfarlin said. “Most people were just happy to have something to look at.”
Former MSU Denver student Stacey Sturdy was able to work with Kim Dickey, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, on a number of large pieces that focused on bringing outdoor art indoors.
Dickey’s all-female team was able to create and install her pieces at the CVA.
“I was honored to be able to help bring these pieces to life,” Sturdy said.
The “In Situ” installation will be showing until Feb. 9 at the CVA and the DIA installation will be exhibited until the end of October.