AXIS MUNDI BRINGS THE WORK OF TWENTY-ONE ARTISTS FROM THE USA AND CANADA TO THREE LOCATIONS IN DENVER FROM SEPT. 16 – OCT. 7 AS PART OF DENVER’S BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS
New Exhibition Will Be Presented in Denver by PlatteForum and The Temple, in Partnership with Denver Film Society, with Special Kick-Off Event and Film Screening Sept. 14
DENVER – Axis Mundi is a new exhibition presented by PlatteForum and The Temple, in Partnership with Denver Film Society, featuring twenty-one artists from across the US and Canada. This series of events will be part of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas. Through the lens of Ecopsychology, Axis Mundi explores three branches of our relationship to the Earth: Environmental Melancholia, Collective Social Mania and Biophilia. The exhibition will include exhibits at three different locations near downtown Denver – at PlatteForum, The Olympic Building and The Land Library between Sept. 16 and Oct. 7. All programming, including the kick-off event and film screening on Sept. 14, will be free and open to the public.
Environmental Melancholia regards the pathology of being melancholic about the collapse of the environment. Collective Social Mania explores the pathology of being manic and the defense mechanisms that are manifested in society in two ways: mind-numbing, distracting behaviors (watching TV, drinking/drugs, staring at handheld devices, social media, packed work schedules) and as a rationalized, normalized allegiance to materialism and shopping. And finally, biophilia explores science, wonder and beauty, with some artists including living plants and animals into their works. Biophilia is a term coined by Edward Owen Wilson, who argued that because we co-evolved on this planet with all other living organisms, our affinity for other life is rooted in our DNA.
Axis Mundi’s three exhibits include a group show at PlatteForum, a solo warehouse installation of Regan Rosburg’s “Omega” at the Olympic Building and outdoor experiential artworks by Vivian Le Courtois and Eileen Richardson in the East lot of the Land Library Building. Axis Mundi is a part of the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, as well as coinciding with a corresponding conference in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, which is being held on the 60th anniversary of the first Conference on Science and World Affairs at Pugwash and will feature Axis Mundi artists as presenters.
Prior to the launch of the exhibitions, Axis Mundi will kick off with a special screening of Chris Jordan’s film, Albatross at the Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 pm. Filmmaker Chris Jordan will be present for a talk-back discussion following the screening.
Albatross is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. Albatross was an Official Selection at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival in May 2017, and the movie trailer was viewed and discussed at the United Nations on World Oceans Day in June 2017.
An opening reception for the Axis Mundi art exhibitions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 6 – 9 p.m. at the main exhibition site at The Temple, in PlatteForum’s gallery, 2400 Curtis St. This artist reception will include a brief talk from Axis Mundi curator, Regan Rosburg, on the exhibit and environmental melancholia. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the additional exhibits in The Land Library (2612 Champa St.) and Olympic Building (2565 Curtis St.) over the course of the evening. Each of the additional exhibition sites are within walking distance of PlatteForum.
An Axis Mundi Temple Talk will be held at PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis St., on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 12:00 pm to 1:30pm. Select Axis Mundi artists and subject matter experts, including Ren Adams (MFA, BFA, UC Berkley Alumni Scholar), Dr. Sean Stewart (Director or Dopamine Collective, BSc biology, DDS, MFA), Vivian Le Courtois (Faculty at DAVA, MFA, BFA, Master Art History) and Suchitra Mattai (MFA, MA, BA, Post-BA Study Pratt Institute), will discuss topics related to their research behind works for Axis Mundi, including environmental melancholia’s relation to shifting baseline syndrome, the manifestation of consumption and mania in today’s society, and more.
The Axis Mundi exhibition will remain free and open to the public through Saturday, Oct. 7. PlatteForum gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday Noon-6pm and Saturdays 1-6pm.
Please visit the Axis Mundi blog for information on how to visit the Olympic Building and the Land Library and for their hours of operation.
Axis Mundi includes work from the following artists: Ren Adams (Albuquerque, NM), Pedro Barrios (Denver, CO), Erika Blumenfeld (Houston, TX), Sebastian Cocioba (New York, NY), Carrie Crane (Boston, MA), Rebecca DiDomenico (Boulder, CO), Susan Hopp (Savannah, GA), Chris Jordan (Seattle, WA), Vivian LeCourtois (Denver, CO), Suchitra Mattai (Denver, CO), Jaime Molina (Denver, CO), Lauri Lynnxe Murphy (Denver, CO), Lewis Neeff (Denver, CO), Kelly Norman (Montreal, Quebec), Lori Owicz (Denver, CO), Ron Pollard (Denver, CO), Tara Rhoda (New York, NY), Eileen Richardson (Denver, CO), Regan Rosburg (Denver, CO), Darya Warner (New York, NY) and Andrew Yang (Chicago, IL).
Axis Mundi is part of an ongoing collaboration between PlatteForum and The Temple, made possible in part, by a generous grant from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.