Developing Dialog 4: April 9 with Viviane Le Courtois and Christopher R. Perez

Developing Dialog 4: April 9 with Viviane Le Courtois and Christopher R. Perez

A monthly series of talks about obsession, inspiration, imagination and practice

Meets in the gallery the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Advanced Cost: $8/ $5 Members & Students with ID At the Door: $10/ $8 Members & Students with ID

Online advanced registration is now closed – please pay at the door


Upcoming Speakers:

April 9            Viviane Le Courtois (installation artist, sculptor) and Christopher R. Perez (photographer)

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Weird Realities “Our work appears very different but we are interested in many of the same things in life. We have collaborated on several projects, usually to document process and performance. We enjoy observing people’s behaviors, good food, and escaping to desolate and peaceful places. We obsessively collect objects and images to document our life. We get excited about imperfections, impermanence and experimental processes. We take part in the social aspect of art and in the community through constant interactions and documentation. Through photographs and video clips, our talk will describe our visual inspirations for what we make and discuss on a daily basis. Many artists have been record keepers for other artists, photographing and videotaping their life, processes and performances. Many of the photos suggest uncommon behaviors, people’s characters, and a blending of performance art and life documentation. In many of the works the artists use their own body, the actions of daily life, or what immediately surrounds them.”

Viviane Le Courtois will present works by Gyula Brassai, Joseph Beuys, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Long, Janine Antoni, Ann Hamilton, Ana Mendieta, Zhang Huan, Pierrick Sorrin, Adrian Piper, Vik Muniz, Andy Warhol, and Christian Boltanski among others.  Christopher R. Perez will present works by Man Ray, Francesca Woodman, Joel Peter Witkins, Luis Gonzàlez Palma, Edward Steichen, EJ Belocq, Paolo Roversi, Simon Larbalestier, and, Diane Arbus among others.

1470332_10152096331678746_598956914_nViviane Le Courtois creates process based, conceptual and participatory art since 1989. Her installations, performances, sculptures, videos and prints often intrigue visitors by connecting art to everyday life. Her works often comment on social and environmental issues. She has traveled in over 40 countries using 163 pairs of shoes as a sculptural performance. In 2004, she invented a non-toxic etching process using Kombucha.   Viviane Le Courtois was born in France in 1969. She moved to the US in 1994, and currently lives in Denver, Colorado. She received a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (MFA equivalent) from the Ecole Pilote Internationale d’art et de Recherches in Nice, France in 1992 and a MA in Art History from the University of Denver in 2000. She was awarded a Korea Foundation fellowship in 1993 and the Westword Mastermind Award in Visual Arts in 2009. She was an artist in residence at RedLine from 2008 to 2011 and at the Denver Sustainability Park from 2011 to 2013. She has exhibited in the US and Europe and has shown her work at the Passerelle Art Center in France, Mobius in Boston, The Williamsburg Art Center in New York and at many venues in Colorado, including Rocky Mountain School of Art + Design, Regis University, Ironton, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In 2012, she presented her first solo museum exhibition: Edible?, 22 Years of Working with Food, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, she created an interactive installation for the Biennial of the Americas and a public art project to gather people’s stories after the Colorado Floods.   Viviane Le Courtois is also a curator, a teacher and a world traveler. Since 2001, she is the studio and gallery Program Manager at DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts), a nonprofit community art center. She taught at the Metropolitan State College of Denver and at the University of Colorado in Denver.

1555355_10101450149760221_978219141_nChristopher R. Perez is a self-taught photographer using wet plate collodion and other photographic processes to create contemporary unadorned portraits. His work is a series of processes and experiments, including Polaroids, photo-based printmaking, pinhole and toy cameras. Christopher was born in Colorado in 1967 and currently lives in Denver. He has been showing his work for 20 years including at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, RedLine Denver, the Foothills Art Center, Rule Modern, the Arvada Center and Naropa University. Some of his works traveled to DenMi in Miami during Art Basel, and to the Benham Gallery in Seattle. He makes a living as a professional art handler and photographer.


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SABIN AELL  is an artist and designer born and raised in Austria. Her work has shown in Berlin, London, Seoul, Adelaide, Stockholm, Vienna and the US. Her use of media has no limits and ranges from photography and film, to design, mixed media and performance.  The development of her dialog at CPAC will be center around the inspiration that brought her to Denver. After living in Vienna and Frankfurt, Sabin moved to Denver in 2006. Two years later she opened HINTERLAND, an art space, which has become a significant hub for local and national emerging artists. In 2012 HINTERLAND was granted the Mastermind Award by Westword.  A recent collaborative project together with her husband was the design and build of the expansion of City O’ City, one of Denver’s favored vegetarian restaurants. Sabin’s work mirrors our desire to get closer to the edges and explore uncertainties. She finds herself in Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote: “One must have a chaos inside oneself to give birth to a dancing star.” Sabin is known for her unconventional use and combination of non traditional materials. Her adept handling of textures, forms and other components opens to an interesting and irresistible new world. forsaleMichael Chavez’ finger prints mark the wide array of public sculptural art found throughout the city and county of Denver. Michael manages the City of Denver’s 1% for public art ordinance, now in its 25th year.  He also oversees Denver’s public art collection which consists of more than 375 works.   Along with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas, Michael brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in exhibition planning, design and collection management, as well as curatorial expertise. He has been sharing his brilliance with Colorado since 2004.  His guidance across the metro area brings visions of beauty and controversy that keeps the town talking.  “Developing Dialog: Photographic Intercourse at CPAC” pairs photographers, artists, art industry professionals, and curators to discuss the “spark” and the photo-related inspiration that brought them to the artistic heights they have climbed. Their  initial image, object, vision, will be revealed. Come join our transformational party! From February 12: [slideshow_deploy id=’10171′] Bobbi by DonnaBobbi Walker will share a tattered postcard she saved of an exhibit 25 years ago featuring Todd Murphy.  Murphy’s website describes his work as having  “underlying artistic themes of metamorphosis, allusion, and life in the moment”.  Her talk will include incites into her imagination and the discipline it’s taken to keep a small business afloat since opening in 2002, as well as her secrets for keeping the passion alive. Bobbi Walker’s gallery which is located just four blocks from the Denver Art Museum in a “captivating, Golden Triangle loft-style space.” Walker’s themed exhibitions show an emphasis on sculpture, mixed media, and experimental photography from regional, national and international mid-career artists. Visit Bobbi’s website at b_lhotka768Bonny Pierce Lhotka  leverages her training as a traditional painter and printmaker to bring innovations and new inventions that combine the best of many years of alternative photography and printmaking techniques with modern technology to create unique works of art and photography. After years of experimentation and development her new processes allow alternative photographers, traditional printmakers, and 21st century digital artists to express their creative voice in ways never before possible. She shares the techniques she has developed in two best selling books: Digital Alchemy and The Last Layer published by New Riders Voices That Matter. Her work is shown and collected internationally and appears in numerous books and articles featuring experimental media. Her art is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Albuquerque Art Museum. She is the recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award. From January 15: [slideshow_deploy id=’9920′] Darrin Alfred’s dialog begins with the trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 psychological horror film, The Shining . He will be using the trailer as a jumping off point for discussing media that questions technological efficiency and its psychosocial effects by presenting spaces emblematic of our everyday experience of the built environment. The architectural uncanny, as writer and architectural historian Anthony Vidler put it. At least, Darrin notes, “that’s where I’m headed. I not only want to show the trailer, but there are a few other video works by Marco Brambilla, Craig Kalpakjian, and Aziz + Cucher that I would like to show.” Darrin Alfred is associate curator of architecture, design and graphics at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). In this capacity, Alfred’s primary responsibilities include the acquisition, research, presentation, and interpretation of objects in the permanent collection of architecture, design and graphics, in addition to the organization of special exhibitions. He received his master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver (1998). Ken Hamel will be discussing 2 films that were radical in their use of found footage recontextualized to create a new narrative: “Rose Hobart” by Joseph Cornell and “Cosmic Ray” by Bruce Conner. Cornell and Conner each took found footage and re-edited it to create new works, each in their own groundbreaking way. Cornell’s 1936 “Rose Hobart” took the 1931 adventure film East of Borneo and culled out sequences featuring the star actress Rose Hobart, to create a psychodrama hidden within the original film showing Hobart’s star power and vulnerability. Conner’s 1962 “Cosmic Ray” is arguably the first rock video and set the tone for the use of found footage set to music that would be revisited over and over throughout the 1980s and 90s for the MTV Generation. Hamel notes that “We can throw in a little Cindy Sherman discussion too as that really fits once you study Rose Hobart.” Ken  Hamel is the director of, an organization now in its 7th year of promoting the visual arts in Denver through sponsorship of arts events, an informative website and gallery guide and a weekly newsletter dedicated to listing current arts events.