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Elemental Construction: Jan. 19 – Apr. 7 @ McNichols


Odette England • Theresa Ganz • Susan Goldstein • Susan Hopp • Heather Oelklaus

George P. Perez • Holly Roberts • Joe Rudko • Vanessa Woods • Mario Zoots

January 19 – April 7, 2019

McNichols Civic Center Building, 2nd Floor
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver


Art exhibit viewing times: Mon. – Fri. (8 am – 5 pm); Sat. & Sun. (10 am – 3 pm)

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center presents Elemental Construction, an exhibition of more than 50 works by 10 photographers who explore the medium of collage. Curated by CPAC Executive Director Samantha Johnston, the exhibit will be on view at the McNichols Civic Center Building January 19 – April 7, 2019.


Opening Night Reception + Party!
Saturday, Feb. 2 (6 – 9 pm)

Join us for a fun night of music, snacks, drinks and photography! Enjoy Elemental Construction, then walk upstairs to see a photography exhibit highlighting the 10-year history of Denver Fashion Week. Free (register here). To celebrate, CPAC is bringing in the paparazzi courtesy of From the Hip Photo and a photo booth by Anthony Camera. Fashionable attire recommended.
Location: McNichols Civic Center Building, 2nd floor | Free

These events are supported by the Cultural Partner Program at the McNichols Civic Center Building and is part of the McNichols Project Series.

Developing Dialogues Panel
Thursday, February 7 (6 – 8 pm)

Enjoy a lively conversation with exhibiting artists in Elemental Construction and members of Arthyve as they discuss their practice and process.
Location: McNichols Civic Center, 2nd Floor | FreeRSVP on Facebook


At its most basic, collage is the assemblage of different materials to create a new whole. Materials can come from books, magazines, found imagery, the Internet, or virtually anywhere, creating limitless opportunities for artists.

Increasingly, photographers are embracing digital software and source materials to create work that pushes the boundaries of the medium. This exhibit takes a fresh look at how photographers today use collage to deconstruct and reconstruct narratives using a mix of new, digital technologies and more traditional approaches.

For example, in her series Grand Illusion, Theresa Ganz utilizes software glitches in a Museum View tool from Google Cultural Institute to create jagged compositions of museum interiors that evoke a sense of dislocation. Susan Hopp builds digital collages using screen shots from social media sites, reforming them into landscapes that challenge our idea of place. Heather Oelklaus takes a hands-on approach, weaving strips of silver gelatin and inkjet prints together to explore themes of nostalgia and stereotypes.

This special off-site exhibit is presented by CPAC in celebration of Month of Photography (MoP), a biennial celebration of fine art photography with hundreds of events throughout the Denver Metro region in March and April 2019. For a complete list of exhibitions and events, visit mopdenver.com.

Please note: Access to art exhibitions at the McNichols Civic Center may be restricted due to private events. Please call 720-865-5570 ahead for availability or to make an appointment.


Special Thanks

Elemental Construction is presented by CPAC and is supported by the Cultural Partner Program at the McNichols Civic Center Building and is part of the McNichols Project Series.

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