Review: The Nature of Things



As not many of us are aware of, the Biennial of the Americas is coming to Denver next month for a series of art exhibitions, speakers, symposiums and other cultural events. Here's one great reason to get acquainted with the Biennial and go: The Nature of Things, an art show at the completely renovated McNichols Building near the Capitol and the Denver Art Museum.
Curated by Paola Santoscoy of Mexico City, the contemporary art show displays 24 sculptures and installations by artists from as close as Boulder to as far away as Peru.
From Lima is Sandra Nakamura, who has assembled 400,000 pennies (that’s $40,000 worth), tails-side up on the gallery floor, titled “E Pluribus Unum.” Lined up without any adhesive, the copper floor is mesmerizing in its pleasing sense of order.

Nakamura placing the coins
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The almost-finished product

Nakamura placing the coins
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Nakamura placing the coins

Multiples proved to be the big trend of the show, speaking to a sense of mass and individuality. Clusters of red scratches on a corner of the gallery wall made with safety matches by Ecuadorian artist Estefania Penafiel mirrored this theme. As did Pedro Reyes of Mexico City, who display 20 shovels made from melted guns collected from violent barrios in his home city. The shovels were then used to plant trees and will plant more peace-commemorated flora in Denver.

For more on the Biennial, visit and check back for more reviews of this show.

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