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UCCS professors dare step out of the art box

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99 yellow latex gloves on a wall / 99 yellow latex gloves - / Take one down / Make this artist frown (this week at - UCCS)
  • 99 yellow latex gloves on a wall / 99 yellow latex gloves / Take one down / Make this artist frown (this week at UCCS)

As I walk into the middle of the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, I'm greeted by the sound of 12 shop vacuums kicking on to inflate a wall of 846 yellow, latex cleaning gloves that spell M-O-T-H-E-R. Mark Guilbeau's working sculpture is, by far, the most entertaining piece in the eclectic mix filling this 2006 Faculty Exhibition.

What does Guilbeau's piece mean? Maybe the stereotypical mother figure spends way too much time in the kitchen cleaning?

Among the works of 13 participating faculty members, you're bound to find something you'll consider new and unusual. I personally danced a jig of artistic anarchy and happy refreshment as I pondered art books by Lin Fife and found-object collages by Louis Cicotello.

If you're looking for color, note the bright blues, greens and purples popping in Mariya Zvonkovich's "Purple Eucalyptus I & II" and Sarah Jurewicz's "I see." Heather Oelklaus' "Oven," a print of a woman with her head in the oven, may be a dark-humored escape attempt from the commercialized housewife existence shown in her series of fiber silver prints. Lenore McKerlie's large paintings of cows and ravens give the viewer a sense of peace and history, reminiscent of the Native American rock art.

One thing taking away from this exhibition: Though they're available in a notebook by the door, it'd be more helpful to have artists' statements hanging next to the artwork. Perhaps, with permission, the book could be carried around the gallery as an aide in interpretation?

As a former art student, I was among the many to whom teachers preached, "You have to know the rules before you can break them." You'll be surprised and inspired to find these "upholders of the rules" stepping a ways away from them in this show.

2006 Faculty Exhibition

UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

Exhibition runs through Jan. 5; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Call 262-3567 or visit galleryuccs.org for more.

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