When you go to the Galleries of Contemporary Art's Great Expectations exhibit, prepare to completely give in to Marina Eckler and Donald Fodness' mind-bending, immersive art. The show, opening this week, is the brainchild of GOCA director Daisy McConnell, who, after seeing the two artists' works individually, decided to bring them together for a dual, site-specific installation exhibit.
"These are two emerging artists," McConnell says. "Marina does these really warped sculptures, and Donald gives you art on the walls, spilling onto the floor and [playing] with the lighting."
To hear her explain it, the exhibit is all about using every inch of space available. "Site-specific installation means art is everywhere; from the lighting, on the ceiling, walls and floor. It's not conventional, where the art is strictly hanging from the walls."
Eckler, 44, a Southern California native, lives in the Springs with her family and admits that much of her focus is drawn from the attention she gives to her home life (as evidenced in the image to the right).
"I have a background in athletics ... and I'm also a mother, so most of this ends up percolating into my art," she says. "I like altering domestic objects. I just like to give people a new way of looking at everyday, regular things."
Fodness, 35, lives in Denver with his family and has earned wide exposure in the world of site-specific installations; he's done about two a year since 2010 in exhibits both national and international. His aim is to create artwork "that the viewer could step into ... where the viewer and art have an integral relationship."
And though Fodness and Eckler aren't exactly collaborating, says McConnell, there are "great expectations to see how their art shares the same space."