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What is Collage in the Digital Age? Hint: No Scissors Necessary

Until April 7, 2019, Elemental Construction, an exhibition of more than 50 works by 10 photographers who explore the medium of collage, is on display at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC).

Increasingly, photographers are embracing digital software to create work that pushes the boundaries of collage. Elemental Construction takes a fresh look at how artists use collage to deconstruct and reconstruct narratives using a mix of digital technologies and more traditional approaches.

In her series “Grand Illusion,” Theresa Ganz utilizes software glitches 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 more traditional approach, handweaving strips of silver gelatin and inkjet prints together in “O.P.P.” (Other People’s Photography) to explore themes of nostalgia and stereotypes.

The other exhibiting artists are Odette England, Susan Goldstein, George P. Perez, Holly Roberts, Joe Rudko, Vanessa Woods, and Mario Zoots.

Elemental Construction is presented in conjunction with Month of Photography (MoP), a biennial celebration of fine art photography with over 100 public events taking place throughout the Denver Metro region in March and April 2019. For a complete list of exhibitions and events, visit mopdenver.com.

Elemental Construction
January 19 – April 7, 2019
Curated by Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director
Presented by CPAC at the McNichols Civic Center, Denver

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