Maureen May wants you to interact with Studio &’s newest show.
“Still/Unstill” will kick off with an opening reception tonight at the gallery.
Curated by May – an artist and one of Studio &’s owners – the exhibit will include 16 artists who all have their own ideas about what the show’s theme means – pieces will include still works, kinetic works and even animation and text scrolling on LED screens.
“I’ve just always loved interactive and moving media, so that’s how I came up with the show,” May said. “I knew there are a lot of artists out there and locally who work in both moving and still media, so I invited them.”
And with this invitation came a certain level of freedom of interpretation of the show’s theme, May said.
“I had to step back and let it flow because I didn’t want to put too many restrictions on the artists,” she said. “My vision of the show has changed quite a bit. When you agree to collaborate or to curate a show, which to me is a collaboration, you kind of have to give and take. ... It’s turned into the artists themselves sort of being co-curators.”
“Still/Unstill” will feature both local artists – including Studio &’s newest owners, Carol Meckling and Peter Hay – to artists from across the country.
“What’s cool is I have two animators from the East Coast: Gina Kamentsky and Steven Subotnick. I invited them because I saw their work online and loved it,” she said. “Steven Subotnick has an amazing sense of humor in his (work), and it’s all hand-drawn and I love his line – his linework is gorgeous.”
The idea of “Still/Unstill” is something May has been thinking about for a while, and it was classes she took in Durango that helped seal the deal for the theme.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a couple of years at least because I’ve studied animation at Rocky Mountain Animation Lab with David Tart,” May said. “I love moving media; I love working with movement.”
Rocky Mountain Animation Lab will be represented in the show, too, with the inclusion of Tart and Kelsey Ward.
“David’s going to show an award-winning piece, ‘The Story of Animation.’ That will be good– it will sort of be an educational piece to help people understand what it takes to create an animation and use of it in film,” May said.
And Ward, who graduated from Fort Lewis College last year and is currently teaching beginning animation classes at the Lab, will be broaching the subject of depression in her work.
Along with artwork on display, local dance troupe 20Moons Dance Theatre will be performing throughout tonight’s opening reception – and May will be wearing a pair of shoes created by Mervin Stilson for the show: two more layers to the “Still/Unstill” theme.
The show will be filled to the rafters with art – May’s not even sure she’ll have room for her own work, “Which is totally fine,” she said, adding that the eclectic mix of artwork is what makes this show so unique.
“What’s cool is I could have invited a hundred artists and they all could be doing something different. It blew me away how much moving media there is out there,” she said. “Of course, you could have a list a mile long of animators, and each one could be so different from the next, and I love the way they interpret their medias, and also I love the way that some of these artists who don’t necessarily work in moving work have interpreted the title of the show.”