'36 Views of Pikes Peak' take off on '36 Views of Mt. Fuji'

July 10, 2014 Updated: July 10, 2014 at 9:11 am
photo - Ceramic cups with underglaze painting and glaze, by Corie Cole, 2014.
Ceramic cups with underglaze painting and glaze, by Corie Cole, 2014. 

What: Works by Cole T. Bennett, Sean Cayton, Corie Cole, Carol S. Dass, Marina Eckler, Jean Gumpper, Lindsay Hand, Heather Oelklaus, Holly Parker Dearborn and Bogdan Swider, opening reception 5-9 p.m. Friday, with music by Eros and the Eschaton, runs through Sept. 13
Where: GOCA121, 121 S. Tejon St.
Tickets: free
Info: 255-3504, uccs.edu~

Something else: “36 Views of Pikes Peak Juried Postcard Exhibit,” opening reception 4-6 p.m. Friday, runs through mid-September, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free; 531-6333, ppld.org/21stCenturyLibrary

Pikes Peak is not camera shy.

Its beguiling presence has captured the imagination and canvas of artists for more than a century. But what more can be said about the mountain and the community it keeps watch over?

Two new exhibits opening Friday will explore that question: "36 Views of Pikes Peak" opens downtown at GOCA121 and "36 Views of Pikes Peak Juried Postcard Exhibit" opens at Library 21c.

The premise is based on a woodblock print series, "36 Views of Mt. Fuji," created by Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai in the early 1800s.

"He was really brilliant in the way he depicted the area," says Daisy McConnell, director of GOCA121. "Mt. Fuji was definitely present, but he focused on what was happening in the region around him and daily life."

The idea to explore new ways of looking at the local region came from Noel Black, a producer at KRCC. He and McConnell started a conversation that led to the creation of the simultaneous exhibits.

"He talked about not just depicting the mountains, but the human activities around them," McConnell says.

While McConnell selected 10 local artists to contribute to the GOCA121 show, the library exhibit held a call for entries, specifically postcard-sized entries. Out of 70 submissions, 42 local artists were chosen - some professional, some not.

"They needed to respond to that theme of the region in such a way that hadn't been seen before," she says, "something honest about the myriad ways we experience life in the Pikes Peak region."

While there are some landscape works in the GOCA121 show, artists found other ways to represent the city, like ceramicist Corie Cole, who hand-painted 2-inch tall ceramic cups with scenes of different defense contractor office parks in Colorado Springs.

About three dozen of photographer Sean Cayton's iPhone images will be displayed at GOCA121. They're part of a larger series he's in the process of shooting, called "Colorado Springs Circa."

"I'm a graduate of Colorado College, and have lived here since 1990," Cayton says. "I raised my family here in town. I've watched the city change over the years, and I take note. I love this area. I'm living here for a reason."

Other events

"Ice Cream Theatre Presents: Art Guffaw!" - With clown Jim Jackson and ice cream sundaes served after the show, Millibo Art Theatre, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $11, free kids 1 and younger; 465-6321, themat.org.

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