Drawing on recent experiences producing their first outdoor commissions, artists Jon Geiger (Detroit, MI) and Dmitri Obergfell (Denver, CO) reflect on their established studio practices and producing public artworks. Geiger and Obergfell will be joined in conversation with Cortney Lane Stell, the director of Black Cube. The featured artworks are currently on view at Boulder’s Central Park and BMoCA, commissioned respectively by Black Cube and BMoCA with support from the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture.
“ROAM” is a large-scale sculpture by Black Cube 2016 Fellow, Jon Geiger. ROAM combines three familiar icons of the American West – the billboard, neon sign, and tumbleweed. This 26-foot, abstracted, neon tumbleweed consists of five neon forms – illuminated individually to create a perpetual rolling movement. The sculpture was designed to move from location to location, it was first exhibited at Marjorie Park, near Fiddlers Green southeast of Denver, then stopped on the campus of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, currently on view in Boulder’s Central Park, and will continue on to other sites.
“Go Home Bacchus,” is a sculpture by Dmitri Obergfell and part of BMoCA inaugural InsideOut program. For his project, Obergfell has created a 12-foot tall statue of the Greco-Roman god Bacchus, turned on its head and smattered it with paint. The work reflects on the complexities and histories of two forms of public communication, monuments and vandalism, and demonstrates how they have come together to establish a reflexive public discourse and aesthetic. Dmitri Obergfell: Go Home Bacchus is a commission by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in partnership with Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.