A movement in modern art has been getting its viewers out of their homes, and off of their phones, to enter galleries for a unique, physical experience. Exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room are providing viewers with a fully immersed experience. New York, San Francisco, and Las Angeles have adorned a whimsical collection of giant gummy bears, banana rooms, and swimming pools full of sprinkles in their Museum of Ice Cream exhibitions.
From the DIY art warehouses and collectives in Denver, to the fantasy land of Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, it is no wonder that the popularity of exhibits like this are catching the attention of viewers. To interact in such a way with art and be part of it yourself, your visit becomes more than just a faint recollection of the work, but instead an unforgettable certainty that you were there.
It is something magical to step into an art gallery and be able to stand face to face, and toe to toe with the work; to watch it tower overhead and engulf the expanse of the entire room; be allowed to get lost in it and walk through the forms and underneath. Explore an area you once thought you were familiar with, only to discover a brand-new furnishing of artwork. Nationally acclaimed installation artist, Liz Miller brings us “Acrimonious Efflorescence” a spatial exploration and display of form and color at the historic Firehouse Art Center.
Liz Miller, a professor of installation and drawing, combines her trades to create elaborate shapes from paper and other draping materials that hang from the ceiling of the space. Pattern and repetition are used to bring your eyes across the landmarks she creates. The forms sweep across the room, inviting you to come closer and look inside. Her shapes have been known to represent familiar objects, but because Miller adapts each show to fit a specific vision created by the space,“Acrimonious Efflorescence”, is a more abstract representation. Handmade texture and painted colors bring her forms alive, making this show more about how the viewers read the materials while standing amongst it.
Residents of Longmont have been walking past the floor to ceiling glass paned doors of the Firehouse for decades. I myself, growing up in Longmont have memories of shows I saw as a kid. The structure and craftsmanship of “Acrimonious Efflorescence” is unlike anything I have ever seen hanging in this space. It is a great honor to have such a dynamic and engaging show in Longmont. Art is becoming less about flat objects hanging on a wall, and becoming more about atmosphere and experience. So, as a visitor, you are invited to come in and get lost amongst the materials, colors, forms, and life that is “Acrimonious Efflorescence”.
-WRITTEN BY GRACE GUTIERREZ