UCCS GOCA121 presents “Documentation”

Daisy McConnell, (719) 255-3504, dmcconne@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu
Andrea Wallace, “Deux Clementines Lafayette,
Colorado,” Archival Digital Print, 2013

Editor’s note: Images available upon request

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art will feature three Colorado-based artists and their compelling personal narratives in a new exhibit, “Documentation,” beginning May 3 at GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon.

The work and stories of Matt Chmielarczyk, Bill Starr, and Andrea Wallace will be displayed in the downtown gallery. The exhibit opens with a 5 p.m.-9 p.m. May 3 reception. The exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment through June 29.

All events are free and open to the public.

About the artists:

Matt Chmielarczyk’s iPhone-generated and social-media shared photographic documentation of his daughter’s life-changing surgery explores the boundary of personal versus public and invites viewers to become a part of one family’s community of support and empathy. In his most recent work, Chmielarczyk addresses the idea that images are images, regardless of the tool with which they are captured or how they are viewed.

Bill Starr has captured movement in dance, theater, performance art and most recently Colorado’s indie/electronic/folk music scene through photography for the past 30 years. Starr’s physical and social challenges from living with acute rheumatoid arthritis since the age of nine inform how he observes and translates movement into his prolific photographic practice. His photographs capture the structural economy of the body, the architectural and functional beauty of muscle and bone, as well as the extravagant beauty of the human form that escapes the bounds of interpretation. Starr sees the studio as a space that allows interaction and experimentation among those who collaborate to create a photograph: models and photographer.

Andrea Wallace’s background as a photojournalist informs her work in large-format color photography. Her work is concerned with sense of place, memory and identity. Wallace is exhibiting a new body of work for this exhibit entitled “Towards Amnesia”.

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, the gallery engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life.

For more information, high resolution images or interview requests, please contact Daisy McConnell, director, Galleries of Contemporary Art,  dmcconne@uccs.edu or l (719) 255-3504.

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