UCCS GOCA121 presents “WALDSTERBEN: Sudden Aspen Decline” by De Lane Bredvik

Daisy McConnell, GOCA, (719) 255-3504, dmcconne@uccs.edu Karin Larkin, UCCS, (719) 255-3124, klarkin@uccs.edu

WALDSTERBEN Bredvik publicCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art will kick off its new AWOL (Art WithOut Limits) project “WALDSTERBEN: Sudden Aspen Decline,” at 7:30 p.m. July 9 at GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon.

The event will include a reception and an artist talk with De Lane Bredvik and Stanford biologist William Anderegg.

Bredvik is known for immersive, poetic, and spatial installations; his installation in the atrium of the Plaza of the Rockies will feature soaring 30′ tall panels that will create an aspen forest experience indoors.

The event is free but tickets are required. To reserve your tickets call (719) 255-3504 or visit waldsterben.eventbright.com.

“WALDSTERBEN: Sudden Aspen Decline” opens July 2 and will be on display through October 2013 Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. free and open to the public.

About the Artist and the Work:

Bredvik is known for his large scale installations and emotive style. His art is influenced by a wide variety of public and private concerns and experiences, as well as the compelling sensual quality of materials and the intimate interior world of the mind.  He states that his process is infused by academic rigor gained from earning a Master degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and undergraduate degrees in studio art and art history. However, he also relies heavily on emotion and the creative process to develop and communicate his ideas.

Bredvik explains: “Waldsterben” is the German word for “forest death.”  It emerged 40 years ago to describe the first massive forest mortality events due to human industrial activity. Colorado’s aspen forests are currently experiencing “Waldsterben.”  Almost a quarter of all aspen forests in Colorado have died in the past ten years.  Scientists labeled this phenomenon “sudden aspen decline” because the cause was not clear.  Researchers now understand that increasing cycles of heat and drought triggered by global climate change is the cause.

Bredvik states: “Aspens in a forest are not separate individual trees.  Each is a stem connected to a single ancient root system that often spans many acres and can be several tens of thousands of years old.  They are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.

Last year two Front Range Arts organizations celebrated their own longevity: 40 years for the Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo, and 30 years for the Galleries of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs.  Like an Aspen forest, they are part of a larger inter-connected energy, sharing vision and a passion to support the arts.”

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist & expert talks, and offering meaningful events we engage UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA features two galleries – one founded on the UCCS campus in 1982 and a satellite opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.

For more information, images and/or interview requests with GOCA Director Daisy McConnell please email dmcconne@uccs.edu or call 719-255-3504.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

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