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Opening Reception: Thursday, August 29 | 5 - 8 pm
Public talk by Richard Saxton, Kirsten Stoltz & Hall Family | 5:30 pm
Free parking in Lot 3 for event courtesy UCCS Parking Services
GOCA is located in Centennial Hall - MAP HERE
Exhibit Dates | August 29 - October 12, 2013
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 5 pm or by appointment
The M12 Collective is known for groundbreaking and award-winning creative projects uniting rural culture and identity with documentary installation and performance.
Since 2009, the M12 Collective has partnered with the Hall family racing team in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Together, they have created The Black Hornet, an artwork that simultaneously operates as a performance event, a community and culture building strategy, and a participatory art action. The work functions as a racecar at its most basic level, but more importantly it awakens discussions of how viewers might encounter cultural exchange outside the city.
This project mobilizes collective knowledge in the broader urban/rural sphere, and highlights M12's 'connective aesthetic' attitude and methodology - taking the art object past its basic level and insisting on its role to be one of a catalyst for cultural discourse-a discourse generated through participation and collective movement. Humble, and yet slightly subversive, the M12 dirt-track racecar has literally set the pace for new forms of cultural expression in rural space. The M12/Hall family collaboration reveals the importance of intergenerational knowledge, gives value to notions of rural family and community, and sustains cultural livelihood beyond the metropolis. The exhibition features the M12 Black Hornet racecars as well as documents and artifacts from the 4-year project.
In 2002, M12's Founder and Creative Director, Richard Saxton began working under the moniker municipalWORKSHOP (mW), which was an itinerant creative laboratory dedicated to the creation of contemporary public art projects in small communities around the US. Saxton developed M12 from its outrider mW. Saxton is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has developed the M12 partnership with CU in recent years, starting the Art and Rural Environments Field School, which aids M12's programmatic mission in rural eastern Colorado.
Over the last fifteen years Kirsten Stoltz, M12's Programming Director, has focused primarily on interdisciplinary arts programming. Previously, Stoltz worked as Curator for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Director and Curator of the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Saxton's family homesteaded in Western Nebraska and Stoltz' in Eastern Colorado (the home sites are roughly 4 hours from each other and both lie within minutes of the 102nd meridian west). Saxton and Stoltz both hold a deep appreciation for the Plains region in the US, and both draw inspiration from the landscape and communities of this part of the world. Working through M12, they understand that the preservation of rural communities and reconstitution of urban/rural realities is crucial to life in the 21st century.
The M12 Collective has been featured widely nationally and internationally including the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy, IASKA International Art Biennial in Australia, Yuma Museum and Historical society, The Ornitarium in Denmark, Biennial of the Americas in Colorado, and SILO Art Space in Wisconsin. M12 was just awarded a significant National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant to support the design and implementation of a collaborative project with Swedish art collective Kultivator titled "Gran's University: Ornaments of Knowledge" in Last Chance, Colorado.http://m12studio.org/