Opening Reception: Thursday, August 29 | 5 - 8 pm
5:30 pm | Public Talk with Hall Race Team & Richard Saxton and Kirsten Stoltz of M12 Collective
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.
About M12M12 creates interdisciplinary site-based art works, research projects, and education and outreach programs. Working in the fields of sculpture, architecture, and public art and design, they favor projects that are centered in rural areas and which can be developed through dialogical and collaborative approaches. M12 projects explore community identity and the value of often under-represented rural communities and the surrounding landscapes. The group has a holistic organizational philosophy that fuses creative practice, cultural institutionally and education. M12 principal operations are based in Byers and in Last Chance, Colorado, where they run a studio, rural field office, and land-based project site.
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/
PHOTO CREDIT: Phil Pietrowski, "The Black Hornet", 2013