Linda Fleming - The Cloak of the Motion

ABOVE: Linda Fleming, The Cloak of the Motion, flame-cut steel, 92"h x 132"w x 132"d. 1993. On display through December, 2018.

AWOL: Art WithOut Limits

Ent Center for the Arts | 5225 N. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO. 80918

AWOL: Art WithOut Limits launched in 2008, featuring international, national and regional artists and collectives manifesting site-specific temporary projects outside the confines of the gallery walls with accompanying artistic residencies. Past programs include social practice projects, public sculpture, multi-disciplinary performances, and happenings across a wide range of venues. Creating community through shared experiences with art is a guiding goal of this program.

With the opening of the Ent Center for the Arts in January, 2018, AWOL launches a new and signficant phase on the grounds and in the interior spaces of this dynamic, 92,000 square foot multi-venue arts center on the UCCS north campus. In keeping with the parameters of the AWOL program, artworks will be non-permanent and in place for time periods spanning from 6 months to two years.

The program is curated by Daisy McGowan, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art director and chief curator, with an aim to invite diverse artistic voices and build thematically and conceptually on existing GOCA exhibitions and programs.

Significant funding has been generously provided for the new program by the Bee Vradenburg Foundation for the Arts and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation to cover costs associated with the program. As with all GOCA programs, funds expensed on this program are not derived from CU or State of Colorado budget lines. Said another way, GOCA must raise funds for this and all programs through a combination of grant requests, sponsorships and individual donations.

2017-18 SEASON OVERVIEWThe inaugural season at the Ent Center for the Arts feature internationally, nationally and regionally significant artists, including Craig Colorusso (Arkansas), Linda Fleming (San Francisco/Colorado/Nevada), Jon Geiger (Detroit), and Starr Kempf (England/Colorado). Installation of the first round of six sculptures has already begun with completion planned by the end of January, 2018. An exciting range of related public programs includes artistic residencies, artist lectures, performances, outdoor yoga sessions, and more - planned for spring 2018 and beyond. 


Linda Fleming will be the subject of a major solo exhibition at GOCA's Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art (August - November, 2018). Fleming is primarily a sculptor and works in steel, wood, rubber, felt, and paper, and is best known for her large-scale outdoor sculptures that draw from the desert and mountain environments surrounding her studios, and as a founding member of the artists' community Libre in Southern Colorado.  

The Cloak of the Motion is a monumental, flame-cut sculpture by the artist and the first public work installed on the grounds of the Ent Center for the Arts with a provenance of past exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, N.Y, the New Mexico State Capital Grounds, Santa Fe, N.M., Laumeier Sculpture Park, Saint Louis, and  Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, New Mexico. It will be on view at UCCS through December, 2018

Craig Colorusso is a Arkansas-based artist whose works intersect sound, light, and sculpture. Winner of the 2014 ArtFields® prize, Colorusso has presented his inventive, participatory works across a range of sites and festivals over the past decade, after decades as a professional performing musician. Colorusso is creating a new work as part of his MOON PHASES series - Moon Pod - for a one-year period of installation (January - December, 2018). The sculpture is a sound art work that will play music based on the fullness of the moon, beginning in silence with the New Moon and slowly filling with sonic density, adding notes until at its fullest during the Full Moon. The artist's Sun Boxes will also be installed in varying configurations across the landscape surrounding the Ent Center for the Arts over the one year period, inviting cross-disciplinary responses from a range of UCCS and community artists, dancers, performers, musicians, and yoginis. 

Jon Geiger is a Detroit-based artist who, working with Black Cube and curator Cortney Lane Stell, has presented the project ROAM at three different locations across Colorado since 2016. Geiger took his cues from the iconography of the West to construct this tumbling light sculpture. The sculpture is a 26-foot abstracted, animated, white neon tumbleweed that consists of five neon tumbleweed structures - each illuminated individually to create a rolling movement of light. ROAM transforms ordinary materials - steel and neon lighting - to create cinematic plays of light activating surroundings.  For Geiger, both the billboard and tumbleweed form are iconic of the American West. The artist's use of neon light directly references the American West's iconic neon sign history as well as iconic artists who have worked in the West, such as Bruce Nauman.  The sculpture is built to move from location to location. ROAM has triggered an array of pictorial possibilities amidst its varying locations. In Lakewood, it was placed atop a roof on the campus of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, in Greenwood Village, it was be placed at Marjorie Park at Fiddlers Green Amphitheater on grass across a pond, in Boulder it was displayed in the center of the city, and in Coloardo Springs it will be placed on a hillside in front of the Ent Center for the Arts. The project is presented courtesy Black Cube and the artistROAM will be exhibited January - July, 2018. 

Starr Kempf created his elaborate steel wind sculptures starting in the late 1970s, each of which took him up to three years to construct. His world-renowned kinetic wind sculptures were designed to exhibit graceful movement and interaction with the wind and landscape. His work is typically in the form of birds or weather vanes, and stand thirty to fifty feet in height.   Kempf attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and after graduating served in the United States Air Force during World War II. In 1948, they purchased the property of their future home in Cheyenne Canyon, where Starr designed and built a house and art studio. The monumental kinetic sculptures filled the yard of the property, beloved by and bedeviling the quiet surrounding neighborhood with regional, national, and international attention and visitors.

Working with his grandson Josh Kempf, GOCA will for the publicly display three works by Starr Kempf - Sunrise Serenade, Metronome, and Space Needle - on the grounds of the the Ent Center for the Arts for a two year period (2018-2020). These futuristic monumental sculptures connect to Colorado Springs history and art historical legacy, while in dialogue with the future of art in the region


The Ent Center for the Arts opens to the public in January, 2018.