BMoCA at MACKY, an exciting collaboration between Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Macky Auditorium, is located in the Gallery of the hall at the University of Colorado Boulder. This series of exhibitions is curated by BMoCA as an extension to its rotating exhibition schedule.The last edition of BMoCA at MACKY presents an exhibition by Jason DeMarte.
Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and to ticketed patrons during Macky Auditorium performances and events (dates and times may vary without notice depending on other scheduled events and/or Macky concert operations).
In his elaborately constructed, colorful photographs, Jason DeMarte explores the unsettling intersection between the natural world and consumer culture. His compositions challenge romantic notions of nature by juxtaposing flora and fauna with brightly colored plastics, mysterious oozing liquids, candy, and other unnatural elements.
DeMarte draws from historical references while simultaneously commenting on our modern day consumer culture's desire for perfection. His work is inspired in part by The Hudson River School and early photographers such as Oscar Gustave Rejlander and Julia Margret Cameron, who also constructed photographs.
DeMarte's constructed color-saturated scenes are incredibly technical and provide a contrast between natural and manmade materials. In Pokeberry Persuasion, an ominous roof peeks through, anchored by blooming pokeberries and pink jellied candies that resemble worms. Similarly, in Ice Cream Calamity, DeMarte drapes an unnatural viscous liquid into the scene in contrast to caterpillars, a chrysalis, and monarch butterflies.
Throughout all of DeMarte's work, his attention to detail is meticulous, from the multitude of elements in the flora and fauna he photographs in his backyard to the stunning variety of moths and butterflies he includes.
Essay by Samantha Johnston
The exhibition is part of BMoCA at Macky, an off-site exhibition series presented by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) in collaboration with Macky Auditorium Concert Hall. Visit bmoca.org for more information.