On Display in Gallery C from May 3, 2014 through July 12, 2014
Opening May 3rd, 2014 from 6 PM - 9 PM
Contagion is swelling, growing, filling, inflating, and spilling through the gallery. The work literally expands with air- threatening to burst. The forms are based on microscopic bacteria and viruses. These forms are beautiful and complex yet menacing as they replicate and invade the gallery, trying to escape through the windows. All at once they are playful and frightening, decorative and destructive, delicate and diseased. The energy of the sculpture grows along the walls, struggling to escape but ending abruptly at the glass window, hitting it, and sliding to the ground. This violent movement contrasts the stillness in the center of the gallery, where two forms sit quiet and separate from the rest. These forms are infected. Growths burst upward from the dead forms in a silent cycle of collapse and growth.
Nicole Banowetz is a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms. Her artwork addresses vulnerability and struggle. She empowers objects through embellishment, building up protective layers, which with time become destructive. Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease.
Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BFA in sculpture. She has also lived and worked internationally creating mosaic work in India and working and showing in Italy, Ireland, and England. Nicole is currently a member of Pirate Gallery in Denver and has shown in the Biennial of the Americas, as well as Ironton Gallery.