The Stubborn Influence of Painting

Gelah Penn is currently on show in an exhibition at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), together with peter campus (lowercase name spelling intentional), Philip V. Augustin, Naomi Cohn, Steven Frost, Alexandra Hedison, Nikolai Ishchuk, Garry Noland and Altoon Sultan. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

“The Stubborn Influence of Painting” examines how the history of painting acts as a silent collaborator in the work of artists who create in other mediums. The influence of painting connects these artists directly and indirectly, establishing common ground in unexpected ways, according to the press release from BMoCA. The exhibition is curated by Kate Petley, and brings together a diverse group of nine artists from London and across the U.S.A.

On view at Boulder are photographs, textiles, ceramics, video and mixed-media constructions, blurring the boundaries between mediums and categories. In spite of the title, none of the nine artists have paintings as their medium. Instead, the influence of painting is rendered using unexpected materials and experimental approaches. Thus, the works are presented as a conversation about the influence of painting on other mediums and offers an opportunity to dive into the subject of boundaries.

In this exhibition the artists question the tendency to categorize, judge, and define, and takes the position that the materials artists use doesn’t matter anymore because the experience they generate is more important than what was used to get there. More of Penns works here.

The mission of Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) is a non-collecting institution which presents rotating exhibitions and programs that stimulate active participation in the global dialogue about contemporary art. The museum annually serves over 100,000 people with 9+ exhibitions and over 500 programs presented for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Location: 1750 13th Street, downtown Boulder, Colorado
Open: 11am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday, June 10 – September 6, 2021
Admission: $2 for adults; free for youth under 12 and BMoCA members
Admission for all is free on Saturdays