Friday, July 3, 2009

Container art show debuts tonight

Local artists featured in unique exhibition in Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

Ellissa Kline gets her photographs ready for her outdoor showing of photos in the Center’s “Container Show.” Photo by David N. Seelig

The empty containers sitting on the Simplot lot at the corner of Second Avenue and Fourth Street in Ketchum will have their contents revealed for a special off-site exhibition created by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

The first installation of "The Container Show" will open during Gallery Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The show will continue through Saturday, Aug. 1. After a week off for reinstallation, the second rotation will open on Friday, Aug. 7, and continue through Saturday, Sept. 5.

One feature of the show is photographer Elissa Kline's photographs of the Challis herd, a self-sustaining herd of wild horses that roams in central Idaho. The horses are the target of an upcoming wild-horse roundup.

Kline's photographs of the Challis herd are digitally reproduced images on expansive 7-foot panels of cotton voile fabric. Displayed hanging in the container, the images are designed to duplicate the experience of actually walking through the herd.

"I think this show is a great opportunity for local artists," Kline said. "It's always nice for local artists to feel the support from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts."

Other artists included in "The Container Show" will be Bob Dix, Curtis Kemp and Troy Passey. Kemp is creating an installation called "Pulsar II," a sculpted light project he built in Gimlet, took apart and re-assembled in a container.

"I've seen similar installations with storage containers elsewhere, and I thought it would be fun to do something like that here," said Courtney Gilbert, The Center's curator of visual arts. "We have so many Idaho artists who could rise to the challenge of doing an installation in a very non-traditional space."

Kristin Poole, The Center's artistic director, chose eight artists whose work they knew and whom they thought could turn the containers into an environment, rather than just a strange place to hang art on the walls.

In early August, the show will feature four other artists: Jan Cox, Pamela DeTuncq, Megan Murphy and Angela Tsai. The containers are 20 feet long by 8 feet wide and tall enough to walk around in. During the exhibitions, the containers will be unlocked and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Each of the two parts of the exhibition will feature an opening-night celebration coinciding with Gallery Walk.

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