Radical: 50 Years of Libre Intentional Artist Community is on view at the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art downtown Colorado Springs through November 3. The exhibition features 10 artists from the first and second generation of Libre members, with most work on display created in the past decade. It includes an invitational section with work from artists, writers, photographers, musicians, filmmakers, and more connected to Libre over the past half-century.
Gallery Hours: First Fridays 5-8pm // First Saturdays 1-6pm // or by appointment // 719 255 3504
Libre was founded by artists in 1968 on southern Colorado’s beautiful and rugged high mountain plains, and exists still today as a place apart for artists and countercultural thinkers. One of the longest running intentional communities, Libre manifested during the communal living movement in the late 60s and 70s in which youth dissatisfied with mainstream society explored alternative forms of living. It’s known for domes and “zomes” inspired by Drop City and Buckminster Fuller, hand-built by the artists who founded it. The art, architecture, and artists of Libre contributed mightily to the countercultural aesthetic of the era. Libre’s influence—along with the collective swell of its founding era—can be seen today in contemporary art and culture.
ARTIST FEATURE // Electra Johnson is an architect and urban designer who specializes in urban landscape design. Her firm, Salt Workshop, is based on a holistic and integrated approach to design that is both transparent and collaborative. Their objective is to facilitate the creation of places where people, community, humanity and conversation can thrive and coexist with the natural world. This includes the investigation of new materials, ancient technologies, forgotten places and overlapping possibilities. Consequently, sustainable practices are a key element of their practice.
Johnson’s passion lays in regional decentralized infrastructure and the stories that relate to it - looking at systems theory and how overlapping systems can symbiotically work together.
Additionally, Johnson was elected chair of the Democratic Party in El Paso County on March 2017, a year after she raised her hand at the Democratic Party county assembly and became a candidate on a whim.
Artist feature written by GOCA Spring 2018 intern Katherine Latona.