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 // Scott Johnson is a sculptor, photographer and installation artist interested in the relationship between perceptual experience and the ways we map and understand space. Johnson’s art pieces are characterized by the use of a wide range of materials from stone and wood to old maps and glass, and even wax, clay, books and binoculars.
His installations are meant to engage viewers in thought-provoking perceptual experiences. The artist describes his practice as threefold: collection, architectural intervention and experimentation. Through these elements, Johnson means to stimulate different readings, evoke landscape, and sensorial exploration. Overall, his work aims to provoke wonder and compel viewers to think critically about the ways we perceive, order and represent the world.
A Colorado-native, Johnson’s work has been informed by singular experiences such as herding cows on a Navajo Reservation, traveling upon the Silk Road and living in Venice, Italy. Johnson currently teaches and serves as Chair and Director of Art Studio at Colorado College. He is married to Electra Johnson and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Artist feature written by UCCS Spring 2018 intern Katherine Latona.