Date(s) - February 23, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Curator Talk & Reception
with Aitor Lajarin-Encina, associate professor of painting
and featuring No No Betsy
Main and the Americas Gallery and Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center, Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. followed by a reception
Join Gregory Allicar Museum of Art for a talk led by Associate Professor of Painting and exhibition curator Aitor Lajarin-Encina!
Visitors are also welcome to a reception following the talk with live music by No No Betsy.
This event is free and open to all. Registration is required for the curator talk, but not for the reception. If the talk reaches capacity, visitors are encouraged to join a waitlist in the event that space opens up or a second talk is added to the schedule.
“From the landscape: a sense of scale. From the dead: a sense of scale.” –Richard Siken, “Detail of the Woods”
“To taste the sea, all one needs is one gulp.” –Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulf Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation
About the curator
Aitor Lajarin-Encina is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and organizer born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain, in 1977. He is currently working in Fort Collins, Colorado. He received his BFA in painting from the University of Basque Country, Bilbao, and his MFA in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego. Recent shows include “Crickets” at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles and “Tarta Tatlin” at Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico or “La perspectiva” at Artnueve gallery in Spain and “Piano Room” at the Neutra House in Los Angeles.
He is cofounder and codirector of DXIX Projects, an initiative for production and dissemination of contemporary culture and art-related projects and materials initiated in Los Angeles, California, in 2015 and based now in Fort Collins, Colorado. Recent curatorial projects include exhibitions such as “6 Flag BBQ” with artist Ruben Ortiz-Torres as a part of the Pacific Standard Time Los Angeles program, “Co/Lab” at Torrance Art Museum, and “Micrologies” at Scharaun in Berlin, Germany and at Harvard University in Boston and Irenic Projects, Los Angeles.
Aitor has taught painting, drawing, and interdisciplinary studio classes at UC San Diego and UDLAP in Puebla, Mexico. He is currently an assistant professor in painting in the department of art and art history at Colorado State University, where he teaches painting courses and socially engaged courses.
About the band
No No Betsy is a three-member band featuring the siblings Pia Hall (16) on keyboard, Axel Boot (14) on drums, and Lucia Hall (13) on ukulele and vocals. No No Betsy first started playing together about 4 years ago, and all of their songs are originals.
About the exhibition
MICROLOGIES is a traveling, growing, group exhibition that revolves around the aesthetics of small-scale, micro-materiality poetics, and minimum gesture politics. The eclectic group of contemporary artists in this exhibition have been invited to create a very small, but nevertheless significant piece, which is no larger than 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm) on each side, the exact measurements of a standard Rubik’s Cube.
Only two rules were given to the artists: (1) the projects must be no larger than the maximum proposed size, and (2) the projects should not be scaled-down models of larger works, but pieces that are meant to exist and display their full potential.
Scale takes a key role in any aesthetic experience.
Micrologies is a DXIX production curated by Aitor Lajarin-Encina that has been previously exhibited at Scharaun, Berlin, Harvard University Boston (co-curated with Francisco Alarcon Ruiz), and Irenic Projects, Los Angeles (co-curated with Jaro Straub). Each iteration has incorporated additional artists from each context.
Francisco Alarcon, Erik Benjamins, Vlad Berte, Bettina Buck, Andreas Bunte, Katarina Burin, Joshua Callahan, Pablo Capitán del Río, Sunah Choi, Amber Cobb, Ginny Cook, James Dean, Mark Dineen, Ahu Dural, Donald Fodness, Linda Franke, Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Leon Eixenberger, Victor Esther, Pedro Eurrutia, Bradney Evans, Tobias Fike, Javier Fresneda, Kim Garcia, Brendan Getz, Molly Getz, Robert Gfader, Del Harrow, Sohin Hwang, Ismael Iglesias, Barry McGregor Johnston, Marina Kassianidou, Jennie Kiessling, Lev Khesin, Lucy Kim, Alice Könitz, Cecelia Kreider, Kevin Kwon, Fermín Jimenez Landa, Marius Lehene, Won Ju Lim, Antonia Low, Marsha Mack, Elana Mann, Daniel Mendel-Black, Regina de Miguel, Adam Milner, Dominic Miller, Noha Mokhtar, Fermín Moreno, Ruben Ortiz-Torres, Sally Osborn, Kirsten Palz, Stephen G. Rhodes, Matt Saunders, Kim Schoen, Nina Schuiki, Maya Schweizer, Sammy Seung-min Lee, Ben Siekierski, Joe Sola, Trae Story, Jaro Straub, Pauline Shongov, Tommy Støckel, Tim Tetzner, Jan Tumlir, Derrick Velasquez , Gabriel Vormstein, Sarah Wambold, Clemens von Wedemeyer, and Michael Zahn
Support for this exhibition at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art has been generously provided by the FUNd Endowment at CSU and Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.