Black Cube’s Official Launch Event to Take Place at Red Rocks Featuring First Artist Fellow, Desirèe Holman

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A “live cinema experience” including projection mapping on the famous rocks of Red Rocks in conjunction with a live performance will serve as the official launch and first pop up exhibition for Denver’s newest contemporary art organization, Black Cube.

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Black Cube's first artist fellow, Desiree Holman

Black Cube, a nomadic, contemporary art organization which entered the Denver art scene in July, will host its official launch event and first official pop up exhibition on October 1 at the Trading Post at Red Rocks.

Black Cube, a nomadic, contemporary art organization which entered the Denver art scene in July, will host its official launch event and first official pop up exhibition on October 1 at the Trading Post at Red Rocks. The event features an unprecedented, large scale pop up exhibition of a live cinema work, titled ‘Sophont in Action,’ by California-based artist and Black Cube fellow, Desirée Holman.

‘Sophont in Action’ is comprised of three different sci-fi and occult inspired character vignettes – the time travelers, ecstatic dancers, and indigo children. These vignettes will be presented at the Trading Post at Red Rocks through live performances paired with projection mapping on the monumental red rocks at The Trading Post. The work brings attention to complicated social questions about the shaping of identity and the human desire to explain the unknown.

The term ‘sophont’ – used in the artwork title – was coined by science fiction author Poul Anderson to describe intelligent beings with extraordinary emotional and reasoning capacity. The word also relates to the term “sentient being,” a technical term in Buddhist discourse that denotes any being with the ability to feel, perceive, or experience subjectivity.

Desirée Holman’s art practice involves multi-sensory work positions theatrical tools, like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. Holman utilizes references to popular culture as well as subcultures in order to explore concepts around personal life experiences and how we interpret visual culture. Earning critical acclaim for her work, Holman was awarded a San Francisco Modern Museum of Art SECA Award in 2008, and in 2007, was awarded the Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue award.

Desirèe Holman will be joined by Chad Person from Albuquerque, NM, and Derrick Velasquez from Denver, CO to form the first group of 2015 Black Cube fellows. This means that in addition to Desiree’s launch event, the public can expect two more pop-up exhibitions in 2015 with museum shops in toe.

About Black Cube
Black Cube is a nonprofit, nomadic contemporary art museum. At Black Cube, we see ourselves as an innovative, unconventional organization pursuing the most effective ways to engage new audiences while supporting artists’ sustainability. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube is experienced primarily through pop-up art experiences and shops conceived by our artist fellows. Black Cube was founded by artist and philanthropist, Laura Merage. Find out more at our website which is set to launch August 2015: http://www.blackcubeart.org.

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