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OWEN GORDON: Asphyxiate- release

Shawna Slavinski

Local artist, Owen Gordon, has converted Gallery 51 into an experimental space to showcase a project he's never had a chance to create at full scale. The installation, called Asphyxiate - release, uses a colorful and eclectic assortment of collected and donated ties that Gordon has applied to the gallery wall, using a wire foundation to give each tie a presence of its own. The ties powerfully symbolize stress, tension and gender roles in society. The sporadic and spiral-like placement of the ties represents the release of this relatable tension. This not-to-be-missed, thought provoking show uncovers an emotionally symbolic relationship between an everyday accessory and the viewer.

A RMCAD graduate, Gordon strongly believes in a direct correlation between humanities and arts. "Ideas, concepts, and physical, tangible objects are the product of where we stand as a culture and as a human race. The capacity of what our minds are capable of--that's something to be appreciated," says Gordon.

When it comes to his work, it starts with basic elements and principles of art--rhythm, line, space, color, form and balance. The materials Gordon chooses to work with are always recycled or upcycled and are often a materials representation of items used in Owen's everyday life. However, the objects are thoughtfully chosen to ensure they bring sentimental, emotional, societal or humanistic meaning to many.

Gordon’s show is open until May 6, 2016 at 51 Broadway, Denver, Colo. 80203. A closing reception will be held  from 6pm - 9pm on May 6, 2016.