The other exhibit is mara/thalassa/kai: The Sea, for which Edge member and well-known Denver artist Rian Kerrane invited two out-of-town friends, Melissa Borman and Anastasia Pelias, to join her. Each artist did one piece for the show, which is dedicated to water. Borman created a shelf on which photos of the sea near Hawaii are placed in fancy, old-looking frames, while Pelias made a video of the sea off the coast of Greece. But Kerrane's installation (pictured) is the strongest by far. Kerrane has created an installation that, at first sight, looks like a facsimile of a stone-strewn beach, complete with a beach chair. On closer examination, however, the "stones" are cast heads made of concrete, and the beach chair is a non-functional if well-crafted metal sculpture.
In order to give each of the three artists their own discrete space, the room has been cut into three areas using temporary walls — and the result struck me as a little cramped. But that's a minor complaint in an otherwise smart-looking effort.
Written by Michael Paglia