BMoCA Exhibit Explores the Love of the Game

July 30 2014, 10:00 AM

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"Starting Point: Causa-Effecto" by Ana Soler.

Spanish artist Ana Soler traveled to Boulder from Spain for the exhibit opening to install her piece, a series of suspended tennis rackets and balls, a frame-by-frame shot of a single swing, that winds throughout the entire building.

"Anything But us is Who We Are" by Brett Kashmere

If you haven’t heard enough about LeBron James recently, this piece features a Playstation version of James frozen in preparation for a free throw, next to a burnt Cleveland James jersey. It all takes on a new meaning given recent events.

"Untitled" by David Adamo

"Football Landscape #12" by Catherine Opie

Photographer Catherine Opie’s dramatized shot of a high school football field, taken from downfield and reminding us all of the days when our high school football team’s record was a big deal.

"Starting Point: Causa-Effecto" by Ana Soler.

Spanish artist Ana Soler traveled to Boulder from Spain for the exhibit opening to install her piece, a series of suspended tennis rackets and balls, a frame-by-frame shot of a single swing, that winds throughout the entire building.

"Anything But us is Who We Are" by Brett Kashmere

If you haven’t heard enough about LeBron James recently, this piece features a Playstation version of James frozen in preparation for a free throw, next to a burnt Cleveland James jersey. It all takes on a new meaning given recent events.

"Untitled" by David Adamo

"Football Landscape #12" by Catherine Opie

Photographer Catherine Opie’s dramatized shot of a high school football field, taken from downfield and reminding us all of the days when our high school football team’s record was a big deal.

Even the most casual sports fan knows there’s no such thing as “just a game.” From merchandise and game gatherings to the ego and heartbreak, sports carry an entire culture. Now artists are exploring the world of athletes and competition through the new Game Changer exhibit, which opened at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art last Thursday and runs through mid-September. Featuring pieces by a dozen artists from all over the world, including Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico, and throughout the United States, the works reflect on the nature of sports in culture and society.  

Featured pieces come in a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, and video. “There are themes throughout,” says exhibit co-curator Ruth Bruno. “One that kind of came through in a few pieces is the idea of the athlete as both a mythic figure and an object of desire.” Co-curators Courtney Stell and Bruno chose to explore the world of competition because they wanted to approach a topic of familiar ideas and common public interest. “Contemporary art seems inaccessible to the general public," Stell says. "This becomes a way of making it a bit more accessible and creating greater access.” 

Bonus: Click through our slideshow above for exhibit highlights.

The Game Changer exhibit will remain on display at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art through September 14. 

Images courtesy of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art