Imitating a lifestyle through art


Photo Courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum.

Artist Gary Hume’s “Front of a Snowman” sits outside of the Aspen Art Museum and awaits a significant snowfall.

ASPEN-There’s a famous saying that “Life imitates art.” The saying translates to the entire globe, where people are brought together by the true values in art through their eyes and soul.

The Aspen Art Museumx has recently announced its winter exhibitions, which includes works by Ceal Floyer, Julian Schnabel, Mary Ramsden, Gary Hume, Shinique Smith and Dahn Võ .

Michelle Dezember, learning director at the Aspen Art Museum, said that the closer and more frequently the eye meets art, the more there is that can be seen in the piece.

“If you spend time visiting ‘Front of a Snowman’ by the British artist Gary Hume, you will start to realize that there isn’t a clear ‘front’ like the title suggests,” Dezember said. “It also is on a slight angle, which gives the impression that the figure could move at any moment. Unlike the sculptures we make out of snow in the winter, this one won’t melt and will be there for us to enjoy through the fall, winter, and spring.”

Locals, who might be getting tired of waiting for a good snowstorm, hope that real life copies this art piece. “Front of a Snowman” is on display until next May.

There are several other exhibitions that can be enjoyed this winter, including one by artist Julian Schnabel, whose paintings of broken plates from 1978-1986 look very realistic and profound. Behind the scattered plates, is a maroon red contrasting the art piece and its “material experimentation.”

Dahn Võ works in copper sculpture. In his artwork, he makes reference to “the relationship between monumentality and materiality,” according to information about the artist.

Many of the shows at the Aspen Art Museum are created with the intent of sparking a personal reaction in the human brain. AHS junior Beth Freeman, who is currently an intern at the museum, explained that art can have a huge impact on the way we see situations in life and our reactions to them.

“Art can have a really profound impact on people’s perspectives and it also really makes people think about things in new ways, which helps them grow as people and step outside of their comfort zones in a way that’s not so scary,’’ Freeman said.