It's not too often one gets the opportunity to attend an opening art reception where that artist is deejaying. Then again, what is commonplace about art?
Denver boutique Fancy Tiger Clothing is hosting a month-long exhibit beginning Friday November 4 by Mario Zoots.
Zoots is known in Denver's local artist scene for his vivid collages that blend the contemporary with the classic to expose the "hidden meanings" of pop culture. Every piece of casual imagery undergoes a reinterpretation by Zoots that often disrupts or obscures the subject's face.
"I am engaged in the excavation, re-imagination and manipulation of contemporary culture. My imagery presents a steady stream of pop data that has been abjectly obscured in some way. The content becomes hyperlinked and jumbled leaving viewers questioning media realities and one's perceptive lens," Zoots said.
When asked by the art publication Daily Serving to expound on his artistic message, Zoots replied:
There is an inherent psychology in popular media. Magazine pages are rich with meaning that's been devised by advertising agencies or publishing groups. I believe the meaning in popular data is always heightened by audience. I can't say that my collage or illustration heightens the psychology because I believe it’s already there. Change causes mystery. When I change images, I believe the psychology of the image is still in tact for the most part but then I find the disruptions and interruptions in my art to be haunting and mysterious. Perhaps the change, the deconstruction, the mystery is what my audience feels the most.
When he's not recreating images, Zoots plays in the band Modern Witch.
To attend the reception:
Where: Fancy Tiger Clothing
18 South Broadway, Denver
When: Friday November 4
7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Art and deejaying by Mario Zoots, libations from Great Divide Brewery.