Objectophilia

Objectophilia is a love of objects so intense that individuals form emotional relationships with inanimate things.  As fetishes go, this seems rooted in culture, drawing our obsession with over-consumption to its logical conclusion.  We love our computers, find our cars sexy, and lust over shoes, while driving the economy and the planet to the brink of orgiastic collapse.  This exhibition asks artists to examine their relationship to these commercially manufactured items and icons, and the impact on the world around us.  The flip side of love is hate, and creation is destruction: where do our objects exist on that continuum?

Objectophilia opened June 30, 2010, in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s Energy Effects, in over 20,000 square feet spread over two main locations:  1490 Delgany, and 1900 16th Street.  I would like to thank the The Denver Biennial of the Americas, the 45 artists in the show, Itchy-O Orchestra, Perry Weissman III, DJ Cavem Motivation, The Motomen, Sweet Edge Dance, our cadre of cheerful volunteers, Samuel Schimeck, my favorite installer Dave Seiler, Amy Harmon, Ginger White, the staff of MCA Denver and in particular Dr. Adam Lerner, Director and Chief Animator, Department of Fabrications, without whom this show would not have happened.