The work of Drop City alum, Clark Richert, is currently being exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Denver.
The retrospective is titled “Clark Richert in Hyperspace,” and begins with Richert’s participation in Drop City, the artist community that he co-founded near Trinidad from 1965 to 1969 and “draws connections between this foundational period and his paintings of subsequent decades,” said the museum.
The exhibition is curated by Assistant Curator Zoe Larkins. Wrote Larkins:
“Clark Richert in Hyperspace’ celebrates the work of one of Colorado’s most important artists. MCA Denver’s major retrospective exhibition presents the breadth of Richert’s oeuvre while highlighting the specific aesthetic and philosophical questions that have informed it for more than fifty years…
“The exhibition reconciles Richert’s paintings with his work at Drop City by tracing the conceptual through-line that runs the length of his career. It explains how his ongoing interest in dimensionality—the characteristics of and relationship between one, two, three, and higher dimensions—has shaped his approach to art making from the outset.
“Richert’s curiosity about dimensionality was informed, in large part, by R. Buckminster Fuller’s ideas, including Fuller’s design for the geodesic dome, which Richert and his fellow ‘Droppers’ followed in building their living and working spaces at Drop City. His preoccupation with dimensionality defines the patternistic paintings he made as a member of the Boulder-based collective Criss-Cross, in the 1970s and early 1980s, determined his subsequent turn toward pictorialism, in the late 1980s and 1990s, and drove his return to geometric abstraction in the early 2000s. The exhibition demonstrates how his concern with the tension between two and three dimensions, specifically in painting, and geometries that suggest the existence of dimensions beyond those with which we are familiar, underpins his entire creative output.”
Richert taught painting at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design from 1998 to 2018. The exhibition runs through September 1. A concurrent exhibition of Richert’s work at The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art will run through September 15.
Information from Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and exhibition curator Zoe Larkings