Carbondale Clay Center hosts artists in collaboration
IF YOU GO…
What: In the Year 2525, a collaborative exhibition
Where: Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St.
When: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11
Visitors to Carbondale Clay Center will travel through time, as local artists Annette and Andrew Roberts-Gray open their latest collaborative show.
“We are really excited and honored to host this collaborative exhibit by Andrew and Annette Roberts-Gray. The work in this show spans a variety of mediums, including clay, to present a unique and atypical exhibition for the Carbondale Clay Center,” Clay Center Executive Director Angela Bruno said.
The center will officially open the show with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday.
The show uses the 1968 pop song “In the Year 2525,” by Zager and Evans, as the theme for presented works in ceramic and painting mediums.
“It was a number one hit, it has a sort of a dystopian, future-like theme to it,” artist Andrew Roberts-Gray said.
Both artists have taught at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, and have extensively exhibited their work throughout the valley and beyond.
The narrative elements of the songs are used as suggestions for visual tone, imagery and context for paintings, sculpture and mixed-media work.
“I think people will be really excited from our generations who remember the song,” he added.
The show represents the second collaboration between the couple that have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since the early 1990s.
“Most of the collaborative work in the show are paintings. We’ve worked together on paper,” Robert-Gray said. “It’s a blend of traditional landscapes and science fiction — what the future may hold technologically.”
The event will include entertainment with Carbondale’s own “Let them Roar” playing live.
The center will also offer refreshments at the reception.
The exhibition will run through Jan. 25 at the Carbondale Clay Center, located at 135 Main St.
“I think people will find that the imagery is very accessible,” he said.
“The ideas are ones that they are familiar with, just presented in a way that will surprise them.”