'4D Design' on display at college gallery

Sept. 12 is final day to see exhibition in Littleton


Usually the Jantzen Gallery, in Arapahoe Community College's Art and Design Center at the corner of Alamo and Prince in Littleton, is filled with student artwork. Just through Sept. 12, it offers “4D Design: Time-Based Media Exhibition,” with works by area design professionals, who were invited by gallery curator/ACC Instructor Katie Caron.

4D works move, sparkle, make noise, have soundtracks — and immediately engage a visitor to look and listen as one walks through the gallery. This is an art exhibit aimed toward the future as the college expands its well-recognized art curriculum.

“DD4D Design” is described: “This exhibition explores the artistic possibilities of time and movement in art and design. Invited artists from the Denver art scene will exhibit 4D design based work from analog and digital art forms, ranging from video, animation to kinetics, sculpture, performance and installation.”

Artists include: Drew Austin, Angela Faris Belt (ACC art faculty), Tom DeMoulin (ACC art faculty), Lares Feliciano, Tobias Fike, Annette Isham, Bryan Leister, John McEnroe, Kelly Monico, Colin Parson, Dave Seiler and Juanneen Young.

Exhibits include motion, sound, lights, film clips and more within each distinctive example. One must contantly ask oneself: “How did she/he do that???”

A viewer accustomed to galleries of traditional wall and pedestal art must adjust the personal receptive equipment and expectations — or perhaps open them up more widely ...

Caron said the show is tied to a 4D class, which will be required in another year for design students. The curriculum will allow students to transfer to Metropolitan State University after studying at Arapahoe Community College and continue on toward a degree and professional employment or advanced study. The curriculum is carefully designed for a smooth transition.

She said the college has been supportive and there is interest with students.

“4D is also performance,” Caron said. (She has a background in theatre, teaches installation art and will teach performance art in the future.)

The collection of works includes “Succumb,” by Drew Austin, created with laser-cut mylar, aluminum, foil tape and more. “Signals” includes “domestic objects, mylar, RedGard, glass, hardware, enamel and natural materials.”

“We are super-lucky to have this space for teaching,” Caron said.

She added that students helped install the exhibit, which provided a learning experience of another sort — a skill many artists will need in the future.

Caron, who studied at the well-recognized Cranbrook Academy in Detroit, teaches and is curator for this gallery, named for original art department director Herm Jantzen.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See arapahoe.edu/events/4d-design-time-based-media-exhibition.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, public events frequently are canceled or rescheduled. Check with organizers before you go.


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