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Lone Tree show grew out of serial creation project

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Lone Tree’s Art Commission has selected works by Colorado abstract impressionist painter Doug Kacena for the next Commissioners’ Choice exhibit, which will nun through Sept. 11 at the Lone Tree Arts Center. The exhibit, named “Redeveloped,” will include recent works by Kacena, including a selection of pieces from Kacena’s “Crossover” exhibit last year at the Mike Wright Gallery in Denver, which stirred widespread comment.

For the “Crossover” exhibit, Kacena invited 12 well-known Denver contemporary realist painters to give him finished canvases to do as he would with them. He hoped it would provide a way to “bridge the divide” between abstract/conceptual artists and representational/traditional artists — “conflicting aesthetics.” In return, he surrendered his own canvases for a corresponding treatment. (Some collectors were horrified as painters whose works approach $30,000 cooperated with Kacena.)

In speaking about the project, Kacena said “There are no rules. How do you re-conceptualize someone else’s work? It’s a chance for us all to stretch our boundaries, to explore the similarities between our styles and confront deeply rooted ideas about what is, and what isn’t, art.”

Colorado Public Television is producing a documentary film about Kacena’s “Crossover” project.

Kacena, active in the Denver arts community, has taught art to developmentally disabled adults, helped develop the People’s Fair and founded Denver Artists Services Association, a nonprofit offering guidance for artists. He has designed Tibetan and Nepalese rugs, is co-owner of Artuvus Studios, partners with 1261 Gallery and Abend in The Collective and is co-owner and director of K Contemporary Gallery in Denver.

If you go

“Redeveloped” will be on display through Sept. 11 at Lone Tree Art Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. It is open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour before performances at the Center. 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.

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