On View: “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia” at the MCA Denver

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1964 – Monument to the conquerors of space, 2012. Ink jet on paper, 43 x 65 in. Courtesy the artist.

Influential musician and interdisciplinary visual artist Mark Mothersbaugh currently has a retrospective on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver titled “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia.” While most know Mothersbaugh for his work with pioneering New Wave band DEVO, “Myopia” aims to present the full scope of his creative prowess. In addition to documentation of the band, the exhibit features original drawings, audio-visual installations, sculptures, video animations and works in many other media dating from the 1970s (before Mothersbaugh co-founded DEVO) to today. The show will be on view at the MCA Denver through April 12, 2015 before it travels through several other US art museums through 2017. Take a look at some of the works in the show below.


Anita’s First Boyfriend, 2004. Corrected photograph, edition four of twenty, 11 x 11 in. Courtesy the artist.


Photograph by Paul Natkin.


My Little Pony, 2013. Ceramics, 53 x 59 x 33 in. Courtesy the artist.


Photograph by Richard Peterson.


Mechanical Aviary, 2014. Vintage organ pipes, vintage bird calls, electronics, and steel, 86 x 37 in. Photograph by David Lekach.


Mechanical Aviary (detail), 2014. Vintage organ pipes, vintage bird calls, electronics, and steel, 86 x 37 in. Photograph by David Lekach.


Proletariat 1, 2013. Photograph of sculpture printed with inkjet print and painted with Tempera on paper, 52 x 39 in.


Black Freedom of Choice Journal #2 (detail), Jan 1 to Feb 10 1980. Ink on graph paper, 8 x 6 in.


The General, 2014. Vintage organ pipes, electronics, and steel. 96 x 87 in. Photograph by David Lekach.

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