Festival lineup features art installations, ArtDesk Broadcasts, pop-up sculptures, pet portraits, and more!

Looking at 226.5’ ARC X 4 by Bernar Ollie is ready for his close-up!

In past years, Green Box has brought art, dance, concerts, classes, camps, and community events for residents and visitors to enjoy in serene Green Mountain Falls. In a summer of cancellations due to COVID-19, the Green Box Arts Festival has REIMAGINED their summer festival, taking on a smaller, safer iteration to align with safety regulations. The organizers invite all who can to visit them online or in-person to enjoy this year’s Green Box experience. A full schedule of activities can be found on our 2020 Calendar.

“While many traditional experiences will be noticeably absent from this summer’s festival, we’re delighted to be creating some new things for our audience to enjoy,” says Green Box cofounder Christian Keesee. “Many reactions to these uncertain times have been inspiring. Bolero Juilliard, directed and choreographed by my fellow Green Box cofounder Larry Keigwin, is a great example of artists coming together online. Such artistic collaborations have often started at Green Box Arts Festivals, where the creative process is on full display.”
 
This year, Festival attendees can enjoy two new installations by artists Pard Morrison and Chad Mount June 24–September 7. In addition, guests can enjoy Animal Soul, pop-up inflatable sculptures by artist Jason Hackenwerth, July 4 and Labor Day weekends. ArtDesk Conversations are going virtual this year in a new iteration: ArtDesk Broadcasts, a new video series online, has partnered with Green Box to present “Happy Hour with Chris and Larry,” a lively, informative chat about the creative process featuring several current and past Festival installation artists. You can catch them on Monday evenings at 5:15 p.m. from June 29-July 27 p.m. at greenboxarts.org. More information on this year’s Pet Portraits is also below — it’s the perfect opportunity to social distance with your pets while receiving a free professional photography session!

INSTALLATION ART

Pard Morrison

Looking at Heartmouth by Pard

Colorado native, artist, and sculptor Pard Morrison’s newest installation, Heartmouth, will be on display June 24 through Labor Day at Gazebo Lake Park in Green Mountain Falls. Morrison creates sculptures with a vision to convey a sense of love, happiness, and community. Working to resolve his own inquiries, it is Morrison’s hope that those who interact with this piece come away with a cathartic and joyful experience.

“With the anonymity of our social media-based culture, too often people use the platform for less than genuine ideals, and self-aggrandizing,” says Morrison. “Heartmouth was created to convey that we are always stronger together, and if you are going to open your mouth — it better be coming from your heart.”
 
Morrison’s aluminum fabrications, appearing at once both solid and apparitional, are based on a rational, geometric foundation, with the use of color to denote depth and space. He describes his work as “momentary portraits of systems that are in flux,” with the likeness to something engineered and purposeful displaced by the viewer’s awareness that optical perception plays a key role in how an object is recognized.
 
“I was elated to be invited to exhibit for the 2020 Green Box Arts Festival — it makes me really proud to represent contemporary art and artists from Colorado Springs,” said Morrison. “Being a ‘local’ contemporary artist, and having lived my whole life in Colorado Springs, I have been familiar with Green Box nearly since its debut. It goes without saying, being a geometric abstractionist, that one of my favorite installations was Spencer Finch’s 2015 festival installation Back to Kansas.”

Morrison also creates miniature and large-scale geometric paintings using a palette that is both commonplace and unique to his work. He calls his paintings “mutations,” a clever title for work that initially appears quite rational. He aims to create work that upon first encounter, primarily reads as artificially fabricated, but upon further investigation, the visual strength of its own ‘objectness’ is compromised by specific human mark making. The familiar materiality and shape display attributes that are somewhat unnamable, visually discordant, and nonspecific.
 

Chad Mount

Pondering Ponderosas with Purpose - a billboard style canvase with Ponderosa's

The Green Box Arts Festival is thrilled to spotlight the installation, Pondering Ponderosas with Purpose, by artist Chad Mount, which will be on display at 6990 Lake Street from June 25 through Labor Day. The Oklahoma-based artist was Green Box Arts’ first Artist in Residence in February 2020 and is primarily known as a painter; however, he has worn many hats from illustrating for SPIN magazine to Playstation Game Development.
 
From the highest mountain to lowest ocean, technology offers a new view of an ancient world. During his Artist in Residence stay in Green Mountain Falls, Mount explored concepts involving the marriage of “bleeding-edge” and analog technologies to layer texture, light, and sound across the natural world, using nature and the Colorado Rockies as a canvas.
 
In 2013 Mount was featured in Issue #19 of Studio Visit Magazine, his unique macro photographic painting process known as Blooming Currents was projection mapped in real-time across a 50’x20′ canvas in a collaborative performance of the Carmina Burana with the Canterbury Choral Society and the OKCPHIL at the OKC Civic Center. Three weeks after that performance Mount flew to Finland where he lived for the month as one of eight international artists selected to take part in the Arteles Creative Residency, one of the largest and most internationally recognized residency programs in Scandinavia. Mount has been commissioned for a diverse assemblage of projects. His work can be seen in the collections of The Oklahoma History Center and Toy2R HQ, Hong Kong. 
 
“Wrapping nature with technology — in a mindful way, in a way that playfully stimulates one’s sense while experiencing art — is my primary goal,” said Mount. “Embracing a strategy of optimism infused with art experiences helps me to reimagine the collective relationship with the natural world.”

Mount’s new work is an examination of the artful ways in which we can harness the newest projection technologies to create art installations. Ideally, the net effect entices observers to re-examine their own personal connections to nature. He works with underlying fractals and sacred geometry that is seen repeated throughout nature—from the micro to the macro, from inner worlds to outer worlds.
 

Jason Hackenwerth

Animal Soul by Jason Hackenwerth underneath at night

A 2010 Green Box alum, Jason Hackenwerth is known for exploring the phenomena of temporality and joy through the transformation of ordinary materials. Inspired by science, mythology, and the ephemeral nature of his chosen medium, currently his works take the form of large-scale sculptural installations created from latex balloons. Each work is at once mysterious, accessible, and fun — complementing and responding to its architectural setting.

A boy jumping to reach Animal Soul by Jason Hackenwerth

Check in July 4th and Labor Day weekends as Green Box showcases a “pop-up” of three of his Animal Soul sculptures around town: Helio (personification of the sun), Nagi (the Sanskrit word for “serpent”), and Cronus (the youngest leader of the titans in Greek mythology). Each creature of Animal Soul draws the viewer in, around and underneath to explore their strange and beautiful bodies.

Animal Soul’s Helio, Nagi, and Cronus will be located at the following locations July 3–5 and September 4-7:

Mountain Road Corner

10195 Ute Pass Avenue
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
 

Green Box Arts Farm Stand

6990 Lake Street
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
 

Lakeview Terrace

10580 Foster Avenue
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819

ARTDESK BROADCASTS — A New Video Series Online:

Green Box Presents: Happy Hour with Chris and Larry

Join in Monday evenings at 5:15 p.m. MT from July 6-August 3 for five episodes featuring art, culture, and cozy chat about artists from Green Box Arts Festivals past and present: Pard Morrison, Chad Mount, Jason Hackenwerth, musician Kyle Dillingham, and more! Visit greenboxarts.org to tune in!

Mountain Road Corner

10195 Ute Pass Avenue
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
 

Green Box Arts Farm Stand

6990 Lake Street
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
 

Lakeview Terrace

10580 Foster Avenue
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819

MON / JULY 6

Episode 1: Pard Morrison

MON / JULY 13

Episode 2: Chad Mount

MON / JULY 20

Episode 3: Jason Hackenwerth

MON / JULY 27

Episode 4: Kyle Dillingham

MON / AUG 3

Episode 5: GREEN BOX ANNOUNCEMENT—DON’T MISS IT!

PET PORTRAITS:

Green Box invites all pet owners to schedule some time with renowned photographer Tom Kimmell this July 4th. Using Hackenwerth’s Animal Soul sculptures as backgrounds, Kimmell will create your purr-fect family portrait — households without pets can also join in the fun!

Ollie the Pug is ready for his close-up!
 
Guests can register online for their free photo session on Saturday, July 4 from 1–4 p.m. at one of two installation locations:

Green Box Arts Farm Stand

6990 Lake Street
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819

Lakeview Terrace

10580 Foster Avenue
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
 
“What makes Green Box truly special is the community created by our wonderful patrons and friends, and we are grateful for their ongoing support and generosity,” says Keesee. “It is my hope that all who are able can join us for the 2020 Green Box Arts Festival, which may have a new structure, but will still have the same passion for arts and our community.”

Green Box Arts

Green Box Arts encourages artists, residents, and visitors to participate in the creative arts in the natural beauty of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. We engage community through performances, exhibitions, education, conversations, celebrations, and an Artist In Residence program. The festival is committed to fostering creative expression and the presentation of art forms at the highest level.

The Green Box Arts Festival began in 2009 as an artist-in-residency program featuring acclaimed choreographer Larry Keigwin’s dance troupe, KEIGWIN + COMPANY. The festival has grown each year and annually attracts more than 1,000 attendees. A selection of past participants includes world-renowned installations 1.8 Green Mountain Falls by Janet Echelman, The Musical Swings by Daily tous les jours; illuminated installations Field of Light and Tepees by Bruce Munro; Footprint in Green by famed stick sculptor Patrick Dougherty. Additionally, artwork from installation artists Jason Willaford, Tomás Saraceno and Spencer Finch, as well as sculptors Olafur Eliasson, Ben Roth, and Jason Hackenwerth, and photographer Kenneth Snelson have been showcased. Numerous concerts have been played by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony; Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band; Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road; de Coda, the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall; a world premiere of new work by composer Timothy Takach; folk band Haunted Wind Chimes; and Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles. Dance troupes that have performed include Larry Keigwin’s KEIGWIN + COMPANY, the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, the Oklahoma City Ballet, Houston’s METdance company, tap dancer Leo Manzari, and ballroom duo Antonina Skobina and Denys Drozdyuk.  

Green Mountain Falls Access and Area Attractions

At an altitude of 7,800 ft., Green Mountain Falls is home to various festivals and events year-round. Most notably, however, it is known for the nationally acclaimed Green Box Arts Festival. Surrounded by Pikes Peak National Forest on three sides, the town is located near popular area attractions including the famous Cave of the Winds, the Cliff Dwellings Museum, Garden of the Gods, Pike’s Peak and the COG railroad. A popular hiking destination, visitors also enjoy fishing, swimming, biking, tennis courts, and ice skating in winter, as well as the town’s unique restaurants, pubs, and shops. The town is just minutes from the towns of Woodland Park, Chipita Park, Manitou Springs and Cascade.

A group of people looking at Four Orbits by Charles O. Perry

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