Colorado: An Immersive Arts Experience, Natura Obscura, Opens Jan. 11

A luminescent mushroom patch from the forest within "Natura Obscura". Photo: Heather Longway. Source: Blake Communications
A luminescent mushroom patch from the forest within "Natura Obscura". Photo: Heather Longway. Source: Blake Communications

The Museum of Outdoor Arts and Prismajic feature 25 Colorado-based artists in this self-guided exploration through a surrealist forest

Natura Obscura, an immersive arts experience featuring more than 30 Colorado-based artists and creatives, opens at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) on Friday, January 11, 2019 and runs through April 28, 2019.

The Museum is located at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Suite 2-230, Englewood, Colorado.

The installation, open to all ages, begs the question, “What’s your nature?,” inviting the public to step into a self-guided exploration through a surrealist, dreamlike forest that combines art, sculpture, and the latest in virtual, augmented and digital technologies.

 

Museum of Outdoor Arts Design and Build Intern Artist, Lauren Crawford, working on production of "Natura Obscura". Photo: Heather Longway. Source: Blake Communications
Museum of Outdoor Arts Design and Build Intern Artist, Lauren Crawford, working on production of “Natura Obscura”. Photo: Heather Longway. Source: Blake Communications

 

MOA and Prismajic designed and produced the installation, collaborating with well-known Colorado artists and 10 intern emerging artists from MOA’s Design and Build education program. Natura Obscura features installations by local artists Chris Bagley, Nicole Banowetz, Tiffany Matheson, Travis Powell, Scott Soffa, and Ian Wagner. In addition, Grammy award-winning recording engineer, Mickey Houlihan, along with MOA, produced a custom cloud chamber environment in MOA’s Sound Gallery as part of the immersive experience.

“For more than 35 years, MOA has curated a variety of immersive experiences. Natura Obscura is the most innovative indoor environment MOA has produced to date. We anticipate thousands of people will engage with our space in a unique way over the duration of the installation,” said Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA president. “We encourage people to wander among the surrealist forest where they will encounter fantastical woodland creatures and hopefully leave with a feeling of inspiration and excitement.”

The exhibition will be open:

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 6pm
  • Thursdays from 10am to 9pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 10pm
  • Sundays from 10am to 5pm

Tickets will be honored until one hour before the closing time to provide enough time to experience the installation.

Tickets range in price from $10 to $20 based on day of the week and time of purchase. To purchase online tickets, visit www.naturaobscura.org.

Free Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) days will take place on the first Tuesday of February, March and April 2019. Contact MOA (303.806.0444) if you are interested in a school or group tour of the exhibition.

 

"Distended Defense" by local inflatable artist, Nicole Banowetz. Banowetz will install a custom inflatable art piece as part of "Natura Obscura". Photo: Richard Romero. Source: Blake Communications
“Distended Defense” by local inflatable artist, Nicole Banowetz. Banowetz will install a custom inflatable art piece as part of “Natura Obscura”. Photo: Richard Romero. Source: Blake Communications

 

Follow the magic of Natura Obscura on Facebook (NaturaOb and MOA), Twitter (@NaturaOb and MOA), and Instagram; engage with the installation using the hashtag #NaturaObscura.

Founded in 1981, MOA (Museum of Outdoor Arts) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to making the visual and performing arts accessible to everyone by implementing its mission of “Making Art a Part of Everyday Life.” MOA owns and operates Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in collaboration with its tenant AEG Presents and features more than 150 pieces in its outdoor collection. Additionally, MOA is home to art studios and indoor galleries hosting several exhibitions per year, an artist in residence program and its signature education program, Design and Build, an annual opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to work with professional artists on collaborative art projects. MOA receives partial funding from the City of Englewood, and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) of Arapahoe County.

For more information on MOA, visit www.moaonline.org.

Founded and run by Eric Jaenike and Jennifer Mosquera, Prismajic creates immersive arts experiences that combine physical art installations along with the latest in digital technologies. For more than five years, the company worked in the corporate event market as Artistry Events & Design, building and creating for clients, including Microsoft, The Ritz Carlton and JP Morgan Chase. The same team is leveraging their experience to create cutting-edge art for the public with Natura Obscura. Prismajic is currently seeking partners and supporters for a large immersive space of their own. Learn more at www.prismajic.com.

 

Natura Obscura flyer. Source: Blake Communications
Natura Obscura flyer. Source: Blake Communications

 

Contact: Stephanie Blake and Cristina Palombo, Blake Communications

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