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Artist Dan Groth, who probably needs no introduction, talks about his new art installation, "Dream Garden" outside Durango Natural Foods, where he works. The pieces, inspired by fairy gardens, went up in July with the help of the Durango Art Brigade.
One day last spring, Groth, a co-op employee, was standing behind the cash register, looking out through the front doors, at the empty garden bed in front of the store. Groth salvaged some composite boards and had them cut into random shapes with the intention of painting one side of each completely differently from the other — a sort of exercise in using the left side of the brain.
Groth started on the project without a complete vision for the outcome but knowing he wanted to create a series of figures for a garden setting. The result was a motley group loosely inspired by fairy gardens, the miniature dioramas that can be found nestled at the base of trees and in yards around town. Some are conceptually vaguer, including a robot-esque shape with Russian pronouns in reference to the language Groth spent much of the COVID shutdown studying. Though the medium is a deviation from the stippled pen-and-ink drawings Groth is probably best known for, the images themselves are clearly his style, depicting the seed of a realistic idea that spirals off into the abstract in dream-like puddles of color.
To a passing motorist on College Drive, the paintings, at first glance, might give off the impression of whimsical tombstones. It changes, kind of like looking at a cloud.
We need to take them down. I have a vision of me just throwing them all in the dumpster.
Diffidence aside, Groth is happy with the outcome. I think this is a really dystopian sort of period. Advertise with Us Contact.
Garden of dreams Local artist brings his trademark bizarre humor to Durango co-op Artist Dan Groth, who probably needs no introduction, talks about his new art installation, "Dream Garden" outside Durango Natural Foods, where he works.Durango dan stories
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