November 29, 2018
Fall 2018 BFA Playlist
The Fall 2018 BFA Thesis Exhibition has arrived at CVA! This show introduces 20 fresh artists to the Denver art scene, all graduating in December from Metropolitan State University’s art program. With a new CVA exhibition comes a new Spotify playlist! This month we asked the 20 artists to share songs that inspire their work. Whether the artists like listening to the songs while creating their work, or it complexley inspired their creations, the influence music has on artwork is a powerful one for this show.
The influence of family is a major trend in the artists’ song choices. BFA students Roxanne Roybal, Will Coukoulis and Zach Armijo included songs that emphasize their family’s influence of their creative exploration. Costume designer and video artist Roxanne Roybal has created a performance piece to go along with her costume collection with gothic themes. She chose to include the song "Paradise" by Coldplay stating, “Making my work is my own paradise. My mother was a costume designer and my brother was a comedian. They both passed away too soon and never got a chance to make their dreams come true. Comedy and costumes are the themes of my work. I now live my paradise through them.” She also commented on how the Run the Jewels track “Oh Mama” reminds her of her sister. “She is collaborating with me on this film. The message of the song is about having strong speech and not letting anyone else choke your speech. My work may come off blunt, but it’s my voice.”
Will Coukoulis included the songs “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” because they are his mother and grandmother’s favorite songs. Coukoulis’ work focuses on his ancestry, being a fourth generation American and descendant of the Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet) Nation, he focuses on honoring the matriarchal side of his lineage and representing a hybridized self.
Zach Armijo’s piece “Ground Control: A Conceptual Approach to Space Exploration,” is a collaborative work he has created with his son. It explores the crossroads humanity is at with environmental issues, and the importance of space exploration and colonization for the future. Armijo feels an obligation to educate his son on the infinite possibilities of space in an uncertain world. An obvious and great choice of music to accompany this piece is David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”
The playlist has love songs from Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean and Patsy Cline, somber songs from Flora Cash and Coldplay and energizing ones from Gorillaz, Lady Gaga and Tyler the Creator. Whatever your art making mood may be, we’ve got you covered with this playlist. Be sure to stop by CVA before December 8 to support the next generation of Denver’s professional artists and give their playlist a listen!
What songs or musicians inspire you? Let us know in the comments!
The Fall 2018 BFA Thesis exhibition is on view at CVA through Saturday, December 8. Learn more here.