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DANK’s art inspired by film has opening reception Saturday at Miners Foundry

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DANK, the seven-person artists collective based in Nevada City, presents their new show, “Cinema,” at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, featuring work inspired by favorite films and filmmakers. The exhibition, which runs from Sept. 4 to Oct.4, is a collaboration with the Nevada City Film Festival and aims to give both events richer context and depth. The Miners Foundry is at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

The opening reception for “Cinema” on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 5–9 p.m., will include paintings, photography, installations, performance art, live music, and video that challenge the idea that film is not art.

Alison Kenyon of Body Masterpiece will be body-painting a live model during the reception and Reno duo “Strictly Business” will be performing their swamp stomp boogie from 7 to 8 p.m.

The party is free and open to the public and film-themed cocktails will be available for purchase including the “Limelight,” “Redrum,” (in honor of “The Shining”) and FTS Pabst Blue Ribbon (a tip of the hat to director David Lynch.)

DANK artist and exhibition curator, Celine Adrianna Negrete, conceived the show in response to the collective’s interest in working with different themes.

“’Cinema’ was the first thing that popped into my mind,” says Negrete, “because film is my most-loved art form.

“I was curious to see what the concept would spark in the DANK artists and I’m also interested in the bigger conversation of lack of funding for film within the arts community,” she said. “To me, film as art is self-evident, but when comparing support for it to opera or ballet, for example, there is a noticeable dearth that perpetuates bias and widens the gap. A show like this can reframe that bias, and that is exciting to me.”

Each DANK artist addresses the theme from their own unique perspective. Sheila Cameron is interested in David Lynch’s iconic imagery and his ability to elicit feelings of dread within the familiar. Roseanne Burke is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” and by the director’s history of referencing art in all his films. Nancy Nelson, working from Deepa Mehta’s film “Water,” explores misogyny and the ostracism of women in rural India. Artist Moira McLaughlin and Joe Meade will also be presenting work.

“DANK is thrilled to be collaborating with the Nevada City Film Festival and Director Jesse Locks,” says McLaughlin. “We are so inspired by the passion for film that bubbles up in our town every year and feel honored to be contributing to the festivities.”

The name DANK comes from the smell of wet wood that permeates this gold rush town situated on the banks of Deer Creek in the Sierra Foothills. It’s also a reference to cannabis, one of the area’s premier exports, and is an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

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