The Others

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The Others studio and gallery currently houses art pieces containing executed mice and phrases like “I can’t f—k this up” in a building that has ranged in purpose from church to computer warehouse.

Formed last May, The Others is a coalition for modern art in Bozeman composed of past and current MSU students. Their most recent group exhibition is “Phobia,” an exploration of irrational fears. The pieces vary in quality, but each artist’s work blends cohesively into the macabre installation.

Modern art already has a minor following in Bozeman through the Cottonwood Club and Theory Magazine. However, their efforts defy a deeply ingrained culture of western art. Prior to these groups, Bozeman modern art was juvenile and rebellious, Others co-founder Jade Lowder said. The Others is still counter-cultural, he explained, but “more progressive than just ‘f—k the man.’”

“There definitely is a contemporary art culture here, but I think the majority of artists feel they won’t find a buyer,” said Stacey Ray, a co-founder who has worked in three other local galleries. Ray believes buyers downtown are more interested in Bozeman as a place, and they want their artwork to reflect that.

Even with the odds against it, The Others is making a difference. MSU currently offers no art installation classes, and makes up for it by running a senior thesis exhibition. Each artist puts in one or two pieces for the senior show, which Lowder noted is completely insufficient to prepare artists for professional work or graduate school.

Artists of The Others urge all like-minded MSU students to contact them, as they plan to run a new exhibition each month. “The Others doesn’t just have to be us,” Lowder said. “We want a lot of people to come and be a part of it.”

“Phobia” will be on display until Nov. 9, with a closing day reception starting at 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 95 Spanish Peaks Drive in Four Corners. To contact the Others, email othersartcoalition@gmail.com.

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[SIDEBAR] Overcome your cynicism

Modern art polarizes art viewers. Many deeply enjoy it, while others ridicule it by calling it infantile or influenced by too many drugs. One explanation for this response is that secretly, many of us fear that we don’t understand modern art.

The trick is to get over this fear and view modern art like any other media, with an open mind. Art draws on experiences all of us have, so in truth everyone is equipped to view it. Over time, deeper understanding may come, but remember that your opinions are valid — because art is for the people.