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'The Game Show' gets playful with creativity at The Art Base

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The works of art on display in the North Gallery at the Art Base encourage people to interact with the pieces. The works are part of a new show, “The Game Show,” which opened Friday.

A new show at The Art Base in Basalt encourages artists and audiences alike to get playful with the pieces on display.

“The Game Show,” which opened Friday, features interactive pieces from more than a dozen different artists and is curated by Teresa Booth Brown.

Booth Brown likes to give artists the chance to look at their own work in different ways, and help them branch out to explore different creative areas — to “play,” if you will, with new ideas.

With this show, fun and games are the medium to do just that.

“It's a very important kind of form of human interaction,” she said. “There's so much enjoyment and humor involved, so I asked artists to create games and … with the pun intended, play with these new ideas in their work.”

And “games,” in this case, aren’t just the kind you might play on a board.

“Games might not seem like the straightforward kind of games that people normally encounter,” she said.

Some pieces are closer to familiar board games, while others are more unusual — including a robotic arm that creates a painting, or a phone that allows people to call someone outside the building.

“I think people can expect to just expect the unexpected," she said. "Come prepared to enjoy and interact with some unusual (pieces)."

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Kaya Williams is the Edlis Neeson Arts and Culture Reporter at Aspen Public Radio, covering the vibrant creative and cultural scene in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. She studied journalism and history at Boston University, where she also worked for WBUR, WGBH, The Boston Globe and her beloved college newspaper, The Daily Free Press. Williams joins the team after a stint at The Aspen Times, where she reported on Snowmass Village, education, mental health, food, the ski industry, arts and culture and other general assignment stories.