Story by Luis Carrión and Mary Olivas

Floor sculptures, paintings and fabric environments now fill the east wing of the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art.

Local artist Dave Sayre's new exhibit, How to Kill a Marvin Gaye Song, takes a twist on the 1970s cartoon world and represents an experiment for Sayre to move his work from flat space to a three-dimensional environment.

"You have a very visceral reaction when you see Dave's work," said Randi Dorman, president of the MOCA Board of Directors. There's an immediate joy and a freshness to it."

Featuring numerous wall installations, Sayre's exhibit is unlike those that MOCA has had in the past.

Anne-Marie Russell, MOCA's executive director and chief curator, said that giving the artists control over the space takes a lot of risk.

"But we're risk takers and if contemporary art is about anything it's about taking risks," Russell said.

Aside from Sayre's new exhibit, MOCA features a variety of events and programs for the public to take advantage of, such as weekly art history lectures and artist talks.

"We're essentially an educational institution," Russell said. "There are a variety of ways that people can learn more."

How to Kill a Marvin Gaye Song debuts on Saturday, Oct. 12.*

Other Artwork on Display at MOCA:

Untitled (Basin and Range), by Alois Kronschlaeger, is an installation that is currently on display in the Great Hall at MOCA. Kronschaeger said his inspiration for the site-specific installation piece came during a residency at MOCA, specifically a set of photographs he took on a flight into Tucson.

“I thought it would be interesting to do a site-specific installation that references the topographical area of Tucson –Southern Arizona,” said Kronschlaeger.

The piece took two months to complete, and Kronschlaeger estimated it includes about six linear kilometers of 2x2 boards.

He said it was important for him to design the installation to take advantage of unique architecture of MOCA.

“It was clear to me that it needed to go from the interior to the exterior because of this huge plaza,” Kronschlaeger said.