Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

Vertigo: Amelia Carley and Lauren Mayer

Amelia Carley and Lauren Mayer

VERTIGO Art Space

June 25 - July 25, 2015

  • Artist Reception: Friday June 26, 6–10 pm
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VERTIGO Art Space
960 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204

 

Walker Fine Art: Eric Corrigan: Double or Nothing

Eric Corrigan: Double or Nothing

Walker Fine Art

June 26 - July , 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday June 26th from 6-9pm
  • Back Gallery: Biennial of the Americas Installations by Bryan Leister, Lee Heekin and Kim Ferrer
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Evergreen Fine Art Gallery: 5th Annual Weekend in the West

5th Annual Weekend in the West 

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery

Weekend in the West Events: Thursday - Sunday, June 25, 26 & 27 (http://www.weekendinthewest.com)

Exhibition runs June 25 - July 18, 2015

  • 2015 Participating Artists:  Edward Aldrich, Mitch Baird, Deborah Berniklau, Lindsey Bittner Graham, Keith Bond, Sophy Brown, Jeremy Browne, Renée Buller, Cheri Lynn Cappello, G Russell Case, Nancy D Cawdrey, Jimmy Devine, Pem Dunn, Kim English, Kelli Folsom, Jake Gaedtke, Veryl Goodnight, Doug Hall, Stephanie Hartshorn, Ron Hicks, Quang Ho, Eric Jacobsen, Carol Jenkins, Karryl, Gary Kim, Ed Kucera, Stephen LeBlanc, Jeff Legg, Tom Lockhart, Terrie Lombardi, Leon Loughridge, Jan Mapes, David Mayer, Rodgers Naylor, Dan Oakleaf, Kyle Paliotto, Stacey Peterson, John Poon, Karen Roehl, David Santillanes, Mai Wyn Schantz, Jill Soukup, Robert Spooner, Pati Stajcar, Don Stinson, Janice Sugg, Susiehyer, Carol Swinney, Karmel Timmons, Michael Ome Untiedt, Kevin Weckbach and Dan Young

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Don Stinson "The Return: It's all Blue Sky", 13x27, oil

Long a treasury of the Rocky Mountain region’s most celebrated Western art, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery will again be host to a peerless collection of the country’s most celebrated Western artists.

The 5th annual Weekend in the West Art Show and Auction will showcase 52 top-tier painters and sculptors gathered from across the Mountain West, giving art-lovers a rare opportunity to watch those talents at work and take home a masterpiece created before their very eyes. Already a must for collectors, the invitational event properly begins on June 19, with a preview week, as the artists’ works go on display in the gallery, giving folks plenty of time to get pre-acquainted with some of the most respected names in Western art.

“There’s a nice combination of Old West and New West”, says Evergreen Fine Art’s director of exhibitions, Doug Kacena. “There’ll be some very traditional art and themes, and some abstract and contemporary works.”

The bright galaxy of participating artists include such recognized luminaries as Quang Ho, Edward Aldrich, G Russell Case, Karen Roehl, Don Stinson, David Santillanes, Pem Dunn, Jill Soukup, Ron Hicks, Robert Spooner, Michael Untiedt and Kim English. Masters in three dimensions will include Evergreen sculptor Pati Stajcar and bronze artists Jan Mapes, Stephen LeBlanc, Veryl Goodnight and Karryl.

The Weekend formally begins with a Western-style Gala reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26, featuring food, drink, and live music by cowboy laureate Dean Himes. The next morning at 9 o’clock sharp, the artists will muster in the gallery’s sculpture garden for a real Western showdown – each master will have exactly 90 minutes to complete a first-rate original work, and guests get to be astounded at the way they invariably do.

“This is the mountain region’s largest Quick-Draw event,” smiles Hadley. “You’d be amazed what these artists can do in 90 minutes. It’s a wonderful opportunity to observe them at work.”

When the bell rings at precisely 10:30, brushes go down and champagne flutes go up. While artists frame the morning’s accomplishments, collectors will gather in a large white tent for a champagne brunch, followed by a live auction at which guests will have the chance to own newly-minted masterpieces even before the paint is dry.

Tickets for the champagne brunch and auction cost $35 per person. As ever, that price includes a genuine Western serenade by cowboy-poet Dean Himes, and a generous portion of all proceeds will help support Mount Evans Home Health & Hospice.

Folks wishing to take advantage of everything Weekend in the West has to offer should consider purchasing a Patron ticket. At $500.00 per person, or $750.00 per couple, the Patron package includes the champagne brunch and auction, plus a picture-perfect gallery dinner with the artists on the evening of Thursday, June 25. Even better, the entire cost of a Patron ticket can be applied to any artwork purchased during Friday’s opening reception.

To learn more about Weekend in the West, call Evergreen Fine Art Gallery at 303-679-3610, or visit http://www.evergreenfineart.com and http://www.weekendinthewest.com.

 

MWC: John Garrett, Heidi Jung and Patsy Krebs

John Garrett, Heidi Jung and Patsy Krebs

Michael Warren Contemporary

June 23, 2015 – August 1, 2015

  • Opening Reception, Friday June 26 (6-9 pm)
  • Artist Talk, Saturday June 27 (10 am – 12 pm)
  • Collector’s Night, Friday July 17 (6-9 pm)
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John Garrett

Michael Warren Contemporary (MWC) presents three concurrent shows featuring John Garrett, Heidi Jung and Patsy Krebs.

In the upcoming set of exhibitions, Garrett, Jung and Krebs each investigate the passing of time and space with three very different approaches.

Continuums: John Garrett has been using textile construction methods and imagery in his work for 40 years. He incorporates wire, fencing materials, recycled metals and plastics and embellishes his work with found objects to make sculptural line drawings in space. Garrett’s work suggests a personal narrative, celebrating a richly diverse society and criticizing rampant consumerism.

Landlocked: Heidi Jung’s current works present a biomorphological study of time. She focuses on changing environments with specific interest in sea habitats. The work nods to Colorado as a landlocked state that was once an oceanic basin. While Jung’s illustrative style suggests fossil remains, her inspiration for this series is current attention to depletion of coral reefs in the Pacific.

Time Passages: Patsy Krebs explores the literal passage of time with a series of watercolors that capture color in shifting light as day turns into night. Krebs applies layer after layer of pigment to create atmospheric horizons that suggest a minimalist point of view, while revealing an unending celebration of color. MWC regularly showcases many of the gallery artists in the additional viewing rooms in the back gallery. MWC consigns Riverhouse Editions, an extensive collection of fine art prints from career artists practicing all over the world.

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204
303.635.6255
http://www.michaelwarrencontemporary.com

 

Arvada Ceramic Arts Guild: Out of Round

Arvada Ceramic Arts Guild: Out of Round

June 26 - July 26, 2015

Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM - 5 PM

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 26, 2015, 5 - 8 PM
  • Closing Reception: Sunday, July 26
Out of Round is a nationally juried show featuring 17 artists from Colorado and several other states. Jurors, Marie Gibbons and Bob Smith are nationally recognized for their work in ceramics. Awards will be presented at the opening reception.

The Arvada Ceramic Arts Guild is in Historic Olde Town Arvada, 5870 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80003. (303) 423-0448

 

Republic Plaza: Earth Matters

Earth Matters

Republic Plaza (370 17th St. in Denver)

June 24 - August 19, 2015

  • Opening reception: Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Featuring: Katie Martineau Caron, Jim Colbert, Adrienne DeLoe, Joellyn Duesberry, Buff Elting, Gifford Ewing, Chuck Forsman, Tyler Wayne McCall, Ralph Nagel, Chandler Romeo, David Sharpe
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Ralph Nagel - Tierra Amarilla

On June 24, Arts Brookfield introduces Earth Matters at Republic Plaza, an exhibit of artwork by 11 Colorado artists that conveys the beauty and natural artistry of the earth. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Republic Plaza (370 17th St.).

“Large-scale paintings, photographs and works on paper are juxtaposed with small-scale sculptures in clay and installation works,” said curator Andra Archer, describing the variety included in the show.

Archer goes on to describe the exhibit’s theme, “There’s something about the solidity of the earth—the density, matter, rock and soil—that grounds us. A vision arises out of that—the undulation of landscape, the flow of water, vast flora and fauna, and the light of sun and moon. This is the matter of the earth that captivates and inspires us. It is the earth that matters.”

“The collective of artists exhibiting in Earth Matters is a treasure, bringing together some of the best artistic talent in Colorado,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director, Arts Brookfield. “Earth Matters offers Denver art lovers a chance to experience beautiful depictions of nature in one of Brookfield’s beautifully designed public spaces.”

The show runs from June 24 through August 19 and is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit and reception are open to the public and free to attend. For more information, please visit http://artsbrookfield.com/event/earth-matters

 

William Havu: Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions

William Havu Gallery

June 26 - August 1, 2015

  • Featuring Rick Dula, Jeff Aeling, Lloyd Brown and Lori Buntin
  • Opening Reception: Friday June 26th 6-9pm 
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Rick Dula, Union Station Renewal, acrylic on panel, 32" x 48

A realist painter of "factoryscapes" and urban views, Rick Dula finds inspiration in the majesty of aging industrial scenes and explores the vitality they once possessed. With his work he aims to realize a deeper history for American culture. Dula recently gained much notoriety in the Denver Art Scene with his 18 x 32 foot trompe l'oeil mural A Moment in Time: Here for Embrace! at the Denver Art Museum. The mural is now part of the Museum's permanent collection. His newest body of work consists of machinery, factories, rural silos and construction sites.

"My current work focuses on a type of urban landscape, mostly in the run down and decaying vestiges of an earlier time. I like to visit cities and seek out the industrial edges, where either side of the train tracks is lined with factories and plants near death. Rust, ruins and abandonment are my roadside attractions, and I photograph (and later paint) these with an eye for dramatic light, often returning several times to catch the best mood. My fascination with corrosion reflects a particularly American longing for deeper history: we don't have buildings older than a mere couple of centuries as does the rest of the Old World. I think this causes a sort of 'patina envy' in our culture. One of my heroes is Charles Sheeler, whose early 20th century paintings of new massive industrial plants were like proud birth announcements for modern industry. My work is more that of the obituary. Although some of the factories and industrial plants are still in operation, I paint what seems to be vanishing from the modern urban landscape, and want to preserve some of the beauty before it is gone."

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204
303.893.2360
http://williamhavugallery.com

 

Museo: Gunther Gerzso

Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master

Museo de las Americas

June 25 - September 18, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 25th from 7:30-9:30pm
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Photography by: Kati Horna

In partnership with the Denver Art Museum, Biennial of the Americas, and with support from the Consulado General De Mexico, the Mexican Cultural Center and the Scientific Cultural Facilities District, Museo de las Americas will display 28 works on paper, 4 sculptures and 2 art books celebrating Gerzso's evolutionary career as an artist showcasing one of his most creative periods.

Gerzso's luminous works created during the Mexican master's mature period are suggestive of the stone walls and architecture of the Mayans and Aztecs, and colors that truly encompass the Mexican aesthetic. When viewed with Gunther Gerzso's early works, the evolution of his art from costumed figures, to the illusions of stage set backgrounds, to his eventual architectural abstract art immediately becomes apparent.

The natural partnerships that developed throughout the planning of this exhibit, lend the opportunity to showcase the work of Gunther Gerzso. Gerzso's ideas and aesthetic answer the questions of bi-cultural identity in response to the theme of the 2015 Biennial of the Americas: NOW.

Museo de las Americas and The Denver Art Museum will host a collaborative exhibit Opening Reception on June 25th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Denver Art Museum and continue the Opening Reception at Museo de las Americas from 7:30-9:30pm. The exhibit and community programs will accompany a celebration and several intimate conversations regarding architecture, planning, and design, all of which are topics that encompass Gunther Gerzso's life. Throughout both Gerzso exhibits at Museo de las Americas and Denver Art Museum, members of each institution will receive 1/2 off admission to view the collaborative exhibits.

"His art is the true confession of a love affair with the great stonewalls of the Mayas and the Aztecs. His eyes were bewitched by the colors of the great rivers and lush jungles. His love for Mexico and his artistic generosity made him the perfect son of a conquered nation in search of an identity that defines us all as the perfect 'mestizo.' Foreign parts assembled in Mexico..."

- Curated by Maruca Salazar

Museo de las Americas
861 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.571.4401

http://museo.org

 

 

Ice Cube: Karen Roehl and Laura Phelps Rogers

Karen Roehl and Laura Phelps Rogers

Ice Cube Gallery

June 25 - July 18, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 26, 6 - 9 PM
  • First Friday Celebration: July 3, 6 - 9 PM
  • Closing Reception: Friday, July 17, 6 - 9 PM
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Karen Roehl, "From Where I Stand"

Connections and contrasts; opposites and connections: bookends. Communication and interpretation working between the end points of self and others. These works are about the many ways that data from our visual world interact with and become interpreted by our individual selves.

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Laura Phelps Rogers, "More Than One Tough Chick"

Laura's new work embraces her favored medium of cast iron. With the medium, she contrasts the soft and feminine with the hard cold durability of iron. The expected and the unexpected together pushing the boundaries of gender expectations.

Ice Cube Gallery
3320 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205
303.292.1822
http://www.icecubegallery.com

 

Gallery 1261: A Friendly Challenge

A Friendly Challenge: Gallery artists invite fellow artists they admire

Gallery 1261

June 26 – July 18, 2015

  • Opening reception: Friday, June 26, 6-9pm
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Matthew Mancini - Ghost Of Arden - 30x24 Oil on Linen

Gallery 1261 is pleased to announce A Friendly Challenge, an experimental group show consisting of a number of artists from our existing roster who were then asked to invite another artist that they admire to participate in the show as well. The show opens June 26, and several artists will be in attendance at the reception, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.

We are excited to venture into uncharted territory with this exhibition, and to explore the possibilities and unique opportunities that this structure affords. At Gallery 1261 we have a great amount of respect and trust in our each of our artist’s unique vision. With this exhibition we’ve taken it a step further, not only trusting the artist in their own work, but also in casting them in the role of co-curator. Each of the gallery artists participating has chosen an artist who has yet to exhibit work at Gallery 1261. In this aspect, not only are we further engaging with our artists, we are also engaging with a larger artistic community and seeing what interesting and surprising things may occur.

Gallery artist Mia Bergeron, also curating an exhibition later in the year, chose Timothy P Wilson to exhibit in this show. Hailing from Portland, Maine, Wilson is a young artist that has already crafted a distinct and arresting style, characterized by his often moody, monochromatic take on the figure, including his own visage. This self-exploration is seen in his work (title), which features the artist seemingly at work in his studio, but with his face obscured into an undistinguishable, anonymous blur of paint. It would seem that both Bergeron and Wilson have an interest in abstracting and deconstructing the figure, as seen in Mia’s work “Resolved”, which she says “is a subtle play on the idea that nothing is actually certain. Even when we make plans and are infinitely resolved in those plans, life will change anyway” (qtd in American Art Collector, Issue 117). This is just one example of the compelling interactions contained in this thought-provoking exhibition.

The entire list of participating artists is as follows, ordered by gallery artist paired with the artist of their choosing: Mia Bergeron: Timothy P Wilson; Hollis Dunlap: Sean Cheetham & Dorian Vallejo; David Shevlino: Robert Lemler; Quang Ho: Matthew Mancini; Ron Hicks: Michael Gadlin; Dan McCaw: Roger Hubbard; Danny McCaw: Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski; John McCaw: Tom Balderas; Katherine Stone: Tara Juneau; Vincent Xeus: Kenichi Hoshine; Kevin Weckbach: Jennifer Balkan. 

Gallery 1261
1261 Delaware St
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
303.571.1261
http://www.gallery1261.com

 

Hinterland: Jenniffer Omaitz

Jenniffer Omaitz: Shifting Spaces

Hinterland

June 19 - July 10, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday June 19th from 6-11pm
  • First Friday Reception: July 3rd from 6-10pm
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Our urban and geographic environment is in a constant state of transformation. Jenniffer Omaitz's work explores states of change between order and chaos that relate to this experience of environmental shift. Painting and installation art are modes of communicating the sensitivity to environmental factors; these practices provide Omaitz with a cadence and context through which to communicate utopian elegance, or dystopian plight. Installation explores this order/chaos in theory by invoking parts of abstraction, architecture, landscape, natural disaster, and a tactile response image making. Paintings are a meditation on movement, permutation, gesture, boundary, space and color.

Over the past six years theh artist have explored site-specific installation. The installations built encompass three-dimensional landscapes frozen in the midst of a chaotic event. This “event” is reminiscent of a landscape that has been caught in a fictitious disaster. By incorporating drawing and painting with objects and found materials, this ignites play between the structure of the gallery and the theatrics of the painterly gesture and their united associations. This sense of theater is a formal extension of the shadows cast by gallery lights, the configuration of the wall, ceiling, and the intrinsic architectural nature of the given space. Overall, Omaitz work explores space; both physical and psychological space. This refers to “Space” as it is applied to a two dimensional surface, or a three dimensional location.

Jenniffer Omaitz lives in Kent, OH and works in Kent and Cleveland. She holds an MFA in painting from Kent State University and a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at The Sculpture Center, Cleveland; Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver; and Kent State University, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Her work was featured at the 2010 Biennial of the Americas in Denver. Omaitz is a part-time faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University, and the University of Akron. She is represented by 1point618 Gallery, Cleveland.  

Hinterland
3254 Walnut St.
Denver CO, 80205
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 12-6pm and by appointment
http://hinterlandartspace.com

 

BMOCA: Down the Rabbit Hole

Present Box: Down the Rabbit Hole

BMOCA

June 16 - 28, 2015

  • Closing Reception: Friday June 26, 6-8pm
  • Curated by Brandon Johnson
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Brandon Johnson, sketch for Down the Rabbit Hole, 2015

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) presents its summer 2015 Present Box exhibition titled Down the Rabbit Hole. Curated by Brandon Johnson, this interactive exhibition will be on view June 16–28. Visitors are invited to participate in a drawing experiment by creating portraits of a 3D-printed version of the Stanford Bunny—an iconic computer graphics model. Participants thus contribute their own perspectives to the long tradition of depicting rabbits in the arts and investigate what happens when a complex, computer-generated composite image is rendered by hand.

Down the Rabbit Hole explores the rabbit and hare as common motifs and potent symbols in mythology and the visual arts—representing love, lust, fertility, purity, rebirth, and resurrection. In his 1965 action How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, artist Joseph Beuys viewed the hare as “a symbol of incarnation, which the hare enacts—something a human can only imagine.” Albrecht Dürer’s Young Hare (1502), one of the most famed depictions of an animal in the history of European art, exemplifies a desire to achieve the highest degree of precision and realistic representation by hand. This image has been reproduced and artistically reinterpreted by numerous contemporary artists. In popular culture, the rabbit appeared in human form in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The term “down the rabbit hole” stems from this novel and serves as a metaphor for entry into the unknown, disorienting, or mentally altering. American rock band Jefferson Airplane expanded upon this metaphor in their 1967 song “White Rabbit.”

The Stanford Bunny is an iconic computer graphics model developed by Greg Turk and Marc Levoy at Stanford University in 1994. This model has been used as a standard for testing and demonstration in the field ever since. The Stanford Bunny was created through the technique of range scanning, a process involving multiple, even hundreds, of scans from many different directions to obtain sufficient information to merge into a composite model. Once in the digital plane, the model can be manipulated and altered at will.

For this Present Box exhibition, a 3D-printed version of the Stanford Bunny will be on view atop a pedestal surrounded by drawing stools. Visitors are invited to create their own portraits of the bunny using provided materials. Dürer’s pinnacle of representation is not the expectation. Instead, their own hand should be allowed to determine the composition. By capturing a variety of unique perspectives, this drawing process mimics the range scanning from which the original Stanford Bunny model was derived. But what happens when scanning is done through the human brain and body, rather than by machine? We return to the role of interpretation in human perception and creation—sending the Stanford Bunny “down the rabbit hole” of the mind. Drawings will be pinned to the wall alongside a reproduction of Dürer’s Young Hare to demonstrate the inherent variation of the work produced. At the conclusion of the exhibition, all drawings will be scanned and layered through feature-based image registration into a single composite 2D image and made available as a free crowd-sourced edition—the newest incarnation of this mythical creature.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.443.2122
http://bmoca.org

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Space: Nature's Line

Nature's Line

Space Gallery

June 19 - July 25, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 18th from 5-8pm
  • Featuring John Wood, Karen Scharer, Ian McLaughlin, Diane Cionni, Taiko Chandler, Carlene Frances, Miguel Edwards and Laura Wait
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Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
720.904.1088
http://www.spacegallery.org

 

Pirate: Charles Livingston and Priscilla Fowler

Charles Livingston: Spaces Between and Other Anomalies

Priscilla Fowler: Biomorphic Abstraction

Pirate: Contemporary Art

June 19 – July 5, 2015

  • Opening Reception Friday, June 19th, 6-10pm
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Charles Livingston - Spaces Between and Other Anomalies

Spaces Between and Other Anomalies features painting, drawing, and sound sculpture that address the process of accretion and interconnection by Charles Livingston. Working with organic grid structures, Livingston presents his Infinite Drawing Series. This series of interconnected drawings, each drawing a reconfiguration of the previous drawing, started in 2007 and continues today. In 1999 he painted a triptych called Landscape As Object. This painting became the inspiration for his latest sculpture Landscape (Ma) 449, comprised of 449 stretched bicycle tubes over a 24 foot long triangular frame with interior and exterior sound. For more information on the artist visit http://charleslivingstonstudio.com.

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Priscilla Fowler in the Associates' Space: Biomorphic Abstraction

Pirate: Contemporary Art
3655 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
303.458.6058
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM
http://www.pirateartonline.org

 

Abecedarian: An Ideation Experience

An Ideation Experience

Abecedarian Gallery

June 19 - August 1, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday June 19th from 6-8pm
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Beata Wehr - Stream of 3

An Ideation Experience is an exhibition of contemporary artist books curated by Alicia Bailey. The exhibition features entirely new and original handmade books from students, educators and studio artists working in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. All of the works were created and produced over the past several months as a response to each artists’ drawing a series of cards from Chen and Tetenbaum’s Artists’ Book Ideation Card Decks. The works in the exhibit provides an exciting overview of the richness and variety that is possible when one works from an imposed set of parameters.

The Artists’ Book Ideation Card Decks are the creation of Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen, published in 2013. Tetenbaum and Chen are both well-regarded educators and widely collected artists working in the book arts realm. The published set consists of two decks. Deck One consists of category cards that address various aspects of the book such as structure, layout, technique. Deck Two is a deck of adjectives. By drawing a total of 12 cards, an artist is given a comprehensive set of prompts to work from.

The artists' books in Ideation Experience show what is possible when the paralysis of absolute freedom to choose is eliminated. The works illustrate that, even though the artists worked from one or more prompts in common with other artists in the show, each artists’ individual approach and vision shine through. There is nothing formulaic about the resulting work.


Abecedarian Gallery
910 Santa Fe, Unit #101 (just south of Swift's diner)
Denver, CO 80204
303.340.2110
Thu-Fri: 1:00-6:00 pm
Sat: 12:00-4:00 pm
http://www.abecedariangallery.com

 

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Mirada Fine Art: Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird: Beautiful CHAOS

Mirada Fine Art

June 19 - July 12, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6-9pm
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Andrew Baird at work in his Evergreen studio

Local artist turned national phenomenon, the work of fifth-generation Coloradoan Andrew Baird stuns and intrigues. His distinctive style and technique are as mesmerizing as the resulting contemporary portraits. Utilizing a paint stir stick, Baird drips acrylic paint onto canvases, building images color by color over a period of months...a paint brush is NEVER used. The process is nearly as amazing as the gorgeous faces that emerge in his large scale work. Mr. Baird was named 'the best artist in Colorado' by the editors of 5280 Magazine in 2011. This is his first exhibition in Colorado in over three years. 

Mirada Fine Art
5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd., PO Box 85
Indian Hills, CO 80454
303.697.9006
Tuesday-Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: 12-4
Closed Mondays
http://miradafineart.com

 

Art Gym: The Art of Paul Sullivan

Ideation to Creation: The Art of Paul Sullivan

Art Gym

June 18 – August 1, 2015

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The Book of Life: Art Director Paul Sullivan showcases process of digital film making

Paul Sullivan is a Denver based artist who served as Art Director/ Production Designer on the animated movie “The Book of Life”, released in 2014. The film is a vibrant fantasy adventure, beautifully telling the legend of a conflicted hero on an epic quest to rescue his one true love and defend his village. The exhibition will be about the process of creating a digital movie and will include original storyboard sketches, a time-lapse video of his work process, large prints of artwork from the film and other samples of his work. The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular business hours (Thursday and Friday, 12-6 pm and Saturday 12-4 pm) and during the following special events:
  • Artist Reception: Thursday, June 18, 5-8 pm
  • Artist Talk: Saturday, June 27, 3-5 pm
  • Signed copies of “The Book of Life” book and a small sketch will be available for purchase at the opening reception
  • The movie will also play on a large screen during the opening
Paul Sullivan started working in the entertainment industry as a concept artist in 2003, after graduating from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Since then he gained experience at different companies and worked in a variety of design style and aesthetics. Over the past fourteen years he worked in both film and console game design, mostly as a visual development artist and concept artist. In 2009 he took his first opportunity serve as Concept Lead for a team of artists on “Sly Cooper Thieves in Time” video game. Upon completion of that project Paul took the role as the Art Director/ Production Designer on the recently released animated film “The Book of Life”. He is currently based out of Colorado, working on development with director Jorge Gutierrez and freelancing for various clients in the animation, game and children’s book industries.

Art Gym was created so artists could have access to the tools and workspaces they need to make their art. They provide emerging and seasoned artists with community art making space as well as on-demand specialty equipment and facilities— you pay only for what you use. The space and equipment is divided by discipline area and will be opening in phases. The first area to launch is Digital Arts. The gallery exhibit will highlight Sullivan’s project as an example of how digital arts can be applied and translated into a successful career. Digital artists are encouraged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  

Art Gym
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220
http://artgymdenver.com

 

Sync: Chad Henry and Young Hee Back

Chad Henry and Young Hee Back

Sync Gallery

June 18 - July 11, 2015

  • Third Friday opening reception: June 19th from 6-9pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: July 3rd from from 6-9pm
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(left) Chad Henry - Solstice - collage, 36"x24"
(right) Young Hee Back - the birth of life, acrylic, oil & pencil on 40"x40" canvas

Blow-Ups by Chad Henry features small-scale collages that are enlarged and printed on paper on canvas, and others as giclée prints on canvas, as an experiment to see how smaller work would change or evolve when taken to a larger size.

Henry explains, "Most of the original work is done using an improvisational approach to the page, playing with color and form, not content. A few pieces contain figurative elements and have implied story lines. I’ve taken the enlargements and done additional painting, collage, and drawing on the prints. Although they are prints, each is a one-of-a-kind original."

The Birth, exhibits new paintings by Young Hee Back, who finds her inspiration in nature and reflective brushstrokes. Back states, "To me, art is a passionate creative spirit, dwelling and gazing upon the present, past, and future. There is a physicality and sensuality as I paint and transfer my unseen thoughts and feelings onto the canvas." Back expresses curiosity about the sensation of space, depth and color in art and how it differs from reality. Creating a whole new

Sync Gallery
931 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Thu: 1-4pm
First & Third Fridays: 6- 9pm
Sat 12-4pm

http://syncgallery.org

 

Mike Wright: Yunior Hurtado Torres

Yunior Hurtado Torres: Rico y Sabroso

Mike Wright Gallery

June 19 - July 25, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 19th from 6-9pm
  • Also showing: Anna Bocek of Poland and Sabine Danze of France
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With a wealth of color, a palate that delights, Cuban artist Yunior Hurtado Torres's vibrant oil paintings are true eye candy, “rich and tasty.” After years of political discord leaving America's collective impression of Cuba somewhat tainted, Hurtado's work reminds us of the culture's joyous vitality and spice. Denverites will soon have the opportunity to stand before his emotive portraits and experience first hand the palatable lust for life they impart. Sure to satisfy viewer's artistic appetites, “Rico y Sabroso” will open with a reception on Friday, June 19th from 6-9PM at Mike Wright Gallery and run through July 25th.  

Mike Wright Gallery
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
303.590.9800
http://www.mikewrightgallery.com

 

Core: J.M. Jensen and Rolf Helland

J.M. Jensen and Rolf Helland

Core New Art Space

June 18 - July 5, 2015

  • Opening reception: Friday June 19 from 6-9 pm
  • In the Annex: Scott Hildebrandt
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Rolf Helland

A long-standing member of Core, Helland’s show will be a retrospective of his work spanning the last two decades and includes photographs, oil paintings and drawings on canvas. Helland’s work frequently includes subject matter taken from natural disaster, carnage of war and physical destruction. “This is his stepping off point for creating an unsettling personal abstraction, finding beauty in the arbitrary debris,” notes fellow Core member and long time colleague, Bruce Clark.

New works by J.M Jensen will also be feature in the main gallery. Jensen’s show, which is untitled, explores a variety of painting techniques ranging from thick impasto to tromp l’oeil effects both in oil and encaustic. “This new body of work brings playfulness with materials together with classical and abstracted drawing and traditional philosophy,” says Jensen. Developing into actual and artificial textures, Jensen creates a meditative narrative, sure to generate contemplation from the viewer.

Showing in the Annex will the You are Here exhibition by Scott Hildebrandt. A Denver based artist, Hildebrand shrinks his handmade lifescapes down so they are both magical and portable. Hildebrandt spends hours in his workshop creating clever little vignettes and miniatures using repurposed vintage items such as clocks, radios and cameras. “I light them up and sometimes include moving parts to transform each piece into a one-of-a-kind work of art,” adds Hildebrandt. 

CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.297.8428
Gallery Hours:
Fri: Noon-9 pm
Thu/Sat: Noon-6 pm
Sun: 1-4 pm
http://www.corenewartspace.com

 

Leon: Jackie Barry

Jackie Barry: Nobody Deserves You The Way That I Do

Leon

June 13 - July 12 , 2015

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Leon
1112 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
Tue-Sun: 12-5pm
http://www.leongallery.com

 

Gildar: now what

now what

Gildar Gallery

June 11 - July 19, 2015

  • Guest curator Brett W. Schultz, co-director of Yautepec Gallery and Material Art Fair in Mexico City
  • Featuring Works By: Debora Delmar Corp, Francisco Cordero Oceguera, Alex DeCarli, Adrienne Garbini, Natalia Ibáñez Lario, Adriana Lara, Theo Michael, Dmitri Obergfell, Zach Reini, SANGREE
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, June 11th from 6-9PM
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Adriana Lara, 2012, 2012. Appears courtesy of the artist and Algus Greenspon, New York

Gildar Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition anticipating the upcoming 2015 Biennial of the Americas themed Now. On view from June 11th to July 19th, 2015, now what features contemporary works probing an anxious moment, an ever so slightly post-present that hasn’t lived up to expectations of a fantastic future––neither utopian nor dystopian. Guest curator Brett W. Schultz, co-director of Yautepec Gallery and Material Art Fair in Mexico City, has gathered ten artists who puckishly engage this nagging cultural malaise.

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterwards.

Much like satirist Kurt Vonnegut revealed the pains of the human condition with absurd science fictions, the artists in now what employ altered realities and a dark comic language to wag a middle finger in the direction of contemporary unease. However, well after the debunking of Modernism’s singular narrative, and the persistent flatlining of Post Modern pluralities, the obliteration of any convincing plot seems likely. Rather than trying to steer the ship back on course or succumbing to existential apathy, these artists all appear to bask in uncertainty — wryly examining, appropriating and at times exacerbating the mechanisms of a societal machine barreling along without a clear direction.

Curator's Statement

There’s a thin line between TED and fiction. Last week I went to see my shrink. I told him, I’m thinking about becoming a Futurist. He said, that’s fantastic news, I’ll take next week’s payment in advance.

I was having panic attacks about the Singularity. I said to my wife, I’m worried I’ll be replaced by a machine. She said, that reminds me, I need some AA batteries.

And you may ask yourself: how did I get here? Originally, this was a show about uh-oh. But, at the end, it’s probably much more about meh. If the present moment – now – perpetually rings of hope, outrage, exhilaration, fear, sweaty anticipation and/or collective hysteria, then this show is the moment that immediately follows, when now fails to meet the future scripted for it. The let-down, the bounce-back. Situation Normal: All Fucked Up. Same as it ever was. 


The other day, I tried asking Siri for directions. She told me to get lost.

Civilizations, as organizing systems, have incredible inertia but they also tend to sugar-coat our primitivism. We, as humans, are governed by a biochemistry that’s often at odds with that which we seek to achieve. We are not rational actors. This show is okay with that. This show is not in control. This show identifies with you. This show totally understands your issues.

From retail therapy to buyer’s remorse, what we all get in the end is dirty laundry. The alarm always rings just the same the morning after doomsday.

So let’s talk about now. Because if that’s all there is, my friends, then let’s keep dancing. Let’s break out the booze and have a ball, if that’s all there is. — Brett W. Schultz

Gildar Gallery
82 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Wed-Sat: 12-6pm or by appointment
303.993.4474
http://gildargallery.com

 

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