Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

Pirate: Robert Green and Nicole Banowetz

Halcyon Daze: Solo Installation by Robert Green

Pirate Contemporary Art

August 29 - September 14, 2014

  • Robert Green Opening Reception: Friday September 5th from 6-10pm
  • Nicole Banowetz in the Associate Space, Opening Reception: Friday August 29th from 6-10pm
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Roberto Verde

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Nicole Anona Banowetz: Rhinos and Sea Anemones Fighting
An Inflatable Installation

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

 

Space: Natural Surroundings

Natural Surroundings

Space Gallery

August 28 - September 20, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday August 28th from 6-9pm
  • Featuring: Patricia Aaron, Haze Diedrich, Jane Guthridge, Howard Hersh, Jeff Juhlin, Stephen Shachtman, Bill Snider, Betsy Stewart, Laura Wait, John Wood
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Patricia Aaron - Sugar Train, beeswax, pigment and ink, 36" x 36"

Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
720.904.1088
http://www.spacegallery.org

 

aBuzz: Lisa Calzavara: Resonating Light

Lisa Calzavara: Resonating Light

aBuzz Gallery

August 29 - September 29, 2014

Compelling luminous color was the starting point for the “Resonating Light” series by award winning artist Lisa Calzavara. Mixtures of warm hues resonate through interpretations of earth and sky depicted in these contemporary oil paintings. The glowing repetitive shapes radiate outward to convey a sense of movement of air and light. The essential elements of the paintings were then combined and interpreted into captivating sculptural forms. These three dimensional designs of clay and resin create innovative pieces which emit a sensation of reverberating power in their unique shapes and textures. The impressions are engaging and exciting with a complete sense of balance to the essential compositions.  

aBuzz Gallery
located in the Dry Ice Factory building
3340 Walnut Street

Denver, CO 80205
303.945.6195
http://www.abuzzGallery.com

 

BMoCA at Macky: Sharon Feder

Sharon Feder: BUY

BMoCA at Macky

August 28 - November 16, 2014

  • Opening Reception & Expert Talk: Thursday, August 28; 5:30pm reception; 6:45pm talk
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Sharon Feder, Dock (detail)

Join us for the opening reception of BUY. The upcoming BMoCA at Macky exhibition presents a new body of paintings by Colorado-based artist Sharon Feder. Guests are invited to participate in an informal discussion about the artist’s works, career, and techniques with Lanny Frances DeVuono, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Colorado Denver and chair of the Department of Visual Arts.
  • Located in the foyer area leading into the main floor of the Macky Auditorium
  • Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The gallery is also open evenings of performances to ticketed patrons
  • http://macky.colorado.edu/andrew-j-macky-gallery
Andrew J. Macky Gallery
Intersection of 17th St. and University Av on the CU Campus
Boulder, CO 80309

 

Valkarie: Valerie Savarie and Sharon Eisley

Repurposed Habitat: Art by Valerie Savarie & Sharon Eisley

Valkarie Gallery

August 27 – September 21, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 29, 6 - 10pm
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Valerie Savarie and Sharon Eisley at Valkarie

Local artist Valerie Savarie and California based artist Sharon Eisley found each other through Eric Kent Wines – a winery in Santa Rosa, California that supports artists by purchasing art which is then reproduced onto their labels.

Although their styles are different, they each use repurposed materials and images to create their work – Savarie utilizes timeworn books and Eisley uses old frames, cabinet doors and familiar imagery used in a new setting.

Savarie, co –owner of Valkarie Gallery, finds old and sometimes very tattered books at thrift stores. She then takes the written story within and reinterprets it into a three dimensional piece by cutting, sewing and painting – creating a multidimensional collage while still leaving the majority of the book intact.

The characters she creates – the inhabitants of the books – are always painted in black and white, which allows them to live in balance within their predominantly black and white (text and page) surroundings. Sometimes they are animals, sometimes they are more human.

“I am recreating the process of storytelling. Before we had print, stories were communicated verbally and passed on from person to person, with each story teller adding their own twist. This is my way of passing on that tradition – creating a visual from the written and then allowing the viewer to create their own story from the images and words that they see”.

Eisley’s pieces, not always painted on old objects, uses repurposing in a different way. Typically her oil and watercolor paintings are of humans with animal heads. The idea of taking something that is normal and familiar to us (the human body) and then adding a proportionately sized head from another creature makes the viewer question what is it that makes us human and just as important, what makes me, me.

“Although I love the myriad expressions of the human face, by substituting animal heads I hope to render my paintings archetypal and symbolic. The people lose their individual personas but gain deeper meanings.

The only difference between humans and really anything else is the persona. When the persona is removed what remains is a pure being. To then add back in costume and foppery and hand gesture and prop is to give this being symbol and perhaps root them in an era. This layering is often, ironically, superficial, drawing attention to our perceptions of these superficial items or to how our personas are often like animals (and vise-versa!).

I paint to try to capture a timelessness or emotion, a notion of the Other, and of our humanness and animal natures. My animal headed people are then vehicles to carry that idea. Traditionally our cultures painted zoomorphic images to represent spirituality, aspects of God, a timeless force. I hope my Animeoples (animal-people) tap into this mystic, this spirit, as modern day totems and their everyday existence, just as we are spiritual people living everyday lives.”  

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://www.valkariefineart.com

 

Myhren: Warhol at DU

Warhol at DU: Recent Gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts 

Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver

August 28 – September 21, 2014

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Right: Andy Warhol, Campbells’s Soup I (Cream of Mushroom), 1968, screen print on white paper
Top center: Andy Warhol, Sitting Bull, 1986, screen print
Bottom center: Andy Warhol, Cowboys and Indians (Annie Oakley), 1986, screen print
Rght: Andy Warhol, Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) (Queen Elizabeth), 1985, screen print with diamond dust
All works part of the DU Art Collection, gifts from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

In this mini-exhibition, the Vicki Myhren Gallery showcases eight new gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. These screen prints by Andy Warhol are accompanied by select works by the artist already in the University Art Collection.

Vicki Myhren Gallery
Shwayder Art Building
University of Denver School of Art & Art History
2121 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80210
303.871.2846

http://www.du.edu/art/myhrengallery.html

 

DIA: Evan Anderman: Imposition

Evan Anderman: Imposition

Denver International Airport Office Building

August 22 - March 31, 2015

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Meander Boundary, Ft. Morgan, CO, 2013, Pigment Print, 31”x37.”

A photography exhibit titled, Imposition, by local artist Evan Anderman is now on display in Denver International Airport’s (DIA) Airport Office Building (AOB) lobby gallery from Aug. 22, 2014 through March 2015. The AOB is accessible pre-security near the A-Bridge security checkpoint on Level 6, north of Jeppesen Terminal. The photography may be viewed Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In the exhibit, Imposition, Anderman explores land use in Colorado’s Eastern Plains through his camera lens from high above in his airplane’s cockpit. Anderman says, “I seek to challenge our understanding of the relationship between human development and the natural world by documenting the way we use the land. As a geologist, when I fly over the high plains of eastern Colorado, I look at the many, overlapping layers and how the land has been modified by a combination of processes, both natural and manmade.”

“These photographs beckon to the landscape that surrounds DIA,” said Chris Stevens, DIA’s manager of the Art and Culture Program. “We are excited to display these photos and hope that airport visitors will enjoy the unique perspective of the landscape that Anderman employs in his artwork.”

About the Artist: Evan Anderman is a social-landscape photographer based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado who takes photos mostly from his airplane. In his youth, Anderman spent a great deal of time in the mountains and plains of Colorado, and the western United States. This love of the land eventually led Anderman to pursue the earth sciences as a career, and he obtained several degrees in geological engineering. After working nearly two decades in the field, Anderman took his love for the landscape and pursued his passion for photography to become a full-time artist in 2005.

Anderman is especially attracted to less-traveled, and often barren areas such as Eastern Colorado, the high deserts and forests of the western United States, Antarctica, Iceland and the Arctic. He finds peace in the solitude that these places offer and is empowered to rise to the challenge of portraying these landscapes with optimism.

 

Gildar: Ryan Everson

Landlines: New Work By Ryan Everson

Gildar Gallery

August 22 - September 26, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 22nd from 6-9pm
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Ryan Everson | Drift | Archival inkjet print | 39.5 x 49.5in | 2014

Gildar Gallery is pleased to present Landlines an exhibition of new works by Ryan Everson running from August 22nd to September 26th with an opening reception on Friday, August 22nd from 6pm - 9pm. This show features the artist's latest text-form series that includes iconic handmade sculptural objects and photographs depicting his linguistic extrusions interacting with the natural landscape.

in Landlines Ryan Everson creates objects and images that “confront the muck of language" as literary theorist Roland Barthe once put it. Continuing his focus from previous works, Everson develops a simultaneous convergence and disillusion of meaning. Abstract phrases physically constructed from wood and metal convey content as both recognizably assembled letters and visual objects corresponding to an environment.

Pointing to a long lineage of sculptural text art of the past from Pop to Conceptual artists, Everson’s approach to symbols is unique in its sincere approach to the anxieties surrounding language’s ability to communicate emotional experience. Between symbol and sculpture meaning blends. The laconic phrase "Fade Away" literally begins to dissipate into the background as its painted gradient blends with layers of the surrounding forest and sky. The lone “Drift” floats slowly across a pristine lake distorted by camouflage. As these text-forms become activated by the otherwise pristine environment distinction between symbols blur.

Still meaning evades any specific reference even as it is carved, painted and photographed into existence. Charged yet ambiguous symbols stir an ill-defined sentimentality. Brooding language like “Hard To Find” and “Close To Nothing” point to palpable feelings of loss without indicating any acute source experience. While expertly crafted, each object, upon close inspection, bares evidence of the inconsistencies particular to even the steadiest hand. These physical idiosyncrasies further reflect the ultimately personal and nuanced way language is constructed in the mind. Within Everson’s iconic artworks the dramatic tug-of-war persists between longing for pure experience and a desire to communicate the ineffable, with the question remaining – does language bring us closer towards connection, or further isolate, leaving us to drift along alone, together?

Multimedia artist Ryan Everson received a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from the University of Oregon in 2009 and 2010 and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012. His work has been featured in the Denver Post and Berlin based Lodown Magazine as well as online on Beautiful Decay, Complex and Things Worth Describing. He has exhibited both within Colorado and internationally in such places as Siena, Italy and Jinan, China.

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

 

McNichols: Fashion/Culture

Fashion/Culture

McNichols Civic Center Building - 2nd Floor

August 21 - December 28 2014

  • Curated by: Natascha Seideneck
  • Featured Artists: Mark Sink, Kristen Hatgi, Tom McIntyre, Richard Peterson, Sydney Peterson, Mario Zoots, Jordan Wommack, Candice Knudson, Marla Rutherford, Sara Ford, Derrick Velasquez, Laura Shill, Reese St Germain, Charlie Price, Amber Fries, Melanie Watson, Jennifer Rowe
  • Opening Reception: Thursday August 21 from 6-9pm
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Marla Rutherford - Cement Sky

The exhibition Fashion/Culture, curated by Natascha Seideneck for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, showcases contemporary Colorado based artists that use photography to explore the intersection between art, fashion, beauty and culture. The diverse group of works reflects the many connections between Denver's growing fashion and art communities.

The exhibition consists of contemporary photography and site specific installation reflecting the theme of fashion and it's relationship to image, art and culture. The concept is not centered on commercial fashion photography, although it is one of the features in the exhibition, but about how fashion affects culture. This includes how different cultural groups appropriate fashion, how artists interpret it and how it reflects our identity.

Fashion/Culture will also showcase works from the Colorado History Museum and private collections. Community programming will also take place within the duration of the exhibit including a fashion show soirée featuring El Salon and local designers/boutiques, discussion panels with designers and artists, special events for youth and exhibition tours with curator and movie nights.  

McNichols Civic Center Building
144 West Colfax (corner of West Colfax and Bannock)
Denver, CO 80202
720.865.4220
http://artsandvenuesdenver.com/venues/mcnichols-civic-center-building

 

Unicom Capital: Joyce Coco, Ania Gola-Kumor and Gretchen Wachs

Joyce Coco, Ania Gola-Kumor and Gretchen Wachs

Unicom Capital

August 21 - October 2, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday August 21 from 4:30-7:30pm; artists will be in attendance
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Public viewing hours by appointment: 303.514.8182, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Unicom Capital at Republic Plaza
370 17th Street, 36th floor
Denver, CO 80202

 

Ice Cube: Susan Hopp, Jesse Myers and Robert Sebree

Jesse Myers and Robert Sebree: Thou Heaven in Art

Susan Hopp: Fragmentation: The faces we navigate

Ice Cube Gallery

August 21 - September 13, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 22, 6-9pm
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Jesse Myers and Robert Sebree: Thou Heaven in Art

Since ancient times, Christian scripture has been rewritten and edited by countless sources to better reflect the spirit of the age. Myers and Sebree are continuing the long-established practice of reinterpreting biblical narratives with modern imagery. From subtle to overt, the photographs produced for this exhibit promise to intrigue, inform and challenge the viewer's spiritual and artistic convictions.

Sebree Photography was established after it's founder graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in engineering and a did short stint in Manhattan learning the photography business.  While earning his BFA at Brooks Institute of Photography, Myers interned with Sebree at his studio in Los Angeles where they began a decades-long friendship over early Photoshop effects and table ennis.  While Sebree continued to expand his client list to include a-listers, Myers completed a MAT in Art Education from University of the Arts  and went on to teach in Philadelphia, Santa Fe and Denver.  They have both shown extensively in the two decades since they met but this marks he first exhibit on which they have collaborated.

Currently, Myers is a faculty member at Colorado Academy in Denver and Sebree is still slave to his Los Angeles studio where he is best know for his celebrity portraiture.

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I Wanna Show You Something: Drawing and Collage on Mylar 2014

Ice Cube Gallery is pleased to present current drawing explorations and collages from local artist Susan Hopp in the exhibit “Fragmentation: The faces we navigate”

Hopp’s recent body of work is an interrogation of family structure, coupling, displacement, identification, and the uncanny. Through drawing on Mylar she discusses an array of subject matter by deconstructing identities and creating ambiguous space. Her collages are an investigation into identity and notions of exposure through social media interaction. Undertones of sexuality and nostalgia play a large part in the exploration of the narrative. Works are arranged, cut apart, taped back together, and grouped into categories.

Hopp received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, her MA in Sculpture from West Virginia University, and is currently obtaining her MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University College of Art and Design. She is an adjunct at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in their Foundations Department.

Ice Cube Gallery at the Dry Ice Factory
3300 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
303.292.1822
Fri: 12-9pm; Thu/Sat: 12-5pm
http://icecubegallery.com

 

Wildlife Experience: Society of Animal Artists 54th Annual Exhibition

Society of Animal Artists 54th Annual Exhibition

The Wildlife Experience

August 23 - October 22, 2014

  • http://thewildlifeexperience.org/cal/exhibits/society-animal-artists-54th-annual-exhibition
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Heat Wave, Dana Lee Thompson

Meander The Wildlife Experience 7000 square foot gallery featuring 126 works by the foremost animal artists in the world. In their 54th annual exhibition, the Society of Animal Artists focuses on capturing wild and domestic creatures–great and small, on land, sea and air–in a wide range of media and artistic styles. In their mission to promote artistic excellence in the portrayal of animals, the SAA aims to broaden appreciation for the natural world. Closer Look interpretation panels will engage visitors in a deeper participation with the artists, subjects and techniques. Families will enjoy a turn at painting easels to express themselves through computer renderings. Exhibition catalogues accompany this exhibit, and 100 works of art are also for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to support The Wildlife Experience.

Support for this presentation is gratefully acknowledged from The Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation and Colorado Creative Industries, as well as SCFD. The Society of Animal Artists Art and the Animal exhibition is available for display at museums and other art, cultural and scientific organizations. For information, contact David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Tour Director, David J. Wagner, L.L.C., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Image Credit: Tusk, John Banovich

The Wildlife Experience
10035 Peoria Street
Parker, CO 80134
Open daily, 9 am – 5 pm

 

Zip 37: Louis Recchia: The Tragic Muse

Louis Recchia

Zip 37 Gallery

August 22 - September 7, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 22nd from 6-10pm
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Louis Recchia - The Tragic Muse

Zip 37
3644 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
303.477.4525
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM
http://zip37.com

 

Von Tornow: Molly Bounds & Alex Fiedler

Molly Bounds & Alex Fiedler: "It Goes Both Fast And Slow"

Von Tornow Gallery

August 16 – September 3, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 21st, 6-10 pm
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Von Tornow is proud to unveil the latest work from Molly Bounds and Alex Fiedler, in “It Goes Both Fast And Slow”. Prepare to immerse yourself in the mysterious minds of these young, local artists’ high impact prints, illustrations and zines.

You can view more examples of their work on the following sites:
  • Molly Bounds – MOLDY BONGS - http://moldybongs.tumblr.com/page/2
  • Alex Fiedler – Dork Brain Dork - http://dorkbraindork.tumblr.com
Von Tornow Gallery
1255 Delaware St., Suite C
Denver, CO 80204
720.323.9021
http://vontornowgallery.com

 

Point: Alex J. Cutler

Alex J. Cutler: An Absurd Notion

Point Gallery

August 22 - September 23, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 22, 6-10pm
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Point Gallery Is pleased to present “An Absurd Notion” - new paintings by local emerging artist, Alex J. Cutler

Cutler’s unique style explores the evolution of figurative painting through a contemporary approach to an age old medium. Cutler uses a distinct literary quality to breath life into his subject matter. In each painting he has the ability to weave an elaborate tale into a single moment.

“My art challenges societies perception of beauty. I consider the traditional idea of beauty to be too easy these days. Easy beauty is too weak to withstand the twenty first century, its everywhere and is easily absorbed and forgotten. When beauty is embedded deeper, the viewer is challenged to engage thought and emotion, resulting in a stronger and more personal connection with the art. ”

“My paintings hold a quality of reckless perfection that only comes from confidence and disregard for the paintings value on every level.”

Point Gallery
765 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO, 80204
Open: Tue-Thu 11am-5pm; Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
http://www.pointgallerydenver.com

 

Core: Bruce Clark, Meg Ingraham and Christine O'Dea

Bruce Clark, Meg Ingraham and Christine O'Dea

Core New Art Space

August 21 - September 7, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 22nd from 6-9pm
  • CORE Annex: Shelley Hull

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Bruce Clark New Paintings & Digital Mixed Media, "Mechanica"

  • Meg Ingraham: Hidden Beauty
  • Christine O'Dea: To and From
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CORE Annex: Shelley Hull


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

 

David B. Smith: Bruno Novelli: Materia Radiante

Bruno Novelli: Materia Radiante

David B. Smith Gallery

August 14 – September 13, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14 from  7-9pm; free and open to the public with the artist in attendance
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Bruno Novelli - Nova Flora Radiante 

The David B. Smith Gallery welcomes Brazilian artist Bruno Novelli for his first solo exhibition at the gallery, and his first show in Colorado. Opening on Thursday, August 14th, Materia Radiante, features a new body of work by the artist and features a range of media, including paintings on canvas, drawings on paper, digital works, and metagraphic maps. Novelli embraces this plurality in his identity, also going by Bruno 9li, a play on the pronunciation of his last name. In Materia Radiante, Novelli explores concepts elucidated by French philosopher Henri Bergson in his work Matter and Memory. Bergson states, "... the separation between one thing and its environment can't be absolutely defined … the strict solidarity which binds all objects in the material universe, the perpetuity of their actions and reciprocal reactions, sufficiently proves that they do not have the precise limits that we relate to them.” The works in the exhibition highlight the component of Bergson’s text that even within unique elements there are connections and similarities and that the boundaries between the single entity and its environment are not solidly defined.

Inspired by long walks during his travels in his native Brazil, particularly the Amazon and the rainforest near the coasts of São Paulo and Santa Catarina, Novelli translated the natural images he saw into the digitized, geometric forms seen in the colorful paintings and drawings in Materia Radiante. Through these various works, Novelli uses the forest to articulate a chain of organic relationships, similar to those that also exist in an urban environment. The layers in the paintings and digital images speak to the layers of time that connect the present with past memories, speaking both the idea of continuity and the uniqueness of each moment. Throughout each work, the artist’s process operates as a recitation of visual poetry, while celebrating the materiality of painting. A series of metagraphic maps also illustrate Novelli’s artistic process as an exploration of a visual verbal language, functioning as diagrams through the artist’s mind during the act of creation. These design-based diagrams address the artist’s interdisciplinary exploration of these themes of identity and interconnected relationships. Several digital works in the exhibition are based on animated gifs, bringing together different images from photo registers from the artist’s explorations of the rainforest and abstract and geometric shapes.

During his time in Colorado, and in conjunction with his exhibition at the gallery, Novelli will complete a public mural in Confluence Park, integrating the themes and concepts from Materia Radiante while considering the specificities of Denver. The mural project is in partnership with Arts & Venues Denver, as part of their Urban Arts Fund program. Novelli will be assisted in this project by local Denver artists, creating the opportunity for an exchange of ideas and creative collaboration between a visiting artist and local practitioners. The Urban Arts Fund murals seek to revitalize urban areas, shifting them into engaging, creative spaces through this collaboration. The David B. Smith Gallery looks forward to partnering with the city for this initiative, and to introducing Denver audiences to Novelli’s compelling and multifaceted work both inside the gallery and out in the community.

About Bruno Novelli: Bruno Novelli was born in 1980 in Brazil. Novelli studied sculpture at the School of Visual Arts in New York City; Drawing at the Atelier Livre da Prefeitura de Porto Alegre in Brazil, and Graphic Design at ESPM in Sao Paulo. Novelli is a founder of the Universidade Autoindicada por Entidades Livres, which was created to articulate interdisciplinary artistic research. Novelli is also co-founder of Metagrafismo (Metagraphism), an experimental collective exploring the graphic potential of metalinguistics. Novelli’s work has been exhibited in his native Brazil, as well as internationally in England, Denmark, Spain, Japan and the United States. In 2010, Novelli participated in the São Paulo edition of TRANSFER for the Pavilion of Brazilian Culture at Ibirapuera Park. Most recently he has participated in exhibitions at Fundacion OSDE (Buenos Aires), Centro Nacional de Las Artes (CENART - Mexico) and at the Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) in São Paulo. Novelli’s paintings and videos feature enigmatic images, in which otherworldly entities, northern figures, dynamic geometric forms, and an encrypted alphabet strangely align. He has a deep interest in Amazonian rituals, the practice of painting, and experimentations with animated gifs. Novelli lives and works in São Paulo.  

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO, 80202
303.893.4234
http://davidbsmithgallery.com

 

CVA: In Lak'ech

In Lak’ech
San Diego to Denver: You Are My Other Self

Center for Visual Art

August 15 – October 4, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 15th from 6-8pm
  • Gallery Reception with curator and artist David Avalos: Monday, September 15, 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Artists: Lalo Alcaraz, Adrian Arancibia, David Avalos, Isaias Crow, Mark Day, Ricardo Duffy, Paul Espinosa, Antonia Fernandez, Ana Teresa Fernández, María Teresa Fernández, Louis Hock, Yolanda M. López, “Los Fantasmas” (Tony Diego, Javier Flores, Carlos Frésquez and Josiah Lopez), Merlin Madrid, Gail Pérez, Guillermo “Cuez” Kuezpallin Rodríguez, Elizabeth Sisco, Todd Stands, Hector Villegas, Susan Yamagata
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David Avalos, Hubcap Milagro -- Junipero Serra’s Next Miracle: Turning Blood into Thunderbird Wine

In Lak’ech features artists from California and Colorado who engage in an exploration of immigration, cultural difference and equality. David Avalos, artist and professor of art at California State University, San Marcos was invited by MSU Denver to participate as curator and artist for the exhibition. Avalos will also be the honoree of MSU Denver Department of Chicano/a Studies 2014 Richard T. Castro Visiting Professorship. Avalos will be on campus September 15-16 for related events. Reflecting on the exhibition, Avalos writes:

In 1969 Denver put itself on the Chicana/o map when the Crusade for Justice sponsored the First National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference. A conference-endorsed manifesto, El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán, called on Chicana/o artists to “produce literature and art that is appealing to our people and relates to our revolutionary culture.” At the time I lived in a cave on the island of Crete with other disaffected expatriates who didn’t want to change the world.

In 1974 I created a mural, my first Chicano artwork, at San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza. Though I had not actually read El Plan, I learned what it meant to be a Chicano artist by observing the attitudes and practices of Centro founders, Los Toltecas en Aztlán. Their values of self-respect, self-determination and self-sacrifice inspired me. They had painted the Mayan phrase In lak’ech on a Centro wall and interpreted it in Spanish and English as a Chicana/o cardinal virtue: Tú eres mi otro yo / You are my other self. I immediately embraced it and since then have struggled to create art that balances my belief in family, community, and humanity against my individual doubts and skepticism.

I appreciate this opportunity to share my work with viewers and to co-curate, with Cecily Cullen, In lak’ech, San Diego to Denver: You Are My Other Self. Exhibition artists with links to Denver and San Diego challenge our assumptions, invite us to re-invent ourselves and to create a revolutionary culture through empathy and collective effort.

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.294.5207
Tue-Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
http://www.metrostateCVA.org

 

Mirada: Larisa Aukon: color of LIFE

Larisa Aukon: color of LIFE

Mirada Fine Art

August 15 – September 7, 2014

  • Opening/Artist Reception: Friday, August 15, 6-9pm
  • Painting Demonstration: Saturday, August 16, 11am-2pm
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Larisa Aukon at Mirada Fine Art (photo courtesy of the gallery)

Over the last five years, Latvian-born artist Larisa Aukon has been busy accumulating accolades from the national and international art press. On August 15th, Ms. Aukon arrives at Mirada Fine Art gallery to unveil her latest collection of work, “color of LIFE.” This will be her first exhibition in Colorado.

After spending a childhood surrounded by the relatively monochromatic landscape of her native Latvia, when she arrived in the American Southwest, Aukon was overwhelmed by the explosion of color. Depicting these colorful scenes with masterfully mixed and layered palettes, strong composition and brilliant depiction of light, the artist has gathered widespread acclaim. She has also accumulated a large and devoted group of collectors. Her work thrums with vivid color and texture, and as Southwest Art Magazine states, “infuses paintings with vibrant rhythm and aliveness—qualities that no doubt contribute to collector interest throughout the U.S. and world.” Featured inAmerican Art Collector, Southwest Art, Cowboys and Indians, and numerous other publications, the celebrated artist will not disappoint with her stunning new collection of natural and urban landscapes.

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

 

Spark: 2014 Associate Members' Show

2014 Associate Members' Show

Spark Gallery

August 14 - 31, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 15 from 6-9pm
  • Featuring Valerie Albicker, May Chou, Konnie Ellis, Margo Espenlaub, Lili Francuz, Justin Fields, Gayle Gerson, Carol Goldberg-Goldberg, Miriam Green, Anina Hathaway, Katherine Johnson, Dan Kelly, Leona Lazar, Barbara Leyendecker, Judi Lightfield, Kathy Martone, April Noble, Kathryn Oberdorfer, Frederick Pichon, Lydia Riegle, Elisabeth Relin, Sue Robinson, Bonnie Stolzmann, and Chris Thunblom
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Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
720.889.2200
Thu-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
First Friday and Openings 6:00 to 9:00 PM
http://www.sparkgallery.com

 

Next: HD vs UHD

HD vs UHD

Next Gallery

August 15 – 31, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 15th 6 – 10 pm
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The artwork of D.B. Michelle’s abstract landscapes will be on display at NEXT Gallery for only three weeks. This is Michelle’s first installation of landscape paintings “in the round”. The center of the gallery will be overwhelmed with a colorful group (UHD) of 5 pedestals standing from 5 feet to 9 feet tall that represent the landscape of the Great Sand Dunes. The surrounding walls will have paintings that will be minimal in color (HD) of this landscape as well, to oppose the vibrant colors in the pedestals. Michelle’s paintings give the viewer an opportunity to walk around within this abstract landscape and form their own perspective.

Because this work is Michelle’s first venture with installation, painting a 9 foot pedestal and creating a landscape in a three dimensional format, the work will definitely be a first for NEXT Gallery as well. NEXT Gallery is within the Navajo Street Art District which was recently voted Best Arts District for 2014 by Westword. NEXT has switched gears and in the past year has brought in exciting new artists that are going beyond any art standards in Denver.

D.B. Michelle was born in Portsmouth, Virginia lived most of her life in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina and moved to Denver in 1994. She studied at the University of Colorado in Denver and received her B.F.A. in Painting in 2007. She attributes her strong growth as a painter to her professor, John Hull, during her college years. Her love of drawing began at the age of 9, and her painting influences stem from the German Expressionist to the Fauvist. Michelle creates bodies of work that always include a strong color relationships and spatial illusion.

Michelle has been exhibiting with NEXT Gallery for two years, but has participated in many group exhibitions, receives invitations from past colleges to show and recently displayed her work at the City of Thornton by invitation as well. Many Coloradoans have begun their collections of her work.

Joining D.B. Michelle will be Jill Razer Mustoffa. Mustoffa’s urban landscape photographs with dramatic skies and neon lights make for another compliment to this show. Michelle believes Mustoffa joining her in this exhibit is the vision of NEXT Gallery to always share space with all artists.

Next Gallery
3759 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
303.433.4933
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM
http://www.nextartgallerydenver.com

 

Sync: Young Hee Back and Louie Trujillo

Young Hee Back and Louie Trujillo

SYNC Gallery

August 13 - September 13, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 15th from 6-9pm
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Louis Trujillo - Veil (Overturned) (detail), dimensions variable, clay and wire

Louis Trujillo presents Celestial Incursion, a show of abstract sculptures made of clay and wire. His use of vibrant colors is used to allure the viewer, while sharp tip wire adds an element of danger. The work is suspended from the ceiling giving a sense of flight, and a multitude of shadows creates movement.

His work is an interpretation of astronomical spirits that appear to him in unconscious visions. Collective dreams and theories about the world’s destruction are the stimulus for his visions that manifest into his artwork. These reveries come to life through his vibrant sculptures to present what he refers to as beautiful nightmares.

"Light and Shadow" exhibits abstract paintings by Young Hee Back that show forms in space. Back states "The forms and their placement create tension and energy. My goal and intention is to provide you with my thoughts, imaginings, emotional feelings, and mark making. I hope the viewer can see how happy I am while I am painting."

The abstract forms hold together the structural balance of the visual surface with color and lines that give an illusion of depth. The elements of space, form, line atmosphere, and color fill Back's paintings to the very edge.

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

http://syncgallery.org

 

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