Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

MCA: Jorge Méndez Blake

Jorge Méndez Blake: Project for a Park Library (Aerial View Large)

MCA Denver

April 25 – July 13, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 25 from 6–9pm; Drinks, music, artists - FREE for members 10¢ for non members
Jorge Méndez Blake. Project for a Park Library (Aerial View Large) (detail), 2014. Vinyl on wall, dimensions variable

For this exhibition, Jorge Méndez Blake created a single work that occupies the entire gallery space. Stretching across the walls is Project for a Park Library (Aerial View Large), a vinyl print exploring how a library might be reconceived as a park. The work evokes imagined landscapes of mountains, lakes, parks, and oceans. Walls of bookcases form the thin white lines dividing the different parts of the park. Brought together and arranged like an unfolded piece of origami paper, these elements of a library help to suggest a lush landscape. The work attempts to jettison the knowledge contained within the library so that it becomes more available and less privileged. The idea of culture acting as an agent of democracy is at the heart of this project.

Jorge Méndez Blake was born in 1974 in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he continues to live and work. He has recently been the subject of solo presentations at Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (2013, 2012, 2010); the Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (2010); and the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City (2008). His work has been featured in group exhibitions such as Panorámica. Paisajes 2013-1969. Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2013); Block, Pillar, Slab, Beam, Aspen Museum of Art (2012); and Poule!, The Jumex Collection, Ecatepec, Mexico (2012).

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202


Spark: Annalee Schorr and Madeleine Dodge

Annalee Schorr and Madeleine Dodge

Spark Gallery

April 24 - May 18, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday April 25th from 6-9pm
  • In the North Gallery: Month of Printmaking featuring Tonia Bonnell, Catherine Chauvin, Marilee Salvatore, Kellie Cannon 
Annalee Schorr - Plexiglas and Duct Tape Structures Acrylic Paintings on Paper

Madeleine Dodge - Limited Edition Archival Gliclee Prints, Paintings and Sculptures
Collaborations with: Los Angeles based designer, Jennifer Parry Dodge
Artist/designer, Satoko Nakagawa Dodge of Brooklyn, NY

Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Thu-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
First Friday and Openings 6:00 to 9:00 PM


DIA: The Magic of Glass

The Magic of Glass

Denver International Airport

April 24 - August 31, 2014


The Art and Culture Program at Denver International Airport (DIA) presents its newest temporary art exhibition, The Magic of Glass. The exhibition opens April 24 and will be on display through August in Ansbacher Hall, the main walkway which connects Jeppesen Terminal to Concourse A. The Magic of Glass includes more than 60 glass objects and also educates airport visitors about various glass-making techniques and processes.

The exhibit is a display of fine contemporary glass art by 31 local, national and international artists who were selected based on their expertise and experience working with the medium. Their distinctive styles and diverse talents illustrate the various aesthetic possibilities of this art form and the vast number of techniques used to create these extraordinary works of art. This exhibition was curated in partnership with PISMO Fine Art Glass in Denver.

“We believe airport visitors will take special interest in this exhibition because of its beauty, and this exhibit will coincide with the Denver Botanic Garden’s outdoor exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture, opening in June,” said Chris Stevens, manager of DIA’s Art and Culture Program. “Their exhibit promises to bring many glass art enthusiasts through the doors of the airport because it will be the first outdoor installation by the renowned artist in the Rocky Mountain Region. The Magic of Glass display at DIA is meant to enhance the awareness of this art form for art enthusiasts and casual observers alike.”

About PISMO: PISMO Fine Art Glass opened its doors in 1990 and is the premier glass art gallery in Colorado. PISMO offers an extensive collection of contemporary glass art by world-renowned artists including Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, and Dante Marioni. The gallery has locations in Denver, Vail and Aspen.

About DIA’s Art and Culture Program: DIA’s Art and Culture Program administers the City and County of Denver’s “one percent for art” ordinance which enhances public places and features nearly 30 site-specific works including sculptures, murals and other installations. The pieces are displayed in outdoor landscapes, inside Jeppesen Terminal and on airport concourses, as well as in the train tunnels and on the train itself. In addition to its permanent art collection, DIA curates temporary exhibitions, collaborating with museums, cultural institutions and arts organizations to present the highest quality two- and three-dimensional work. For more information, visit www.flydenver.com/art.

DIA has been named “Best U.S. Airport for Art” in USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” travel contest in 2013. The category focuses on how airports have been transforming from utilitarian hubs of transport to spaces with beautiful works of art, great restaurants, comfy lounges and terrific shopping. DIA was selected by readers as the favorite among 20 airports nominated by the publication.


Plus: Kristin Stransky

Kristin Stransky: common/myth

Plus Gallery

April 25 - May 24, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 25th from 7-9pm
  • 3-d printing demonstration and artist talk: Saturday May 3rd @ 4pm
  • 3-d printing demonstration for RiNo Safari tour: Saturday, May 17th Noon - 5pm
Bike Art representing Steamboat Springs for USA Pro Cycle Challenge 2013
by Kristin Stransky and Audrey Seiler

Plus Gallery continues it's current focus on the future of art, specifically through local new-media artists working with unprecedented materials and techniques. Kristin Stranky's "common/myth" is an explosive solo debut by an artist whose conceptual work involves a unique engagement with digital imaging, complex 3-d printing techniques and audience interaction. The works presented in "common/myth" examine the transitions between consciousness and universal mythologies: digital consciousness/human consciousness, digital/physical, 2D/3D and mind/emotion/body. Rooted in society's rapidly advancing, collective "digital memory," Stransky creates a thought-provoking, interactive environment that includes wearable artworks, scanning devices that record emotion through MRI's, as well as sculptures that pursue connections between the mental and the physical. Collectively they encompass a vision of the future in both concept as well as material approach.

Using the language of medical imaging, Kristin Stransky dissects parts of the human body that are "loaded" or gender neutral, slicing them formally, technically and conceptually. Her lively three-dimensional creations examine the two dimensionality of printed fashion-profiles, and, through motion and difference, how the "creature" reacts to beings outside itself. Mechanical and electronic components allow for the emotional content of the robot and it's effect on our psyches to be examined.

Stransky will present a 3-d printing demonstration and artist talk in conjunction with the exhibition on Saturday, May 3rd at 4pm, the first of its kind to take place in a Denver gallery context.  Stransky will also present an all-day 3-d print demonstration on Saturday, May 17th in conjunction with the River North Art District's annual Safari art tour, from noon-5pm.

Plus Gallery
2501 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80202
Wed-Sat: 10:00-6:00 pm


BMOCA: The Art of Data



April 24 – July 6, 2014

  • Curated by Steven Sacks
  • Thursday, April 24: Exhibition Opening Reception & Observations
  • 5pm member preview; 5:30pm conversation and walk-through with curator Steven Sacks and artists
  • 6:30-9:30pm free public reception; 7:30pm Observations, a performance by artist and composter Tristan Perich
  • Artist List: R. Luke DuBois, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Manfred Mohr, Tristan Perich
, Casey Reas, John F. Simon, Thomson & Craighead, Siebren Versteeg, Addie Wagenknecht
R. Luke DuBois, Hindsight is Always 20/20, 2008 (one of 43 letterpress prints). Courtesy bitforms gallery, nyc

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) announces its spring 2014 exhibition, //the_ART_of_DATA curated by Steven Sacks. On view April 24-July 6, //the_ARTrt_of_DATA considers what our era of pervasive data represents for the human condition. With the increasing ubiquity of sensors, signals, and connected devices that surround us, what it means to be human has undoubtedly shifted. These technological advances have stimulated both an unprecedented wealth of opportunity and new anxieties about privacy and identity, as everything about an individual can be measured, quantified, analyzed and nearly permanently stored.

//the_ART_of_DATA presents the work of international artists who are pioneers in developing the visual language that makes data captivating, expressive, and meaningful. Exhibiting artists include: R. Luke DuBbois, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Manfred Mohr, Tristan Perich, Casey Reas, John Simon, Thomson & Craighead, Siebren Versteeg, and Addie Wagenknecht. Several of the works featured in the exhibition are interactive artworks that invite visitors to directly participate and engage with data as an artistic medium.

The exhibiting artists in //the_ART_of_DATA follow in the tradition of filmmakers, photographers, and pop artists who embraced new technology throughout the 20th century, exploring the intersection of commercialism and art. The works presented take us beyond literal data visualization (a staple of science, business, and journalism) to help us see the unexpected in data, to gain a sense for its cultural meaning, and make the otherwise abstract into an emotional experience. The works help us process our collective anxiety and fascination with the phenomena of a pervasively instrumented world. The exhibition explores both the power of the artist to help us understand a new world and the reliability of new technologies to lead to disruptive and exciting advancements in art.

For this exhibition, BMoCA is collaborating with guest curator Steven Sacks, founder and director of bitforms gallery NYC. Sacks collaborated partnered with Peter Hirshberg, chairman of Re:Imagine Group, to present //the_ART_of_DATA at The Resnick Gallery at The Aspen Institute in 2013. BMoCA looks forward to presenting an exhibition that is greatly expanded from The Aspen Institute exhibition.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302


Edge: David D'Agostino, Mickey Boyde and Frederick Pichon

David D'Agostino with Mickey Boyde

Frederick Pichon

Edge Gallery

April 25 - May 18, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday April 25th from 6-10pm; Performance by COP CIRCLES and Corrina Espinosa's Black Hole Poetry Machine
Blubberland: Colorless Colorado
David D'Agostino / Mickey Boyde, with Atlanta Poets Group, Carol Helm, Tyler Christopherson, and Kelly Brewer

Wood constructions, burnt panels , tar, oil, animal tails, claws, lard, bones, crystals, rubber, rocks, sand, salt, homemade candies, fermented fruits

Blubberland displays the iridescent and opaque character of the Colorado landscape—an historic territory mythologized as spiritually ‘Colorful’, yet imminently devolving as an epicenter of climatic disaster pivoted by endemic pine beetle kill, massive forest fires, mountain traffic coagulation, and REI fashion schemed athleticism.

W x SW: Works by Southwest - Frederick Pichon

New paintings from a road trip I took from Denver to California. Views of Southwest man-made landscapes mixed with a nostalgic eye on derelict modernism. - FP

Edge Gallery
3658 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211-3037
Fri: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM


Pirate: Stephen Alarid and Laura Brandt

pirateStephen Alarid and Laura Brandt

Pirate Contemporary Art

April 25 - May 11, 2014

  • UCD Sculpture Club in the associate space
  • Opening Reception: Friday April 25th from 6-10pm
Pirate Contemporary Art
3655 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM


Sandra Phillips: Frank Sampson: New Work 2014

Frank Sampson: New Work 2014

Sandra Phillips Gallery

April 25 - June 7, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday April 25, 6 - 8 pm
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Frank Sampson: The Committee, 31 x 37"

(from the press release)

The City of Denver will honor legendary painter Frank Sampson at the April 25 opening reception, by unveiling the painting, “Pursuit” which the City purchased for the Wellington Webb building an important addition to the city’s Public Art Collection.

One of Colorado’s most highly regarded painters, Frank Sampson was born in 1928, still a extremely vibrant and prolific artist. The dream-like world of Sampson’s paintings reflect 16th century Europe, as Sampson’s paintings are influenced by the European masters, exuberant & engaging, figures and animals are often in the composition yet are enigmatic, a nod to 16th century Bosch and Brueghel. Sampson grew up on a rural farm in North Dakota with chicken, pigs, and cows, and his mother would often tell him intricately woven stories by fireside. Like good stories, Sampson’s mystical paintings present unanswered questions with the viewer completing the narrative. The ambiguous composition such as “Searching for Daphne” are built on the richness of umbers and siennas, very earthen and warm, with sweeping soft nuances of sky, land, and light. Sampson’s technical skill, visual vocabulary, and lush painting surfaces are legendary, the academic traditions of painting clearly evident. He received a classical education including an MFA from the University of Iowa and three more years of printmaking. He won a Fulbright Fellowship to Belgium, which included an artist studio in Belgium.

He is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts, the University of Colorado, Boulder, retiring after 37 years teaching painting there.
The Sandra Phillips Gallery
420 West 12th Ave. (12th & Elati)
Denver, CO 80204
Tue - Sat: 12:30 - 5:00 PM


Walker Fine Art: Mark Penner-Howell

Double Rainbow Plans: New paintings by Mark Penner-Howell

Walker Fine Art

April 25 - May 31, 2014

  • Opening Reception April 25th from 6-9 pm
  • Back Gallery: Heather Patterson, Danny Williams and installation by Bryan Leister and Becky Heavner
  • Artist talk with Mark Penner-Howell: "Appropriation in Contemporary Art" - Tuesday April 29th from 5:30 - 7:00pm
Mark Penner-Howell at Walker Fine Art

Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm


William Havu: Amy Metier: Preconceived Notions

Amy Metier: Preconceived Notions

William Havu Gallery

April 25 - June 7, 2014

  • Also on display: Charles Counter and Mark Lunning
  • Opening Reception: Friday April 25th, 6-9pm
Amy Metier - The Belvedere, oil on canvas, 60" x 60"

My work is an improvisational combination of intuitive and reasoned processes. The traces of erasures, painting out and repainting serve to record my line of thought, instinctive change of mind and subsequent discovery throughout the process of painting. - Amy Metier

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204


Gallery 1261: Inner Journey / Visual Experience

Inner Journey / Visual Experience

Robin Cole Smith, Mia Bergeron, Daniel Keys and Mikael Olson

Gallery 1261

April 25 - May 21, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 25, 5-8pm
Mia Bergeron - Loss

GALLERY 1261 will showcase four highly talented emerging artists—Robin Cole Smith, Mia Bergeron, Daniel Keys and Mikael Olson—in a group exhibition delving into themes of nature, spirituality and the inner psyche. Artists will be in attendance for the opening reception, Friday, April 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m..

Denver artist Robin Smith explores the wilds of her surroundings as well as the depths of her internal landscape in oil painting and encaustic pencil drawings. A graduate of Colorado College and the Laguna College of Art and Design, Smith refers to herself as a borderlander. “I live and work along the boundaries,” she explained, “visual, metaphorical, natural, and spiritual.”

Another Colorado native and Denver artist, Mikael Olson’s work emerges from heavy brushwork and almost pure color, ‘straight out of the tube.’ Though he considers himself an urban lifestyle painter he cites Andrew Wyeth as his biggest influence. “What I’m drawn to is his straight forward approach to subject.”

Hailing from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mia Bergeron fearlessly pulls from her own life experiences. Interestingly, she paints a self-portrait every year on her birthday. Her portrait Loss, painted this year on her 33rd birthday, will be featured in the show and is a direct response to a loved one having a bi-polar episode. “The incident side-swiped me,” she said. “It came unexpectedly; I wanted the whole feeling of the painting to correlate to that idea.” She approached the trauma by depicting her portrait in a larger than life size to convey what it feels like to go through something so tangled as mental illness. “The title is also ironic: having faced one of my deepest anxieties, I feel lighter (like the colors in the painting) for the loss of that fear,” she said. “Loss in this case, is both to signify something sadly exiting, and also the strength that comes with surviving trauma.”

Central Californian, Daniel Keys’ still life and landscape paintings imbue his sense of peace and joy. Though his work is often chockfull of detritus, there is, upon closer observation, a harmony within each painting. This elegance speaks to Keys’ search for sense of spirituality through his work.

Gallery 1261
1261 Delaware St
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am-6:00 pm


Mike Wright: Ed Fairburn

Ed Fairburn

Mike Wright Gallery

Public Reception: Friday April 25th from 6-9pm

  • On Saturday April 26th from 12-4PM the artist will be in the gallery's on-site studio, creating new works and discussing his process

With an astoundingly unique approach to conveying the human figure, celebrated UK artist Ed Fairburn's expressive drawings on maps have caused an international viral phenomenon. Each fascinating piece perfectly integrates the intricate topography of antique maps with human facial features, creating a portrait like no other. The countless admirers of his work will be thrilled to learn of his first North American exhibition. Fairburn will debut new original works in a public reception on Friday, April 25th from 6-9PM at Denver's own Mike Wright Gallery.

Despite the utilitarian geographic foundations, Fairburn creates large scale portraits that manage to convey profound emotion. He is able to produce complex human features in a variety of mediums, using the contours of rivers, mountains, and roads, combining these elements in an incredibly compelling synthesis. The final portrait, drawn directly on the map, manifests such synergy it's hard to imagine one existing without the other. Fairburn will spend several hours with a map before putting pencil to paper, synchronizing patterns, yet is still surprised when “serendipitous similarities” emerge. The result is strangely touching, playing at the symbiosis of man and planet. New works will include regionally relevant subjects, adding to the collection of original drawings and limited edition prints already available exclusively at Mike Wright Gallery.

Fairburn has enjoyed a startling amount of success and notoriety since completing University and beginning this series in the summer of 2012. His work has been featured in numerous art magazines, journals and blogs, leading to extensive European and US media attention and quickly earning him a global following. “I don't really know how it happened and it's been out of my hands really. It has sort of run away and I'm trying to run after it.” Fairburn appeals to a particularly wide audience, bridging age, gender, and culture gaps. As his North American debut, this event is one fans of his work won't want to miss.

Mike Wright Gallery
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202


Gildar: Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High

Gildar Gallery

April 19 - May 24, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19 from 6-9pm
  • Featuring Works by: LIbby Barbee, Adam Bateman, Phil Bender, Geoff Booras, Terry Campbell, Joey Cocciardi, Jacob Feige, Flying O.H.N.O Twins, David Jones, Shannon Kelly, Suchitra Mattai, Tristan Sadler, Matt Slaby, Adam Stamp, Frohawk Two Feathers
The Flying O.H.N.O Twins | Rinpoche: Rocky Mountain Dreamin' in the Morning Fresh Pachouli (detail)
mixed media  | 19 x 36in | 2014

Alvin Gregorio of the Flying O.H.N.O. Twins - photos by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org

Phil Bender at Gildar Gallery

About the Exhibition Gildar Gallery is pleased to present Rocky Mountain High, an exhibition of works by 15 contemporary artists mining mythologies of a much storied region in the American West.

The Rocky Mountains– majestic backdrops to the onward thrust of western expansion, beer cans, brake lights, long tokes and the glory of god. Extending in the US down from Montana to New Mexico with its heart in Colorado, the 85 million year-old range continues to hold an inescapable allure for each new generation of pioneering seekers, speculators and storytellers. Perpetuated as barriers to overcome, ascendant formations to behold, and great treasure chests of resources to exploit, these tall rocks bare tall tales. The artists in "Rocky Mountain High" take the mystique of this frontier land as their point of departure. At times embellishing, debunking and conflating romantic views of the landscape and its surrounding cultures, the work in this exhibit, which comes from all over the country, reflects the complexity of defining a sense of place amidst layers myth.

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


CPAC: Constructing Images Post Photography

Constructing Images Post Photography

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

April 17 - May 24, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 17, 6-8 pm
  • Panel Discussion moderated by Conor King: Friday, May 9, 6.30-8 pm; Meet the artists 6 – 6.30 pm; Advance Cost: $5 members and students / $8 general
  • Artists: Milton Melvin Croissant III (Baltimore, MD), Libby Barbee (Denver, CO), Anthony Baab (Kansas City, MO)
  • Curated by Conor King
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Photo by Libby Barbee: Incidental Interference, 2012

Constructing Images Post-Photography exhibits works from Milton Melvin Croissant III, Libby Barbee, and Anthony Baab to explore how artists, in a variety of mediums, use and are influenced by photography, in a time so saturated by the photograph that we view our world through the filter of the medium and find it difficult to distinguish the difference between what is and what is not influenced by photography.

The three artists exhibited in Constructing Images Post-Photography all create artwork that utilize the concepts and ideas of the traditional photograph, yet expand upon those ideas as one must in our over saturated Post-Photographic world. Their artworks exhibit the influence of photography, in and outside the medium, and provide insight into current and future directions related to photography.

Creating fictitious scenes with 3D modeling software Milton Melvin Croissant III depicts the aftermath of a house party, pairing digital image making technics with familiar pop-culture subject matter.

Libby Barbee collages photographs from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey with paint on paper, combining the abundance of online photographs with tropes found in landscape photography and painting.
By photographing a folded photograph, printing that image, and repeating the process many times, Anthony Baab’s large freestanding photographs printed on aluminum are sculpture and photograph, process and subject matter, and speak to photography’s inherent reproducibility. Jpeg images available on request

About CPAC: CPAC is dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of photography in all forms and concepts through exhibitions, education and community outreach.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC)
1513 Boulder Street
Denver, CO 80211
Wed-Sat: 12-6:00pm


Dikeou Pop-Up: Lizzi Bougatsos

Inaugural Exhibition: Lizzi Bougatsos

Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax 

Opening Reception: Friday April 18, 2014 from 7-9pm

  • Artist Talk: Saturday, April 19, 4-6pm (Seating limited)
Lizzi Bougatsos, "Good Hair", 2010, Mixed Media

The Dikeou Collection is excited to announce the opening of our new off-site space, Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, with an inaugural exhibition featuring Lizzi Bougatsos. An opening reception will take place at the Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, on Friday, April 18th, from 7:00-9:00pm. Lizzi will be DJ'n the night of the opening, picking selections from the Dikeou Collection's extensive record collection.

Intentionally provocative, Bougatsos' work solicits an emotional reaction and quite often that reaction is a smile. Her work is described as having "...a sort of girlish, bitchy glee, and as irreverent and unpredictable. However, Bougatsos' recent work is shifting to reflect a shift in consciousness she anticipates for culture" (Dalamangas, ZINGCHAT). This shift for Bougatsos is part of a concerted effort to move away from creating gluttonous artwork towards art that will naturally erode but still be remembered.

Lizzi Bougatsos has exhibited at James Fuentes, Artpace San Antonio, American Fine Arts, 29th São Paulo Biennial, Kenny Schachter Contemporary, The Breeder, and Reena Spauldings. Plus she has performed at the Whitney Museum, Suzanne Geiss, Issue Project Room, and MoMA PS1. She is also the front woman of Gang Gang Dance, a Brooklyn-based experimental band, as well as IUD.

Dikeou Popup: Colfax
312 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80213
Open Wednesday to Friday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, or by appointment


Abecedarian: Artists' Book Cornucopia V

Artists' Book Cornucopia V

Michelle Ray in the Reading Room

Abecedarian Gallery

April 18 – June 7, 2014

  • Evening Reception: Friday April 18, 6-8pm (during the ADSF Third Friday Artwalk)
  • Click here for an online catalog of the exhibit
Candace Hicks

Artists' Book Cornucopia, an international exhibition of contemporary artists’ bookworks, highlights the diversity of form, content and production methods currently employed by artists in this field. Included are examples of traditionally bound from an international roster of artists.

This years’ selections were made by Luise Poulto, Managing Curator for the Rare Books Division, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Following are some of Luise’s remarks about the selections she made:

For Artists’ Book Cornucopia V, I looked for diversity of format, material and subject matter. I wanted a vision of the enormity and complexity of communication that can happen in books, old and new. Old formats restructured as new forms. Old texts remade and replete with new meanings. New or unusual materials combined with expected materials to push the notion of communication: tactility heightened, strengthening the experience of the message.

The messages in these books are sent through their total physicality. It is in the manipulation of that physicality that we discover the guts of the messages and how these messages are told. We manipulate the messages past multiple variations on the accordion fold or the codex in a drum-leaf binding, paper covers, wooden boards, metal, cloth, or leather. The messages manipulate us through historical techniques or last year’s techniques – from letterpress printed to 3D printed; from calligraphy to stitchery. This is not math. Which places, perhaps, the divine in the maker’s hand. The works I chose for Artists’ Book Cornucopia V move from concept to construction, from maker to reader with a fluidity that makes subjectivity seem almost divine.

Included are 41 works by 39 artists from the United States, China, Italy and New Zealand: Ania Gilmore, Barbara Hosein, Bill Westheimer, Candace Hicks, Cari Ferraro, Carolyn Shattuck, Carrie L. Larson, Charissa Schulze, Charlene Asato, Charles Brownson, Cynthia Laureen Vogt, Diane Britt, Erin Malkowski, Frances Watson, Islam Aly, Jamie Runnells, Katherine Venturelli, Lauren Faulkenberry, Laurie Weiss, Leilei Guo, Linda Piacentini-Yaple, Lisa Miles, Lucy Holtsnider, Lyall F. Harris, Maggie Heineman, Mary C. Leto, Mary Uthuppuru, Merike van Zanten, Mimi Peterson, Mindy Belloff, Paula Jull, Shawn Simmons, Steph Rue, Stephen Sidelinger, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Tekla McInerney, Toni Mosley, Whitney Broadaway and Woody Leslie.

Featured in the Reading Room is work by Michelle Ray, recipient of the 2013 Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award.

Michelle Ray is a traditionally trained book and letterpress artist featured in collections internationally including Yale University, New York Public Library, Boston Athenæum, and the Bank Street Arts' International Artist’s Book Collection (UK). Ray's pieces have been showcased in a variety of publications, including Lark Book’s 500 Handmade Books Volume 2 (2013). She has taught workshops and university courses, and holds an MFA in Book Arts and an MLIS with a focus in preservation.

This exhibition features an overview of Ray’s work in the book arts field to date and provides a rare opportunity to view her out of print titles. The exhibition is designed to allow viewers to examine unbound spreads alongside bound versions.

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


Sync: Chad Henry and Phyllis Rider

Chad Henry and Phyllis Rider

Sync Gallery

April 17 - May 10, 2014

  • Opening reception: Friday April 18 fom 6-9pm
Chad Henry - Sound Changes, acrylic and collage 36" x 24"

Chad Henry has experimented with graphite phone doodles and scribbles for Calligraphy, enlarging them 400x or more, then cutting and reassembling the results to make compositions. Henry states, "I gridded the images into 64 boxes, threw the I Ching 64 times, labeled each square on the original with the resulting hexagrams in the order thrown, reassembled the individual squares, printed them, and used them as the basis for this series of paintings."

Henry has created a sense of brush graphology from found images, and used them to create a series of paintings that might suggest spring-inspired classical Chinese poetry. He uses newspaper pages as underpaintings to achieve a feel of palimpsest,the faint after-images left over from when a painting or calligraphy page has been scraped down for re-use, with that mysterious sense of a faded memory or a forgotten secret.

Image attached: Hanza, acrylic painting 40"x30"

Phyllis Rider ponders, "Once again, my challenge is to explain my work in a few simple words. Why do I do what I do? My first response is, I have to, it is who I am. I know that sounds like most artists, but in many cases it is true. I enjoy working in several mediums - painting, printmaking and sculpture. I find what inspires me the most is the interaction between the various mediums."

This series of works shows in a small way how one artwork influences another, and thus the title of the exhibition is Influences. When creating a painting Rider often sees compositions within that painting that inspires monotypes or sculptures. She doesn’t lack for ideas as they arise from her travels which are both rewarding and inspiring. Certain colors together during the day can trigger a new direction for her work. Rider says "I’ m not looking to solve modern problems or dig deep into my subconscious, I’m merely expressing the joy of creating one of a kind works. This series of artwork shows in a small way how one piece influences another." 

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



Goodwin: Buff Elting and Joellyn Duesberry

Buff Elting and Joellyn Duesberry: Breaking Water

Goodwin Fine Art

April 18 – May 31, 2014

  • Opening Reception with the Artists: Friday, April 18 from 5 until 8
Joellyn Duesberry - Clear Creek North Falls, Creede, CO -  Oil on linen - 60 x 40"

Goodwin Fine Art is pleased to present the paintings of Buff Elting and Joellyn Duesberry. Each artist has each been individually drawn to the subject of water as a recurring theme in their landscape based work throughout their illustrious careers.

Buff Elting is well known for her aerial landscape series of paintings based on imagery that she photographed from a single engine aircraft. Beginning in the late 90’s, Elting focused her lens on the juxtapositions of fields, streams and rivers providing a wellspring of inspiration for her later output in the studio. Her 2008 series entitled, Western Rivers, comprised of twelve panels is a good example of the work stemming from this time period. In her latest landscape series many of the paintings were inspired by Boulder Creek, a creek that overflowed its banks in the summer of 2013 becoming the raging waters more familiar to white-water river rafting enthusiasts. Water has played a major role in the artist’s life, as both metaphor and reality. Since the age of two to the present day, there has always been a creek running through her backyard.

The compositional focus of this new body of work is on the movement of water as it cascades over rock formations to the more serene swirling patterns of the water as it pools and finds a new pathway in which to flow. The palette is as expected, cool in nature with tinges of warm pink rock. The paintings convey the energy force that is contained within the element of water evoking the sense of push-pull this life giving force holds and the contradictory destructive force that it possesses.

Buff Elting received her BFA from the University of Colorado. Elting’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and included in numerous prestigious shows. Her work was included in the recent 2013 inaugural National Center for Weather Biennial held in Norman, Oklahoma and juried by Christoph Heinrich, the Fredrick and Jan Mayer Director, Denver Art Museum. Her work is included in the Permanent Collections of the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Yosemite National Park; McGraw Hill, New York, among others.  

Paintings from Joellyn Duesberry’s recent trips across the United States chronicling the waterfalls from the east coast, to Yellowstone in the west, to the Tanalian Falls in Alaska will be on view. Tackling a subject that is rich in America’s art history, waterfalls from upstate New York and the west conjure up the iconic images from Hudson River School painters Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. Duesberry approaches the subject with compositions that possess the artist’s trademark underpinnings of abstraction through the lens of realism. A realism where boundaries are stretched, natural forms are exaggerated, underlying geometry is singled out and picture planes are flattened. The force of falling water isn’t contrived: rather, illusion is abandoned. There are no sprays of water caught mid-air. The water’s resemblance is closer to stalactite formations that bring to mind the paintings of Clyfford Still. In her work Duesberry often merges realism and abstraction that she considers are at some level identical.

The artist’s affinity for depicting water extends beyond the allure of capturing water in paint. She is mindful and attuned to the topical issues of water rights and conservancy, which serves as the psychic backdrop to the work. Duesberry would like to see her water paintings serve as messenger to the conservationists’ cause by bringing attention to our imperiled waterways, and the impact this vital resource will have on the region’s longtime survival. In the artist’s own words, “motifs of survival and water subjects have always monopolized my stalking of subjects to paint on three continents for over fifty years.”

Duesberry is a graduate of Smith College where she studied Painting and Art History. She received her M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Her deft skill in painting is belied by the fact that she considers herself to be a self-taught painter often citing Bay area artist Richard Diebenkorn as having been her “only true” teacher while studying with him at the Santa Fe Institute through an NEA grant for painting. This transformative association provided the artist a springboard to abandon realism and to rediscover the delight she had once found in abstracted forms.

Duesberry has an extensive exhibition history starting in 1979 with Tatistcheff Gallery in New York and later with James Graham & Sons. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Phoenix Art Museum, the Hudson River Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; Denver Art Museum and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center where her retrospective show and subsequent book, Elevated Perspectives, made its first debut.

Goodwin Fine Art
1255 Delaware Street
Denver CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11-6; Sat: 11-5


Core: Claudia Roulier and Daniel House Kelly

Claudia Roulier and Daniel House Kelly

Core New Art Space

April 17 - May 3, 2014

  • Artist's Reception: Friday, April 18, 6 - 9pm; Renegade Brewing beer tasting from 6-8pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: May 2, 6 - 9pm
Claudia Roulier, "Crow"

Claudia Roulier: The Hungry and the Hunted

My current body of work is comprised of thought provoking curiosities of nature, animals in ordinary context with extraordinary props. I work often under the heavy influence of the modern surrealist movement. Each painting starts with an under painting of collage done with antique paper, I love old atlases and thick sensuous textures. Layers and textures are created with gel medium that is heaped generously on to hard board and textured with a feel of stucco, after many layers of glazed paint letting these carefully cultivated collages reveal themselves.

My paintings are meant to provoke thought and ask questions metaphorically as to the exact nature of the situation at hand. The animals I use tend to fall into the general categories of the hungry or the hunted. These unique creatures are presented as plainly unsympathetic they are who they are. They exist, comically, and occasionally horrifically, with and without cuteness. My work represents quietly disturbing, yet familiar metaphors.
Daniel House Kelly, "Retracing in 46"

Daniel House Kelly: Re(collect)

Daniel House Kelly presents his most recent work featuring assemblage and mixed-media images in his exhibit titled "Re(collect)" at CORE New Art Space from April 17 to May 4, 2014. The artist's work continues to incorporate found objects and non-art material to make images which examine and resonate with our shared human experiences of love, grief, memory, denial, addiction, loss, desire, dreams, ecstasy, disappointment, life, and death. Objects which are damaged and discarded - our cultural detritus - are collected and constructed to create a layered visual language that speaks to the profound moments and experiences we share. As these humble objects and materials are redeemed for their hidden value and beauty, Daniel's work is infused and driven by faith. An imperfect faith in a perfect Creator who offers rest for the weary, healing for the broken, love for the unloved, and redemption for those who seek Him above all else.

Daniel House Kelly was born in Germany and upon returning to the United States, grew up in Oklahoma and Colorado. Daniel's work combines elements of drawing, painting, collage, assemblage, and furniture. He studied Fine Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver, graduated in 2000 with a B.F.A., and is an active member of CORE New Art Space in Denver, Colorado.

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


Von Tornow: Totally Totally Collective

Totally Totally Collective: POST*HOT

Von Tornow Gallery

April 18 - May 3, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 18th from 6-10pm

The guys from the Totally Totally Collective are at it again. Don't miss new work from Xavian Lahey, Alex Page & Riley Doyle enhanced by great music and drinks. This time around, the fellas from the Totally Totally Collective examine the creation and attainability of tangible vs. intangible concepts through varying processes and ranging deliriums. But don’t bother trying to meld their separate bodies of work into one. As they say, “We all agree that art is about cool stuff. We all disagree on what cool stuff is. And we agree to disagree on that.”

Von Tornow Gallery
1255 Delaware St., Suite C
Denver, CO 80204


Zip 37: New Clay Creations by Jean Smith

Teased, Torn, Coddled, & Pampered, New Clay Creations by Jean Smith

Zip 37 Gallery

April 18 – May 4, 2014

  • Good Friday Opening Reception: April 18, 5 – 10pm
  • Gallery closed on Easter Sunday, April 20
  • Jean’s Jewelry: weekend of May 2, 3, 4

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


Ironton: Steel Sculpture and monoprints by Jillian Pate

Steel Sculpture and monoprints by Jillian Pate

Ironton Studios and Gallery

April 11 - May 17, 2014

  • Gallery Reception: First Friday May 2nd,7-9pm
Metaphorical Fugues: Exploring Interconnection by Jillian Pate

Metaphorical Fugues is Jillian Pate’s first solo exhibition features steel sculptures and mono-print works on paper. The exhibition orients itself around the concept of connectivity and synergy of all material things through abstraction.

Influenced by the scientific and philosophical theories of cognitive scientist Douglass Hofstadter, the work seeks to further explore and investigate the challenging questions and conundrums that highlight much of Hofstadter's writing.

The exhibition specifically examines various applications of music theory through an exploration of the patterns of disorder, entropy and control that are frequently observed in the natural and physical sciences. Work with the exhibition references musical fugues and cannons; entropy, rhythm and recursion in nature; DNA, RNA, proteins and the genetic code.

Jillian Pate is a native to Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 2010.


Ironton Studios and Gallery
3636 Chestnut Place
Denver, CO 80216
Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM



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