Paul Brokering: You Are Here

1801 California lobby in downtown Denver

August 27 - November 8, 2019

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Brookfield Properties brings works by Paul Brokering to the gorgeous lobby gallery at 1801 California in the upcoming free exhibition “YOU ARE HERE … photographic typology” with a free opening reception on August 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Running through November 8, these typographical photographs featuring shifting shapes, colors and repeating patterns of built environments will be on display through Denver Arts Week. Brokering’s photographs of both rural and urban landscapes reflect patterns, whether his lens is noticing grain elevators, old doors, dilapidated buildings in a rural setting, or the architecture and cultural ambiance of exterior and interior city environs. “YOU ARE HERE … photographic typology” is part of 13 pairs of typologies each grouped by a unifying color as a way of classifying 325 images. A grid of 25 images of dissimilar oddities are grouped together in a particular color field.

 

Trine Bumiller: Close Encounters

Art Gym Denver

August 15 - September 6, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, August 15 from 5-8 PM
  • Artist talk and viewing of Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Tuesday, August 20 from 6-9pm
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Close Encounters, a new mixed-media installation by Denver artist Trine Bumiller, explores the obsessive pull of Devils Tower

 Devils Tower, the first National Monument, has been a site of interest for longer than modern history has documented. A geological mystery, this tower pierces the otherwise flat landscape of northern Wyoming. It is a spiritual mecca for over 20 Native American tribes who have found solace in the sacred setting, still using it for rituals and prayer to this day. More recently still, Devils Tower is the setting of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a film about an undying obsession with finding the truth about aliens and UFOs.

Presently, Devils Tower is the focus of Denver artist Trine Bumiller. Interested in the mystical pull this site has on people, Bumiller built an obsession with its obsession. In her artist statement she explains “The obsessiveness speaks to the obsessive quality of human nature; from the number of times the tower has been reproduced to the many references to it throughout history. It plays off of both ritual and prayer, a repeated gesture meant to invoke spiritual practice and meditation.” Made up of thousands of individual works of different media, size, and techniques, the exhibition certainly makes her obsession abundantly clear.

Trine Bumiller grew up in Cincinnati, OH, and graduated from RISD. Her art career has taken her across the globe, showing and attending artist residencies worldwide. She is represented by Robischon Gallery and currently lives and works in Denver and Fraser, CO.

Art Gym Denver
1472 Leyden Street
Denver, CO 80220

 

Colorado Abstract +10: A Survey

Arvada Center

September 12 - November 17, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, September 12 from 6-9pm
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The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities open a collaborative exhibition titled Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey at both locations to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the stunning book, Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture. Originally published in 2009 by Fresco Books with a foreword by Hugh Grant, notable art writers Michael Paglia and Mary Voelz Chandler highlight the history and continuing tradition of abstraction by artists in the state. The exhibition, Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey, will be split with Kirkland Museum displaying works from the historical section of the book, and the Arvada Center presenting a contemporary survey of the work in the book as well as additional artists working in abstraction that have impacted Colorado’s art scene.

Colorado Abstract +10: A History will present two and three-dimensional artworks created by the artists featured in the historical section of the book, tracing the history and development of this artistic style in Colorado

Colorado Abstract +10: A Survey will be on view at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities September 12 - November 17, 2019 and will display the work of artists originally included in the publication and introduce additional artists working in abstraction that have madean impact on Colorado's art scene

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
720.898.7255
http://arvadacenter.org

 

Paper and Ink: Contemporary Printmaking

Art Students League of Denver

August 16 - September 29, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 16 from 5:30-8pm
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Join us for the opening of our latest exhibit - Paper & Ink: Contemporary Printmaking. ASLD faculty and members have contributed all types of printmaking to this exhibit, highlighting the very best in paper and ink. Meet and mingle with our community of artists.

Free and open to the public. Light bites and refreshments provided.

Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
http://www.ASLD.org

 

Brigitte Moeckli & Andreas Schmid: Viewpoints

Bitfactory Gallery

August 16 - September 12, 2019

  • Opening reception: August 16 from 6-9pm
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Bitfactory Gallery at 851 Santa Fe Drive is proud to present Viewpoints, a multimedia installation by Swiss artist Brigitte Moeckli and Denver drummer Andreas Schmid. Once a month, over a period of one year, the artists exchanged photographs of scenes they each came across in their daily lives. These images were the source for improvised drum compositions, later mixed together as a soundtrack for the photographs that are partially redirected and projected as an animated time sequence, inviting the viewer to travel through a dream world where different themes create space for personal interpretations and reflections.

The goal of Viewpoints is to create an awareness of time and space as a visual flow where actual physical locality loses its significance. The exhibit has been shown twice in Zurich, Switzerland and in the South of France.

Brigitte Moeckli lives and works near Zurich, Switzerland. After completing her studies in art history, history and German at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, she worked as a research assistant at the Art Institute in Chicago. She enhanced her technical skills as an artist with formal training in Zurich, graduating as an art teacher. Her additional trainings in dance and movement therapy led her most recently to receive a diploma in process-oriented psychology. Moeckli’s work is a direct result of this background. She is curious about her inner world, manifesting itself in thoughts, dreaming, daydreaming, body experiences, altered states of consciousness and interactions with people from various worlds. Her work including installations and photographs have been on display in various art institutions throughout Switzerland.

Andreas Schmid is a professional drummer based in Denver, CO. He has developed a versatile and open drum sound, leading him to successful artistic collaboration with various notable artists coming from many different stylistic backgrounds. Schmid developed his individual sound through studies at New York’s Drummers’ Collective, graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston and receiving a Master’s in music education at the Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland. He also studied the cajón at the Taller Flamenco in Seville. He has performed throughout Europe and the US at different acclaimed jazz and rock clubs, as well as at festivals. He currently teaches music at Steele Elementary School and drums at MSU’s DIME Denver program

Bitfactory Gallery, located in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits works by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national and international visual artists. Owner/artist/curator Bill Thomason strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, he hosts one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and by appointment. 

Bitfactory Gallery and Studios
851 Sante Fe Blvd.
Denver, CO.
http://bitfactory.net
https://www.facebook.com/bitfactorygallery

 

Clark Richert: Pattern and Dimensions

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

June 6 - September 15, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, June 6; 5:30pm members preview; 6:30-8:30pm free public reception
  • Guest curated by Cortney Lane Stell
  • Artist/Curator Talk with Clark Richert and Cortney Lane Stell: Thursday, June 20; 6pm doors open; 6:30-7:30pm talk; $12 / $8 members
  • Join Clark Richert and Guest Curator Cortney Lane Stell as they discuss their unique insights into the inspiration behind this exhibition
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Clark Richert, Starpants (detail), 2012, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Rule Gallery.

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

 

Collin Parson: INTERFERENCE PT. 1

Buell Theatre Lobby at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

1350 Curtis Street in Denver

July 1 - October 1, 2019

  • Opening Recpeption: Monday July 1 at 5pm; In-conjunction with the opening reception, Alex Anderson (Nasty Nachos) will be performing a live electronic music concert, with modular synthesizers, on the open-air Buell Theatre Balcony. Nasty Nachos’ performance will be a musical reflection of Parson’s use of light and mirrors, in his artworks. The event is free and open to the public

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Collin Parson, Untitled (from the Moire Series), laser cut acrylic and hardware, 24" x 72" x 3", 2019.

 
Collin Parson's "Interference" will be on display in the Buell Theatre lobby July 1 - October 1 and accessible to theatre patrons during events. If you would like to schedule a tour of the exhibit please contact Rudi Cerri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The exhibition title INTERFERENCE PT. 1 is in relation to the "interference" fringes created by the Moire effect, in which similar but slightly overset patterns are overlaid over each other causing fascinating perceptual effects. This exhibition features four of Parson's on-going series (Lightboxes, Divided, Reflections, and Moire) all which explore his fascination with perception, light, and space. INTERFERENCE PT. 2 will be held at Michael Warren Contemporary from October 15 - November 23, 2019. The purpose of Parson's work is to push the viewer beyond everyday limits of perception, assisting one in discovering an informed awareness of this captured beauty. The connection between the viewer and the interaction with the light, allows the viewer to slow down and contemplate what they are experiencing. Incorporating the perceptual properties of light; he hopes to achieve an experience that is unique to each viewer. Parson achieves this by using CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) routers or lasers to precisely cut patterns in industrial materials, often that are embedded with programmable light-emitting diodes. Alternatively, at other times a reflective surface is used that serves as the light mechanism without the use of artificial light. Controlling these combined elements helps to capture vivid demonstrations of the principles of geometry, light, color, and space. It’s time to give light the primary role rather than the secondary, supportive role.

“The intention of a phenomenal art is simply the gift of seeing a little more today than you did yesterday” - Robert Irwin

 

Artists Book Cornucopia X

(the last Cornucopia!)

Submission deadline is Monday September 16, 2019

  • Juror: Marnie Powers-Torrey, Managing Director Book Arts Program, Marriot Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Exhibition open to those working in the book form worldwide who are at least 18 years of age
  • Full details at http://bit.ly/ABC-10-pros
  • Exhibition on view at Denver's Art Gym Gallery from November 7 - 29, 2019
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Reason Belief Truth, by Thomas Parker Williams

I've heard it said that all good things must end, and now Abecedarian's annual Artists Book Cornucopia, most certainly a good thing, is nearing its end. This year's Cornucopia will be the last in this ten year series.

What a rich and wonderful series of exhibitions this has been - most of the artists I continue to work with introduced themselves and their work to me by submitting to one (or more) of the Artists Book Cornucopia exhibitions.

Eligible are any artist bookworks other than SPOD (Self Published On Demand such as Lulu, Blurb and so forth). Books may be editioned or unique, sculptural or more traditionally bound, interactive or passive.

 

All Member Show

CORE New Art Space

August 30 - October 20, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th, 6-9pm
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Kathy Mitchelle - Lichen

Newly relocated to the 40West Arts District, this long-standing 38-year old cooperative will be exhibiting a variety of mediums and disciplines from it’s current membership. Don’t miss either exciting First Friday Art Crawls; September 6th, then again on October 4th when the members will have changed out all their work with a fresh new exhibition.

Core New Art Space
6851 W. Colfax Ave. (inside Pasternack’s Art Hub)
Lakewood, CO 80214
303.297.8428
Friday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
http://www.CoreArtSpace.com

 

Coming Together: Meg Griffiths, Christos J. Palios, and JP Terlizzi

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

August 16 - September 28, 2019

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Since the beginning of time, humans have been gathering over meals. From first dates to weddings, to celebrations of life and death, we meet at the table. In Coming Together, artists Meg Griffiths, Christos J. Palios, and JP Terlizzi consider the ways that home, meals and associated rituals connect us and influence our lives.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 5pm; Saturday: Noon – 4pm

303.837.1341
http://www.cpacphoto.org

 

Naturally Colorado

Artists Include: Lauren Lang, Jeff Goudy, Larry Pennington, Kathleen O'Dell Snead,Bridget Calip, Don Gardner and Linda Ghent

Curtis Arts and Humanities Center

September 7 - October 26, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 12: Live raptors will be in the gallery from 11am - 2pm
  • Proceeds from sales in this show will benefit Nature’s Educators
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Naturally Colorado is a collaboration between seven local photographers designed to celebrate the stunning diversity in both the state’s landscapes and its wildlife. The artists would like viewers to be able to appreciate every aspect fully; from the soaring peaks to the river valleys to the rolling plains – this is how we see our home.

Curtis Arts and Humanities Center
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80210
Monday - Friday: 8:30- 4:30; Saturdays - 10am - 4pm
http://www.greenwoodvillage.com

 

Collectivism

Center for Visual Art

August 1 - October 19, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 2 from 6-8pm
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Collectivism, opening August 1 at the Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver invites viewers to explore how working in collectives provides artists an outlet for expression that is different from their individual practice, in particular in areas of activism and humor, and additionally in how those modes of practice overlap. The exhibition features the work of 13 local, international and historic artist collectives including: Ant Farm, Distill Collective, DMB Collective, KUT, Ladies Fancywork Society, Secret Love Collective, Shattered Moon Alliance, subRosa, Tea Project, TVTV, Videofreex, The Women’s Art League and Women’s Video News Service.

“CVA is committed to presenting compelling contemporary exhibitions that spark dialogue and we are pleased to present work created through collective action that so thoughtfully engages with current issues our visitors are eager to discuss including gender, identity, media, privacy, technology and gentrification” says Cecily Cullen, Director and Curator of CVA. “It is our hope that the teamwork and collaboration inherent in this exhibition and the collective examination of contemporary issues will inspire our community to come together in conversation.”

Collectivism includes the work of several local artists collectives including Ladies Fancywork Society, Secret Love Collective and the Women’s Art League showcasing the dynamic creativity and diversity of Colorado’s flourishing art scene.

Boulder-based Women’s Art League will exhibit “vagina china” – their large-scale community art project that explores issues related to sex trafficking, connecting this alarming global reality with a centuries older global trade in Asian ceramics.

Ladies Fancywork Society and Secret Love Collective, both based in Denver, will each exhibit new work. Ladies Fancywork Society to will unfurl Our Lady, a large scale crocheted sculptural intervention while the Secret Love Collective will install an alternative world onsite at CVA replete with an interactive costume closet where visitors can explore different identities and ways of being.

Secret Love Collective will also present a variety of unique events throughout the run of the exhibition including the Parade of Selves and the In Bed By Ten dance party DJed by member DJ L.A. Zwicky on August 2. The group will also host an interactive, art making game show, Collect This!, on October 10 where participants will collect seemingly random elements to make art. Costumes, puppets and potentially artful chaos to ensue.

Other events include an artist talk and performance by the noted cyberfeminist artist collective subRosa. Members Hyla Willis and Faith Wilding will join guests in conversation about their practice on September 5. On September 6, members of subRosa will present a new performance, Gentrification U, that explores the intersections of the higher education industry with housing gentrification, the gig economy, and the new forms of digitizing and monetizing of life and death. All events are free to attend.

Other highlights include the Tea Project whose work shares the voices and experiences of men in Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp highlighting the human rights violations of the Global War on Terror. Also included are KUT, an anonymous group of Latvian filmmakers, musicians, artists, politicians and cats and Shattered Moon Alliance, a collaborative duo that explores sci-fi world-building that re-centers feminist perspectives.

Additionally, interactive art making stations throughout the gallery will allow visitors to create their own art and correspond directly with the collectives themselves.

“We feel it is important to provide fun and meaningful opportunities for visitors to not only engage with the exhibition but to also directly interact with the artists,” says Cullen. “By adding these participatory elements within the exhibition, we hope visitors will be inspired to express what is personally meaningful to them and share issues that are important in their communities.”

Collectivism also features the work of two MSU Denver Art Department faculty members, Associate Professor of Art and Collectivism co-curator Tsehai Johnson and Associate Professor of Art Michael Bernhardt. With Distill Collective, Johnson departs from her ceramics practice to create conversational and collaborative drawings through the mail. Bernhardt, of DMB Collective, is one of the three creators of the album War On Christmas which pokes fun at the daily stream of data from the world of current events in politics, as well as the self-absorbed nature of social media and beyond.

MSU Denver Art Department Chair, Associate Professor Art History, Theory and Criticism and Collectivism co-curator Deanne Pytlinski, who has written extensively on 1960’s feminist video art and counterculture, rounds out the exhibition with her selection of videos from prominent, historical experiemental and feminist film collectives including Ant Farm, Videofreex, TVTV and Women’s Video News Service.

Collectivism is organized by the Center for Visual Art and is curated by Cecily Cullen, Director and Curator of CVA, Tsehai Johnson, Associate Professor of Art, MSU Denver and Deanne Pytlinski, Chair, MSU Denver Department of Art and Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism.

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

 

Meet the Artists Opening Exhibition

D’art Gallery

August 1 - September 15, 2019

DartGalleryLogoD’art Gallery LLC was first talked about in April 2019 when several artists met to pursue organizing a cooperative gallery at 900 Santa Fe Drive after Kat Payge purchased the building. The founding members are Jean Smith, Susan Hazaleus, Kelly Austin-Rolo, Jude Barton, Susan Gibbons and Carrie Makenna. Interested artists were invited to a meeting in late May and 16 artists committed to the project. This core group of professional artists with studios in Denver, Lakewood, Longmont, and Westminster have met over the last ten weeks to establish and organize the gallery featuring a new combination of artists to the Santa Fe Art District.

D’art Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO
https://dartgallery.org

 

Modern Habitat: Building Energetic Spaces

Dairy Arts Center

September 5 - October 13, 2019

  • Featuring Will Day, Margie Criner, Davis Arney, Mike Homner, Arch11, Workshop 8, Pyatt Studio, HMH Architecture + Interiors, Renée del Gaudio Architecture, Sopher Sparn Architects & Housefish
  • In partnership with Month of Modern & EFFA Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5 from 5-8 pm
  • For more information, please visit: https://thedairy.org
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The month of September in the Boulder architecture world is synonymous to the ‘Month of Modern’ (MoM) as coined by local architecture firm, HMH Architecture + Interiors. Established in 2014, this month serves as a “celebration of architecture, design, lifestyle, art, and culture”, as expressed by MoM’s mission statement. In response to these creative causes for celebration, the visual arts curator at the Dairy Arts Center, Jessica Kooiman Parker, has developed an exhibition titled ‘Modern Habitat’.

The work on view is inherently a self-reflection on the artists’ individual values and beliefs within their work and home life, chasing multiple viewpoints, highlighting failures, or challenging affluent domesticity. The exhibitions consider the constant, yet hard to define way in which we build our personal spaces - whether we seek help from others to design and build a structure, or simply relish our ability to acquire objects to fill our space. We build our homes with the desire for stability, but with it comes the complexities, anxieties, and contradictions of contemporary life.

Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St
Boulder, CO. 80302
http://thedairy.org

 

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Eyes On: Jonathan Saiz

Denver Art Museum - Hamilton Building (Level 4)

May 12 - November 17, 2019

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Jonathan Saiz, Study for Utopia, 2018. Mixed media
Courtesy of the artist and K Contemporary Gallery, Photo by Wes Magyar. © Jonathan Saiz

Jonathan Saiz’s installation #WhatisUtopia is comprised of a column covered with 10,000 tiny drawings, paintings, and sculptures. By definition, utopia is “an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens.” The artist employs social media to spark conversation and document responses about our ability to re-envision and embody a modern utopia. More than 10,000 artworks were made to be given away after the end of the exhibition.

Consider Jonathan Saiz's invitation to join his dialogue about utopia. Engage through Instagram at @utopia_is_free with the hashtag #WhatisUtopia or #JonathanSaizatDAM.

Details about the giveaway will be posted beginning October 2019. To receive email notification, register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
720.865.5000

http://www.denverartmuseum.org

 

Social Spheres

Featuring guest artist Becky Wareing Steele

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

June 20 - September 6, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 20th, from 4 to 7 pm with performances by Roshni Dance Ensemble from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, and by the Congolese Gloria Choir from 5:30 to 6:30 pm to observe World Refugee Day

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Becky Wareing Steele - Treehouse Prototype

Social Spheres explores the rapidly changing social environments today’s kids experience - from community spaces to virtual worlds. Guest artist Becky Wareing Steele will exhibit fascinating miniature environments alongside DAVA youth artists.

Middle and high school students in DAVA’s Job Training Program created an installation of ceramic roads representing social spaces and media. Computer Art Lab students captured sounds from social spaces and designed digital images of their physical and virtual environments. Students ages 7 to 17 in the DAVA Open Studio created a new community inspired by a workshop with guest artist Becky Wareing Steele on creating miniature spaces and models.

Guest artist Becky Wareing Steele explores the commonalities that exist in our shared experiences through the examination of scale and environment. Her miniature worlds deal with social and utopian communities while connecting with actual people.

All of DAVA’s exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or by appointment. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DAVA is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with a primary focus on youth engagement. For more information about our programs, please visit www.davarts.org.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
1405 Florence St
Aurora CO 80010
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm or by appointment

303.367.5886
http://davarts.org

 

Linda Lopez: Stranger (Main Gallery)

In the project room: Secret Love Collective: Gay Renaissance (Project Space)

David B. Smith Gallery

August 16 - September 14, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 16th, from 6 - 8pm
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David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present Stranger, the first solo exhibition with the gallery by Fayetteville, Arkansas-based artist Linda Lopez.

Focused primarily in sculptural ceramics, Lopez’s curious and colorful forms have received national and international acclaim. In Stranger, Lopez’s first exhibition with the gallery, she considers the concepts of object and other. Presented in vibrant gradients of color, ceramic sculptures rear their bulbous heads as hundreds of porcelain fingers endlessly pour over one another, feeling their way around fragments of chunky debris. In the juxtaposition of gentle curves and sharp angles, Lopez boldly flips the gaze between bodily and foreign, familiar and alien.

Stranger comes at a time of cultural uncertainty. Inherent to the material itself, porcelain speaks to the gravity of objecthood and tradition, which contrasts sharply with the incorporeal influence of technological advancement on human social systems. Comprised of elemental earth materials, Lopez’s sculptures embody a substantive temperament, endowing her sculptures with the ability to return the curiosity of the viewer.

As described in the recent PBS special State of the Art, Lopez is an artist “redefining the American aesthetic.” Backed by stylistic and technical acuity, in Stranger Lopez ponders, “Who is the real stranger in this world, us or them?”

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Secret Love Collective, Anniversary, 2018, mixed media installation, dimensions variable

In the project room:

David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to present Gay Renaissance, an installation-based exhibition by Denver’s own Secret Love Collective.

Bounding with vibrantly colored handmade pom poms, carefully stitched banners, and mound upon mound of soft sculpture, Gay Renaissance brings a sense of maximalist celebration to the gallery’s project room. Impervious to, or perhaps in spite of increasing societal and political divisiveness, Secret Love Collective unapologetically infuses radical love into every plush, patterned nook and cranny.

With a history of spontaneous dance parties and costumed sidewalk parades, the joy of queerness sparkles like iridescent sequins throughout all of Secret Love’s endeavors. Working together to create immersive installations and experiences, the collective embraces the potential of critical collaboration. Self-emancipated from the rigidity of convention, Secret Love Collective’s Gay Renaissance proves once and for all that love itself can be a life-changing revolution, and that sharing secrets is undoubtedly a good thing.

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

 

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Trine Bumiller: This Land

Western History Art Gallery at the Denver Central Library (5th Floor)

September 8 - December 12, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Sunday September 8th from 2-4pm
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This Land is the title of the popular song by Woody Guthrie. In it he sings of the incredibly beautiful American landscape repeating that it is land that belongs to us. The original song (including two verses often left out) was considered a protest song against the vast income inequalities that exist in the United States, and against the sufferings of millions during the Great Depression. It seems appropriate to address this with paintings about national parks in a federally owned building. Both are public spaces, both are places that everyone can access and appreciate.

The exhibition includes paintings from several different series, all of which include some direct reference to public lands of the United States. Rocky Mountain National Park, where I was an artist in residence, is represented by many of the100 Paintings for100 Years series, completed during the centennial of the park. A Denali National Park residency appears in the form of several multi-paneled paintings, abstract renditions of facets of the Alaska landscape. Preparatory sketches reveal the process behind the paintings.

To paint a place is to know it and in these paintings, I have tried to depict not just the factual aspects of a landscape but the myriad details and moments that make up one’s personal experience of a place. From reflections in water, to light through branches, to textures of a rock, the paint, applied in many transparent layers, delves into a world beyond what is seen. A memory of the place, as a sensory impression, becomes the historical record. The many paths taken to absorb the different biospheres become evident in the use of multiple panels and seemingly endless repetitions, alluding to the passage of time and the span of distance and area.

To record a place is to commit it to more than memory but to also mark its existence. In this time of diminishing resources and natural spaces, the making of the paintings becomes a ritual, or a prayer, and the outcome becomes both a record of, and an anthem to the environment. That this environment is ours to appreciate, use and learn from, is a parallel to the library itself, a place of public domain, where people come to gain knowledge about worlds beyond their own.  -Trine Bumiller, September 2019

Western History Gallery
Denver Public Library, Central Branch (5th Floor)
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80204
Mon and Tues: 10am - 8pm
Wed to Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm
Sun: 1-5pm
http://denverlibrary.org

 

Character & Narrative An interactive show featuring the artwork of: Tom Sarmo & John Van Horn

Foothills Art Center

August 16 - October 20, 2019

  • Also featuring artwork by: Phil Ashworth & Travis Winters

Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street
Golden, CO 80401
Tue-Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
303.279.3922
http://www.foothillsartcenter.org

 

Unseen Nature: Katie Caron, Naomi Scheck, Regan Rosburg

William Havu Gallery

August 2 - September 14, 2019

  • Opening Reception : Friday, August 2nd from 6 - 9pm
  • On The Mezzanine: Laura Truitt: New Works
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The William Havu Gallery presents Unseen Nature, an exhibition of new works by Katie Caron, Naomi Scheck & Regan Rosburg. Also featured will be Oxytocin (Polymer), a sculpture collaboration by Katie Caron & Martha Russo. On the mezzanine will be new works by painter, Laura Truitt.

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

 

Melissa Furness: Oddments

In the Project Space: Ashley Eliza Williams: Communication Attempts

K Contemporary

September 7 - 28, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6-9 pm
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Nucleus Communication Attempt - Ashley E. Williams

In her newest body of work, Melissa Furness depicts compilations of objects commonly used within the history of painting as a critique of the traditional Western canon of art. Furness extracts common elements from their original sources and recontextualizes them as a collected pile, like rubbish, to visually discard as cliché rather than to individually revere.
 
Ashley Eliza Williams’ paintings shift between representation and abstraction, zooming in and out of extreme focus. She is interested in what she calls “enclosed environments” or “shy ecosystems” — landscapes that exist within a contained area, often on or within a single object like a rock or cloud. These landscapes are painted with extreme detail and isolated in space. The scale is often ambiguous.

K Contemporary
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
303.590.9800
http://kcontemporaryart.com

 

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Urban Candy: New works by Kym Bloom

Kanon Collective

Opening reception: First Friday, September 6, 6-10 pm

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Please join us next week for the opening reception for Urban Candy by Kym Bloom. This show will feature Kym's photography in various formats, including metal prints, photo transfers, metal transfers, and even prints you can frame yourself.

"I love taking pictures of the regular things I see around the city, often bits of graffiti hidden in an alley or a classic neon sign -- the things that make the city unique, gritty, colorful, and sometimes just funny. My photographs are from all over the country and I've even included some I took in Europe."

Kanon Collective is an artist-owned and operated gallery located in the heart of the 40 West Arts District in Lakewood, featuring the work of a dynamic group of local artists.

Kanon Collective
6851 West Colfax Avenue
Inside Pasternack's Art Hub (Enter in the side door on the east side, from the parking lot)
Lakewood, CO

 

Colorado Abstract +10: A History

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

September 6, 2019 - January 12, 2020

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The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities open a collaborative exhibition titled Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey at both locations to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the stunning book, Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture. Originally published in 2009 by Fresco Books with a foreword by Hugh Grant, notable art writers Michael Paglia and Mary Voelz Chandler highlight the history and continuing tradition of abstraction by artists in the state. The exhibition, Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey, will be split with Kirkland Museum displaying works from the historical section of the book, and the Arvada Center presenting a contemporary survey of the work in the book as well as additional artists working in abstraction that have impacted Colorado’s art scene.

Colorado Abstract +10: A History will present two and three-dimensional artworks created by the artists featured in the historical section of the book, tracing the history and development of this artistic style in Colorado

Colorado Abstract +10: A Survey will be on view at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities September 12 - November 17, 2019 and will display the work of artists originally included in the publication and introduce additional artists working in abstraction that have madean impact on Colorado's art scene

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
1201 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
303.832.8576
http://www.kirklandmuseum.org 

 

Red Clover: David Mramor and Elizabeth Glaessner

Lane Meyer Projects

September 6 - October 7, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday September 6 at 6pm
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The collaboration for this show began in the summer of 2018 when David visited Elizabeth at a residency in Vermont. After indulging in a couple of maple creemees, they wandered into a bookstore across the parking lot. The man at the front desk greeted them with a smile matching the smiley face poster that hung behind him. He had a long gray ponytail, wire rimmed round glasses and when he walked over to ask if they needed help, they spotted sandals on his feet. A real Vermonter?

After finding out they were visiting from New York City, he began his story about leaving the city of Boston and his attempts to connect with nature in the 1960’s. He was part of the Back-to-the-land movement and one of the founders of the Red Clover Commune. He, like many of his friends, left a big city to live off the land without much success. “That first winter just about killed me.”

He handed them the book ​Going Up the Country​ by Yvonne Daley, a book about the history and analysis of the counterculture movement in Vermont. It tells the story of how thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the backwoods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. It spawned a revolution in lifestyle, politics, sexuality, and business practices that now have a profound impact on Vermont and the rest of the nation. The movement brought hippies, back-to-the-landers, political radicals, sexual libertines, and utopians to a previously conservative state that led to farm-to-table, Bernie Sanders, and the progressive politics of today.

On their first trip to Vermont, they started a film called ​As the World Turns​ which was finished on their second trip in the winter of the following year. The film became the nucleus for this show. A Rip Van Winkle character is shown during his youth and at an older age. In the film, they shine a light on the hippie tropes which now exist in Vermont as popular tourist activities, such as blueberry picking, swimming in natural creeks, and finding ones’ spirit in the landscape. The result is a whitewashed “back to nature” experience that subtly exposes the complexities of co-opting ideologies on a surface level. This romanticizing of ideals and nature is also seen in the paintings and works on silk. Puritan characters and themes are subverted and toyed with.

As we are constantly bombarded with frenzied media dividing our society, we ask ourselves - have we failed? Is giving in to the temptation of escape the only solution? Would we still be artists, activists, both or neither? Or would we have a similar fate as the person at the front desk?

David Mramor​ was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He performs in the band Enid Ellen under the label FemmeKraft. This past summer he was a SIP fellow at the Robert Blackburn Printshop. His visual art has been shown across the United States and Europe. He currently lives in NYC.

Elizabeth Glaessner (b. 1984, Palo Alto CA)​ received her BFA from Trinity University and an MFA from New York Academy of Art where she received a post-graduate fellowship in 2013. She has lived and worked in New York City since 2007. Glaessner’s work has been exhibited at P.P.O.W. Gallery, Louis B. James Gallery, Sargent’s Daughters, New Release, 1969 Gallery, Vacation and more. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Interview Magazine and Modern Painters among others. She was awarded residencies at the Leipzig International Art Programme and Glogau AIR in Berlin. Glaessner is currently represented by P.P.O.W. and teaches in the Visual and Critical Studies Department at SVA and in the Fine Arts Department at Montclair University.

Lane Meyer Projects
2528 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205

 

Kaitlyn Tucek: Over Look 

Leon Gallery

August 31 – October 12, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, August 31st from 7 - 11pm
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Kaitlyn Tucek - Cleopatra - 24 x 44” - Acrylic, pastel on satin and chiffon

Leon is proud to announce a pertinent and timely exhibition of new work by local artist, Kaitlyn Tucek, which explores the overwhelming lack of advocacy for female artists throughout art history. Over Look will featuring paintings that employ a variety of opaque and translucent fabrics, stitched together to form canvases on which the female figure and magpies are present, which allude to the mysterious and often incomplete histories of renowned female artists.

Kaitlyn Tucek Artist Statement:

On page 531 of the 2001 edition of Janson’s Western Art History textbook you can find the following quote: “So far, we have not discussed a named woman artist, although this does not mean that there were none.”

While doing research for an altarpiece I completed last summer, I rekindled my love and interest in Late Renaissance and Baroque art. This meant opening up my old college textbooks and personal library of art historical content. With over fifteen art history courses between my undergrad at Pratt Institute and graduate program at CUNY Queens College, I can’t recall a single professor mentioning Artemisia Gentileschi. Why? My senior thesis was a series of large illustrative portraits of heroic women in my community. Why did no one think to recommend a female perspective to compliment my own obviously female perspective?

In addition to the visual art, Tucek has collaborated with local composer, Nathan Hall, to present a new composition as a live performance at the opening reception, as well as a video installation accompanying the exhibition, which Hall describes as, Self Portrait with Theorbo, a video performance of a new music composition for large Renaissance-era lute. Infused into the piece are quotations from Barbara Strozzi, one of Artemesia Gentileschi's composer friends. Strozzi, like Artemesia and so many women, queer composers, and composers of color, has been largely left out of classical music history.

Kaitlyn Tucek lives and works in Denver, CO. From Long Island, NY, Tucek graduated from Pratt Institute in 2006 and was awarded her Master’s from CUNY Queens College in 2013. Mother to two under 5, Tucek is a multi-disciplinary artist who is often labeled a feminist. Tucek has been featured in Hyperallergic, Westword, Modern in Denver, and was recently named one of Denver’s top 5 artists to watch and collect by 5280 Magazine. In addition to her formal art practice, Tucek works in art and museum education, illustration and curatorial work, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Clyfford Still Museum, and the Denver Art Museum.

Leon
1112 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
303.832.1599
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10-6pm; Saturday + Sunday: 12-5pm
http://www.leongallery.com

 

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