Joy by Betsy Margolius

1801 California Building in Denver

February 4 - June 28, 2019

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Arts Brookfield presents Joy! by Betsy Margolius from February 4 through June 28 at 1801 California in downtown Denver. Margolius was commissioned to create a site-specific installation that wraps the lobby columns, and her work elicits a smile and feelings of warmth, beauty and harmony. Crisp floral patterns in vivid poppy-red wind their way up seven massive columns that are 24-feet-high by 10-feet in circumference. The space is immediately transformed from a white-marbled business environment into a veritable garden.

 

Plus Gallery in conjunction with 808 Projects presents: Daily Driver

New works by Mike Whiting

808 Projects (808 Santa Fe Dr. Denver)

April 5 - May 12, 2019

  • Artist’s Reception: Thursday April 4th 6:30-8:30pm
  • Hours: Thursday - Sunday: Noon - 6pm 
  • http://808projects.com
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Slot Racer, 16 x 16 x 8 inches, 2005 automotive paint on fabricated steel

Mike Whiting’s vocation as an artist achieved peak status in Colorado last year with Pixelated at the Denver Botanic Gardens, an unprecedented solo exhibition widely praised as one of 2018’s best in the region. A mighty feather in the cap of Whiting’s nearly two-decade long career, the exhibition was also another landmark in Plus Gallery’s efforts to support artist’s careers through long-term vision and directives. Whiting’s eventual foray with Denver’s prestigious outdoor gardens was originally seeded around 2010, just prior to Whiting’s last Plus Gallery solo show Primitive Man, an exhibition bolstered by his public commission for “Rhino” and acquisition of “Pinkie and Mr. Green” for the location straddling three distinct districts near downtown Denver. Pixelated’s impressive display of large-format outdoor sculpture occurred following a period in which Whiting focused almost exclu- sively on monumental outdoor works, resulting in an impressive array of forms that reflect the ambitious, cohesive intent behind the artist’s practice. The only Plus Gallery artist to successfully establish deep interest in his public works across the country, Whiting’s showing of smaller-scale forms and wall-based works in the gallery context remain some of the most successful and celebrated over the years.

 

Recluse by Brady Smith

A. Muse vs. B. Muse by Robin Whatley

Art Gym Denver

April 25 – May 17, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, April 25 from 5-8PM
  • Join us on Tuesday, May 7 for a Conversation with the Artists from 5-6PM
  • Also opening is Polytopiary by Mackenzie Browning in the Art Gym Gallery; Polytopiary consists of paper installations exploring the idea of idyllic communities
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Art Gym Denver is excited to announce Recluse by Brady Smith and A. Muse vs. B. Muse by Robin Whatley in the Common Space Gallery with an opening reception April 25 from 5 - 8PM. Recluse is a series of drawings by Brady Smith about notable recluses, while A. Muse vs. B. Muse by Robin Whatley explores the artistic process of searching for your muse through collage and painting.

What is likely driven from an unhealthy obsession with isolation, Brady Smith’s series Recluse examines recluses from history and the background of their confinement. When discussing the body of work, Smith said, “The drawings, which are made with graphite, gouache and other materials, explore the work of the individual recluses, the places they chose to isolate themselves, and the circumstances of their reclusion.” Wanting the portraits to mirror the lives and works of the people portrayed, he let these elements drive the concepts and materials used in the pieces. This allows for further discussion to happen in the drawings about the nature of reclusion and whether or not the history of these people is true. The recluses included in the series are Emily Dickinson, Christopher Knight, Agnes Martin, Marcel Proust, J. D. Salinger, and Henry David Thoreau.

The artist’s muse has a rich history in the art canon. As viewers, however, we are normally only privy to the work created after a muse has been established. Robin Whatley’s new series of mixed media paintings, A. Muse vs. B. Muse, opens the door to the process of searching for her muse. In a conversation about her new series, Whatley explained some of the challenges and pleasures she has faced in this ongoing search. She has pushed her art-making process, allowing herself to play, explore and experiment. At times, this experimentation has yielded exciting results, while at other times, she has been left searching and exploring more. In her artist statement, Whatley says “as an artist, I am continually seeking my muse. Like trying to find the personal meaning of life, it can, at times, amuse me, but it also bemuses and slips elusively from me.”

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

 

Echoes: Leona Lazar and Kathy M. Friesz

Artists on Santa Fe

May 1 - June 3, 2019

Echoes Combined
Kathy M Friesz’s abstract paintings and Leona Lazar’s abstracted ceramic sculptures

Echoes showcases the art of Kathy M Friesz’s abstract paintings and Leona Lazar’s abstracted ceramic sculptures curated as complementary parings reflecting the relationships between their pieces. Kathy's paintings: Quiet and soothing; transparent and layered; luminescent; atmospheric and ephemeral. Leona's ceramic sculptures: Narrative yet conceptual; emotional and raw; animated and dynamic; textured and grounded.

When opposites come together, a curious synergy builds! Stylistically, they occupy opposite ends of the art spectrum. However, observing their color palettes, shapes and forms, movement and how these elements are used to pull together a composition and develop the mood or character of a piece – they discovered that with their disparities – there are also fascinating similarities. The pieces seem to play off each other, complementing and echoing each other.

Artists on Santa Fe is a gallery with working artists' studios located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe. It's an engaging environment where visitors can interact with professional artists and view work in progress.

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Mon-Fri: 10-5; Sat: 10-4
303.573.5903
http://www.artistsonsantafe.com

 

Remix: An exhibition of art & artists from The Firm Graphics

Bitfactory Gallery

April 19 - May 9, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Third Friday April 19 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Featured Artists: Steve Blakley, Chuck Emit, Lucas DeGraw, Thomas Weaver, Seth Broman, Jake Martin, Dylan Wood, Stephen Mancha, Shawn Astrom, Robbie Maestas, Steve Berumen, Joey Mazzotta
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On Friday, March 15, 2019 Bitfactory Gallery presents Remix, a group exhibition with a focus on Digital Art. Remix is an opportunity for the Firm Graphics’ artists, current and past, to show their work with an emphasis on the art instead of the advertising aspect. On display are personal pieces of art from the designers along with artistic “remixes” of some of the Firm’s most well known commercial pieces from iconic festivals and nightclubs. Nightlife culture has been responsible for opening the world to some forward pushing digital design styles and this show will display that spirit.

The Firm Graphics is a Denver based graphic design company founded in 1998 by Steve Blakley. It began in his friend’s basement as a simple “rave” flyer design service. Over the past 20 years the company has evolved into a home for creative designers focusing primarily on art in the music industry. The Firm has worked on many major festivals, record labels, and other brands around the world.

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

 

Lori Dresner: Menangerie

Judy Horowitz: Evolution of The Figure – A Retrospective

Core New Art Space

May 9 - 26, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday May 9th from 5-8pm
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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

 

Unveiled: Lindsey Beal, Megan Jacobs + Sarah Sudhoff

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

May 17 - June 29, 2019

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The Colorado Photographic Arts Center presents Unveiled – an exhibition of three photographic projects that reveal overlooked aspects of women’s sexuality, motherhood, and reproductive health. Featuring artists Lindsey Beal, Megan Jacobs + Sarah Sudhoff.

In her series Parturition, Lindsey Beal documents vintage gynecological and obstetric instruments from libraries at Harvard, Yale, Duke and Brown. Beal’s choice of materials links past to present and invites us to reflect on how women’s reproductive health and medicine has evolved, yet in some aspects remains the same.

Megan Jacobs’ series of portraits references Victorian-era “hidden mother” photography, when mothers who wanted a record of their children would hide under fabric and hold their child for the duration of the exposure to ensure a sharp image. Jacobs’ images are a metaphor for the unrecognized work that mothers do to support, provide for and nurture their children.

Wired, by Sarah Sudhoff, is a series of documentary photographs of sexual devices used by the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Founded by the famous sexologist Alfred Kinsey in 1947, the Institute has always been a lightning rod for controversy.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
303.837.1341
http://www.cpacphoto.org

 

Pastel Society of Colorado’s 2019 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition

Curtis Center for the Arts

May 11 - June 29, 2019

  • Opening reception and awards ceremony: Saturday May 11 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Party“Party of One,” a pastel by Leslie Trujillo-Batts (Colorado) will be one of the pastel paintings on display during the
Pastel Society of Colorado’s 2019 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition at the Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village

The Pastel Society of Colorado presents its 15th annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition featuring 80 luminous pastel paintings by some of the finest pastel artists in the nation, which were selected and judged by eminent pastel artist Barbara Jaenicke. Meet artists at the opening reception and awards ceremony from 6 – 8 p.m., Saturday May 11 at the Curtis Center for the Arts. Paintings are available for purchase.

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

 

MSU Spring 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition

Center for Visual Art

Show #1 April 5 – April 19

Show #2 April 26 – May 10

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Graduating Studio Art and Communication Design Students
  • Show #1 Opening Reception: April 5, 2019 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Show #2 Opening Reception: April 26, 2019 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
BFA logo spring 19The BFA Thesis Exhibition is a culmination of MSU Denver studio art and communication design students’ education as artists and designers. Graduating students will show their work across two exhibitions. Show #1, which will be on view April 5 – April 19 and Show #2, which will be on view April 26 – May 10. Students embrace this opportunity to express their conceptual, aesthetic and philosophic ideation through a cohesive body of work. The exhibition is hosted bi-annually at MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art, located in Denver’s Arts District on Santa Fe. This lively and dynamic exhibition provides a glimpse into Denver’s local emerging art and design talent.
  • Artists included in Show #1: Danielle Gyles, J. Kingston, Dakota Martin, Samantha Ott, Kat Pawlowski, Alan Payne, Andrew Sares, Katie Thomson, and Ramon Trujillo
  • Designers included in Show #1: Jason Gerboth, Omar Hernández, Albert Magaña, Mary Willett, and Sydney Ziemba
  • Artists included in Show #2: Alex Bivens, Bobby Hill, Sheila Mungai, Miriam Nissan, Adriana Santiago, Brigitte Thompson, Dara Xiong and Jessica Young
  • Designers included in Show #2: Joe Hatfield, Julie Le, Eleeza Palmer, Estevan Ruiz, Shelby Shepherd, Sarah Smith, Darius Salomonson and Amy Yang
Center for Visual Art is the off-campus contemporary art center for Metropolitan State University of Denver. CVA provides a year-round schedule of bold, contemporary exhibitions of both local significance and international reach, educational programming open to the community and immersive workforce development for students in creative fields. CVA is free and open to all.

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

 

The Unknown Polly Addison

Dairy Arts Center

April 18 - June 16, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday April 26th from 5-7pm
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Polly Addison has a long history within the Boulder art scene and was extremely dedicated to supporting the Dairy in its early years and beyond. Her exhibition in her namesake Polly Addison Gallery is a small selection of paintings, drawings and etchings that she produced in the 1980s.

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

 

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

 

Edible

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)

March 21 - June 7, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, March 21st, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with hip hop dance performances by DAVA youth
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Edible is an exhibition packed full of nutrition for the mind and body. DAVA Youth present arts-based approaches to healthy lifestyles, including photography, drawing, digital media, dance and indoor farming. Guest artist Travis Vermilye will exhibit drawings alongside DAVA youth artists.

Middle and high school students in DAVA’s Job Training in the Arts and Technology Program learned about nutrition and urban agriculture with Annie Toro Lopez and Don Lopez, founders of Seed to Savor Farm, Living Food for the Future. Students also visited the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center for inspiration. One group is growing food in their classroom. Another is creating intriguing digital images based on organic and inorganic food sources. These images bring both playful and critical approaches to how teens think about making healthy choices. We are also partnering with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance to bring hip hop dance classes to DAVA, culminating in a performance during the opening reception. Younger students in the DAVA Open Studio present their study of nutrition through film photography. Students were introduced to nutrition facts, vitamins and minerals that nourish our body. They also experienced cooking and eating new foods and a special yoga session with Tyrone Beverly from I’m Unique. Students learned to use film cameras for portraits and food photography in conjunction with the Month of Photography, a city-wide focus of photographic media.

Guest artist Travis Vermilye’s graphite drawings about physical inactivity add to the exhibition. He explores sedentary lifestyles at the cellular level, representing health and ecological concerns in a new way. Vermilye is trained in medical and biological illustration and teaches scientific media and digital design at the University of Colorado Denver.

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

 

Not Much Will Change When I’m Gone, a solo exhibition of new works by Zach Reini

David B. Smith Gallery

May 17 - June 15, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 17th, 6 - 8 pm
  • Also on display, painter Sierra Montoya Barela
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Zach Reini - The Jokes On You! - 2019 - spray enamel, acrylic, and latex on canvas over panel (4 parts)- 36 x 36 in.

For his debut with the gallery, Reini will present a diverse array works ranging from shaped canvas panels to found object assemblage. Rendered in his meticulously crafted style, he takes inspiration from cultural ephemera of the ‘90s, namely, Pogs. Envisioned as the embodiment of disposable trends, imagery, color palette, and composition are culled from classic Pogs, which are then reproduced in comparatively monumental scale. In his futile effort to return to the blip in time when Pogs enjoyed popularity, Reini questions the utility of nostalgia and the fickle nature of commercialized cultural systems.

Pogs, also known as milk-caps, were the primary elements of a game that swept 1990s by storm. Highly collectible, with customizable game-play, the rules of Pogs could change from person to person, effectively posturing itself as vehicle for individuality. Now almost entirely forgotten, aside from the occasional nostalgic remembrance, the rise and fall of Pogs as cultural icon acts as metaphor for larger social systems. Reviving imagery and phrases printed on the original game pieces, Reini conjures the past to then preserve in a New Age tomb.

Part weighted rumination on the nature of success inexorably marked by capitalism and part bold visual frenzy, Reini tempts deeper realization by revisiting a mercurial flash in the pan. Not Much Will Change When I’m Gone rifles through the past to better understand the present, pulling out dusty old boxes from the back of the closet only to find that things are pretty much the same.

About Zach Reini:

Zach Reini (b.1990) has gained notoriety for his paintings and sculptures that use a visual archive of popular and subcultural symbols in constant cycles of appropriation. Reini exploits this open field of imagery with a wry aesthetic to create objects at once familiar to many contexts, yet particular to none. Reini’s artwork has been exhibited in the US and Europe including solo exhibitions in Miami, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Milan and Denver. His works have been displayed in multiple art fairs including NADA New York and Miami as well as Material, Mexico City, ArtBo, Bogota, and Untitled, Miami Beach. Reini has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and was most recently featured in the exhibition Thief Among Thieves at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

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

 

#isawitatedge

Edge Gallery

May 24 - June 9, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday May 24 from 6-10pm
  • Featuring: Abby André, Kay D. Galvan, Jon Kitner, Gayla Lemke, Dennis Pippen, Phil Rader, Wynne Reynolds, Mala Setaram-Wolfe, Candace Shepard, Stephen Shugart, Faith Williams, Rachael Amos, Gary Ciancio, Sarah Clark, Christine Rose Curry, John Horner, Katherine Johnson, Sara-Lou Klein, J. Cole Patenotte, Ken Peterson, Nolan Tredway, Allie Williams
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Edge Gallery
7001 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO
303.477.7173
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat/Sun:12-5pm
http://edgeart.org

 

Time Zone

Edge Gallery

May 3 - 19, 2019

  • OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6PM-10PM
  • An Art Exhibition featuring time: the passage- the process- the experience
  • ​Time imagined, created, or documented
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Edge Gallery
7001 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO
303.477.7173
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat/Sun:12-5pm
http://edgeart.org

 

Tenzing Rigdol

Emmanuel Art Gallery

March 21 - June 7, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday March 21 from 6 - 9 p.m.
emm 1The first U.S. solo exhibition of work by contemporary Tibetan artist and activist Tenzing Rigdol is coming to the University of Colorado Denver. My World Is in Your Blind Spot, the title of the exhibition and its signature work, opens March 21 at The Emmanuel Art Gallery, presented by the University of Colorado Denver's College of Arts and Media.

“The work is a masterpiece,” says curator Sarah Magnatta. “It encompasses Rigdol’s ability to use religious imagery in a visually provocative manner, all while incorporating personal and political components that bring light to difficult and controversial topics.”

Rigdol, whose parents fled Tibet in the 1960s, studied at the University of Colorado and graduated from the College of Arts & Media in 2005 with a BFA in painting and drawing and a BA in art history. Although his work is shown around the world, including currently at the MET, his time living in Colorado has influenced his art through his academic studies and relationship with the environment.

“We are honored to have on view work that invokes international awareness and empathy,” says Jeff Lambson, Emmanuel Art Gallery director. “Rigdol’s art, while visually stunning, exposes the viewer to his culture of political activism and social conciseness, often in the 'Blindspot' of the rest of the world. It is timely for our students, Colorado and community,” he notes.

Emmanuel Gallery
Auraria Higher Education Center
10th and Lawrence St Mall
Denver, CO 80204
303.556.8337
Tue-Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
http://www.emmanuelgallery.org

 

“Artilicious”

fooLPRoof contemporary art

April 5 - May 17, 2019

  • Public Opening Party: April 5th from 7-9:30 pm
  • Gallerist/Curator: Laura Phelps Rogers
  • Exhibiting artists: Zoa Ace, Sarah Ashford, Eric Anderson, Gwen Arkin, Savannah Anderson, Jude Barton, Phil Bender, Karen Bennett, PJ Bergin, Courtney Cotton, Rob Crossno, Tobias Flores, Gay Germain, Robert Green, Cynthia Handel, Paul Higham, Jennifer Hope, Justin Kedl, Marston Jaquis, Coral Penelope Lambert, Gayla Lemke, David Lobdell, Patricia Martin, Caroline Peters, Vy Pham, Laura Phelps Rogers, Louis Recchia, Tracey Russell, Wynne Reynolds, Isaac Sandoval, Gabrielle Shannon, Deanna Sinclair, Jean Smith and Ben Woodeson

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Artilicious is an ambitious curated exhibition hinged on several key installations featuring 34 local, regional, national and international artists – there will be show within a show in the Extension Gallery: “Squared²” The exhibition includes 5 art department heads, artists in museum collections, emerging, mid and late career artists .

fooLPRoof contemporary art
3240 Larimer Street
Denver, CO
303.641.3472
http://www.foolproofcontemporaryart.com

 

ORCHID.Spring by Matthew Morrocco

Galerie B.B. (840 Santa Fe Drive, Denver)

April 19 - June 15, 2019

  • Curated by Sophie Olympia Riese
  • Artist Talk: Saturday June 8 at 10am
  • Third Friday Receptions: April 19, May 17, June 14
  • Art Of Brunch: April 28, May 26
  • First Friday Receptions: May 3, June 7
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Gallerie B.B. and The Olympia Project are pleased to present ​ORCHID.Spring, ​a new body of work by artist Matthew Morrocco. This work explores the interrelationship between the human and natural worlds. In each photograph, a purple figure--the artist himself dressed in a full-color bodysuit--poses within an enormous cluster of blooming Sakura trees. Morrocco tries to merge his body with the landscape, bending his arms to mimic the drape of a tree branch or, in one image, only half-emerging from a burst of sakura blossoms. Looking at these photographs, the viewer finds herself haunted by a familiar uneasiness. The centrality of Morrocco to every composition, the way his hiding only draws the viewer’s attention, captures how human beings have remade the earth in their own anthropocentric image. We live in a time in which we increasingly realize how the natural world--even its most remote corners, whether the deep sea or the rainforest--has been forever altered by human actions. Even natural spaces that appear untouched have often sustained heavy contact with the human--supposedly authentic experiences with “nature” have, more often than not, been extensively curated and anthropocentrized before the arrival of the newest human individual. Embodying this reality, Morrocco’s anonymous figure--mostly stripped of, age, race, and almost all of the categories central to human identity--filters the eye away from the breath-taking Sakura trees. At first, locating and studying the figure at the center of the images elicits pleasure--on second and third viewings, he begins to feel inescapable.

Spring ​shows the Sakura trees at a point in their lifecycle when they are most vulnerable and yet the most triumphant--they burst forth with unrepentant candor. While it may seem as though these trees are hardy, their presence is actually very delicate. The trees only bloom for a few weeks before the petals fall from the trees and decay on the ground. But in that time, bees work to pollinate the blossoms, which in turn creates more trees, more flowers, and more visual delight. As opposed to the sustainable cycle of the Sakura trees, human industry and cultivation have already pushed global warming beyond the threshold of no return, the US has pulled out of the Paris Agreement, and yet still, somehow, the environmental crisis is not the center of our attention. In making images that model the problematic centrality of the human in even the most serene natural spaces, this project seeks to bring the problematic anthropocentrism to the fore--the desire to see the Sakura trees without the omnipresent purple figure catalyzes our better impulses toward a more intimate coexistence. This series forms one part of a larger body of work, ​ORCHID.Seasons, ​that will explore this concept across different landscapes and seasons.

About the artist:

Matthew Morrocco is an artist working in photography and installation. He holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA from Columbia University. His work has received grant support from the New York FoundationoftheArts,abladeofgrass,NYU,andColumbiaUniversity.RecentexhibitionsincludeC​ omplicit​atNYU’s Gallatin Gallery, NY, ​ORCHID.rbg​ at Pioneer Works, NY, and O​ RCHID.Fall​ and O​ RCHID.Winter​ at Crush Curatorial, NY. His book, ​Complicit, ​was published in September, 2018 with Matte Editions.

About the curator:

Sophie Olympia Riese is an independent curator whose primary interest is in providing a platform for the stories and work of emerging artists who are engaging with historically overlooked and occasionally discomforting narratives. Her work seeks to promote an egalitarian view into the art world, making it accessible for artists and audience members alike who may have typically been excluded. Primary is the development of a conversation about the world as it is versus the world as it should be, and how current political, social, and economic conditions and considerations play into an artist’s ability to create and engage.

She was a co-founder of SECRET DUNGEON, a curatorial collective based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, that from 2016 to 2018 offered idiosyncratic programming intended to provide a conversational platform for artists whose work may not have been given an alternative outlet in the New York art market. Past projects include T​ he Ties that Bind, Bend, Break​ and T​ ENSE​ at SECRET DUNGEON, and ​Mdingi Coutts​ at Pitti Uomo 89. She is a trustee of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), a founding member of the Brooklyn Museum’s Young Leadership Council, and a patron of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

 

Of Places and Spaces: an exhibition by painters Homare Ikeda and Sandy Kinnee

William Havu Gallery

April 26 - June 8, 2019

  • Opening Reception : Friday, April 26th 6-9 pm
  • Also on display: new work by Patrick Marold
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Homare Ikeda, Haikai - White, Acrylic & Oil On Canvas, 69 1/2 X 58 Inches

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

 

Mario Zoots: Gentle Distortion

K Contemporary

May 4 - June 1, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 6-9 pm
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K Contemporary is proud to announce the opening of the highly anticipated solo exhibition by Mario Zoots, a Denver original with a growing international profile, titled “Gentle Distortion”. The central theme of Zoots’ work explores the concepts of originality, intention, expression and authorship, ultimately asking the question, “What represents authenticity in this era of simulacrum?”

When everything in art owes something in part to someone else, Zoots’ intention with this exhibition is to be transparent with the viewer about the process of art creation. Building his work themes on the rich foundations of art history, he looks back to the classical, modern and contemporary masters of past and present:

“I am thinking of Michelangelo and how he used assistants to help paint the Sistine Chapel or his apprentices who made his under paintings. I’m thinking of Warhol and his factory approach to creating art. And today with artists like Koons, Hirst and Minter having large studios with many assistants creating the work. The romantic image of the artist at work alone in the studio is largely inaccurate in today’s market driven art world.” Zoots wants to merely pull back the curtain to allow his audience a clearer view of “artist at work”.

The process of artistic creation, which Mario wants the viewer to observe closely, is nourished by multiple wellsprings, including inspiration, conceptualization, fabrication and communication. “Gentle Distortion” wonders aloud whether these raw elements can stand alone, or whether authenticity demands they be carried out together by a single creator. Is art to be judged by the sum of its parts, or by the manner of its creation? “These are the times of alternative facts,” says Zoots. “We’re adapting to a more flexible view of reality, integrity, sincerity and truthfulness.”

In the world of art, the new reality is increasingly characterized by appropriation and sourcing—two ancient, universal and, until very recently, rarely acknowledged practices that Zoots is pleased to publicly embrace. Intact and only slightly modified images and artifacts are the flesh and blood of his signature collages. While Zoots honors the intellectual and conceptual pre-conditions of his works, as often as not, he bids other hands to give them form, color and life.

“I’m experimenting with the idea of not being the one to make my work, and in some cases not touching it during the process at all,” he explains. “I’ve been having objects fabricated lately, out-sourcing my paintings to China, and I’ve hired an assistant to make my work based on a loose set of rules.”

The truth, both real and alternative, is that the traditions of borrowing inspiration and delegating artistic duties probably predate Lascaux, and they remain a proven part and a profitable parcel of many celebrated contemporary studios. But does that make the work itself any less genuine? Guests to K Contemporary this May will be invited to decide for themselves while browsing Zoots’ exquisite visual almanac of sculptures, paintings, collages and found photographs both ready-made and reproduced. “Gentle Distortion” will exhibit reassuring pieces of the past, comforting and commonplace relics of a Golden Age that never actually existed.

“The aura of authenticity clings to representations of an imagined past. But it’s never authenticity itself I find, only an artificial spectacle.” Appropriately enough, “Gentle Distortion” will feature several works presenting such ersatz spectacle in evolving series, replicating images at once instructive of Zoots’ artistic approach and reflective of the exhibit’s title.

Giving a nod to Walter Benjamin’s essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, Zoots will showcase work in multiples. The essay speaks to the evolution of the ability to reproduce works of art, and how this resulted in art’s loss of aesthetic value through unique claims to being an authentic original. At play in this essay is also the theme of how reproducible, mass marketed art can be a tool for distracting, confusing and manipulating the masses. This essay is credited with developing an insightful interpretation of the role technological reproduction plays in shaping aesthetic experience.

Zoots shares, “I want to show the multiple ways I can reproduce an image, I dig the repetition and the confusion. My intention is to be transparent with the viewer about the process.”

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

 

Paul Keefe: Take A Penny, Leave A Penny

Lane Mayer Projects

May 24 - June 24, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 24, 6pm
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Lane Mayer Projects is pleased to present T​ake a Penny, Leave a Penny,​ a solo exhibition of new artworks by Paul Keefe. The work on display features an array of artworks in various mediums including video, sculpture, and printmaking. These seemingly disparate approaches to making art are the result of inquiries into the phenomenology of art. What are the functions of value, beauty and humor? How do they work together to form our perception of an artwork? How do they live together within a work of art?

Several pieces in the exhibition employ ordinary materials to upend conventions of value. Sculptures crafted from ice, staples, and foam address the potential for beauty in these often discarded and abundant materials. They form the basis for an argument which situates value- not in the quality of materials used- but in the ability of the artist to transform material. Many of these artworks also have a precarious relationship with time. Although they can be rebuilt, they are subject to change. What exactly makes a work of art precious? Does an objects’ lifespan affect its inherent and assumed value?

Printmaking, casting, video, and the act of using a stapler, are processes which have been selected for their ability to mechanically reproduce objects, removing the idiosyncratic marks of the artists’ “hand” and replacing them with an emphasis on conceptual intent. These processes stretch our understanding of authenticity and call upon the viewer to assess the role of value in our perception of artworks.

An absurd sense of humor permeates the work in T​ ake a Penny, Leave a Penny.​ A flawed, nonsensical logic has been incorporated into the design of each work with the intention of discovering new ways to make and present artwork. In the sculpture, Press Release, 10,000 copies of the press release are are neatly stacked, replacing the gallery pedestal (designed to hold press releases) with the object itself. This slapstick gesture is a comedic approach to transform the commonplace object into an autonomous sculpture.

While much of the work possesses a humorous -and at times satirical- quality, a sincere pursuit of beauty pervades the work. In Peter Schjeldahl’s essay, N​ otes on Beauty,​ he describes beauty as complex, never pure, and always mixed up with something else. The artworks on display address beauty as an objective experience, triggered by a combination of mental and visual stimuli. Rather than adhering to a single aesthetic or insisting upon a particular taste, beauty is sought through the challenging, surprising, and unexpected moments that redirect the flow of our feelings, heighten our awareness, and produce joy.

Lane Meyer Projects
2528 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205
http://lanemeyerprojects.com

 

Spring Group Show

Mai Wyn Fine Art

April 19 - June 1, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 19th, 6-8pm; coincides with 3rd Friday Collectors' Preview in the Art District on Santa Fe
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Ghost Rockets by Tommy White (acrylic & graphite on panel, 44in x 44in) Find out more

Mai Wyn Fine Art
744 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204
303.893.4182
http://maiwyn.com

 

Aftereffect: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Painting

Amanda Wachob: Tattoo This

Andrew Jensdotter: Flak

February 15 - May 26, 2019

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Emily Joyce, Reclaimed Fuchsia Rose 1, 2014
part of the exhibition Aftereffect: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Painting

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202
303.298.7554
http://mcadenver.org

 

L’Avenir: Graffuturism Group Exhibition

Mirus Gallery Mirus Gallery

April 26 -­ May 25, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday, April 26th at 7pm
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Mirus Gallery Denver is pleased to present L’Avenir, a Graffuturism group exhibition curated by Poesia.

L’Avenir features a group of like­minded artists that flourish under the banner of Graffuturism, a term coined by artist and arts commentator Poesia, who edits and publishes an online blog under the same name, Graffuturism.com.

Taking inspiration from French philosopher Jacques Derrida and his axiom The coming of the Other, L’Avenir literally translates as “the future,” and is a direct reference to the progressive and contemporary element that has influenced this intercontinental group of individuals known for creating a distinct aesthetic of their own. The exhibition is a survey of an emerging movement and features work from Augustine Kofie, Carlos Mare, Christopher Derek Bruno, David Mesguich, Doze Green, Jaybo Monk, Kenor, Matt w Moore, Nawer and Remi Rough

L’Avenir brings this group of graffiti inspired contemporary artists crashing into our visual field with an exciting celebration of the neo­contemporary Graffuturism movement.

Mirus Gallery
1144 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
303.910.4005
Open Tuesday-Saturday 12-6pm or by appointment
http://www.mirusgallery.com 

 

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