Tara Donovan: Fieldwork

MCA Denver

September 21, 2018 - January 27, 2019

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Tara Donovan: Fieldwork celebrates American artist Tara Donovan’s distinct and varied practice, which includes sculpture, drawings, works on paper, and site-responsive installations. Often known for her transformation of neutral or mundane materials into elaborate, mind-bending objects that evoke the natural world or other organic material, Donovan’s work in many ways is about work. She manipulates a material over and over again, to see what it is capable of becoming, where it might lead, and how it will migrate from an object of practical use to something surreal or sublime. In some instances, she reworks a material into both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, engaging with space and light in nuanced and unexpected ways.

This exhibition, occupying MCA Denver’s entire building, will be the first time that Donovan’s wall-based and freestanding objects will be installed together, in order to understand fully how the artist re-imagines everyday materials like plastic straws, index cards, rubber bands, Slinkys, and Mylar. A remix of older and recent works will open up new areas of dialogue within her practice and enable viewers to make connections across time and subject matter. The exhibition is about how, through labor (especially repetitive action), order and structure can give way to the unpredictable, where reason yields to faith, and the mundane cedes to the marvelous—truly employing the creative act to seduce visually and, in doing so, override what we know to be factual.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue, co-published with Skira Rizzoli, featuring essays by Nora Burnett Abrams, Giuliana Bruno, and Jenni Sorkin.

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

 

Emilio Lobato Retro-Spectacle: 25 Years Of Paintings & Prints

William Havu Gallery

September 21 - November 10, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 21st from 6-9pm
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Emilio Lobato - Polvo Astral (Stardust), 2018, Collage & Oil On Panel, 60" X 60"

Emilio Lobato Artist Statement:

In the fall of 1998 the William Havu Gallery opened with an inaugural show in the new space at 1040 Cherokee Street, the first space designed and conceived as a contemporary art gallery in Denver. That inaugural exhibition was a triad of solo shows titled, "Full Circle". I was very proud to be one of that trio. Twenty years later I am still proud to be represented by the William Havu Gallery. Over the past two decades the William Havu Gallery has given me ten solo shows and has included me in numerous group shows.

To celebrate this milestone we've selected works from my archive, some featured in that inaugural show. Additionally we've selected works from many of my subsequent exhibitions. For over 20 years I've explored many themes and ideas. A consistent intention has been my desire to examine an internal landscape. For practically my entire career I've been captivated with the "peaks and valleys" that constitute human emotion.

Congratulations, William Havu Gallery! With gratitude and affection. Full Circle indeed!

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

 

Read more: Havu: Emilio Lobato Retro-Spectacle

Things Remembered…Things Forgotten by Patricia Rucker and Louis Trujillo

SYNC Gallery

September 20 - October 13, 2018

  • Third Friday artists’ reception: September 21 from 6-9pm
  • Art of Brunch: Sunday September 30 from 11am-3pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: October 5 from 6-9pm
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Patricia Rucker, Cache, acrylic on TerraSkin, 38” x 28”
http://www.patriciaruckerart.com

Patricia Rucker: Artist Statement

Look into the stains of walls, or the ashes of fire, or clouds or mud or like places, in which, if you consider them well, you may find really marvelous ideas. The mind of the painter is stimulated to new discoveries; because, by indistinct things the mind is stimulated to new invention. – Leonardo da Vinci

Human beings tend to assemble images because of apophenia, the tendency to attribute meaning to perceived connections or patterns between seemingly unrelated things. My paintings begin from a monoprinting process similar to creating inkblots. During the process of folding, and printing on the TerraSkin surface, I have been able to manipulate acrylic paint to create presumptive impressions . . . things and places lodged in memory.

Louis Trujillo GraceLouis Trujillo, Grace, mixed media, paper, gouache, rust, inkjet print, pins, 54” x 45” x 2” (approx.)
http://www.trulouart.com 

Louis Trujillo: Artist Statement


Microscopic neurons fire to calculate massive amounts of information. Chemicals are released for us to experience senses and emotions. Decade’s worth of memories and experiences are archived and retrievable. The brain is the most powerful organ in our body. If it were to fail on us our faculties would be altered. The people that we know and love would become strangers. Lessons learned would become obsolete.

Louis Trujillo’s series titled Forget-Me-Not explores the loss of the mind through mixed media works on paper. Hundreds of forget-me-not flowers that include images of his family members are pinned individually to the walls. These artworks honor his late Great-Grandmother Grace who suffered with Alzheimer’s, and his Grandfather Albert who currently suffers from the same disease. According to Alzheimer’s Association, “More than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.” This information makes the future seem bleak but hopefully, with scientific breakthroughs, this number can decrease, or perhaps the disease can be stopped and reversed.

100% of sales from Trujillo’s Forget-Me-Not series will be donated to Alzheimer’s Association

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

http://syncgallery.org

 

Evidence

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

September 20 - November 21, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20th from 4 to 7 pm
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Evidence: Summer Film Classes at DAVA

Evidence features artwork created by DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) youth during special summer classes. Evidence opens to the public on Thursday, September 20th from 4 to 7 pm with film screenings, a giant dinosaur sculpture, and a “crime” scene investigation.

Inspired by paleontology, forensics and human life, DAVA students explored traces of life, from fossils to finger prints. Middle and high school Job Training students followed forensic evidence to reconstruct a body in sculpture and solve a “crime” by creating their own forensics lab. Younger students in the Open Studio recreated a Jurassic period diorama with a twelve-foot-long Diplodocus sculpture. This exhibit is part of our theme for 2018: Crosscurrents in the Arts and Sciences.

Computer Art Lab students used moving image to reveal social concerns during a collaboration between DAVA and the Colorado Film School. The resulting short films are included in this exhibit. They tell powerful stories using different formats: digital animation, stop motion, live action film and documentary. Film screenings will take place during the opening reception and throughout the duration of the show. All of DAVA’s exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or by appointment. For more information about the exhibits, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts 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, visit www.davarts.org or call 303-367-5886.

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

 

Sumi-e Painting: Traditional and Emerging Expressions

Niza Knoll Gallery

September 7 - October 20, 2018

  • Juror: Mamiko Ikeda
  • Artist Reception and Sumi-e Demonstration by Richard Eversley: Friday, September 21, 5-8pm​
  • The Art of Brunch ArtWalk: Sunday, September 30, 11am - 3pm​
  • Exhibiting artists: Michele Benzamin-Miki, Jess Beyler, Lisa Calzavara, Laura Beth Collier, Erin Gilbert, Jan Janas, Julie Keaten-Reed, Christina Kwan, Aaron LaDuke, Diana Lomeihing, Kurisutein Lopusnak, Brenda Luckin, Monica McElwain, Meridith McPherson, Orianna Montenegro, Lynne Riding, Elizabeth Schowachert, Tanzanight, Chris Troutman, Marilyn Wells and Diane Williams
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Aaron LaDuke

Niza Knoll Gallery is now showing Sumi-e Painting / Traditional and Emerging Expressions Juried Exhibition through October 20, 2018. The gallery called for artists nationwide to explore techniques in creating Sumi-e or Far East Asian influenced fine art with ink, water color, and or acrylic mediums. Submissions could be representational, expressionist, nature base and or abstract. Honoring tradition, pushing the limits building on tradition and exploring possibilities to arrive at the art is the focus of this show.

Juror Mamiko Ikeda, from Tokyo, Japan, is a cultural educator and multi-media artist who mainly creates calligraphy art, prints, and animation. She states, "...when I think of ‘Far East Asian’ influence in art pieces, I see flow, balance, and most importantly, ‘間 (Ma)’ or space. When we say ‘Ma’ in Japanese, it may be slightly different from Western view of ‘space.’ ‘Ma’ is a space between strokes where connection and flow in the emptiness are felt. Or, it could be a comfortable distance between the art piece and the viewer as it creates a pause for breath in its intensity. In any kind of relationship—animate and inanimate beings— ‘Ma’ or the comfortable space in-between, won’t push you too much, so you can hold yourself.

Niza Knoll Gallery
915 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.953.1789
http://www.nizaknollgallery.com

 

New Work from Alicia Bailey and Janice McDonald

Mike Herburger in the North Gallery

Spark Gallery

September 20 - October 14, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 6-9 pm
  • Art of Brunch: Sunday, September 30, 11 am-3 pm
  • First Friday: October 5, 6-9 pm
  • Last Look: Sunday, October 14, 1-4 pm
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Alicia Bailey, “Almost Endless” (left); Janice McDonald “Unraveling the Tapestry” (right)

Alicia Bailey: "Almost Endless"

The impetus for Almost Endless, a dimensionally variable installation of book forms, comes from my love of what the Japanese call Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing). Almost Endless was created using of a variety of repetitive variables for the production of hundreds of hand-printed images individually bound into dozens of flexible spines. Much of the binding has been done in forests and other outdoor spaces throughout Colorado.

Janice McDonald: "ThroughLines"

The “ThroughLines" series of collages are visual riffs on the unexpected landscapes of our minds as we address concerns like bandwidth and overwhelm, alongside mindfulness and purpose. Each piece represents a moment in time, full of multi-layered and competing thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams, and memories -- all moving forward and influencing each other — glimpses of the complex world of the self.

Mike Herburger: "Natural and Unnatural"

I am inspired by the temporal and unpredictable nature of the world around us. These photographs function as impressions of places–my attempt to capture in-between moments. Using a lensless pinhole camera, I am able to record incidental visual elements—coalescing light, movement, forms, and colors. The resulting dreamlike landscapes and cityscapes compel the viewer to interpret the images through the lens of their own memory and experience.

Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
720.889.2200
Thu-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
First Friday and Openings 6:00 to 9:00 PM
http://www.sparkgallery.com

 

Stephen Shugart: Nocturnes

Kay Galvan: Doha

Edge Gallery

September 21 - October 7, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 5:00 - 10:00 PM
  • Edge currently has openings for Full and Associate Members; Please click here for more information
  • See Edge's Fence Art Installation on the 40 West ArtLine: https://www.40westartline.org/art
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Stephen Shugart - Past, Present, Future and Elsewhere. 2018.
Pine, embroidery hoops, polyester/spandex, thread, springs, cable, clamp lights, remote control bluetooth RGB LED bulbs, hardware. 79" x 35" x 35"

Stephen Shugart: Nocturnes

Nocturnes is a multi-media, multi genre show featuring new light art sculptures, painting, photographs and poetry on the theme of time, memory and the cosmos. The minimalist works contrast natural and synthetic materials using wood, fabric, springs, magnets, lights, hardware, and found objects.

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Kay Galvan - Spinning in Samsara 2018. Oil on Canvas. 24" x 24"

Kay Galvan: Doha

Doha is a Hindi and sometimes Buddhist form of poetry, written to describe a sensual, devotional or spiritual state. These doha are spontaneous and poetic visual responses to the contemplative experiences of my inner world.

Edge Gallery
7001 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO
303.477.7173
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat/Sun:12-5pm
http://edgeart.org

 

Valerie Savarie & Sharon Eisley: Escape

Valkarie Gallery & Studio

September 19 - October 14, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, September 22 from 5-9pm
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In their fifth paired solo show, Valerie Savarie and Sharon Eisley explore their interpretations of "escape" through altered book sculptures and paintings. With two new bodies of work, each artist has pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone embracing the true meaning of Escape: breaking away from the patterns we create; allowing the mind to indulge in a world of magic and make believe; freeing oneself from the restrictions placed upon us by society and culture; breaking away from the chains that bind and the teeth that bite.

Back by popular demand will be their Cabinets of Curiosity that will be unveiled at the opening reception at 6:23pm. What is inside will remain a mystery until the unveiling and is sure to delight all those who attend.

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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http://www.valkariefineart.com

 

Full Circle: Virginia Maitland

Laura Merage: Nausy Nausy

Connected by Color: Featuring Patricia Aaron, Jennifer Ivanovic, Sue Oehme and Jodi Stuart

Wes Magyar and Jonathan Saiz: 7000 Reasons Pop Up

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

September 13 - November 11, 2018

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Full Circle: Virginia Maitland
Virginia Maitland Retrospective 1965 - Present

The Arvada Center is proud to present a career retrospective by acclaimed Boulder painter Virginia Maitland. Maitland, long considered one of the region’s premier abstract colorists is featured in a 53-year retrospective, highlighting the evolution and determination of her art practice.

Laura Merage: Nausy Nausy (through December 23, 2018)

Laura Merage’s soft sculpture installation takes over the Arvada Center’s Theatre Gallery with vibrations of color. The title, Nausy Nausy, is meant to evoke the words we coo to children when they pet an animal or touch something fragile, to be nice, to be gentle, to be considerate.

Connected by Color
Featuring Patricia Aaron, Jennifer Ivanovic, Sue Oehme and Jodi Stuart


Connected by Color explores color’s limitless possibilities through the work of four artists. Aaron works in encaustic, Ivanovic pours acrylic paint straight into her composition, Oehme is a master printmaker, and Stuart creates ethereal sculptures using 3D printing pens. Each of these artists take vastly different approaches to color to expose its many different facets.

Wes Magyar and Jonathan Saiz: 7000 Reasons Pop Up

7000 Reasons is your chance to have a portrait of someone or something you love in the place you love - the Arvada Center. Wes Magyar and Jonathan Saiz have teamed up with the goal of creating 7000 one-of-a-kind paintings for the price of just $143 each.

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

 

The Space Between

Walker Fine Art

September 14 - November 3, 2018

  • Featuring: Meagen Svendsen, Angela Beloian, Karin Schminke, Allison Svoboda, Jonathan Hils, Jesse Poulin, Chris Hassig
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Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204
303.355.8955
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
http://www.walkerfineart.com

 

Variations: Photography and Art

Lauri Rose Dunn, Patti Barry Levy and Ana Maria Botero

Robert Anderson Gallery (3321 East Colfax, Denver - immediately east of the Bluebird Theater)

September 14 - December 29, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday, September 14 from 5 to 9 pm
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Reality Bytes

RedLine

September 14 - October 28, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday September 21, 6-9pm
  • Curated by Ivar Zeile/Denver Digerati
  • Presented in Conjunction with Supernova Digital Animation Festival
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Much of what we see, hear about, or experience in the world today often seems unimaginable. The steady flow of video games, virtual reality, consumer apps, computer programs and social media outlets derived from the “digital age” promote an existence that is becoming more “dreamlike” every day, often invoking complete wonderment. Reality Bytes aims to capture the zeitgeist brewing through the use of digital tools in the hands of contemporary artists. Presented by Denver Digerati, the works in the exhibition utilize their expansive laboratory operating within Denver’s public landscape over the last seven years. Reality Bytes, shown in conjunction with Supernova Digital Animation Festival, delivers a fascinating snapshot into a rapidly advancing world through some of the most imaginative artists in the field, celebrating digital animation as a wide, immersive realm unfettered by boundaries- changing how we experience art and the physical world.

Artists: Chiho Aoshima, John Butler, Emily Brout/Maxime Marion, Chris Coleman, Jeremy Couillard, Milton Croissant III, Sandrine Deumier, Elliot Dodd, Atomic Elroy, David Fodel, Jeff Jurich, Faiyaz Jafri, Bryan Leister, Michael Mallis, Keiichi Matsuda, Alex McLeod, Laleh Mehran, Brenna Murphy, Jonathan Monaghan, PNSY Studio, Mike Pelletier, Zach Tatham, Katie Torn, Jack Wedge, Barry Whittaker, Mario Zoots

RedLine
2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
303.296.4448
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat/Sun: 11am-5pm
http://www.redlineart.org

 

Four Concurrent Solo Exhibitions

Robischon Gallery

September 13 – November 3, 2018

  • John Buck: New And Recent Work Carved Wood And Mechanical Sculptures
  • Paco Pomet: New Work Paintings
  • Fred Stonehouse: Certainty Of Doubt Paintings And Works On Paper
  • Walter Robinson: Magic Thinker Recent Sculptural Works
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13 from 6 – 8 pm
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Robischon Gallery is pleased to present four provocative solo exhibitions by national and international artists John Buck, Paco Pomet, Fred Stonehouse, and Walter Robinson. The work on view borrows from the visual vocabulary of Magic Realism, the Neo-Surreal, Folk Art, and the satirical cartoon to open a new dialogue within today’s charged socio-political context. With the astounding, massively-scaled, kinetic sculpture of John Buck; the fantastical canvases of Paco Pomet; Fred Stonehouse’s paintings of strange and mythical figures; and Walter Robinson’s deconstructed societal symbols – each artist tells a distinctive story as they fuse the past with the present into something poignant, humorous and altogether unexpected.

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
303.298.7788
Tue-Fri: 11am-6pm; Sat: 12-5pm
http://www.robischongallery.com

 

Ben Gocker: A Bright Big Picture In Some Future Machine

David B. Smith Gallery

September 7 – October 6, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th, 6 - 8 pm; Free and open to the public / Artist in Attendance
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Ben Gocker, This is the Siberian Husky, 2018, mixed media, 73 x 40 in. (185.42 x 101.6 cm).

"A Bright Big Picture In Some Future Machine" is comprised of a suite of new works made of wood, paper, wire, and objects that belonged to or were created by a woman named Helen Macro; these include paintings, a book, and pieces of pegboard. The work explores the intertwined histories of Gocker and Macro (the former owner of his home), the concept of artistic legacy extending beyond the grave, accident, fateful juxtapositions, and air conditioning.

Shortly after he and his family moved from Coney Island into the small fixer-upper in Northern New York, Gocker began learning about the former owner of the home who died in 2016 at the age of 94. In addition to running a dress shop out of her basement, what is now Gocker’s studio, Macro was also a dedicated painter, leaving over 100 paintings in her will to the public library in town, the library where Gocker also works part-time. Gocker moved all of the paintings to the library, where they were, and still are, being sold to raise money for an air-conditioning system.

With subject matter ranging from Siberian Huskies to bouquets of pink lilacs, to a fisherman headed down to the lake, Macro’s paintings depict life in the town where she lived and which Gocker now calls home. To complete the nod to place and the fact that Macro’s paintings are being sold to raise money for an air-conditioning system, many of Gocker’s works are all scaled to match the HVAC unit hanging from the ceiling of the David B. Smith Gallery main exhibition area, and feature the lattice-work pattern of the unit’s filtering component.

An amalgam of brightly colored carved wood, found materials, home remnants, and repurposed paintings, Ben Gocker uses air conditioning to explore the odd exigencies of kismet; once things are brought together in a certain time and place they cannot be undone, cannot help but condition our affairs, alter our environment, their effects extending even beyond the grave, that coolest air conditioner of all. With A BRIGHT BIG PICTURE IN SOME FUTURE MACHINE, Gocker bends these parallels to braid a lattice of meaning where none had existed before. About Ben Gocker Ben Gocker (1979, Rochester, New York) lives and works in Tupper Lake, New York. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Gocker is represented by PPOW gallery in New York and has exhibited his works, curated shows, and performed at numerous galleries and institutions, including the New Museum, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Rachel Uffner, James Fuentes, Interstate Projects, and Wallspace, among others. He has had two solo shows with PPOW in 2012, and 2014. His work has been reviewed or received mention in Artforum, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Art in America. He is also the author of the book, The Pisces, published in 2012 by Content.

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

 

PTTSAAES: Works by Robert Mangold Schumpeter’s

Capriccio: New Works by Margaret Lawless

Michael Warren Contemporary

September 4 – October 11, 2018

  • Opening Reception, Thursday, September 6 (6-8pm)
  • Third Friday Art Reception, September 21 (6-8pm)
  • First Friday Art Walk, October 5 (6-9pm)
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Michael Warren Contemporary (MWC) is pleased to present “PTTSAAES: Works by Robert Mangold.” PTTSAAES is an acronym standing for “Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed.” This series of stationary sculpture creates visual equations that imply movement – with long linear passages diverting abruptly, from one corner to the next, causing the viewer eyes to increase speed as they follow the surface of the work.

Robert Mangold is often considered one of the pioneers of the contemporary art scene in Denver. Mangold moved to Colorado in 1960, working alongside Vance Kirkland at CU Denver before founding the art department at Metro State in 1965. His works can be found in important collections around the world and are proudly on display throughout the city.

We are also excited to offer new works by Margaret Lawless. The term capriccio is used to describe architectural fantasy, often creating imaginary realities by combining actual buildings and places with imaginary ones. Lawless not only shifts and reimagines places but also social landscapes. Margaret starts with images from art history and combines them with text and image-based research on political and economic terminology in order to create new works as her own version of the romanticized historical landscape genre.

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204
303.667.2447
http://www.michaelwarrencontemporary.com

 

A Harmless Exercise In Boundlessness...

or So Far I Haven't Killed Myself Or Any Other Person

Gildar Gallery

September 7 - October 13, 2108

  • Featuring: Andrew Cannon, Jasmine Little, Emily Ludwig Shaffer
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th from 6 - 9PM
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Gildar Gallery
82 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Wed-Sat: 12-6pm or by appointment
303.993.4474
http://gildargallery.com

 

Read more: Gildar: Andrew Cannon, Jasmine Little, Emily Ludwig Shaffer

Jill Hadley Hooper: Still Life

Mark Villarreal: Taíno

Goodwin Fine Art

September 14 - October 27, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 14 from 6 - 8 pm
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Jill Hadley Hooper, Still Life I, 2018, mixed media on panel, 52 x 36 x 2 in.

Jill Hadley Hooper lends her focus as the title of the exhibition connotes to the rich tradition of Still-Life painting or memento mori, adding her distinctive style to this genre of painting.  In preparation for the exhibition Hooper asked her friends to bring by arrangements of flowers for her to paint. Staying true to the discipline of Still Life painting Hooper chose to focus on the formal elements of painting; form, line color and composition. Within these self-imposed constraints, Hooper found an unexpected freedom.

"There is a liberation that comes from simply looking at something and drawing it. To give up control of the subject matter, I asked friends to provide me with cuttings from their gardens, to create portraits of sorts I could respond to."

The resulting paintings are richly textured with a unique printmaking quality to them. This effect is achieved by the rectangular tiling of the background with areas of white showing through along the edges. Hooper's source material stems from the artist's studies and drawings of each arrangement followed by the transfer of the image to the panel substrate. Working in a reductive process Hooper constantly re-works the surface leaving behind just a hint of what was there. The compositions are elegant and as Hooper refers to them, "portraits of sorts."

Jill Hadley Hooper received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has an extensive exhibition history. Her work was included in the 2017 Arvada Center for the Arts exhibition, In Situ: From the Artist's Perspective. In 2016 the Denver Art Museum commissioned the installation Tableau for the Precourt Gallery. In 2012 the City of Denver commissioned Hooper for a large-scale painting that currently hangs in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. Additionally, Hooper is a highly regarded illustrator. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal among others. Most recently Hooper illustrated the award-winning children's book, The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse. She is currently working on a book about the sculptor Giacometti.

Mark Villarreal's current body of work focuses on a 2017 trip that the artist took to Cuba. His non-objective abstract paintings, while intimate in scale, portray through colorful, lyrical compositions the rawness and vibrancy of the country. Villarreal also made a very intentional and deliberate choice to work within a smaller format, as the artists states.

"These paintings continue my pursuit of economy of scale, of means, a lean approach to the process of painting."

For an artist who is accustomed to painting large-scale work, the decision to paint small was initially challenging. Villarreal likens the paintings to short stories. They possess that same sensibility in their concise-ness. Instead of stepping away to take them in, in their entirety. They invite the viewer to come close and spend time with them. They are nuanced with areas that have wash-like applications of paint, contrasted with opaque areas and brushstrokes that skip unevenly across the surface. The scale also symbolizes for Villarreal his encounter with the literal "economy" of Cuba and its pervasive poverty.

Mark Villarreal is a Colorado native and currently resides in Boulder. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has been painting for over three decades and has not wavered from his commitment to abstraction. Villarreal has been showing in Denver since the early 90's and has served on numerous art selection committees and grant panels dedicated to the arts. He currently serves on the Boulder Arts Commission. From 1990 -1994 Villarreal collaborated with the artist Carolyn Braaksma for the Denver International Airport, B Concourse. 21st Century Artifacts, a public art commission that comprised designing the floors with terrazzo, granite, polished concrete and cast bronze fossil images.

Goodwin Fine Art
1255 Delaware Street
Denver CO 80204
303.573.1255
Tue-Fri: 11-6; Sat: 11-5
http://www.goodwinfineart.com

 

El Infinito

Museo de las Americas

September 13, 2018 - February 23, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13 from 6-9 PM
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In collaboration with Lockheed Martin and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, this exhibit will feature images captured by satellites that will highlight the human connection to the universe through the power of color and its interpretation. Images of the universe will also have a cultural tie-in with the prophecies of the Aztecs and the way the ancient civilization interpreted the universe as represented through a selection of prints from the Codex Borgia (the Aztec manuscript written before the Spanish conquest of Mexico).

Curatorial Statement: The powerful images taken by various satellites over the past 30 years are testament to the connection that exists between humans, technology and the Infinite. This magical triangle provides us with the opportunity to color the universe and establish individual connections with the Gods, the eternal inhabitants of the universe. - Chief Curator, Maruca G Salazar

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

http://museo.org

 

Chasing 360

Curtis Center for the Arts (2349 East Orchard, Greenwood Village)

September 8 - October 27

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8th from 6-8pm
  • Artists included in this exhibit: Kristen Abbott, Deidre Adams, Molly Berger, Jessica Magee, and Julia Rymer
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Julia Rymer - In the Midst

The inspiration for this exhibition evolved out of the artists meeting to connect about their work and process. Artist Jessica Magee coined the phrase “Chasing 360” as a metaphor for the feeling an artist has as they work- in a sense, as if they are chasing their tail or running in circles. While some artworks seem to come together effortlessly, often there are a multitude of variations and experimentations before a painting finally comes full circle and feels “finished.” The artists included in “Chasing 360” allow themselves to surrender to this process, making the resolution in their work unpredictable and intriguing.

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

 

Charles Counter: Split Sticks

Pattern Shop Studio

September 7 - October 5, 2018

  • Opening reception: First Friday, September 7th, 6 to 9pm
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The Pattern Shop Studio’s first fall exhibit will be Charles Counter’s Split Sticks. The show features both sculpture and prints of new dynamic work and will open with a public reception on first Friday, September 7th, 6 to 9pm, and will be on view through first Friday October 5th, 6-9pm. An artist’s Salon will be held on October 13th, 4-6pm. The show will conclude on Friday, October 19th. The Pattern Shop Studio is open seven days a week for groups and individuals by appointment (303-297-9831).

Charles Counter received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the seventies from Colorado State University and went on to receive a graduate degree in fine art from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. While at Otis, he served as the graduate assistant in sculpture developing a particular interest in wood sculpture. Later, this interest broadened through an apprenticeship and full-time employment as an industrial wood pattern maker.

Returning to his native Colorado, Counter has worked exclusively in the field of exhibition design and production. In the nineties he received an appointment at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, where he currently serves as Senior Designer and Developer of Exhibitions at the Museum and is a Senior Adjunct Instructor in the graduate program of Museum Studies. His work has been exhibited at The Denver Botanic Gardens, the Longmont Museum, Republic Plaza/Denver, Ironton Gallery, The Pattern Shop Studio and the William Havu Gallery. Counter lives and maintains a studio in Denver.

Pattern Shop Studio
3349 Blake St

Denver, CO 80205
303.297.9831
http://patternshopstudio.com

 

Close Proximity: A Retrospective of Sculpture by Neil Goodman

Museum of Outdoor Arts

September 15 - November 17, 2018

  • Opening reception: Saturday, September 15, 6-9pm with the artist in attendance
  • Artist Discussion: Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-8pm
  • Secondary Location: Westlands Park at 5701 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village; Three monumental sculptures will be installed as a supplement to the indoor gallery exhibition
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On September 15, 2018 MOA will debut Close Proximity: A Retrospective of Sculpture by Neil Goodman. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6 PM to 9 PM on Saturday, September 15 at MOA's indoor gallery on the Second Floor of the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, libations and live music. The opening reception is free and open to the public and the artist will be in attendance. 

This exhibition will feature bronze sculpture spanning four decades of artist Neil Goodman's work. Goodman is widely known in the Chicago, IL and Gary, IN regions of the US and his work is featured in numerous museums, private, and public collections. As a founding member of the fine arts department at Indiana University Northwest, Goodman recently retired as Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts in 2017 after nearly 40 years of teaching. Presently, Goodman divides his time between studios in Chicago and the Central Coast of California.

Over the course of his career Goodman has had more than forty solo exhibitions of his sculpture throughout the country in both museums and galleries. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, and his work has been written about and reviewed in numerous catalogs and periodicals including Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, and Sculpture Magazine.

"This exhibition takes us back to our roots as a sculpture museum," said MOA President and Executive Director, Cynthia Madden Leitner. "The breadth of work that we will be presenting in this intimate exhibition will allow our patrons to have a deeper connection with both the artist and bronze as a material."

In addition to the indoor exhibition, MOA has partnered with the City of Greenwood Village to install three of Goodman's monumental scale fiberglass sculptures at Westlands Park in Greenwood Village. The outdoor works will be on view through August of 2019. This exhibition is supported in part by the City of Englewood, Greenwood Village, and the SCFD.

Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110
303.806.0444
Tue-Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
http://www.moaonline.org

 

Oil paintings by Nickie Barbee and Prints on metal by Jim Miller

UCAR Community Art Program at NCAR

September 2 - November 3, 2018

  • Opening Art Reception: Saturday September 8th from 6-8 pm
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Jim Miller - M31

The UCAR Community Art Program at NCAR is proud to present two new exhibits: Oil paintings by Nickie Barbee and Prints on metal by Jim Miller

Nickie Barbee began her creative journey as a teen, encouraged by her artist grandfather. His interest and guidance made all the difference then to a budding artist. She has continued through the years to take classes and workshops. She has been painting professionally since 2015. Nickie has studied with numerous teachers over the years, with her most influential being Michelle Philip at the Classical Art Academy in Boulder, Colorado. She has furthered her study by attending workshops given by David Santillanes, Jane Hunt and Sheri Farabaugh. Others who have influenced her work are authors Richard Schmid, Edgar Payne and John Carlson, along with many others. Nickie’s representational, detailed style is inspired by nature’s enduring beauty and travels to locations throughout the United States and abroad. This travel has provided new perspectives and wide-ranging subject matter for her paintings. She especially tries to convey the feeling, uniqueness and sense of place in her subject matter. She finds oil painting to be an absorbing, compelling medium to communicate with. Nickie has received numerous awards at local and national venues and is a member of Oil Painters of America, along with two local art associations. Her works are held in private collections in CA, CO, IA, MO and NM.

Jim Miller is a passionate astro-photographer, specializing in taking original long exposure images of deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebula, and star clusters. The process includes imaging through telescopes and monochromatic CCD cameras specially designed for astronomy. The majority of photos are taken from his home in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado. The total exposure time varies from 10 hours up to 30 hours depending on the brightness of the subject and filters used.

NCAR's Mesa Laboratory is located at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, CO. Its galleries are open to the public on weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is no charge for admission.

Preview all artists' work on the UCAR Community Art Calendar at: http://scied.ucar.edu/exhibits/community-art-program

 

Spellbound

fooLPRoof contemporary art

September 7 – November 22, 2018

  • Opening Reception: First Friday September 7th from 7-9pm
  • In the Main Gallery: Charles Parson, Louis Recchia, Phil Bender, Zoa Ace, Jennifer Hope, Marston Jaquis, Ben Woodeson, David Lobdell, Tobias Flores, Caroline Peters, Coral Lambert, Laura Phelps Rogers, Cynthia Handel, Gayla Lemke, Robert Green, Isaac Sandoval, Eric Anderson, Ron and Sara Landucci, Vy Pham and Jean Smith
  • In the Community Gallery: Susan Berkley, Leah Diament, Andrea Gordon, Annette Coleman, Jill Renee Grant and Leslie Aguillard
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Please join fooLPRoof contemporary art and its exhibiting artists as we present our second exhibition and continue to try to crack the code for a new gallery model in the Denver urban core. Our newest exhibition includes an impressive Spellbound Fall line-up of over 25 exhibiting artists.

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

 

We Are Back

Featuring: Stephanie Hartshorn, Laura Krudener, Jeanne Liotta, Yoshitomo Saito, Annalee Schorr, Kevin Sloan and Elsa Sroka

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse (3636 Chestnut Place in Denver's RiNo District)

September 7 - October 7, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm
  • For the first time in two years, Ironton Studios is hosting a group show on First Friday under the auspicious new ownership by Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse
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Kevin Sloan, The Field, 60”x72”, acrylic on canvas, 2018

 

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