Robin Smith, Marco Pino-Yancovic & Amy Johnson

Firehouse Art Center (Longmont)

September 11 - October 6, 2013

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 13th from 6-9pm
  • Artist Discussion: Wednesday, September 11th from 6-8pm
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  Robin Smith: Echoes I - ; Marco Pino-Yancovic: Soundscape; Amy Johnson: Fade to Black

(from the press release)

Carbon is the fourth most abundant chemical element in the universe, it can be found in diamonds, graphite, plants, fossil fuels, limestone, marble, water and our atmosphere. Because of the varying forms carbon takes, our interaction with the element can vary widely. In Elemental Experiences, the viewer is confronted with carbon in three forms; charcoal drawings by Robin Smith, laser engraved wood by Marco Pino-Yancovic and fossil fueled metal sculptures by Amy Johnson. Viewing Pino-Yancovic, Smith and John sons work together evokes energetic, contemplative and sometimes uneasy thoughts. At an elemental level, the origin and idea behind the work becomes as important as the work itself. Consider the development of this artwork, from the beginning of carbon, to what you see on the walls today and allow your opinions and memories to guide your experience. Each artist has a unique message, based on the environment in which the idea was born and the materials needed. Their process and technique are combined with skill and precision to create extremely engaging works. Ultimately, it is our experiences with nature, our environment and each other that form our percep tions and opinions on how we live.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Marcospent his childhood in northern Chile. After earning an architectural degree from Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria in Chile and a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, he has worked in the design and architecture fields in Chile, New York, Cincinnati, Boulder and Denver.

Amy Johnsonis a conceptually oriented, 3D artist who finds inspiration from post-minimalism. She has a BA in Policy and Social Values, a minor in Peace and Conflict Stud ies, a diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, and next spring will receive an MFA in Metalsmithing from Colorado State University. Her interests lie in connecting her love of art making to her interest in social justice issues.

Robin Smith, born in Denver, Colorado in 1985, completed her BA in English at Colorado College (with studies in France and Ireland) on a prestigious scholarship from the Boettcher Foundation. She later returned to Ireland to study at the Burren College of Art where she graduated from the post-baccalaureate program in studio art. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Art at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Robin has been an artist in residence at the Burren College of Art, the Watershed Research Station (a division of the Science Museum of Minnesota), the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation in Maine, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, and Spiro Arts in Park City, Utah. She has also spent time as a TA with Colorado College, the Ah Haa School for the Arts, and The Laguna College of Art and Design. Her work is a part of local and national collec tions. Robin is represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver.

Firehouse Art Center
Fourth and Coffman
Longmont, CO
303.651.2787
Wed-Sun: 12-5pm
http://facebook.com/Firehouseart
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

Water!

The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

August 30- September 28, 2013

  • Gallery Reception: Friday September 6th from 6-9pm
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(from the press release)

Water is the essence of all life but is becoming a scarce resource. In the upcoming photography exhibition Water! at The Center for Fine Art Photography, this visually stunning entity is explored in its many forms and uses: liquid, clouds, steam, snow and ice, to calm us, inspire us, and shape our landscape. The artists displayed in Water! highlight its symbolic, coveted, transformational, and political properties. Come explore water and it’s complexity at The Center for Fine Art Photography.

The Water! exhibition was juried by the highly sought after Wally Mason, director of the Haggerty Museum of Art. Mason has curated over 90 exhibitions and is renowned both nationally and internationally. The exhibit will open to the public on First Friday, September 6th. The public and artists reception will be held the same day from 6-9 p.m. to celebrate the selected artists at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.

Water will be on exhibit in the Center's Online Gallery at c4fap.org, and in the Main Gallery at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado from August 30- September 28, 2013. The artists' and public reception will take place September 6, 2013; from 6 - 9p.m.

Please join the Center and artists from across the globe, for an evening of art, inspiration, and community. This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Grant and a Colorado Creates Grant. Since 2004, The Center for Fine Art Photography has been a preeminent supporter of photography. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the Center is supported globally with donations, grants, and memberships. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the Center for Fine Art Photography offers three public galleries, classes, and online exhibitions that give photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world an opportunity to engage with the Center and it’s community. For more information about the Center, including information on workshops, membership and exhibitions, please visit the website at http://c4fap.org or call 970-224-1010.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Rex Ray: Colortopia

Turner Carroll Gallery (Santa Fe, NM)

August 23 - September 29, 2013

  • Opening reception: Friday August 23, 5-7 pm; Come meet Rex Ray!
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Rex Ray, Cappa A4#1, 14 x 11," oil and pigment print on canvas with silkscreen

(from the press release)

Come one, Come all to the Turner Carroll Gallery’s Rex Ray exhibition opening August 23! There have been exciting new updates regarding the exhibition, and the show will now include a series of vibrant clown portraits in addition to his well-known geometric abstractions. To celebrate the edition, the gallery will stray from its usual opening reception by hosting a carnival themed party with popcorn, cotton candy, circus peanuts, balloons, clowns, and more! The celebration will take place on August 23 from 5-7pm, and the show will be up through September 29.

Rex Ray has always worked with layers of imagery and shapes, often using varying sizes of colorful dots and grids that decorate his collages on linen. Now, in his clown series, he is layering concrete imagery with the same shapes. Dots create a textured, almost pixilated background and tie the digitally painted portraits with the collages making a cohesive body of work that can easily be recognized as Rex Ray. Because the clowns are more human, the imagery is relatable to us all and, therefore, the striking emotions rendered in the pieces are easily accessible to the audience. The edgy and vibrantly colored clowns exaggerate the clown’s own courageousness, exuberance, happiness, and energy. These are familiar emotions that cause one to sympathize with the seemingly twisted figures, and the clowns become representative of some type of archetypical outsider to us--a caricature of ourselves, that we all find incredibly compelling when we see it exposed outside ourselves.

Drawing inspiration from his acknowledged influences—the Arts and Crafts Movement, Abstract Expressionism, organic and hard-edged abstraction, pattern and textile design, and Op Art—Ray combines these formalist concepts with decorators’ tips gleaned from lowbrow publications and sources of popular culture. Rex Ray has become one of contemporary art’s hippest members, having designed album covers for Bjork, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Beck, and Joe Satriani. His work is widely exhibited at museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Modern Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Turner Carroll Gallery
725 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.986.9800
http://turnercarrollgallery.com

 

James Jensen from the Wayne F. Yakes, MD Collection

Fort Collins Museum of Art

August 9 – September 22, 2013

  • Also on display: Colorado Still Life Painters 
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(from the website)

On August 9, the Fort Collins Museum of Art will open an exhibition of Fort Collins native, James Jensen. Early in his life, Jensen aspired to be a concert pianist and he studied music and composition at the University of Colorado. While pursuing his interest in music, Jensen also discovered his passion and talent for the visual arts and he became increasingly aware that this was the direction he wanted to take in life. The subject matter in Jensen's work varies from still life to large images.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

Pattie Lee Becker: Objects in Place

Firehouse Art Center (Longmont)

August 7 - September 8, 2013

  • Artist Insider (Members only event): Friday August 30 @ 6 PM
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(from the press release)

Objects in Place became a fresh look at creating composition and pattern. It began with on inquiry: can random arrangements of volumes and lines kick-start an investigation into what pattern, flatness, space, and objects may convey. The simple experiment revealed the process for this new series which explores seem-ingly mundane objects of doily life, often choreographed by compelling snapshots from my personal ar-chived photographs. Primary objects ore abstracted into flatness and non-materiality, leaving only shapes which may at bed trigger memories as familiar silhouettes. Surroundings with depth are flattened and then abstracted as vibrant explosions of patterned surfaces that possess their own kaleidoscopic depth.

The juxtaposition of objects portrayed as emptiness with surroundings portrayed as surfaces begins a playful visual oscillation as well as o rewriting of the relationship between the two. The series emphasizes shifts of space and materiality where the hollow stillness of monolithic negative spaces and detailed vibrant surfaces aro each vying for our attention. Translating this exploration sculpturally, these objects as negative space; have been crafted as three dimensional non-objects devoid of specificity, afloat in their patterns as space.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

Leigh Anne Langwell: Photograms: Life Illuminated Photography Exhibition

The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

August 2 - September 28, 2013

  • Public reception: Friday August 2 from 6 - 9p.m
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“I have always envisioned the core of the body as somehow illuminate—a self contained lighting storm.” Leigh Anne Langwell

Leigh Anne Langwell’s search for meaning via the human body affords the audience a sensual experience of photography.

Upon experiencing the artist’s immense mural, Dark Field (1999), it is clear that Langwell’s photograms break and exceed traditional photographic strictures. Dark Field conjures feelings of connection with the universe simultaneous with the inner workings of the body. Through the presence of fluidity, ambiguous content and contrasts of dark and light, pure and impure, Langwell’s work elicits bodily responses of disruption, pleasure, and wonder. The five-panel piece is a vision of energy, life and death simultaneously.

“It harbors within it an excess, a rapture, a potential of associations that overflows all the determinations of its “reception” and “production.” Jean Francois Lyotard Photograms: Life Illuminated will be on exhibit in the Center's Online Gallery at c4fap.org, and in the Main Gallery at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado from August 2- September 28, 2013. The artist’s and public reception will take place August 2, 2013; from 6 - 9p.m. Please join the Center and artists from across the globe, for an evening of art, inspiration, and community. This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Grant and a Colorado Creates Grant.

Since 2004, The Center for Fine Art Photography has been a preeminent supporter of photography. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the Center is supported globally with donations, grants, and memberships. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the Center for Fine Art Photography offers three public galleries, classes, and online exhibitions that give photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world an opportunity to engage with the Center and it’s community. For more information about the Center, including information on workshops, membership and exhibitions, please visit the website at http://c4fap.org or call 970-224-1010.  

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Lorna Simpson and Hayley Tompkins

Aspen Art Museum

July 26 - September 22, 2013

  • Thursday, July 25 at 5pm: A members-only gallery conversation with exhibiting artists Lorna Simpson and Hayley Tompkins led by AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and AAM Curator Jacob Proctor
  • Thursday, September 19 at 6pm: Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head, Contemporary Art, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, discusses the work of Lorna Simpson
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(from the press release)

Beginning with a free public reception with both artists on Thursday, July 25, 2013, the Aspen Art Museum presents 2013 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence Lorna Simpson’s Lorna Simpson: Works on Paper, which features over 100 works—including a new series created during her tenure as the AAM’s 2013 Distinguished Artist—and the first U.S. solo museum presentation of the artwork of Glasgow-based artist Hayley Tompkins.

Aspen Art Museum
590 North Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611
970.925.8050
http://aspenartmuseum.org

 

Black and White 2013

Center for Fine Art Photography

July 5 – August 24, 2013

  • Gallery Reception: Friday August 2 from 6-9pm

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Modern Relics No. 7 - Victoria Bjorklund

(from the press release)

The Black & White exhibition will open for its ninth annual year at The Center for Fine Art Photography. This exhibition was juried by Elizabeth Corden and Jan Potts of the Corden|Potts Gallery in San Francisco. Corden|Potts is dedicated to exhibiting the work of outstanding contemporary photographers. Several local photographers were accepted into the exhibition in the blind jury process, Local artist include Adrian Davis from Loveland, William Horton from Boulder, Karen Kirkpatrick of Centennial, and Gordon Middleton of Loveland. These artists will be showing alongside many more national and international artists.

The Jurors selected work which “jumped out to make us notice them and evoke a response” picking from a broad range of subject matter that includes land and seascape, architecture, portraiture, still life, dream worlds and everyday reality. From Jamey Stilling’s crisp aerial photos of solar power plants to Kathleen Taylor’s triptych narrative “Three Acts”. They are related in tonality but diverge greatly in which emotions they draw from the viewer

Black & White will be on display in the Center's Online Gallery at c4fap.org, and in the Main Gallery at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado from July 5- August 24, 2013. The artists' and public reception will take place August 2, 2013; from 6 - 9p.m. Please join the Center and artists from across the globe, for an evening of art, inspiration, and community. This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Grant and a Colorado Creates Grant.

Since 2004, The Center for Fine Art Photography has been a preeminent supporter of photography. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the Center is supported globally with donations, grants, and memberships. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the Center for Fine Art Photography offers three public galleries, classes, and online exhibitions that give photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world an opportunity to engage with the Center and it’s community. For more information about the Center, including information on workshops, membership and exhibitions, please visit the website at http://c4fap.org or call 970-224-1010.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Charles Bunnell: Rocky Mountain Modern

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

June 8 - September 15, 2013

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Charles Bunnell, "Self Portrait," 1963, gouache on paper. Collection of James and Virginia Moffett.

(from the press release)

Charles Bunnell: Rocky Mountain Modern will open in June at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center as part of the Legacy Series, which highlights significant artists from FAC history and began with Sandzén in Colorado in 2011.

Charles Bunnell attended the Broadmoor Art Academy – precursor to the Fine Arts Center – where he studied under American impressionist Ernest Lawson in 1927 and 1928 and then became an instructor at the prestigious academy in 1929.

He is among the few artists who learned traditional painting at the Academy and later adopted a more purified form of abstraction in his paintings. In his paintings, pure color and shape are the elements through which our ultimate response is sensory, emotional, and intuitive.

In the 1930s, Bunnell painted and taught under the auspices of Depression-era federal art projects, including work as an assistant to master muralist Frank Mechau. By the 1940s and '50s, his abstract paintings were exhibited with those of New York School artists who had instigated a vigorous post-war transformation of American art that secured an unprecedented shift in art world attention from Europe to America.

“In his mature works of those decades, Bunnell sought to articulate the urban vigor that had emerged in the work of Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell and others, but his process and imagery was ultimately inseparable from his home between the jagged spires of Garden of the Gods and the soaring alpine summit of Pikes Peak,” writes FAC Museum Director Blake Milteer in the exhibition catalog introduction.

Many of the works for this exhibition come from the Jim and Virginia Moffett Collection of Kansas City. This nationally-recognized collection is comprised of a visionary selection of 19th and 20th century Colorado artists and subjects. The Moffetts spend summers in Colorado and since 1990 have amassed one of the most important collections of Colorado art.

“Their particular passion for Bunnell is evident, not in the volume of his work in their collection, but in their selective eye,” writes Milteer. “The Moffetts have been drawn to works that are uniquely expressive of Bunnell's drive, despite the heartbreak of personal tragedy and the terror of global violence in the 1930s and 1940s, to find peace through his art and extend its suggestion of human potential to the rest of us. Rocky Mountain Modern was inspired by the Moffetts' vision.”

Also included in the exhibition are magnificent paintings, drawings, prints, and archival materials from various collections in Colorado. Kathy Loo, Jim Raughton, Paul and Teresa Harbaugh, Jack Hays and Janice Kennedy, Tracy and Sushe Felix, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art and anonymous lenders have all contributed works and archival materials from various periods in Bunnell's career. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue with an essay by Cori Sherman North.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.634.5583
http://www.csfineartscenter.org

 

Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival

El Museo Cultural (Main Site, events take place throughout Santa Fe, NM)

June 14 – 30, 2013

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CURRENTS has grown from its local, New Mexico roots in 2002 into an annual, international, citywide festival committed to a free-access celebration of 21st Century New Media Arts. 303 artists, from the United States and thirteen countries, submitted work to the 2013 open call.

A sampling of this year’s CURRENTS includes:

• an interactive EEG controlled video installation;
• a touch modulated imagery and sound sculpture;
• spaces that experiment with audio and tune the audiences responses to image;
• performances integrated into video installations;
• web-art;
• art-games;
• apps used as art making tools;
• and single channel programs – narrative, abstract, personal and documentary.

CURRENTS:THE SANTA FE INTERNATIONAL NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL is presented by Parallel Studios, a 501(c)3 organization committed to reinvigorating creativity in the arts with an emphasis on community participation and free, public access.

Website: http://www.currentsnewmedia.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/currentsnewmedia
Google+: https://plus.google.com/102848890951112342966/posts
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/currents_festival
Twitter: https://twitter.com/currents_2013

Main Venue:
El Museo Cultural
555 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501
http://www.elmuseocultural.org
Maps: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl
505.992.0591

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