Pieces by Erynn McConnell

Ossify by Austin Armstrong

Art Gym Denver

January 31 – February 22, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31, 2019, 5 - 8PM
Art Gym Denver is thrilled to present Pieces by Erynn McConnell and Ossify by Austin Armstrong in the Common Space Gallery with an opening reception January 31 from 5 - 8PM. Pieces is a series of jewelry by Erynn McConnell which repurposes broken ceramic plates, while Ossify by Austin Armstrong is an examination of the changes taking place in Denver through printmaking.

Kintsugi is a Japanese process of repairing broken pottery with lacquer and gold along the cracks, as to highlight the flaws and histories of the object. Building on this concept in her new series Pieces, artist Erynn McConnell translates the idea into jewelry by combining broken ceramic plates with brass to make rings, necklaces, earrings and other wearable forms of kintsugi. McConnell’s artist statement explains this intention; she states, “this jewelry was made with the intention of reminding the wearer that no matter how broken we are, there is still beauty and worth in our pieces.” Changing the context of these broken pieces into positives helps the viewer, and ultimately wearer, of this jewelry reflect on their own shortcomings. The jewelry becomes a physical reminder to find positives in ourselves; that even our worse, broken problems hold a great deal of value.

Printmaker Austin Armstrong focuses his art practice on how theological inconsistencies and modern propaganda affect western society and development, and his new series, Ossify, fits into these concepts perfectly. Ossify is the aging process that causes bones to become hard and resistant to change. Armstrong uses this process to examine Denver and the change which it is currently experiencing. When discussing this concept, he said “Ossify asks what it means for Colorado to change in ways that cannot be undone, and what it means to see beauty in the opportunity for rejuvenated life.” Armstrong uses screen printing and lithography together, building layers of drawings, images and icons. He utilizes corporate icons and logos as the half tone pattern in his prints, demonstrating the way these groups cover up the history that exists in Denver. The series documents buildings due for demolition and what happens with this kind of homogenization and gentrification.

Also opening at Art Gym Denver is the Sexxxhibition, in the Art Gym Gallery. The Sexxxhibition brings together lust, love and sex through work by 11 artists. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, January 31 from 5-8PM.

Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220