Artopism: Rochelle Dammel

Night Circus: Claudia Roulier & Michelle Lamb

Core New Art Space

October 26 - November 11, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday October 26 from 6-10pm (costumes encouraged)
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Night Circus: Claudia Roulier & Michelle Lamb

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements” Worlds in worlds, magic and dreams… it has it all.

Roulier’s work incorporates the curious, the odd, the intrigue, the magic and the enigma of the circus world. Returning to her earlier fascinations with the circus she weaves together dystopian shrines and sculptures with tapestries of found objects, lights, electronics, and various skeletal bits and pieces. Her paintings bring a perspective to the nostalgia of the circus memories from days past with it’s warm and sympathetic animal performers. An industrial baroque carousel of clockworks and fortune teller fun.

Lamb magically transforms common or obsolete objects into thought provoking marvels of assemblage. Deconstructed then reassembled, she highly manipulates parts and pieces so the metamorphosis is eerily seamless. Often literally turning things inside out, her story-filled oddities feature nature merging with machinery, metals meshed with clay, the grotesque magnified into beauty.

Rochelle Dammel’s abstract use of drips, layers and applying paint encourages exploration of artropism, the idea that we have an innate ability to emotionally react to art in a positive way, resulting in personal growth and the opportunity to greater understand those around us. I’ve created a grouping of pieces that offer the opportunity to explore the idea of Artopism--the innate ability to emotionally react to art in a positive way, resulting in personal growth and a greater understanding of those around us. Like a sunflower turning towards the sun, or a seedling reaching for the sky, the goal is growth.

CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Gallery Hours:
Fri: Noon-9 pm
Thu/Sat: Noon-6 pm
Sun: 1-4 pm