Jeff Baldus: Scholar Rocks

Brian Shields: Myths, Lyrics and Landscapes

Michael Warren Contemporary

July 19 - August 24, 2019

  • First Friday Art Walk, August 2 (6-9pm)
  • Third Friday Art Reception, August 16 (5-8pm)
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Brian Shields and Jeff Baldus

We are pleased to present new bronze works by Jeff Baldus. Baldus presents us with two series that he has been investigating for several years; the first he calls “Scholar Rocks” and the second “Teevolutions.” In the Scholar Rocks, Jeff begins with rotting box elder tree trunks showcasing the twisting, asymmetry, off balance, thinness, openness, and perforations that he finds in the wood – all characteristics valued in Chinese scholar rocks. Intellectuals have valued these rocks for thousands of years for their ability to inspire creativity, conversation, and contemplation. The second group of works come from the series called Teevolutions. Baldus incorporates golf tees into found branches. The resulting new forms feel familiar although not quite recognizable.

Brian Shields’ first solo show in Denver will feature recent large-scale abstract paintings and works on paper created in Taos (NM), Los Angeles (CA), and Sant Feliu de Guixols (Spain). Shields’ canvases of oil, graphite, and ink reveal the rhythm of script mixed with gestural abstract passages that suggest landscape with the movement of pure energy. Shields’ translation isn’t exact, yet it’s authentic.

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204