Not Much Of A Writer, I Love You: New Works by Sierra Montoya Barela

Collective SML | k

June 15 - July 27, 2018

Odessa is pleased to present ‘Not Much Of A Writer, I Love You | New Works by Sierra Montoya Barela’ at their new location at Collective SML | k in Denver, Colorado.

Not Much Of A Writer, I Love You is an examination of alterity and the desire for meaning. Oscillating between playfulness and indifference, Sierra Montoya Barela’s new painted works are riddled with dark humor, diagrammatic forms, and icons of past and present. Drawing upon influences from embroidery, collage and sculpture, the artist considers cynicism and sincerity within the paradoxical realm of painting.

Sierra Montoya Barela is an artist living and working in Denver, Colorado. Barela earned a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015 and was an Artist-In-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Horned Dorset Colony in the months that followed. She has since shown in various group and solo exhibitions, most recently at Yes Ma'am Projects, Gildar Gallery and as part of the Octopus Initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Odessa is a Nomadic Arts Incubator comprised of visual artists with the purpose of investigating new intersections of forward thinking art exhibitions, dynamic storytelling, critical discourse, and community enrichment! For 2018 Odessa has teamed up with Collective SML | k for their first Curatorial Residency!

"This year we are so excited to recommit ourselves to this mission of Artistic Empowerment & Creative Impact by collaborating with artists we love to reimagine how an art gallery can better serve and engage with our growing community!" -Kristopher Michael Wright (Executive Director)

Collective SML | k is an artist-run project space located just south of Santa Fe Art District of Denver, Colorado. It is open for any creative suggestions to make Denver more exciting and supportive art community, however, it also has a focus of promoting Asian and Asian-American art and narratives.

Odessa at Collective SML | k
430 Santa Fe Dr
Denver CO