Willem Volkersz

Visions West Contemporary

September 7 - October 13, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th, 6 - 8 PM
Blue Bird, neon, wood, paint, found objects, 33.75 x 45 x 9.5 inches

As a teen, Dutch born Volkersz traveled the mid 20th century American West with camera in hand. He documented the unfamiliar yet vibrant landscape and culture of the time; billboards, architecture, and decorated yards. Over time, Volkersz’ fascination with pop culture grew as he was drawn to the larger than life advertising figures, neon signs, postcards and travel souvenirs. Among the works being shown, is Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…, a characteristic mixed medium sculpture incorporating the elements for which Volkersz is known. Using vintage porcelain figurines and a painted backdrop of the Statue of Liberty, the artist touches on the immigrant nature of the United States utilizing found objects that contribute to American iconography. The additional pieces in the exhibition employ painting, neon lighting and found objects.

Visions West Contemporary
2605 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205