Elsa Sroka: “Ablaze”

Abend Gallery

January 12 - 26, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12, 6-9 pm
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Abend Gallery kicks off the New Year with a brilliant and vibrant solo exhibition, “Ablaze”, by a Colorado new-contemporary artist, Elsa Sroka. In this solo comprised of eighteen canvases, Sroka presents a variety of subjects—animals, botanicals and landscapes, all of which exude a forward-thinking, contemporary attitude. This body of work continues to play with vibrancy of color, as well as finding that elusive and delicate balance of additive and subtractive painting. Elsa resumes exploring the role facial expressions of her subjects and the emotional connection to them play in the process of creating the art so undoubtedly Sroka. What emerges from these explorations is a new level of complexity of elements: color, texture, composition, and detail, shifting focus from the sole subject, to the entirety of the painting, and thus, enveloping the viewer with a full sensory experience.

Adding onto her famed cow series with a new perspective, Elsa investigates how the animals’ facial expressions infuse the subjects with personality. To her, the emotional connection to that which she paints is vital. Recently, Sroka also dared venture into an even more challenging territory—painting human portraits. The similarity between the facial expressions of human subjects and animals she discovered was unexpected. Inspired and fascinated by this link, Sroka found an exciting challenge in learning to master the human side of expression.

The landscapes this soloist presents are mostly color-driven. She finds inspiration in many sources, including the various scenes discovered in her travels, elements found in architecture, the inspiration from other artists, and her own imagination. After laying down her foundational colors, she scrapes away and moves the paint to reveal what is underneath, then applies more layers of paint. It is not unusual for her to destroy a large portion of the piece in progress, ultimately resurrecting it through layer after layer, creating meaning and form in the process.

Elsa comes from a family of six siblings, all of whom share the love of art and design. Mostly self-taught, her work is based on instinct rather than theory. Her inspiration can be selective as when drawn from early childhood memories, particularly hours spent drawing at the kitchen table with her brothers and sisters overseen by their father. Her inspiration can also randomly unfold as she approaches a blank canvas with no preconceived ideas, not knowing where it will end up. Often the subjects of her paintings are secondary to what may emerge from both unintentional marks and intentional smears that ignite a series of chain reactions suggesting a direction and ultimately meaning. In the end, if Elsa Sroka is able to emotionally engage the viewer, she feels her work is complete.

Abend Gallery
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Sat: 12:00 - 6:00 pm
303.355.0950
http://www.abendgallery.com

 

New Year’s Member Exhibition

Artists on Santa Fe

January 2 - 28, 2019

  • First Friday Opening Reception: January 4 from 6-9pm
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Photo Credit: Susan Helbig

Why not start 2019 off with a fun visit to Artists on Santa Fe Gallery + Studios? Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gallery and working studios of our 31 resident artists. New work will include paintings, ceramics, photography, sculpture and jewelry. Time to update your art collection? We have just what you’re looking for!

Artists on Santa Fe is a gallery with working artists' studios located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe. It's an engaging environment where visitors can interact with professional artists and view work in progress.

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Mon-Fri: 10-5; Sat: 10-4
303.573.5903
http://www.artistsonsantafe.com

 

Art of the State 2019

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

January 17 – March 31, 2019

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 The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to present Art of the State 2019. This juried exhibition will showcase the quality, depth, and diversity of Colorado artists. "Art of the State 2019 is a great follow-up to its 2016 predecessor," said Collin Parson, Arvada Center Director of Galleries and Curator. "The exhibition features some of the state's most recognized names plus offers glimpses into artists that I was previously unaware of. With over 150 pieces, there is something for everyone."

In its third iteration, Art of the State 2019 garnered 1,555 entries from 566 artists. Jurors Joy Armstrong (Colorado Springs Fine Art Center), Daisy McGowan (University of Colorado- Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art) and Parson selected 154 works by 135 artists to represent art in Colorado being created by both emerging and established artists. The call for entry was open to all Colorado artists in all media. All three of the Arvada Center’s galleries, over 10,000 square feet, will be devoted to this celebration of art in Colorado.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
720.898.7255
http://arvadacenter.org

 

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No Show (third annual invitational)

Bitfactory

January 18 - March 7, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 18th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Featured artists: Amy Lee, Lummus Art by 13, Charly Fasano, Dan Drossman, Elaine Wendt, Emit, Gracey Ripa, Henry Esparza, Jennifer Bobola, Keri Bell, Perle, Sharon Healy, Topher Straus, Vincent Cheap, W. Max Thomason
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Bitfactory Gallery is pleased to present the third annual No Show group exhibition. No Show is an annual group exhibition, now in its third year, put on by Bitfactory Gallery. All artist have been carefully selected and invited to display their work by gallery owner and curator Bill Thomason. This year’s exhibition will feature work from fifteen local artists. Each artist will exhibit one to three pieces each. The exhibit will cover genres from natural realism to abstract expressionism and everything in between. No Show is an opportunity for artists who have shown and artists that have not shown, at Bitfactory Gallery, to display their work for the public to view. It is also a chance for people who may have missed a previous exhibition or may be curious about future exhibitions, to familiarize themselves with the artists and their work.

Bitfactory Gallery and Studios
851 Sante Fe Blvd.
Denver, CO.
http://bitfactory.net
https://www.facebook.com/bitfactorygallery

 

Tommy Nahulu & W. Max Thomason: Up Close

Bitfactory Gallery

November 16, 2018 - January 10, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday Novermber 16 from 6-10pm
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Tommy Nahulu – Hulu Koi #1 (left)
W. Max Thomason – You Came on Your Own, That’s How You’ll Leave(right)

On Friday, November 16, 2018 Bitfactory Gallery presents Up Close, a two-artist exhibition with a focus on Figurative Art. Both artist paint from imagery and experiences in their lives. Nahulu is making the transition from doing large murals as a street artist to the realm of canvas and fine art. Being heavily influence by his Hawaiian roots and his love of nature. Thomason tends to

paint almost vignettes of daily life, what he sees and experiences, with, at times, a tongue in cheek sense of humor. Tommy Nahulu - is best known for his significant murals that can be found from Hawai’i to Colorado. Musicians, writers, a love for nature, and his Hawaiian roots are the inspiration for many of the subjects in his paintings. His Student Mural Workshops, a special art project he helped create, began with his passion for making sure young hearts and minds had access to art. They have become lasting works of art with a permanent home in schools around Denver and on Maui. As Tommy continues to drive his artistic spirit forward to create work that celebrates his lust for life in a beautiful world, he brings with him all he learned, all he loves, and all his hopes to make our days ahead better.

W. Max Thomason - is a Denver based artist that works in the natural-realism, abstract and sometimes pop genres. Max studied at Community College of Denver/Metropolitan State University/University of Colorado Denver from 1990-1997 under Amy Métier and Robert Mangold. He has participated in multiple group and solo exhibits to date across the US, Austria and Germany. His artwork has also been used as the album cover for the Carolyn’s Mother album Fridays and Other Small Tragedies, and for the upcoming single Boys Like Me and two albums Recovered and Recovering by Mike River.

Bitfactory Gallery and Studios
851 Sante Fe Blvd.
Denver, CO.
http://bitfactory.net
https://www.facebook.com/bitfactorygallery

 

Worlds Suspended in Reality

Caroline Douglas, Frank Sampson, and Patricia Bramsen

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

October 4, 2018 - January 20, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday October 4; 5:30pm member preview; 6:30-8:30pm public reception
  • Guest curated by Rebecca DiDomenico
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Patricia Bramsen, The Experience I Referred to Earlier (detail), 2000, Acrylic on canvas.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.443.2122
http://bmoca.org

 

Resolutions: Featuring over 30 Members of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Colorado Chapter

Core New Art Space

January 3 – 20, 2019

  • First Friday Reception: January 4 from 6 – 9 PM
  • Artist Reception: January 11 from 6 – 9 PM
  • Last Look Sunday/Artist’s Talk: January 20 from 1:30 – 3 PM
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Women’s Caucus for Art, Colorado Chapter, present “RESOLUTIONS,” Show at Core: New Art Space Gallery. The WCA Co chapter of the National WCA was founded in 1990. The Mission of the group is to create community through art, education and social activism by supporting women artists, by creating leadership opportunities, and by offering exhibition opportunities. The title of this year’s Annual Member’s Show was chosen because it represents the action of solving a problem or making a decision. The key word being ‘action’. With a membership of over 30 Members, our Colorado Chapter is proactive in support of women artists and is making plans for community, art, and action in 2019. If you are interested in joining us, please visit our website: https://wcaco.org/home.html

 

Personal Visions: Projects by Veterans

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

January 12 - February 9, 2019

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Chuck Rasco, Red Feather Milky Way

Personal Visions: Projects by Veterans features a compelling collection of fine art photography created by five Denver-area artists who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy or Air Force. This unique exhibition is the culmination of CPAC’s Veterans Workshop Series, a five-month program of advanced photography courses. Each project is intensely personal, reflecting each artist’s inspirations, life experiences, creativity and point of view.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
303.837.1341
http://www.cpacphoto.org

 

Horse Power and Caballo de Fuerza: Celebrating the Art of the Horse

Curtis Center for the Arts

January 7 - February 23, 2019

  • Gallery Reception: Saturday, January 12th 6-8pm
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The horse culture plays an important role in the Greenwood Village community. While it is home to the Denver Technology Center and its many contemporary, high-rise buildings, Greenwood Village is still dotted with horse property and barns. To honor this culture, the Curtis Center for the Arts presents two exhibits celebrating the art of the horse. “Horse Power” is an exhibit featuring works from contemporary artists from across the country at the Curtis Center for the Arts. The exhibit will include several life size, horse sculptures outside of Curtis by internationally renowned arts Doug Owen.

"Caballo de Fuerza" is a display of historical, horse artifacts on loan from Museo De Las Americas in Denver's Santa Fe Arts District. These works will be on display at the Greenwood Village City Hall. The purpose of the exhibits is to express the beauty of these magnificent creatures in many different styles and mediums.

Curtis Arts and Humanities Center
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80210
Monday - Friday: 8:30- 4:30
http://www.greenwoodvillage.com

 

Gravity of Perception

Center for Visual Art

January 11 - March 23, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday January 11 from 6 - 8 pm
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How can images influence our perception of things we have not experienced? Viewers are invited to explore the power of photography as a way to tell a story, to impart understanding or to stand in for another’s experience in Gravity of Perception at the Center for Visual Art beginning January 11, 2019.

This exhibition features the work of 7 photo-based artists – Krista Wortendyke, Lorenzo Triburgo, Xaviera Simmons, Zora Murff, Kris Graves, Marcella Ernest and Tya Anthony – all who reflect on the past by reclaiming and re-contextualizing visual archives, both appropriated and newly created archives. These visual investigations confront themes of oppression and institutionalized discrimination, offering moments for reflection and space to envision a future where equality thrives.

“This exhibition is inspired, in part, by the writing of Frederick Douglass who recognized that photography held the power to change a viewer’s thinking,” says Cecily Cullen, Director and Curator of CVA. “Gravity of Perception provides a profound opportunity for viewers to not only experience the impact of these images but to contemplate how they may shift our perspective and invite empathy.”

Gravity of Perception is organized by the Center for Visual Art and the Center for Fine Art Photography and is curated by Cecily Cullen, Hamidah Glasgow and Natascha Seideneck. Special thanks to the MSU Denver of Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.294.5207
Tue-Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
http://www.metrostateCVA.org

 

Diane Martonis, Benjamin Rogers, and Joel Swanson

Dairy Arts Center

November 30, 2018 - January 19, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, November 30, 5-8pm
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Two solo exhibitions at the Dairy Arts Center deliver introspective renderings into the personal lives of visual artists Diane Martonis and Benjamin Rogers. An additional exhibit features works by an upper level typography class taught at CU by artist Joel Swanson. The exhibitions feature traditional and contemporary ways of processing life through visual expression.

Join us for the opening reception of three new exhibitions and enjoy an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists and curator. At 6 pm, hear directly from the artists about their inspiration and process. Light fare for attendees, plus drinks available for purchase. All receptions are free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit: https://pages.thedairy.org/upcoming-exhibitions

Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St
Boulder, CO. 80302
http://thedairy.org

 

Touch: Breaking the barrier between art and viewer

Art for you to touch

The Dairy Arts Center

January 18 - March 3, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 18 from 5:00-8:00pm; Join us at 5:30 for a short performance by BETC followed by an introduction to the artists
  • Featured artists: Chelsea Gilmore, Angie Eng, Kenzie Sitterud & Elizabeth Morisette, Thomas Scharfenberg, Clay Hawkley, Sean Patrick Faling, Mark Bueno, Julie Maren
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Distressed Art Poster - Clay Hawkley

The Dairy Arts Center kicks off 2019 by breaking down a standard barrier between artwork and viewer –allowing visitors to touch and play with everything in the exhibition. All four galleries are dedicated to paintings, installations and sculptures you can touch, manipulate and interact with.

Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-7328
http://www.thedairy.org

 

Ben Siekierski: Adult Swim

DATELINE

January 12 - February 3, 2019

  • Artists Reception: Saturday January 12th from 6-11pm
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Ben Siekierski - Pool Shark - 2018 - Porcelain, tile, grout, mid-fire porcelain clay

Returning to DATELINE for his first ever solo show as a graduate of the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Ben Siekerski presents ‘Adult Swim’ a distinctly tongue-in-cheek play on where each of us stand in relation to our perceived competitors.

Siekerski’s ceramic works reflect the artist’s own thoughts about competition in the art world: these swimmers are viewed as stationary statues wanting to wade further both forward and against other swimmers, but instead act as symbols of their own futile enterprise.

Although directly harking on sportsmanship, Siekerski’s sculptures—suspended swimmers, fish and other aquatic paraphernalia—hark on the claustrophobia of confined arenas and definitions of success that pervade everyday experience.

DATELINE
3004 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
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Laura Ball: Chimera

David B. Smith Gallery

December 14, 2018 - January 26, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, December 14th, 6 - 8 pm; Free and open to the public with the artist in attendance
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David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present Chimera, the third solo exhibition of new works by San Diego-based artist Laura Ball. Adeptly harnessing musings of the subconscious mind, Ball utilizes recognizable yet otherworldly imagery. Mythological creatures, swirling parrot wings, and fantastical flora join together and are pulled apart as their forms metamorphose, lending meaning to the title of the exhibition.

In her exceptionally detailed watercolors, Laura Ball’s skill and vision are immediately felt and understood by the viewer. Whether standing before two hulking tigers in the throes of savage battle, or following sage owls between our world and the underworld, the low groan of primordial jungles and the cries of life beginning and ending and beginning again ring in the distance of Ball’s channeled realities.

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO, 80202
303.893.4234
http://davidbsmithgallery.com

 

NoBo Art Exchange: exhibition of select artists from The North Boulder Arts District (NoBo) and Open Studios

Edge Gallery

January 18 - February 3, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 18th from 6-10PM
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EDGE Gallery has partnered with North Boulder Arts District and Open Studios, to invite Contemporary Boulder Artists to exhibit in our gallery, located in Lakewood’s 40 West Arts District. Enjoy boundary pushing work from other Front Range Creatives.

Stay tuned, later this year, for the second part of this exchange: an exhibition of EDGE Artist’s works in Boulder, Colorado!

Edge Gallery
7001 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO
303.477.7173
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat/Sun:12-5pm
http://edgeart.org

 

Retrospective: EDGE member artist exhibition

Edge Gallery

January 4 - 13, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 4 from 5-10pm
  • Edge currently has openings for Full and Associate Members. Please click here for more information
  • See Edge's Fence Art Installation on the 40 West ArtLine: https://www.40westartline.org/art 
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Edge Gallery
7001 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO
303.477.7173
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat/Sun:12-5pm
http://edgeart.org

 

COLDPLAY

fooLPRoof contemporary art gallery

December 6, 2018 - January 26, 2019

  • Opening Reception: First Friday December 7th from 7 – 9:30pm
  • Featuring 30 local, regional, national and international artists working in an assortment of mediums and skill levels, from artists in major museum collections to emerging artists
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Zoa Ace - Gwen Arkin - Eric Anderson - Savannah Anderson - Phil Bender - Lyn Bennett - Annette Coleman - Rob Crossno - Tobias Flores - Jill Renee Grant - Robert Green - Cynthia Handel - Paul Higham – Nichole Hongchang - Jennifer Hope - Kathy Kelly - Marston Jaquis - Ron Landucci - Sara Landucci - David Lobdell - Coral Penelope Lambert - Gayla Lemke - Patricia Martin - Charles Parson - Kayo Peeler - Caroline Peters -- Laura Phelps Rogers - Louis Recchia - Tracey Russell - Isaac Sandoval - Gabrielle Shannon - Joseph Short - Deanna Sinclair - Jean Smith - Ben Woodeson

fooLPRoof contemporary art
3240 Larimer Street
Denver, CO
303.641.3472
http://www.foolproofcontemporaryart.com

 

William Stockman: Belle Epoque

Gildar Gallery

January 11 - February 9, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th from 6-9PM
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Gildar Gallery is pleased to present its third solo exhibition by the artist William Stockman titled "Belle Epoque." Based in Denver, for nearly thirty years Stockman has been known for his paired-down drawings and paintings that reduce everyday imagery into evocative otherworldly forms.

Gildar Gallery
82 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Wed-Sat: 12-6pm or by appointment
303.993.4474
http://gildargallery.com

 

Nichole Montanez: Face of Cannabis

Habitat Gallery & Studio

January 4 - 26, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday January 4 from 5:30-9:30 pm
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Georgia Amar's Habitat Gallery & Studio is proud to host Colorado artist Nichole Montanez and the Face Of Cannabis, her exhibit of portraits and documentary photographs of the children who would change the medical cannabis movement forever. The project has spanned 5 years; contains thousands of images; and includes portraits of 283 children, sending Nichole all over the country documenting the journey of these children and their families. The exhibit will contain some documentary photographs and an installation of over 90 images.

Habitat Gallery & Studio
828 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 534-9740
http://www.GeorgiaAmarFineArt.com
https://www.facebook.com/Georgia.Amar.Fine.Art

 

Yoshitomo Saito: Woven

William Havu Gallery

January 11 - March 2, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th from 6-9pm
  • Artist Talk With Yoshitomo Saito: Saturday January 12th at 12pm
  • On The Mezzanine: Dennis Lee Mitchell
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Yoshitomo Saito, Rolling Bamboo Loop, Unique Bronze, 34" X 33" X 6"

"When I create weaving type pieces, I work like a nest-making bird. I start from a small section and expand the form larger by interlacing and interlocking the lines little by little. But unlike birds, I really don't know how I finish the work. I let my construction grow, ending it with some feeling of unexpected surprises.

While welding, I don't talk or think, but get absorbed in the task right in front of my eyes. It is technically demanding and physically uncomfortable because of safety gear I must wear all the time. It's clumsy, dirty work. So at the end of each day, particularly during the hot summer I become like a smoked fish in an oven. By saying that, I may want to imply what's woven into each piece is not just metal sticks and other natural forms cast in bronze, but invisible fibers made out of my physical psychological experiences and a string of my sculptural imaginations.

My creative impulse includes a compositional preference of basketry format with its dichotomy of hollow and solid. It might also suggest the rustic poetry of Japanese folk art such as bamboo basketries used for their traditional fishery and agricultural activities. The material bronze responds well with this line of earthy connotations.

To create these artifacts with a sort of automatic weaving technique enables me to conjure my interest in nature's biomorphic abstraction into the work as well, and it has become one of the reoccurring approaches from the early days. Each sculpture describes something amicably familiar, but totally remote at once. The mystery of such discrepancy is a product of my dual-linguistic, culturally intertwined brain. I need to craft these enigmatic artifacts in order to seek some healthy outlet for my otherwise entangled, psychological makeup. The process of weaving is a metaphorical experience of myself being woven and the results are uniquely constructed salvations to my awareness."

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204
303.893.2360
http://williamhavugallery.com

 

Three Views: Charles, Collin and Devon Parson

Lakewood Cultural Center (470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood)

January 10 - March 24, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 18th from 5 - 7pm
  • Free Artist Talk: Saturday, February 16th at 11am
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Two generations of Parson family artists will occupy three exhibition spaces within the Lakewood Cultural Center as part of the City's 50th Anniversary exhibition series. Charles, Collin, and Devon, each exceptionally well regarded artists in their own right, will coalesce for a collection of exhibitions celebrating the creative similarities and differences between multiple family generations.

The Parson's describe their artistic connection be saying " With the common bonds of time and place, (our) separate visual vocabularies speak to the contemporary experience of living and raising a creative family (in Lakewood, Colorado) in the 21st Century."

Celebrating Lakewood’s 50th Anniversary this current exhibit presents the work of longtime residents, The Parson Family. It presents the similarities and differences of two family generations of creativity. With the common bonds of time and place, their separate visual vocabularies speak to the 21st century’s experience of living in the Western United States in the 21st century. The distinctions of views of light and shadow, massive scale and delicateness, expansive space and airy atmosphere address the connections of landscapes and passages of time.

The resulting experience of this exhibit is to enrich the viewers’ looking and thinking, specifically of the contemporary western experience we all share. The artists aspire to present contemplative moments of the universal themes represented by sunrise and sunsets; earth’s surfaces and forms; the West’s spaces and the individual’s sense of place in it.

Having lived in Lakewood since 1987 the Parson’s family has continued their tradition of creativity not only in the visual arts but in their past and present larger family’s active contributions to the world of folk music, dance, and activism. Being part of the nationally recognized folk arts “Ritchie Singing Family of the Cumberland’s”, they also are part of the regionally renowned Kermiet family who ran the oldest square dance store in America as well as for 30 years operated the Lookout Mountain Lighted Lantern Folk & Square Dance camp. This family’s current generation continues to adding to this rich cultural history with visual arts, music, dance and performance.

 

David D'Agostino: Erratic

Lane Meyer Projects

January 18 - February 11, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 18th from 6pm - 11pm
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David D'Agostino - Cone Crack

Spurred by his curiosity toward the ephemeral nature of geological patterns, David D’Agostino experiments with the land’s numinous voice and its material formation. Although he calls himself a painter, he relies heavily on mixing archival modeling paste and iridescent fluid inks and acrylics to ‘carve’ remote landscapes that reveal the tension between nature's silence and velocity.

D’Agostino believes in a phenomenological approach to the experience of an artwork, maintaining that a painting’s space functions as zazen, or “meditative deep space,” in which one has a personal reaction to the indefiniteness of physical matter. It is in the clash between the unfathomable immensity of the world and the desire to somehow ground our self in it, that we gain a peripheral glimpse of cosmic structure and formlessness.

D’Agostino does not offer a view of the idealized landscape (often defined in New Mexico by overly saturated colors and bucolic scenery), but attempts to convey terrains in their extreme where hostility, beauty, and fear merge. His paintings and photos accept the rupture: eerie, barren, stressed, monstrous places cut open by the acceleration of extreme of weather and human-inspired exploitation. Landscapes where heat and ice collapse our flimsy identities.

Lane Meyer Projects
2528 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205

 

Heather Plambeck: Lost & (Rarely) Found

Lane Meyer Projects

December 21, 2018 – January 17, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, December 21 from 6 - 11pm
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Lane Meyer Projects is pleased to announce Heather Plambeck’s solo exhibition, Lost & (Rarely) Found. With the occult almost always in mind, Plambeck searches for knowledge of the hidden in her photo series on view. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Plambeck prefers to conduct her shoots outdoors. Nature is often seen as the embodiment of all the characteristics that women possess. This photo series explores the identification of women with the earth and the beauty that encompasses them both. With a deep appreciation for set design, Plambeck incorporates masks, costumes and other props to achieve a vintage, dark and otherworldly mood in her photographs. The photos in this series are shot on both 35mm film and digitally.

Heather Plambeck graduated in 2016 from the University of Colorado Denver with degrees in Studio Art and Communications. Plambeck currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

Lane Meyer Projects
2528 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205

 

re: mix: Paintings by Cymon Padilla

Leon Gallery

December 1, 2018 - January 19, 2019

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Leon is excited to present the first solo exhibition of Cymon Padilla's paintings in Denver, CO. Cymon's work exudes an irreverent and giddy wit, through the sampling of iconic images that span multiple centuries, while also invoking modern day pop culture. Diverse and dissonant elements are distilled into lean, impactful compositions, which themselves reference various artistic movements such as Dada collage, AbEx formalism, Surrealism, or Pop Art illustration, then morphed by the technological tools of computerized manipulation.

Artist Statement: My current body of work aims to fuse disparate elements of our shared visual culture, whether seen through screens connected to vacuum tubes, the pixels on a phone, or the pages of an art history book. Using traditional oil painting techniques to represent collage, digital manipulation, and trompe l’oeil, I combine, collapse, and remix the imitated world onto the flat surface of the picture plane, mashing classical European figurative work with the golden age of Disney, Saturday morning cartoons, pop art, and vintage advertisement.

Bio: Cymon Padilla was born in Colorado Springs in 1983. He received his Associate of Arts from Pikes Peak Community College in 2012, and has shown his work regionally ever since. When not at his day job or in the studio, Cymon spends much of his time wondering what his dog is thinking.

Leon
1112 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
303.832.1599
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10-6pm; Saturday + Sunday: 12-5pm
http://www.leongallery.com

 

Tara Donovan: Fieldwork

MCA Denver

September 21, 2018 - January 27, 2019

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Tara Donovan: Fieldwork celebrates American artist Tara Donovan’s distinct and varied practice, which includes sculpture, drawings, works on paper, and site-responsive installations. Often known for her transformation of neutral or mundane materials into elaborate, mind-bending objects that evoke the natural world or other organic material, Donovan’s work in many ways is about work. She manipulates a material over and over again, to see what it is capable of becoming, where it might lead, and how it will migrate from an object of practical use to something surreal or sublime. In some instances, she reworks a material into both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, engaging with space and light in nuanced and unexpected ways.

This exhibition, occupying MCA Denver’s entire building, will be the first time that Donovan’s wall-based and freestanding objects will be installed together, in order to understand fully how the artist re-imagines everyday materials like plastic straws, index cards, rubber bands, Slinkys, and Mylar. A remix of older and recent works will open up new areas of dialogue within her practice and enable viewers to make connections across time and subject matter. The exhibition is about how, through labor (especially repetitive action), order and structure can give way to the unpredictable, where reason yields to faith, and the mundane cedes to the marvelous—truly employing the creative act to seduce visually and, in doing so, override what we know to be factual.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue, co-published with Skira Rizzoli, featuring essays by Nora Burnett Abrams, Giuliana Bruno, and Jenni Sorkin.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202
303.298.7554
http://mcadenver.org

 

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