Joy by Betsy Margolius

1801 California Building in Denver

February 4 - June 28, 2019

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Arts Brookfield presents Joy! by Betsy Margolius from February 4 through June 28 at 1801 California in downtown Denver. Margolius was commissioned to create a site-specific installation that wraps the lobby columns, and her work elicits a smile and feelings of warmth, beauty and harmony. Crisp floral patterns in vivid poppy-red wind their way up seven massive columns that are 24-feet-high by 10-feet in circumference. The space is immediately transformed from a white-marbled business environment into a veritable garden.

 

Chas Max Fay: Human Fly Beautiful Error

701 Gallery

March 1 - 30, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday March 1st from 6:00 - 10:00; Live DJ, and Light refreshments will be served
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701 W 6th Ave (6th & Galapago)
Denver, CO 80204

 

Paintings: John Boak

808 Projects (808 Santa Fe Drive, Denver)

March 1 - 31, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday, March 8, 5-8 PM
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John Boak will be showing oil paintings and digital paintings at 808 PROJECTS on Santa Fe Drive during the month of March. Boak has been working with photography in his paintings for many years. His recent oil paintings explore the position of the photograph in our perception of “real” images. His use of paint to render his blurred source photos creates a realism of the unconscious. You may know what you are looking at. The drawing and form are forceful. But clarity is occasional. Divergence is the subject.

His digital paintings are also built on photographs. In contrast to the oil paintings, these pieces use photographic focus, along with brushwork to join disparate imagery and to release the viewer from the photographic sense of a specific place in the world of things. Feeling precedes resolution.

John Boak is a graduate of Yale University. He has been collected and commissioned for public art in Colorado and nationally.

Fridays 1-8pm | Sat 1-5pm, and by apointment: 303.777.6226

 

Roadside Attractions

Access Gallery

March 1 - April 5, 2019

  • March 1st: First Friday Exhibit Opening at 6pm
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Join us at Access Gallery on Friday March 1st for the Month of Photography exhibit, "Roadside Attractions" featuring Ted Tahquechi, Josiah Lopez, Andrea Moore, and Bill Blossom.

Access Gallery/VSA Arts of Colorado
909 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.777.0797
http://www.accessgallery.org

 

I Dreamt in Lo-Fi by Jami M. Guler and Alarming by K. Vuletich

Common Space Gallery at Art Gym Denver

February 28 – March 22, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5 - 8PM
  • Also opening at Art Gym Denver is Settlers, curated by Rupert Jenkins for the Month of Photography (MoP); Settlers explores the colonization of the American southwest
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Art Gym Denver is thrilled to present I Dreamt in Lo-Fi by Jami M. Guler and Alarming by K. Vuletich in the Common Space Gallery with an opening reception February 28 from 5 - 8PM. I Dreamt in Lo-Fi is a series of photographs by Jami M. Guler demonstrating the beauty housed in Helga cameras, while Alarming by K. Vuletich questions the way apps and phone culture alter who we are.

Photographer Jami M. Guler first found her passion for Holga cameras in 2000 while working in a gallery in Phoenix. Since then she has collected and experimented with a myriad of variations on the Holga. Her newest series I Dreamt in Lo-Fi explores the dreamlike quality of photographs made with Holgas. The photographs were taken during a trip to Akumal, Mexico, and give the viewer a sense of trying to remember a vacation you never took. In her artist statement for the series she explains “these photographs are similar to the way your mind’s eye might recall a dream, and what that dream might look like after a long time has passed, opposed to the crisp image a digital camera may convey.” Guler’s passion for photography, and Holga cameras in particular, is clearly displayed in this exhibition. The cameras used for each photo will be exhibited as well, to help educate the observer on the tools used to create these beautiful photographs.

K. Vuletich’s practice is a combination of thought-provoking concept and exploration of materials. Her new series, Alarming, continues on this practice, using mixed media collage and motion-activated audio technology to discuss the ways in which our phones, and the apps on them, alter and change who we are. When discussing this new piece, she stated “in a time where the line between fact and fiction has been blurred by the constant inundation of ads, notifications, and news, our identity in relationship to technology is rapidly changing.” Vuletich’s installation is made up of small panels with painting and collage, using the warning/hazard icon and mobile app logos. This, combined with corresponding images in the collages and thematic sounds, forces the participant to evaluate their own relationship with our technology. In the end, Vuletich gives us all the opportunity to ask, “could our interaction with technology be the next stage of human evolution or are we, as Kurt Vonnegut suggests, ‘serving as appendages, to machines’?”

Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220
http://artgymdenver.com

 

Settlers

Art Gym Denver

February 28 – March 22, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5 - 8PM
  • Featuring Tya Anthony, Sarah Fukami, Sarah Gjertson, Hikaru “Carl” Iwasaki, James O. Milmoe, Heather Oelklaus, and Christopher R. Perez
  • In conjunction with Month of Photography, guest curated by Rupert Jenkins
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The following is curator Rupert Jenkins’ description of the show: “Using photographic media as a foundation for their work, the seven artists in Settlers convey, figuratively and abstractly, the colonization of the American southwest. Whatever their motive and means—most came voluntarily, others were forced or coerced—the occupation of indigenous land is something that continues with every wave of Colorado “native” and newcomer.

“Collectively, the images in the show represent settlers from the late-19th century to the present decade. Looked at from a Native American perspective, these people might be thought of as alien invaders. Settlers is not a judgment of this, but it is a reminder that for every “new” territory there is an old, stolen one.

“The show's deliberate ambiguity is intended to kindle subjective associations and tangential connections. Settlers takes place during the 2019 Denver Month of Photography and works have been selected to align with the range of art-making conducted at Art Gym, most especially print-making. All the artists are from the Denver metro region; their works span more than 60-years of artmaking, 1950-2015.”

Also opening at Art Gym Denver is I Dreamt in Lo-Fi by Jami M. Guler and Alarming by K. Vuletich in the Common Space Gallery with an opening reception February 28 from 5 - 8PM. I Dreamt in Lo-Fi is a series of photographs by Jami M. Guler demonstrating the beauty housed in Helga Cameras, while Alarming by K. Vuletich questions the way apps and phone culture alter who we are.

Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220
http://artgymdenver.com

 

Clifford Hawkes: Meditations on Water and Ice

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery

March 1 - April 1, 2019

  • 1st Friday Art Walk: March 1, 6-9 pm
  • 3rd Friday Artist’s Reception: March 15, 5-8 pm
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Clifford Hawkes will be the featured artist at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery + Studios during a regional “Month of Photography 2019” event. In addition to remarkable macrophotography of water and ice, Hawkes will be exhibiting a collection of impressive nature-related images.

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. Open Monday-Friday from 10-5 and Saturdays from 10-4

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

 

POSITIONED

Featuring artwork by Jean Smith and Annette Coleman

Core New Art Space Annex

March 7 - 24, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Fri, March 8, 6 - 9 PM
  • Collectors Evening: Fri,, March 15, 5:30 - 9 PM
  • Jewelry Trunk Show/Times: Fri, Mar 27, 6 - 9 PM; Sat, Mar 23, 12 - 5 PM; Sun, Mar 24, 12:30 3 PM
  • Last Look & Artist Talk: Sun, March 24, 1 - 2 PM
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Jean Smith - Wall Sculpture #2, 46” x 24” x 3”, ceramic sculpture, 2018

Jean Smith's current work is based on the feel of the Mid-Century Modern decorating shapes and placement from the mid 60’s, and 70’s. Each wall composition can be an entity of its own or joined with others to create a larger design element. She uses Clay, stains, glazes to create the 3-D components of the pieces.

Annette Coleman's current interest deals with art in the public realm. This installation represents an idea that could be translated for a public space or your home.

CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.297.8428
Gallery Hours:
Fri: Noon-9 pm
Thu/Sat: Noon-6 pm
Sun: 1-4 pm
http://www.corenewartspace.com

 

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

 

"First Run Reruns" by George Lange

"The Art of Selection", co-curated by Kevin Hoth, featuring local photographers : Dan Baumbach, Leslee Broersma, Christopher M. Carruth, Ali Cowel, Teri Havens, Kevin Hoth, Rebecca Stumpf, and Preston Utley

The work of Frédérique Daubal, curated by Kecia Benvenuto

Dairy Arts Center

March 7 - April 14, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, from 5:00-8:00pm
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The Month of Photography exhibitions will open on March 7th, starting at 5 pm. At 5:30 the exhibition curators will introduce the artists and briefly discuss the works on view. The reception is an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists and curators. Light fare for attendees, plus drinks available for purchase. All receptions are free and open to the public. https://pages.thedairy.org/exhibitions

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

 

Public Domain

Curated by Estevan Ruiz

Dateline

March 2 - 31, 2019

  • Artists reception: Saturday March 9, 6-11pm
  • Featuring: Jared D.P. Anderson, Monique Archuleta, Mickkail Cain, Diana Chairez, 3rd Division, Christopher Empson, Justin Fletcher, Katie Frankly, Juan Fuentes, Armando Geneyro, Sina Mir Ghozati, Tim Herremans, Coburn Huff, Rudy Ortega, Mateo Rodriguez, Estevan Ruiz, Anthony Sandrin, Polina Saran, Mike Tallman, Sean Tallman
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Dateline presents “Public Domain” a celebration of Denver street photography curated by Estevan Ruiz in collaboration with the 2019 Month of Photography Denver. This community showcase features the streets of Denver from the perspectives of 20 local photographers documenting the people, culture and happenings in the greater Denver area.

Although some regard street photography as a marginal form of photography, documenting the people, culture and happenings within a given environment has always been at the root of street photography. The candid and gritty nature of this photographic form illuminate the otherwise mundane and overlooked aspects of our daily lives, it presents us with realities familiar to some and unfamiliar to others. Public Domain celebrates what is right here in our own backyard, showcasing a number of local photographers who share insights into their realities through their own interpretations.

DATELINE
3004 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
http://www.ddaatteelliinnee.com

 

Edible

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)

March 21 - June 7, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, March 21st, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with hip hop dance performances by DAVA youth
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Edible is an exhibition packed full of nutrition for the mind and body. DAVA Youth present arts-based approaches to healthy lifestyles, including photography, drawing, digital media, dance and indoor farming. Guest artist Travis Vermilye will exhibit drawings alongside DAVA youth artists.

Middle and high school students in DAVA’s Job Training in the Arts and Technology Program learned about nutrition and urban agriculture with Annie Toro Lopez and Don Lopez, founders of Seed to Savor Farm, Living Food for the Future. Students also visited the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center for inspiration. One group is growing food in their classroom. Another is creating intriguing digital images based on organic and inorganic food sources. These images bring both playful and critical approaches to how teens think about making healthy choices. We are also partnering with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance to bring hip hop dance classes to DAVA, culminating in a performance during the opening reception. Younger students in the DAVA Open Studio present their study of nutrition through film photography. Students were introduced to nutrition facts, vitamins and minerals that nourish our body. They also experienced cooking and eating new foods and a special yoga session with Tyrone Beverly from I’m Unique. Students learned to use film cameras for portraits and food photography in conjunction with the Month of Photography, a city-wide focus of photographic media.

Guest artist Travis Vermilye’s graphite drawings about physical inactivity add to the exhibition. He explores sedentary lifestyles at the cellular level, representing health and ecological concerns in a new way. Vermilye is trained in medical and biological illustration and teaches scientific media and digital design at the University of Colorado Denver.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
1405 Florence St
Aurora CO 80010
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm or by appointment

303.367.5886
http://davarts.org

 

Emily Joyce: Then Where Sun When There

Justine Hill: Bookends (Project Room)

February 15 - March 16, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, February 15th, from 6 - 8pm
  • Free and open to the public with Artist in Attendance
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David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present Then Where Sun When There, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Emily Joyce.

In her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Joyce presents a new body of paintings that playfully synthesizes the languages of contemporary abstraction and mathematics. Reaching across centuries of human accomplishment to artists and thinkers who initially identified sacred geometric patterns and systems, inspiration for Joyce flips between the immediate and ancient. Artists such as Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca and American Modernist Georgia O’Keeffe lend their palate and soft-spoken spirituality to Joyce’s work, often leading to a humorous blend of logic and liveliness.

Treated as both articulation of the soul and basis of concrete logic, geometry’s universality transcends culture and time. In modern times this principal is often understood through complex systems, some invisible and some manifested as conspicuously as the grid of a city. These everyday patterns, frequently muddled by human design and burdened by stress, force a resilience of will. It is this will to move forward, the persistence of humanity to endure the systems imposed upon it and the systems it creates, that allows Joyce to tease the beauty out of infernal systems, exposing the hidden geometries that predate humanity and that will ultimately succeed it.

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

 

On Edge: an annual exhibition of contemporary work by Colorado artists pushing the boundaries of material and concept

Juried by Adam Gildar

Edge Gallery

February 8 - 24, 2019

  • Opening Reception: February 8, 6-10pm
  • Exhibiting artists: Mackenzie Urban, Laura Baszynski, Rachel Delaney, Mark Farrell, Cherri Lamar, Ryan Lee, Emily Loehle, Helios Lucida, Sarah Nix, Jade Phillips, Madeline Stewart, Beth Wood, Anders Johnson, Megan Scheffer, Neil Peirman, Clara Nulty, Jasmine Barbosa, Matt Lazewski
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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

 

Susan Goldstein

UNDERCURRENTS: Fault Lines

EDGE Gallery

March 22 - April 7, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 6-10pm
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Goldstein is a former member of EDGE. The gallery is happy to be hosting UNDERCURRENTS: Fault Lines, her Month of Photography solo exhibition.


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

 

Tenzing Rigdol

Emmanuel Art Gallery

March 21 - June 7, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday March 21 from 6 - 9 p.m.
emm 1The first U.S. solo exhibition of work by contemporary Tibetan artist and activist Tenzing Rigdol is coming to the University of Colorado Denver. My World Is in Your Blind Spot, the title of the exhibition and its signature work, opens March 21 at The Emmanuel Art Gallery, presented by the University of Colorado Denver's College of Arts and Media.

“The work is a masterpiece,” says curator Sarah Magnatta. “It encompasses Rigdol’s ability to use religious imagery in a visually provocative manner, all while incorporating personal and political components that bring light to difficult and controversial topics.”

Rigdol, whose parents fled Tibet in the 1960s, studied at the University of Colorado and graduated from the College of Arts & Media in 2005 with a BFA in painting and drawing and a BA in art history. Although his work is shown around the world, including currently at the MET, his time living in Colorado has influenced his art through his academic studies and relationship with the environment.

“We are honored to have on view work that invokes international awareness and empathy,” says Jeff Lambson, Emmanuel Art Gallery director. “Rigdol’s art, while visually stunning, exposes the viewer to his culture of political activism and social conciseness, often in the 'Blindspot' of the rest of the world. It is timely for our students, Colorado and community,” he notes.

Emmanuel Gallery
Auraria Higher Education Center
10th and Lawrence St Mall
Denver, CO 80204
303.556.8337
Tue-Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
http://www.emmanuelgallery.org

 

Pulchritudinous: celebrating the beauty of contemporary art

fooLPRoof contemporary Art

February 1 - March 30, 2019

  • Opening reception: First Friday February 1st from 7-9 pm
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Pulchritudinous features 33 regional, national and international artists at our urban gallery in the heart of the RINO art district: Zoa Ace, Eric Anderson, Savannah Anderson, Gwen Arkin, Sarah Ashford, Phil Bender, Annette Coleman, Rob Crossno, Tobias Flores, Gay Germain, Jill Renee Grant, Robert Green, Cynthia Handel, Paul Higham, Jennifer Hope, Marston Jaquis, Kathy Kelly, Coral Penelope Lambert, Gayla Lemke, David Lobdell, Patricia Martin, Charles Parson, Caroline Peters, Kim Roberts, Laura Phelps Rogers, Louis Recchia, Tracey Russell, Vy Pham, Isaac Sandoval, Gabrielle Shannon, Joseph Short, Deanna Sinclair, Jean Smith, Ben Woodeson

fooLPRoof contemporary Art
3240 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
303-641-3472
Winter hours: Wed. and Thur. 12-4 p.m.; Fri. 12-8 p.m.; Sat. 12-4

http://www.foolproofcontemporaryart.com

 

Quintet

Gallery 1261

March 2 - 30, 2019

  • Opening reception: Saturday, March 2nd, 6-8pm
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Please join us on Saturday, March 2nd, 6-8pm, for the opening reception of Quintet, an exhibition featuring the works of Scott Fraser, Patrick Kramer, Daniel Sprick, Anthony Waichulis, and Elizabeth Zanzinger. Each painter manages to arouse a sense of curiosity and meditative study in the process of showcasing the familiar, yet visually complex everyday objects.

Gallery 1261
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
303.571.1261
http://www.gallery1261.com

 

A Little Tenderness

Ana Benaroya, Molly Bounds, Dominic Chambers, Anthony Cudahy, Caleb Hahne, Rebecca Ness, Maja Ruznic

Gildar Gallery

March 7 - April 6, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7th from 6-9pm
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Ana Benaroya | Cross-Eyed | Oil on canvas | 20 x 24in | 2019

Gildar Gallery is pleased to share A Little Tenderness, a group exhibition featuring seven contemporary painters touching on current complexities in depicting intimate figures.

Despite the familiar packaging of Hallmark cards, romantic comedies and other arms of the romance industry, intimacy is not necessarily bound to a happy ending. The want for and achievement of closeness with other people allows for a range of simultaneous experience. Love, comfort and affection share the boudoir with consuming desire, loss of self in another, the stark awareness of ones own isolation and of course jealousy to name a few outcomes. These results of a need for closeness are not mutually exclusive, as anyone can attest who has ever felt the pangs of loneliness in the midst of a ‘good’ relationship or say a deeply felt bond to a terrorizing lover in a ‘bad’ one.

Painting feels a fitting medium to expose these ranging experiences given its own relationship to the paradox of seeking connection. Since the first person smeared pigment on a rock face, painters have tried to communicate the self to an audience through the highly personal extension of touch. At the same time, commitment to countless hours of solitude developing a language to effectively communicate through the medium can atrophy the very social impulses to reach out and be seen by others.

The painters in A Little Tenderness each approach their subjects and surfaces with variation in technique while sharing a tendency to blend elements of the autobiographical with the fictional and fantastic. Indebted to painters like John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage with an eye towards looking at societal norms through exaggerated figurative relationships, these artist's burn warmer towards sincerity over distanced irony and analysis. Perhaps this is generational. As Victorian era social divisions continue to dissolve, with distinctions between public and private, the rational and irrational, gender and sexuality incrementally blurring into ever broader spectrums, questions of intimacy, particularly who is allowed to experience it and at what cost, are also perhaps softening, in this case a brush stroke at a time.

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

 

John Gibson and Clay Johnson

On The Mezzanine: Jeff Kahm

William Havu Gallery

March 8 - April 20, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, March 8th, 6-9pm; All Featured Artists Will Be In Attendance
  • Special Musical Performance by Yumi Hwang-Williams from 6:15 - 6:45pm
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John Gibson - Cordova , Oil On Panel, 64 1/2 X 64 Inches

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

 

Jason Lee Gimbel: If you want to see the invisible

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse

March 1 - 31, 2019

  • Artist’s opening reception: Friday March 1, 6-9pm
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Jason Lee Gimbel’s full figure works are classically informed and rendered through abstraction and gestural mark making, brushwork and vibrant colors. The latest series are inspired by printmaking monoprints created from drawings, collages and flat color fields. His instinctual approach pushes figurative work to the edges of representation and, in some instances, into abstraction. His work is publicly and privately collected in addition to being published in several art and literally magazines and books. Look for his work in the recently published International Painting Annual 8 from Manifest Gallery.

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse
3636 Chestnut Place
Denver, CO 80216

 

Kuzana Ogg: Tripping the Light Fantastic

K Contemporary

February 2 - 23, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 6-9 pm
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Art speaks a language that transcends borders, and this February, guests to K Contemporary will join a truly international conversation that’s engaged minds and imaginations the world over.

“Tripping the Light Fantastic” will offer the insights and impressions of globally acclaimed Santa Fe abstract painter, Kuzana Ogg, a keen observer and gifted communicator, whose innate artistic lexicon reflects colors and cultures from the Far East to the American West. A child of Mumbai, Ogg has collected within herself a versatile visual vocabulary as ideally descriptive of the intimate mysteries of rural China, as of the green hedgerows of Cornwall, and the ancient elegance of lotus-scented Sri Lanka.

February’s exhibit will serve as Colorado’s introduction to Ogg’s articulate style of abstraction, and K Contemporary is proud to do the honors. Guests to this solo will be greeted first by nearly 200 collages the artist has created during a recent art residency in the seaside Scottish village of Cromarty. Moving inland, they’ll encounter more than a dozen large oils, which showcase the progression of the visual language the Kuzana has developed over the course of her career.

Describing this vernacular the artist shares, “There are several themes and shapes that occur through my work, and as this lexicon has developed, I find new ways to use it. The main message is visual, however. I’m philosophical in nature, but I’m not consciously trying to disseminate information, or to illustrate a particular idea or set of politics.”

Influenced by varied and rich cultural experiences Ogg has encountered throughout her life, her art reflects a visual language opulent with symbolism. “Memories of the several countries in which I’ve lived are distilled into symbols appearing in my work. These objects are depicted as abstractions, and some may be translated through an alternate interest of mine. The easiest one to recognize is a bright green shape, which is abstracted from the artificial plastic grass that accompanies sushi. These are what I have experienced, pondered, distilled, and know, so these are the forms I use.”

Visitors schooled in written tongues might also discern within Kuzana’s works characters drawn from the Korean Hangul and Sri Lankan Sinhala languages. For that matter, the title “Tripping the Light Fantastic” is itself a reverent salaam to yet another form of artistic communication. “It means ‘to dance,’” she explains. “In dance there is a period of stillness and a period of motion. The same occurs in my paintings – empty versus full, quiet versus dynamic, saturated color versus transparency. Many of the pieces are titled after Bharat Natayam dance gestures, hand gestures of the Buddha and yoga hand gestures.”

While Kuzana’s brush beautifully expounds on concepts by turns common and peculiar, she’s always pleased to let her audience have the last word. It’s a courtesy borrowed from another universal form of human expression, that of fashion. To the discriminating eye, many of the patterns that clothe her canvases subtly speak of the dressmaker’s art. “One of my favorite aspects of couture is the way that the body is hidden and revealed,” explains Kuzana, offering a winking word of warning. “The paintings are intended to seduce the viewer with color and form – reveal – and after that leave them in peace – hide – to figure out what just happened.”

Kuzana Ogg (b.1971, Bombay, India) is currently in residence at El Zaguan on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM. She has participated in residencies in Minnesota, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Tao Hua Tan (China) and most recently at the Cromarty Arts Trust in Scotland. Her paintings have made appearances on the sets of both television shows and feature films, including: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”, “Southpaw” and “My All- American”. Kuzana's first solo museum exhibition was “Oil” at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in 2014. A second solo followed shortly thereafter, “Rev Zero” at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in 2015. Kuzana's work has been exhibited, published, and collected privately and publicly, nationally and internationally.

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