Kevin Sloan: The Wanderer’s Garden

In the Project Space: Melissa Furness: herstory paintings

K Contemporary

February 3 - 24, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday February 3 from 6-10pm
Sloan Path of Totality acrylicKevin Sloan - Path of Totality

"Manly Moss 3 - Oath After David", 23x19, Oil on Canvas,natural sheet moss and acrylic

“The Wanderer’s Garden” will feature paintings by Denver artist Kevin Sloan, thoughtfully contemplating the sometimes fanciful, often uneasy, and always intriguing relationship between unconsciously sublime Nature and the calculated contrivances of Man.

“This group of paintings brings together two enduring themes in my work,” explains Sloan, whose extraordinary works are sought by public and private galleries and collectors across the country and the world. “Metaphorically, a garden is a very specific place or state on mind which affords permanence, growth and creates abundance. The wanderer is the opposite, a concept which is defined by searching, impermanence, uncertainty, risk, loss and resilience.” In that fertile field of contrasts, Sloan plants a seed of the synthetic into each green bower, an artifact so familiar as to be unremarkable, but in that improbable context pointedly disturbs our logical expectations. A term often applied to Sloan’s work is “allegorical realism”.

“An equally useful term would be metaphorical realism,” he suggests. “My work has a strong narrative component, and it’s realist in the sense that I mostly depict objects and environments we understand. The allegory and metaphor come to play when I insert something out of context as a stand-in for a larger concept without depicting it literally.

Kevin Sloan received a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art and his MFA in Painting in 1984 from the University of Arizona. His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.

K Contemporary
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202


In our project space for the month of February:

Melissa Furness re-imagines the sublime nature of early Romanticism to present the viewer with overgrown layers of re-appropriated and fragmented images of invented ruins that come together to depict alternative worlds of picturesque decline and the narrative self. Hand-colored post cards, tourist photos, thrift store paintings, paintings within paintings, historical patterns and battle plans, abstraction, and snow globes are integrated and contrasted by actual nature and fake.

Referencing late 18th and early 19th century European paintings that laced landscapes with imagery of ancient ruins to evoke the sublime, mysterious, and beautiful. Furness’ work today additionally posits such imagery as a certain species of “kitsch”--his-story. These works take a public and outwardly presented narrative and re-frames it within the realm of the personal, the private, and the individual.

Melissa Furness is an Assistant Professor for the Visual Arts at the University of Colorado at Denver and held the post of Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington for five years, before coming to Colorado. She received an MFA in Painting with honors from the University of Iowa in 2002 with minors in both sculpture and printmaking. Furness is currently featured in the renowned publication “New American Paintings : West #132” and has an ongoing solo exhibition and outdoor installation at the CU South Denver Natural History Museum.