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DenverArts.org Newsletter: December 21st, 2017
Jonathan Saiz: Blue Chipped
Through December 24, 2017 from 10am to 6pm At the Understudy Incubator: 890 C 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
(Next to the Theater District RTD Light Rail Station on 14th St in Downtown Denver)
Artist Jonathan Saiz paints inside the Blue Chipped kiosk - photo by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org
The Blue Chipped public art installation at Understudy is a direct-to-public kiosk operated by artist Jonathan Saiz where hundreds of tiny, original oil paintings are displayed for inexpensive sale.
The subject matter of the miniature paintings is whimsically random, from portraits of celebrities, micro-reproductions of famous artworks, words, shapes and even abstract brushwork; the only thing they all have in common is the color blue.
Blue Chipped is a response to the expensive, investment-oriented Blue Chip art market, which uses the emotional concepts of rarity, VIP treatment, exclusivity and celebrity to transform physical artworks, big and small, into billions of dollars, often stripping the artwork itself of its intimate emotional energy.
The $20 price for each painting is not paid in a normal transactional exchange. The buyers may visit Understudy and take the painting with them, leaving only their handwritten email address. At a later date, the artist will send an email with easy payment options, including PayPal, Venmo or the option to mail a $20 bill in a birthday card signed "happy birthday, love grandma." Thus, the "value" of the works is measured in the expression of trust between the artist and the unseen buyers.
With Saiz's Blue Chip installation, the question is not whether the art holds any inherent physical value but if the trust-based transaction activates the artwork with more emotional energy based on the buyer's choice to pay, to conveniently forget or to willfully steal.
Understudy is a first-of-its-kind arts and culture experimental space where artists and creative groups can create and share art in a 700-square-foot free space. http://understudydenver.com
|Opening This Week:|
|Currently On Display:
The Best Of 2017
December 15, 2017 - January 13, 2018
Patricia Aaron - Rare Bird
Patricia Aaron | Monica Aiello | Tyler Aiello | Robin Ault
Steven Baris | Heather Bentz | Paul Brokering | Judy Campbell
Taiko Chandler | Diane Cionni | Rimas Ciurlionis | Jodie Cooper
Leopoldo Cuspinera | Haze Diedrich | Madeleine Dodge | Tony Ellis
Jane Guthridge | Howard Hersh | Monroe Hodder | Pat Isaacs
Jeff Juhlin | John Matlack | Yianni Mellios | Skyler Mcgee
Lewis Mcinnis | Ian Mclaughlin | Jean-Pierre Morin | Conor O'Donnel
Regula Onstad | Karen Scharer | Steve Shachtman | Bill Snider
William Stoehr | Jeff Wenzel | John Wood | Charles Wooldridge
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
|Closing This Week:
34th Annual All Colorado Art Show
Curtis Center for the Arts
October 14 - December 23, 2017
"Black Barn" by Marco Diaz (acrylic on canvas)
The Curtis Center for the Arts is proud to present the 34th Annual All Colorado Art Show. The exhibit features Colorado artists in all mediums. This year artists were encouraged to explore their own perspective of why they live and create in Colorado. Over 50 artists will be on display.
Curtis Arts and Humanities Center
1-800 FLOWERS: Joey Cocciardi
November 17 - December 24, 2017
Joey Cocciardi | Cut-For-All-Occasions | 60 x 48in | Rubber, resins and paint on canvas | 2017
82 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Wed - Sat: 12pm - 6pm
Linda Herritt: Good Girl
November 10 - December 23, 2017
Linda Herritt - Good Girl
In Good Girl, Linda Herritt presents a new series of text-based paintings with collage as well as site specific installations derived from common dog commands. Herritt creates abstract veils of color on paper as a background for bold fonts that dominate the page. The paintings pit the struggle to control nature implied in the terse block letter commands against the fluid unpredictability of the paint, which runs, stains, and otherwise misbehaves. Good Girl was inspired by Herritt’s struggle to train a rescue dog, but the metaphor extends into many facets of life, including the current political chaos, fears of climate change and the power dynamics in our personal and professional relationships.
The Good Girl series continues her practice of transforming lists into poetry, working with text as image, content, and sound, creating tension between seeing and reading. The subjects of the text are usually based on a multi-leveled social commentary. Her older subjects include the bands playing in Brooklyn, a hierarchy of pain medications, the evocative names of lipstick colors, and Buckminster Fuller’s utopian pronouncements. The lists use humor and irony to reference the utopian desire for a world that is perfectible or controllable.
530 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
|Current and Upcoming Exhibits by Gallery:
Call for Entries: The Printed Page III
Final submission deadline: Sunday January 7, 2018
The Printed Page III is an international juried exhibition of contemporary artist book works featuring printmaking techniques. Eligible are any artist bookworks that utilize hands-on forms of printmaking. Included in this are relief, silkscreen, pochoir, intaglio, lithography, letterpress, monotypes and new technologies. Disallowed are photographic or offset litho books. Books may be editioned or unique, sculptural or more traditionally bound, interactive or passive. Books that measure more than 20 inches (closed) in any dimension are ineligible. Both wall and 3D work is acceptable.
The Printed Page III will be on view at multiple venues through out the Denver metro area in conjunction with and extending beyond Denver's Bi-Annual Mo'Print (Month of Printmaking) events.
Call for Artwork: Open at Edge
Open Show featuring artwork of any media
Drop-Off Dates: Tuesday, January 2, 5-7pm and Wednesday, January 3, 9-11am
7001 W. Colfax
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 1-9pm, Sat:12-5pm
Museum of Boulder: Call for Exhibition, Spring Showcase April 2018
Submission Deadline: Monday January 1, 2018
In partnership with a group of University of Colorado Boulder students and Boulder community members, the Museum of Boulder will curate and produce an art show highlighting student and local artists in April 2018 to coincide with CU's Conference on World Affairs.
We are looking for pieces that engage with or interpret one of the show themes (Sustainable Technology, Movement, Historical Ethics). And we are open to all manner of mediums and approaches - 2D, 3D, light, sound, etc. - share your craziest ideas with us! We are open to hosting your innovative installation, performance piece, or other work in dialogue with our community themes. Acceptances will be decided by a community-based committee and we hope to curate a thought-provoking show to inaugurate the new Museum space.
The DenverArts.org Newsletter is going monthly in 2018!
Check out the updated submission information at http://denverarts.org/submitting_events