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DenverArts.org Newsletter: What's Happening in January 2019
Talk With Your Mouth Full
Featuring Amber Cobb
Black Cube Headquarters (BCHQ)
Sunday, January 6 at 11am
Our first Talk With Your Mouth Full begins Sunday, January 6 at 11am, and features artist Amber Cobb. Amber is a Colorado-based artist, who lives and works in the Denver area. Her sculptural work investigates the primal and sensual nature of sexuality.
2925 S. Umatilla Street
Englewood, CO, 80110
Entrance is on the second floor, up the yellow staircase, and through the yellow door
Figure Drawing and Painting with Lisa Michot
Offered at Front Range Community College in Westminster
Spring Semester 2019: January 22 To May 7
First Friday at the Art District on Santa Fe
Santa Fe Drive between 6th and 10th Ave
Every First Friday from 5-10pm
Opening This Month:
Gravity of Perception
Center for Visual Art
January 11 - March 23, 2019
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
Tue-Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Natura Obscura, an Immersive Arts Experience
Museum of Outdoor Arts
January 11 - April 28, 2019
MOA and Prismajic designed and produced the installation, collaborating with well-known Colorado artists and 10 intern emerging artists from MOA’s Design and Build education program. Natura Obscura features installations by local artists Chris Bagley, Nicole Banowetz, Tiffany Matheson, Travis Powell, Scott Soffa and Ian Wagner. In addition, Grammy award-winning recording engineer, Mickey Houlihan, along with MOA, produced a custom cloud chamber environment in MOA’s Sound Gallery as part of the immersive experience.
“For more than 35 years, MOA has curated a variety of immersive experiences. Natura Obscura is the most innovative indoor environment MOA has produced to date. We anticipate thousands of people will engage with our space in a unique way over the duration of the installation,” said Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA president. “We encourage people to wander among the surrealist forest where they will encounter fantastical woodland creatures and hopefully leave with a feeling of inspiration and excitement.”
The exhibition will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be honored until one hour before the closing time to provide enough time to experience the installation. Tickets range in price from $10 to $20 based on day of the week and time of purchase. To purchase online tickets, please visit http://www.naturaobscura.org. Free SCFD days will take place on the first Tuesday of February, March and April.
Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110
Tue-Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Yoshitomo Saito: Woven
William Havu Gallery
January 11 - March 2, 2019
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
Currently On Display:
Calibration: An exhibition exploring rehabilitation and the body
Featuring Alex Branch
December 14, 2018 - January 26, 2019
Disassembled crutch parts, deconstructed during ArtLab sessions with Resident Artist Alex Branch and ArtLab
Together, for six weeks, Alex Branch and ArtLab have been cutting, drilling, altering the shapes of medical mobility equipment, to create an ensemble of sound sculptures. In addition, Alex has spent time with ArtLab interns discussing the philosophies behind music therapy, and how it's been used throughout history as a rehabilitation modality. They have also obtained and incorporated other medical supplies into sculptural objects. To that end, Branch and the ArtLab interns are creating a musical orchestra from these items – most notably, used aluminum crutches. This exhibition seeks to create a link between the crutch as a medical device and musical instruments as tools for rehabilitation. The title "Calibration" references the ability to tune a body and a musical instrument.
2400 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80205
Tue-Sat: Noon - 6:00 PM
Tara Donovan: Fieldwork
September 21, 2018 - January 27, 2019
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.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Denver, CO 80202
Laura Ball: Chimera
David B. Smith Gallery
December 14, 2018 - January 26, 2019
Laura Ball - Tree of Knowledge - 2018 - watercolor, graphite - 51.5 x 45 in.
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
re: mix: Paintings by Cymon Padilla
December 1, 2018 - January 19, 2019
Cymon Padilla From the INGRES: WARPED series 2018
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.
1112 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10-6pm; Saturday + Sunday: 12-5pm
Three Concurrent Solo Exhibitions in Abstraction
DEBORAH DANCY: “Turbulence”
GARY KOMARIN: “Swiss Positions”
TOM LIEBER: “Mūlas (Nakshatra)”
November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Deborah Dancy - No Time for Regrets acrylic on paper 50 x 38 ½ in.
Robischon Gallery is pleased to present three concurrent solo exhibitions by American painters Deborah Dancy (CT), Gary Komarin (NY) and Tom Lieber (CA). The featured artists expound on a diverse array of abstract vocabularies; from the raw, challenging language of provisional painting to the improvisational line linked to Late Modernism, as well as the formal sensibilities of gestural abstraction. Through their distinctive approach and wide-ranging mark, each of the seasoned artists exalt in the physicality of paint as they independently mine the vast terrain of abstraction: Dancy’s gritty structures merge with unexpected forms, Komarin’s colorful animated lines comingle with the organic and Lieber’s high-velocity brushwork and elegant palette acknowledge the contemplative. Through varied line and surface, Dancy, Komarin and Lieber embrace the unassuming beauty and awkwardness of paradoxm while recognizing the gravitas of complexity and the exuberance of the unencumbered mark.
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Fri: 11am-6pm; Sat: 12-5pm
Karine Léger, Karen Scharer, Jeff Glode Wise: Wonderland
November 15, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Karine Léger, Seafaring Song, Acrylic on canvas 36x60 inches
Space Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition with new work by Karine Léger, Karen Scharer and Jeff Glode Wise. Using various materials, shapes and colors, these artists create a wonderland of visual bliss and dreamlike contemplation.
Canadian artist Karine Léger begins her process by deconstructing compositions “in order to lay the foundations for an introspective reconstruction. Colours, textures and shapes are meticulously selected to be arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in a quest for the right balance.” This creative process is slow and deliberate, paying special attention to placement and energy. Her forms “nearly touching, other times precariously balancing on one another and, on occasion, merging… The shapes seem anthropomorphic at times, reflecting that constant desire for balance. But they only reveal just enough, allowing plenty of room for the viewers to find their own interpretation or story.” The artwork is only complete when a balance has been achieved creating a meditative environment for the viewer.
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Featuring: Bonny Lhotka, Heather Patterson, Farida Hughes, Chloe Hedden, Lauren Karnitz, Caprice Pierucci
Walker Fine Art
November 9, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Current and Upcoming Exhibits by Gallery:
Call for Entries: On Edge 2019 Juried Exhibition
Entries due by January 11, 2019 on Cafe
7001 W. Colfax
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat/Sun:12-5pm
2020 Call for Visual Artists at the Dairy Center in Boulder
Application deadline: January 15, 2019
The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, CO has opened the application process for individual and artist-curated group gallery exhibitions for January - December 2020. The Dairy encourages artists who work in all visual art mediums to apply (please see full description in link below\). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a cohesive body of work.
In addition to accepting applications from artists and arts organizations, a curator may submit a proposal for an exhibition of work by a group of artists. The person submitting the curated exhibition proposal will be considered the exhibitor and will be responsible for the exhibition as described in the “Legal Agreement” section of this prospectus. If a submission for a curated group exhibition is invited for exhibition the curator of the exhibition proposal will work closely with the Dairy's Curator of Visual Arts on the exhibition and the Dairy’s Curator will have final approval of all matters, including hanging and curation of the exhibition.
Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St
Boulder, CO. 80302
Call for Entries: Boulder Housing Partners Public Art Project "30 Pearl"
Deadline for applications: Monday January 21, 2019
Boulder Housing Partners is accepting proposals from Artists or teams of Artists who wish to be considered for permanent art installations at the upcoming 30 Pearl mixed use development at Boulder Junction in Boulder, Colorado.
The “30 Pearl” community will consist of 285 homes (120 affordable) at the 4.6-acre site at Boulder Junction, a 160-acre redevelopment area that is being transformed into a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood with regional transit connections and public spaces to benefit the greater community. The site will also include commercial and outdoor spaces. The site is centrally located adjacent to Boulder Transit Center/Boulder Junction, the new Google Boulder campus, various shopping centers and residences.
This project is a unique opportunity for the Artist(s) to develop a site specific work, alongside architects and developers that can be weaved in to the planning and development of the community, rather than approaching an already built environment.
Boulder Housing Partners has been the housing authority for the City of Boulder for over 50 years. BHP builds, owns, and manages quality affordable housing for low and moderate-income Boulder residents, and helps those residents pursue successful, productive, and dignified lives.
Call for Entry: International Art Management Seeking Colorado Artists
Entry Deadline: February 26, 2019[IAM] International Art Management is looking to source artists within Colorado and surrounding region. International Art Management is an art consulting and pop-up art gallery agency working with businesses, corporations, collectors, non profits, and art enthusiasts to place artwork within their spaces, host pop-up art events, support the growth of contemporary artists, and increase patronage of the arts. IAM is based in Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO and works with artists and clients nationally and internationally.
IAM is looking to source a diverse range of artists (in background and medium) within Colorado and surrounding states including: visual artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, installation artists, textile artists, glass blowers, ceramicists, woodworkers, metal work, printmakers, filmmakers, digital media, street artists etc, for upcoming opportunities and exhibitions. These opportunities and exhibitions range from corporate clients, art enthusiasts and collectors, independent pop-up art gallery events hosted in Denver, LA, Chicago, throughout the United States, and Internationally. Emerging and established artists 18 years or older may apply.
All artwork is for sale at IAM events with IAM receiving a 35% commission on sales. IAM has multiple clients and upcoming events in early 2019 within Colorado and Los Angeles. IAM is looking to source artists for these opportunities and submissions will also be considered for events outside of these. Events include art showcases in business/corporate spaces, pop up art galleries in independent spaces, and additional opportunities etc.
DenverArts.org Final Newsletter!
January 2019 marks the end of 11 years of weekly (2007 - 2017) and then monthly (2018) newsletters published by DenverArts.org. It's been a great run, I spent many years promoting the arts in Denver and making sure Denverites knew how much excellent art was being showcased via art institutions, artist co-ops and commercial galleries, but the time has come to move on to other endeavors. I cherish the many hours I put into nurturing the site and getting out and about to highlight the Denver art scene over the years, and wish the best of success to all of Denver's artistic endeavors.
The website will continue to operate, including the posting of Calls for Entries, the Gallery Maps feature, the occasional Event Announcement and Local Gallery listing, as well as access to over 11 years of event listings and articles. I will continue to venture out to gallery events and take the occasional snapshot as well!
Best regards and happy new year! -Ken-
Ken Hamel - Director of DenverArts.org - Photo by Anthony Camera
Petz & Animalz
3 Square Art Gallery (Fort Collins)
January 31 – February 22, 2019
Petz & Animalz stampede and stock the 3 Square Art Gallery this January & February 2019! See the fury, the friendly, the fierce and the wild. See how local and national artists create art using the subject of Petz and Animalz (what does the z stand for you say? Maybe the z is for zebra.. or zillions of new ideas.. or something new and different than just the typcial s !?)
Pets and animals have been an ongoing theme in art. Artists use animals in their work as the sole subject or with other figures and scenery to convey emotions and ideas that were previously unimaginable. From the earliest cave paintings to modern abstract works of art, pets and animals conjure our imagination of the wild or of the close and loyal friend. They create emotions and themes that we can relate to. Our bond with animals is as old as the notion of family. Bring out the purr of a kitten or the roar of a lion using realism or abstraction.
Accepted artists will be Juried by Bob Coonts for Gold and Silver cash prizes and 1st and 2nd Honorary awards. All accepted artists will be posted on the 3 Square Art website and our social media platforms. Top artists will be selected by 3 Square Art to be represented in our online gallery coming in 2019.
About 3 Square Art
We are pleased to share news of our upcoming National Exhibition at the newest contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Northern Colorado. Opened in 2017 and located at 2415 Donella Ct in Fort Collins, 3 Square Art is setting the trend for fresh, contemporary artwork and exhibitions. 3 Square Art is the place for Creating, Sharing, and Learning Art with our Fine Art Gallery, Rentable Artist Studios, and the 3SA Academy of Fine Art. We host multiple exhibits and events throughout the year. If you would like to learn more about 3 Square Art and this great new space in Northern Colorado, please do not hesitate to contact us.
3 Square Art
2415 Donella Ct Suite 110
Fort Collins, CO 80524