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I attended the opening of Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer last night at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Here’s a passage from the DAM’s website:

The exhibition shows how Gibson draws upon his heritage and remixes his older works to create a visual vocabulary that explores his multi-faceted identity and the history of modernism. Gibson’s abstract works take inspiration from his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, pan-Native American visual culture, alternative subcultures, and the artist’s experiences living abroad as well as popular culture. Striking patterned and textured works incorporate text from poems, Gibson’s own voice, and song lyrics such as Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke.

Gibson frequently explores colonialism and the post-colonial mindset, reflecting on how American Indian experiences parallel other civil-rights movements. His work also around universal themes of love, community, strength, vulnerability, and survival. Through this exhibition, catalog, and related programming, visitors will be able to gain an enhanced understanding of Gibson’s distinctive and complex creative practice, as well as how it has evolved from series to series.

It’s great to see the DAM promote a Native American artist since there is a significant Native American presence in the region.

Jeffrey Gibson, All Things Big and Small, acrylic paint and graphite on canvas.

Jeffrey Gibson, Birds Of A Feather, glass beads, artificial sinew, wood, acrylic felt, druzy crystals, copper jingles, metal cones, nylon fringe and steel.

Jeffrey Gibson, Trade, acrylic paint on recycled and collaged painting, glass beads and steel studs.

KL was there without the fiancé. Perry was there too. We did not speak. I will probably never speak to her again. I found out she’s been spreading vicious lies about me. Why do people have to be so cruel?

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After The Deluge

Let’s start the work week with a photograph by Jason DeMarte currently on view at Rule Gallery in Denver. I’ve already had calls with associates in China and India. One more call to attend before it’s heads down working for the rest of the day. Make it a great week.

Rule Gallery, Jason DeMarte, After The Deluge, archival pigmented ink print, 75” x 50”.
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I hit a few of the galleries on Santa Fe Drive on Friday night. I went early as it was First Friday which meant crowds of people would soon descend on area. Space has a great show. I would have bought any piece in the show but the prices are out of my reach. Mai Wyn was celebrating her five year anniversary. I made a quick stop for cake and Champaign. I also made a stop in Rule to see the new works by Jason DeMarte. They did not disappoint. Here’s my favorite of the night:

Space Gallery, Judy Campbell, Orange Line, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 50 x 50′, $6,000.
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Getting Ready For A Great Day

Just a post to share an incredible photograph by Steven Meisel. He’s a master at his craft. It’s hard to believe this photograph is 27 years old yet is still timeless.
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Linda Evangelista in Dolce & Gabbana, black & white photograph, 1991.

I like to immerse myself in art when I have a personal setback. More to come.

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Enjoying Saturday

The garden was too wet from Friday’s snow to do any outdoor work on Saturday. I decided to enjoy the day. I managed to sneak in a trip to the grocery store, get in a great workout and stop by the Denver Botanic Garden’s York Street facility. Recently, a new art exhibit of Jason DeMarte’s prints opened in their exhibition space. I had missed the opening but wanted to check it out since Jason is on my list of artist to acquire. Jason digitally combines images of fabricated and artificial flora and fauna with commercially produced and processed products to create his prints. I think his work is stellar. Jason is represented locally by Rule Gallery. Here are a few of my favorites from the show.

Corn Syrup Summer, pigment ink print

Silicone Starling, pigment ink print

Goldfinch-Pink Cord, pigment ink print

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I never made it to the Shitty Kitten opening on Friday night. The gallery is on South Broadway which is a popular destination because of its restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities. It was a cold and snowy night. I couldn’t find parking so I gave up and headed over to Santa Fe. I stopped in Space Gallery, Mai Wyn Fine Art, Spark and Michael Warren Contemporary before heading over to Next Gallery in Lakewood. Virginia T Coleman (the T is a differentiator because there are two Virginia Colemans here who are both artists) opened a new show of sculpture and mixed media pieces. One very large sculpture of I-beams had to be welded in place in the gallery. It’s a great piece but it was hard to get a good picture of the sculpture given the constraints of the gallery.

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Shitty Kitten

Shitty Kitten is having an opening at Lowbrow on Friday night. I’ve never been to Lowbrow and have no idea who Shitty Kitten is. The name Shitty Kitten is intriguing. I’ll have to check it out.

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