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A Great Night For Art

I stopped by two art gallery openings on Friday night. Both shows knocked it out of the park.

First up was Space Gallery, which never disappoints. Monroe Hodder and Michael Hedges presented large scale abstract paintings with large scale prices ($6,000 to $16,500). Both are established artists so they can command a hefty price. Every painting was a winner in this show, although I did like some more than others.

Michael Hodges, The Imagined Landscape, oil on canvas, 62″ x 58″, $9,000.

Monore Hodges, Taxi Thunder, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 60″, $16,500.

The second stop was Spark Gallery which had new presentations from Joyce Coco and Annalee Schorr. Joyce, who used to live a few houses down the street, was having her first show since her husband passed. The paintings were about loss and transition which may seem like a dark topic but Joyce’s paintings are actually a celebration. Joyce is a master with color and has a unique style. The much loved, Annalee, presented another round of colorful graphic paintings on plexiglass with a retro feel. Her painting are uplifting and make you feel good.

Joyce Coco, Omen, 36″ x 36″, $1,944.

Annalee Schorr, Serendipity #2, acrylic on plexiglass, $1,500.

It was a great night for art which is what I needed after a tough work week.

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It’s been hotter than hell here. Over 100 yesterday. It’s time to fry eggs on the driveway.

It’s also been an unrealistically difficult week at work. My client is less than nine days away from their first major product launch since exiting bankruptcy. Major outages have yet to be corrected. There’s a lot riding on this launch. The company is also entering its last fiscal quarter so this launch has high expectations regarding revenue projections and maintaining financial stability.

I’m headed out to the galleries tonight. There are two very promising shows at Space Gallery and Spark Gallery.

See you on the back side.

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Art Fot Saturday

Clifford Ross, Hurricane Wave LXVI, pigment print. On display at the Denver Art Museum.
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Work, Media and Art

I haven’t been motivated to write a post. I’ve been overwhelmed at work as a result of my client’s team in India who don’t understand how to do their job. They have created more work for all the associates in the States. Yet all the executives see is a cheap labor pool. Never mind the fact that the cheap labor pool is creating a lot of work for the onshore expensive labor pool.

Also, the events that have been slashed across all forms of media have left me feeling like there’s no end to scandals. I been trying to limit my online time as it often leads to reading sensationalized headlines.

On the bright side, I attended the premier of a new photography exhibit at the Denver Art Museum last night. New Territory: Landscape Photography Today is a stunning exhibit. He’s a description from the museum’s website:

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today is a survey of contemporary landscape photography from around the world. The exhibition of more than 100 photographs will explore how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time.

The works revive historic photographic processes as well as use innovative techniques and unconventional equipment and chemistry to depict landscapes in surprising ways. Taken individually and as a whole, the photographs will show how about 40 artists have manipulated materials and processes for expressive purposes, blurring the distinction between “observed” and “constructed” imagery. The exhibition challenges us to see photography differently, and contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape.

Marco Breuer, Untitled 2014,Chromogenic paper, embossed and scraped.

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Art & Lies

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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