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Friday Night Art Pics

A few pics from the Friday night art tour.

Walker Fine Art, Angela Beloian, Blue Buzz, black gesso, silver ink pen and acrylic on panel, 40 x 48, $3,800.

Goodwin Fine Art, Jill Hadley Hooper, Still Life 1, mixed media on panel, 52 x 36, $5,500.

Next Gallery, Betsy $B Rudolph, no description or price given.

Core New Art Space, Rolf Helland, Chinese Apartment, oil paint on canvas, $450.

Pirate Contemporary Art, Charles Livingston, paper, graphite and resin, NFS. Charles drew 5,184 circles on the paper.

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Knocking It Out Of The Park

There are times when I look forward to the Friday night gallery opening with expectations of greatness only to be slapped in face disappointment. Artists or galleries with proven track records veer off course with less than stellar presentations. It happens. You take it in stride with hope the next round of openings will knock it out of the park. The start of fall art season here opened with bang and then fell into a whimper. Tonight’s round of openings one again proved there is a plethora of talent in the Queen City of the Plains.

Mack and I started the night at Walker Fine Art in the Golden Triangle. Walker presented another excellently curated group show with seven artist showing works. Our next stop was Goodwin Fine Art just a few blocks away. Goodwin had a double hitter of Jill Hadley Hooper and Mark Villarreal. I loved every piece in this show. Both artists at one point in their careers were members of Pirate Contemporary Art. It’s great to artists move from a co-op to a blue chip gallery.

Our next stop was the Santa Fe Arts District to see a juried show at Core New Art Space. I’m not always a fan of group, or juried shows, but there are some nicely executed works in this presentation.

Our final destination was the 40 West Art District in Lakewood to see what the co-ops were offering. Stops were made at Next, EDGE and Pirate Contemporary Art. Gayla Lemke is showing wonderful clay totems at EDGE. But the star of the co-ops was the Charles Livingston opening at Pirate.

Charles opened Catalyst (1,000,000), a multimedia performance piece that knocked it out of the park. Charles was cutting old bicycle inner tubes sourced from local bike shops. Think of it as the art version of farm to table, but rather bike shop to gallery. Charles sat silently in a black chair dressed in a black t-shirt and black jeans with his hair freshly buzzed. He had been cutting the inner tubes into small pieces since 6 p.m. The cut rubber pieces were piled on the gallery floor contained by black lumber. A pile of inner tubes sat on the floor next to Charles. Charles composed an ethereal soundtrack, which included some Brian Eno, that played in the back ground. Charles counted the number of cuts and tallied them by the hundred. There were also some mixed media pieces consisting of circles drawn on paper which was torn and covered in resin. I can’t explain why, but people were overcome with various emotions. I saw a number of men and women weeping. I felt overwhelmed with a feeling of awe. It was an art happening which I was experiencing firsthand.

It’s a night I will always remember. A night like the time I walked into Pirate many years ago and saw a four-foot wide continuous charcoal drawing by Peter Illig which wrapped around three walls of the gallery. It was stunning, as was Charles’ presentation was tonight.

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Reward On Thursday

One of my peers is on medical leave for a knee replacement. She asked me to cover one of her product lines while she is out of the office for 16 weeks. She told me there is very little activity on the product. She also said there shouldn’t be any life cycle changes until 2019, and that none of the company’s pending acquisitions will affect the product line.

It’s been smooth sailing. That is, until today, when changes my peer instituted went live and caused some issues.

I know next to nothing about this product so I’ve been struggling to understand the issues and formulate a corrective action. The product manager is in India so we’ve only been communicating via email. It’s going to be a trying week.

On the other hand, there’s a Rembrandt exhibition opening at the Denver Art Museum on Thursday night that I’m looking forward too. It’s will be a nice reward for making it through this week.

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Rambling On About Nothing

I’m in a funk. It seems like every direction I look there’s unrest. The current political chaos is not helping my mood. I talked with Mike a few days ago. Nothing but drama with his ex who is still unemployed and wants a financial settlement. Mike’s still paying his rent and giving him thousands of dollars every month. Double A thinks the CEO is trying to oust him. Mack is still looking for full employment and is struggling financially.

After dinner last night with Rachel Maddow (she was on the TV), I went to an art opening just to get out of the house. I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while who used to co-own a gallery. His business partner embezzled $60k and fled town which precipitated the gallery closing. Thankfully, he found someone to assume the $12k a month lease.

The art was stellar at the opening. I had a few interesting conversations. One friend was screwed over by a famous New York chef (initials MS) who is being flown in for a speaking engagement. The chef accepted another gig in Denver a few days before so her ticket sales are far below expectations. She’s going to lose money on the event. She contemplating litigation as there is a contract clause forbidding competing events.

I left the opening feeling down. I’m not sure why. I may still be sad about William. His memorial service is being held in a few weeks but I’ll be in Santa Fe. Cindi and I will probably have a drink in his honor.

It’s first Friday but I’ve seen all the offerings currently in the galleries. I’m not sure I’ll venture out but I don’t want to stay home.

I haven’t heard from the detective. That may be a good thing. I’m unsure about him so I’m not going to poke the bear (I know that term is overused). I think I’ll look for something new to poke.

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Girl With Ball

How about some Roy Lichtenstein to get the weekend going? This painting was given to the MoMA by noted architect, Phillip Johnson. It’s a fun image and makes me smile when I look at it. It reminds of times I spent at Rehoboth Beach and P-town.

Roy Lichtenstein, Girl with Ball, oil on canvas, 60.25 x 36.25, 1961.

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A Happy Wake

I hit the galleries on Friday night with Mack. It was fun to get out and see people after a trying work week. I didn’t see anything that really wowed me. The highlight of the night was the wake at Zip 37. The place was packed and the art was flying off the walls. It was good to see such a great turn out. Even though the circumstances were sad, the crowd was in a festive mood. There was talk of a new co-op gallery being formed. As one closes, one opens. I ran into Peg, an artist friend I hadn’t seen for a while. Thankfully, she was sober. She’s had a battle with the bottle for a long time. Peg and I both wanted to buy the same painting. I let Peg have it. I liked the painting but I was really buying it because I know the artist struggles. I really don’t need another painting and it will have a good home with Peg.

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Blast Off

Deborah Williams, a local mosaic artist, invited me to her art show last night held at a photographer’s studio in the upscale Washington Park neighborhood. Deborah always has an interesting take on things. She had many humorous text passages accompanying her pieces. Here’s my favorite:

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