Household Upkeep

I bought the dishwasher last night. I probably paid more than I should have but I didn’t want to spend all weekend driving around town shopping for the best deal. I didn’t mind spending a little more for the convenience of enjoying my weekend. The dishwasher will be installed next Saturday. A week of doing dishes by hand. Yuk!

I also bought new window shades for the kitchen windows and door last week. I bought cordless top down, bottom up honeycomb shades. I like having the top down since it provides privacy yet still allows light in. My kitchen faces the side street so I like being able to keep prying eyes out. The shades for five windows and a door was a hair under two grand. A bit pricey but I needed to replace the existing shades as they were at end of life and looked a bit sad. The shades will be installed on Monday.

Virginia is also stopping by on Monday morning with a portable welder to repair her sculpture in my front yard. Thankfully, her repair will be free and will only take a few minutes.

I’ve also scheduled a tree trimming for the two maples on the south side of the lot by the side street. The city complained about the trees hanging over the street because they interfere with the street sweepers. This will be another pricey expense but it is needed.

Finally, Berry, a local gay handyman, is stopping by this week to give me an estimate for building a new garden gate. The existing gate is falling apart. My ex built the gate. He can split an atom and argue torts (he was a nuclear physicist/lawyer) but carpentry was not one his strong suits. It’s not one of my skills either. I have to gingerly open the gate to keep it from falling apart. I’m sure the new gate will be a few hundred. I don’t mind spending the money as I like preserving the privacy of my back yard. Having a gay handyman is a good thing.

Living in Colorado one gets used to wild temperature changes. It was 83 on Wednesday until a front moved in dropping the temperature 63 degrees. It snowed yesterday. It was 18 when I got up this morning. Now it’s sunny and almost 50. Another roller coaster of weather changes.

It’s been a challenging work week. I referred a case of employee fraud to legal for investigation. It could lead to a termination. Many of the people I dealt with this week were difficult. I’m amazed how rude people can be even when they need you to do them a favor. Go ahead and contact my boss. He’s knows I check the facts and follow policy. He always has my back. Which, in corporate America, is a good thing.

My dishwasher is on the fritz. It will only run for a few seconds before stopping. I guess I’ll have to wash the dishes by hand unless I can convince Morgan to come over and wash them. He wants some Ambien so I could trade pills for dishwashing. A most excellent quid pro quo. I plan on buying a Bosch this weekend. I know they’re pricey but they are quiet. My current one is about 12 years old. I spent a couple of hundred on repairs a few years ago. I don’t think it’s wise to spend more money on repairs. I’ll splurge on a new one.

I’m headed to the gym soon. Then I’ll have a quick dinner, a shower, a shave and then off in search of art.

Have a great one.

Friday Night Art Pics

A few pics from the Friday night art tour:

Jeff Juhlin, Black Strata #2, beeswax and mixed media on panel, 41 x 41, Space Gallery.

Karen Freedman, Ruche 0352.32, encaustic on panel, 12 x 12, Space Gallery.

Park Younggyun, Putting Up Propaganda During the War, oil on canvas, 1990, Redline.

Stephen Shugart, Bullet, pine, MDF, spray paint, brass screws, glass fragment and remote control LED lights, EDGE gallery.

Virginia T Coleman, Starboard Horizon, hot rolled steel, aluminum, patina and wax, Next Gallery.

Unsee The Seen

I flew solo on the art tour last night. My first stop was Space Galley to see their new show. Once again, they hit it out of the park. After Space, I stopped in Urban Mud, a new clay gallery opened by Mary Mackey and a few partners. Mary showed me some new medium sized vessels she’s working on. All looked promising. My final stop on Santa Fe was Mai Wyn Fine Art. I needed to pick up a pair of earrings I bought for Cindi’s birthday which was few months ago. I also wanted to talk to Mai Wyn about the Jackson Hole Art Fair which a number of Denver galleries had booths in, including Mai Wyn. The show was a bust. An add was taken out in the local paper encouraging people to boycott the fair so that art sales would not be taken out of the local ecomomy. It’s a shame someone would do that.

My next stop was Redline for the opening of counterART: Aesthetics of South Korean Activism + Global Perspectives. Here’s a summary of the exhibit from their website:

In the wake of the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square and ongoing protests in Hong Kong, CounterART: Aesthetics of South Korean Activism will examine public protest in East Asia through the lens of art. It is the first exhibit in the U.S. to focus on works of art created during the 2016 South Korean Candlelight Revolution, a distinctively peaceful anti-government protest that led to the dramatic impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, the first female head of state in East Asia. The widespread protests and creative participation that took place are an empowering case study for how art can shape political narratives and become an outlet for public participation. CounterART features works of art created as mechanisms for socio-political change within the political discourse of South Korea. The exhibit will feature 30 works of art by 14 established and emerging artists, including Oksang Lim, a Seoul-based artist who was a key figure in the historic Minjung (“People’s”) Art Movement, a political and populist art movement in the 1980s. Through Lim’s art one sees the intersection of South Korean history, politics, and visual traditions that gave rise to the forms employed by the artist-protesters.

It was a very interesting show with most of the attendees being Asian, There was a noticeable lack of the local art crowd, which usually flocks to the groundbreaking exhibits shown at Redline. I wondered why the event was so poorly attended. I enjoyed the art, especially the effigy of the current United States president, which doubled as a kick ball. Attendees enjoyed kicking the ball around. I want to go back for a second look.

My last stop of the night was EDGE Gallery, which moved into a new space one block east of their previous location in the 40 West Arts District. Faith Williams and Stephen Shugart presented new works. I really liked Stephens’s light sculptures.

While at 40 West, I ran into Mr. L. We has a brief but friendly conversation. I noticed he was touring the galleries with a woman who is a local artist. I thought nothing of it at first. Then I noticed there seemed to be a lot of touching and body language which lead me to believe there were on a date. I really didn’t want to see this so I kept positioning myself so they were out of view. The couple kept moving into my eyesight as if to make sure I could see they were together. Mr. L. knows I’ve been spending time with Mrs. L. so he may have been testing me to see what I would do. They were hanging on the each other which confirmed my suspicions. I wish I hadn’t seen the couple together. I wanted to unsee what I had seen. I wanted to text Kelly but I knew she would probably inform Mrs. L. who was at an event across town in RiNo. I decided to keep my mouth shut. I don’t want to be a gossip. There were plenty of other fixtures of the local art scene present who will spread the news around town. I just need to sit back and let that happen.

A Happening

Friday night was one of those nights which started out to be low-key but quickly developed into a happening.

I met Mrs. L. at Spark Gallery in the Santa Fe Arts District for a triple header. Mark Brasuell. Leo Franco and Craig Robb were presenting their new works. All three knocked it out of the park. Mark’s large scale abstracts on French paper incorporated a fresh and inviting color palate. I liked every one of his pieces. Leo showed a new collection of sculptures consisting of plexiglass, wood and metal. Robb also showed wood and metal sculptures which included various small objects. All three bodies of work complimented each other.

Our next stop was Access Gallery across the street. Access is a nonprofit gallery which helps young people with disabilities experience and benefit from the arts. A group of deaf teenagers presented their artwork. Each artist used ASL to describe their works while an interpreter voiced their words for the hearing. Each presentation was follow by a Q&A session. It was a most remarkable event to experience. One young woman came out as transgendered. Can you imagine her journey as a deaf transgendered young woman who is also a minority? Access, which was founded in 1978, is a true asset to our community.

After Access, we jumped in the car and headed to the 40 West Arts District in Lakewood, a Denver suburb. Our first stop was Core Gallery, followed by Kanon and Next Gallery. I ran into Virginia T Coleman, a sculptor and welder who produces large and small scale works metal works. I made arrangements for Virginia to repair one her sculptures I have in my yard which was damaged by the bomb cyclone last year. She going to drop by with her portable welder in the next few weeks.

The final stop of the night was Pirate Contemporary Art to see new works by Louis Recchia and Peter Yumi. The gallery was packed. Both artist are extremely talented and prolific with large followings. This show did not disappoint. Here’s a review I found on Instagram:

Big opening at Pirate Contemporary Art last night. Louis Recchia and Peter Yumi, two prolific artists, brought some serious color to the space. Louis’s work is a mishmash of iconic popular culture that through his stylized caricatures recontextualize all forms of art. A comment on the cultural realties society manifests based on accumulated abstract and romantic fictions. If art is a reflection of a society and alters our perception of the world, when we look at it as a whole does it make any sense or is it one big beautiful circus? Concurrently Peter Yumi’s work asks a similar question. He has created a romantic fictional place called Fruitland. This south of the border equatorial picture postcard world in many ways pokes fun at our misperception of what a tourist or outsider considers paradise. What would it be like to live in a colorful happy loving world where the goddess factor was cherished and everyone worked harmoniously within a benevolent system of equality for all. Peter’s colorful photo altered abstract paintings appear nostalgic and say something about innocence lost and something that as a society we need to regain if we want to survive and prosper. These two shows bring out the best in people and you could feel the exuberance, good will and love on opening night.

After Pirate I accepted an invitation to a late dinner at nearby Thai restaurant. Ivy, the hostess from that fun summer party, invited Mrs. L. and I to join her for dinner. Ivy filled us in on her life recovery from being left by boyfriend just after the party. She’s doing well as is Mrs. L. This past week, Mrs. L. landed a new high-paying job at a prestigious local architecture firm. Mrs. L. can now divorce her husband and refinance her marital home which will allow her to pay off her soon to be ex-husband.

It was a fun filled evening. And I even made if home before ten.

Mark Brasuell, Rosa Vogel, pastel on French paper

Leo Franco, Relief #4

Craig Robb, Relative to One

Louis Recchia, The Storm, oil on canvas, 40 x 36

Peter Yumi untitled works

Recent Art Activities

As promised, here’s a summary of my art related activities from last weekend.

Kelly’s husband is the grandson of Werner Drewes. They enlisted the William Havu Gallery to sell a small portion of the artworks from the Drewes estate. Friday night’s opening presented a selection of works for sale. All were stellar in my opinion but priced out of my reach. Several works sold that night.

Earlier in the evening I attended openings at Rule and D’art, before meeting Mrs. L. at Havu. After the openings, a group, which included Kelly, her husband and Mrs. L., had a late dinner in the Golden Triangle. It was a most delicious meal with stimulation conversation.

On Saturday, I attended an invitation only art show at a private residence in the Ken Caryl suburb behind the Red Rock Hogback. It was a very nice affair in a swank neighborhood with stunning views. I managed to escape without making a purchase.

On Sunday, I met a friend at the DAM for a quick tour.

Tomorrow evening I’m meeting up with Mrs. L, to tour the art openings. There seems to be never ending art activities in this town.

The Last Day of Summer

It’s been a long hot summer here. How about a steamy photo from Ellen Von Unwerth to close out summer?

I’ve been busy with art activities most of the weekend. More to come in a future post.