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  • Denver Comic Con 2016

    By Raymundo Muñoz

    Brandt Peters and Kathy Olivas signing books at Sally Centigrade Gallery's booth

    Brandt Peters and Kathy Olivas signing books at Sally Centigrade Gallery’s booth

    While most visitors to Denver Comic Con 2016 got to shuffle around at a snail’s pace from booth to booth, I got to spend a couple days with Sally Centigrade Gallery and their special guests Oregon artist Betty Turbo and pop surreal artists and Stranger Factory co-owners Brandt Peters and Kathy Olivas. Continue reading →

  • Not Unexpected Anymore: Arna Miller and Tripper Dungan @ Sally Centigrade Gallery

    By Raymundo Muñoz

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    Opening Thursday May 19 at Sally Centigrade Gallery is “Not Unexpected Anymore,” a two-person show featuring local Arna Miller and Portland, Oregon’s Tripper Dungan. Arna is best known for her hilarious screenprints, which often depict animals engaged in strange acts. Her work can easily be mistaken for vintage circus/magician posters, if not for the anachronistic details and wry commentary replacing the expected advertised information. Spot-on typography seals the deal. As for Tripper, if you didn’t catch his show last year with local Mike Graves, you’re in for a treat. His bright, colorful, tripped-out characters enhanced with 3-D glasses are always a crowd favorite (We gushed about his work last time around, which you can read here). It’s not unexpected for Sally Centigrade to bring you a show of this nature, and that’s a good thing. For more information, please visit Sally Centigrade and https://www.facebook.com/events/868109179961714/

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    Arna Miller

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    Tripper Dungan

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  • Upcoming: Altering Natural Perceptions @ Walker Fine Art

    By Raymundo Muñoz

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    “Object Permanence 4” by Kellie Canon

    Walker Fine Art has a new show opening this Friday May 20, and it’s called “Altering Natural Perceptions.” Featuring works from Lee Harkin, Derrick Breidenthal, Kellie Cannon, Karin Schminke, Don Quade, Norman Epp, and Bonny Lhotka, it’s a lovely and tasteful presentation that explores various natural experiences altered in some way via media or stylistic approaches. That’s a mouthful, but a tasty one when you consider some of the talent on show. Take for instance, Cannon’s use of oxidized steel plates as ink matrix for her rich intaglio monoprints, serving as an exploration on permanence and mutability. Or Lhotka’s digital photographic collage that layers images of nature like a dream, fleeting and fading. “Altering Natural Perceptions” opens Friday May 20 5 – 9 PM and runs through July 9. For more information, please visit: www.walkerfineart.com . Continue reading →

  • Upcoming: Repeat Offenders: Works by Sharon Brown @ Pattern Shop Studio

    By Raymundo Muñoz

    Sharon Brown, Creators - Yoshitomo Saito, 2014, oil on canvas, 36 x 28 in

    “Yoshitomo Saito” by Sharon Brown

    Opening First Friday June 3 at Pattern Shop Studios is “Repeat Offenders: Works by Sharon Brown,” a clever portrait show with some guts to it. Brown assembles a selection of works from her long-running “Creators” series — wherein she paints black and white portraits of artists based on color photographs — and from her “Damage” series — wherein she paints color portraits of criminals based on small black and white photographs — to potent effect. Although each series works well enough on its own, the combination here is intriguing in the contrasts presented as well as in the similarities, raising questions about the sometimes offensive nature of art as well as the order/chaos dynamic in general. “Repeat Offenders” opens First Friday June 3 from 6 – 9 PM and concludes First Friday August 5. For more information, please visit: patternshopstudio.com.

    Sharon Brown, Damage - Fisher, 2000, oil on canvas 20 x 20 in

    “Fisher” by Sharon Brown

     

     

  • Kaitlin Ziesmer: High Fives and Hugs @ Lowbrow Denver

    By Raymundo Muñoz

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    Opening this Friday May 6 is Denver resident Kaitlin Ziesmer’s “High Fives and Hugs,” a show we’ve been anticipating for months. Featuring a big new batch of the colorful characters she’s so good at concocting, “High Fives and Hugs” is Kaitlin’s debut solo exhibition at the Broadway gallery and retail space (and a good fit for her style and subject matter). Ziesmer is coming off a steady stream of showings at various venues throughout town, most recently at Sally Centigrade, Alto, and Point Gallery. If you need a pick-me-up, this show is for you.

    For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/201651383551993/ 

  • Trinity: Valerie Savarie, Katie Hoffman, Claudia Roulier, and Kim Anderson @ CORE New Art Space

    By Raymundo Muñoz

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    Valerie Savarie

    Opening Thursday May 5 at Core New Art Space is “Trinity,” a show that has nothing to do with North Americans celebrating Mexican history by drinking margaritas. Celebration is still in order, however, when you consider the talented roster of Valerie Savarie, Katie Hoffman, Claudia Roulier, and Kim Anderson. Each artist explores religious and cultural trinities in her own signature way. Altogether evocative imagery, ancient symbols, and mixed media approaches yield a warm, enchanting, and mysterious collective vision that should touch viewers no matter where they’re from.

    “Trinity” opens May 5, followed by a May 6 First Friday showing, and an Artists’ Reception the following Friday May 13. For more information please visit corenewartspace.com. Continue reading →

  • Opening: Variable Reality @ Mike Wright Gallery

    By Raymundo Muñoz

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    “Huayna IV” by Emma Lindstrom

    Opening this Friday April 29 at Mike Wright Gallery is “Variable Reality,” a handsome group show that presents nature and space through the lens of abstraction. Seven contemporary artists will be on display, including locals Doug Kacena, Mark Bueno, Shannon Neumann, and John Haley III, as well as Peter Roux, Hollis Heichemer, and Emma Lindstrom from yonder regions. Interpretations of nature differ quite a bit from artist to artist — consider Neumann’s highly textured paintings compared to Haley’s Art Deco-inspired serpentine sculptures — but a sense of space dominates the works as a whole. “Variable Reality” runs from April 29 – June 11. For more information, please visit www.mikewrightgallery.com/variable-reality.html Continue reading →

  • Opening: Danyl Cook: Bad A** Behavior @ Valkarie Gallery

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    Opening this Friday April 22 at Valkarie Gallery is “Bad A** Behavior,” a new collection of works by painter Danyl Cook. After a few years of nature-themed pastel work, Cook is returning to a previously well-received post-graduate series that depicts some rather tough-looking babies. If any of these wee ones were encountered in a dark alley, the natural response would be to turn and run. Or maybe make friends and party. Either way, the show looks like a fun one.

    For more information, visit: valkariefineart.com.

  • Thomas Scharfenberg: Tom’s World @ Rhinoceropolis (Pt. 1)

    By Raymundo Muñoz

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    Chair lit against a portion of Thomas Scharfenberg’s mural work at Rhinoceropolis.

    Over the course of three years or so, local artist Thomas Scharfenberg has been painting the walls of DIY music venue Rhinoceropolis just about every color and pattern imaginable. That sounds like a lot to take in — and it is — but if you allow yourself complete immersion into “Tom’s World,” it starts to make beautiful sense. Continue reading →

  • Another Look: Naomi Haverland: The New Masters of Dada @ Helikon Gallery

    By Raymundo Muñoz

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    Naomi Haverland

    Time has an easy way of slipping through our fingers — mine especially — and sometimes good shows fall through the cracks. One such show was Naomi Haverland’s exuberant “The New Masters of Dada” at Helikon Gallery’s secondary space Gallery 101. The show ran from Feb. 3 – 24 and featured the artist’s painted homages to youth. Full of strange props and silly faces, I couldn’t help but smile and recall a simpler, wilder, more imaginative time in my life. Haverland makes the case that such time draws parallels with the Dada (anti-) art movement, especially in its emphasis on chaos and lack of deep meaning.

    While her pieces do touch on those elements — kids have a special way of doing random things in fun and brilliant ways — one may also consider the origins of Dada and its rejection of the insanity of WWI. In such a context, this series seems paler. The rejection in this case, though, seems more to do with the expectations artists have in the work they create, specifically in the often contrived results. Finding that elusive natural, spontaneous, “organic” feeling can be a challenge, and replicating it can be quite another. Artists have their ways: drink, drugs, sex, meditation, etc. Naomi, though, finds inspiration in childhood, and maybe that’s a better way.

    For more information about “The New Masters of Dada,” visit helikongallery.com/gallery/archive/new-masters-of-dada. For more of Naomi Haverland’s work, visit naomihaverland.blogspot.com. Pictures taken at Feb. 3 opening reception. Continue reading →