Art Attack took a travel break last week, leaving a bumper crop of new shows out in the cold. A few worth checking out, if you haven’t already, include Floyd Tunson: Hearts and Minds in Colorado Springs, until July 9; Hair culture, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, through June 25; Lauri Lynxe Murphy, UnsuitableBardo Coffee House, until June 30; Casting currentsWalker Fine Art, through July 16; WILL HAVE, Union Hall Gallery, through July 9; CHNK and Chris Haven, The phone eats first, ILA Gallery, until June 5; new cooperative exhibitions at Core New Art Space, Next Gallery and Edge Gallery; and Jonathan Saiz and Mychaelyn Michalec, K Contemporary, through June 25.
And now, on to this week: some shows require a bit of travel, some are close to home, other co-op shows are opening, and some last chances will pass soon. It’s time to hit the trail.
Belgian Yucelen, Praise of uncertainty
Gym Art Gallery, 1460 Leyden Street
From Thursday 19 May to 19 June
Opening: Thursday, May 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Boulder artist Belgin Yucelen defaults to Denver’s Art Gym gallery to unfold narratives bound not by heavy substance and crisp finales, but by space, silence, and open conclusions in the series of nine paintings. In praise of certainty, like a collective art haiku or a visual map of a cool Miles Davis solo. These dreamy snippets continue in Yucelen’s short film, Borrowed stories, inspired by half-seen scenarios through veiled windows. Discover both when the exhibition opens on Thursday, May 19.
Bill Ballas, New Pieces: Paintings and Collages
Gary Manuel, sculpture
Robert Saint-Jean, The room of angelsin the north gallery
Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
From Thursday 19 May to 12 June
Opening: Saturday May 21 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Last Look: Sunday, June 12, 1-4 p.m.
Spark paired members Bill Ballas, who shares recent abstract paintings and sculptural collages incorporating wood, metal and found objects, with Gary Manuel, whose wood and metal sculpture prototypes blend seamlessly. In the North Gallery, photographer Robert St. John’s The room of angelsan installation centered on ghost characters, creates an atmosphere in sympathy with the immigrant populations of the world, living suspended in a place that is neither here nor there.
Jean Herman and Taylor Coble, Discoveries
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
From Thursday 19 May to 12 June
Opening: Friday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sync Gallery’s Jean Herman combines painting, collage and needlework in lush, textured landscapes, portraits and figures, while colleague and photographer Taylor Coble captures moving figures and portraits, with a painterly eye.
invisible | hyperVISIBLE
Dairy Arts Centre, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder
From Friday May 20 to July 16
Artist talk: Friday, May 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Opening: Friday, May 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
invisible | hyperVISIBLE, first seen in Denver last fall at RedLine, returns to the region in an expanded version with new works by five Boulder-based artists at the Dairy Arts Center. The exhibition openly examines stereotypes and intolerance towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) through the eyes of fifteen artists, scholars, performers, and community organizers from different cultural backgrounds. An artist talk preceding Friday’s reception includes a panel of local artists Erin Hyunhee Kang, Sammy Lee, Renluka Maharaj, Liz Quan, Chinn Wang and Thomas Yi. The Islanda short film by Tuan Andrew Nguyen on Pulao Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia that served as a camp for 250,000 Vietnamese refugees from 1978 to 1991, will also be screened twice during the show’s run, on May 29 and June 5.
Robert Hyatt and Paul Corbitt, abstraction specimens
Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street, Golden
From Friday 20 May to 26 June
Meet the artists: Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Denverite Robert Hyatt may be the son of Beat hero Neal Cassady, but he’s also an artist, lately working on the next step for some colorful polyresin casts he made in 1980. To complete the process, the Hyatt’s friend, photographer Paul Corbitt, was needed to allow for the final touches. For abstraction specimens, on view from Friday in the Foothills Community Gallery, the candy-colored polyresin shapes have now been captured up close by Corbitt, using a macro lens. The resulting collection of photos is displayed on walls (and on a big-screen TV) until June 26.
Julie Jablonski, Cabaret Voltaire
Tom Mazzullo, Sometimes I draw birds
Ella Srholez, guest artist
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
From Friday 20 May to 5 June
Opening: Friday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There’s a new load of art on Pirate from members Julie Jablonski and Tom Mazzullo, with additional looks from guest artist Ella Srholez, a young artist, TEDx speaker, and creative polymath from the Eagle Valley. Jablonski, inspired by the legacy of the short-lived WWI-era Dada Cabaret Voltaire club in Zurich, recreates the vibe of the European art world over 100 years ago, while Mazzullo experiments the silver point with a beautiful series of portraits of birds.
Nature. To feed. Structure. Arts Night.
Art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Opening: Friday, May 20, 6-9 p.m.
Artist talk: Saturday, May 21, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Join spouses Carrie MaKenna, a painter, and Craig Rouse, a graphic designer, in the midst of their joint exhibition for an artist talk and a second look at their contrasting styles. The show, Nature. To feed. Structure.until May 29.
Due to weather forecasts, the Storeroom event listed below has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Esther Hz, “Tired Iron Slump Dump”, closing performance
The Storage Room, 1700 Vine Street
Friday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., postponed
The “Tired Iron Slump Dump” panoramic window installation by ever inventive artist and performer Esther Hz is interesting on its own, but you haven’t really seen it unless it’s in motion, moving through the toil without end of a mechanized world, generating a boredom as powerful as living two years of confinement. See while you can. The show remains on view until the end of the month, but this is the last live performance.
in one space.
Evergreen Center for the Arts, 31880 Rocky Village Drive, Evergreen
From Friday 20 May to 25 June
Opening/Questions and answers with the artists: Friday, May 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The show in a space is a study of process and aesthetics practiced by artists in four different mediums. Compare and contrast the work of Pam Caidin (jewellery), Judith Eastburn (photography), Erica Iman (ceramics) and artist/curator Michele Renée Ledoux (encaustic painting).
AR Mitchell Museum of Western Art, 150 East Main Street, Trinidad
Opening: Friday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Max Kauffman put down roots in Denver a year ago for Walsenburg in Huerfano County, bringing a mix of urban art to the working-class town, which recently became part of the new creative district of La Veta. Today, he raises awareness of these contemporary influences by organizing track songa modern exhibition with an Old West title, for the AR Mitchell Museum of Western Art in Trinidad, featuring works from a collection of young artists from Colorado and New Mexico, including Jaime Molina, Johnny DeFeo, Alexander Richard Wilson, Johanna Mueller, Mike Strescino and Anthony Garcia Sr.
Ben Kinsley Tree Talk: Spring
Kenosha Pass, Hwy 285, Colorado Trail Section #6 Trailhead, near Fairplay
Saturday May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free, RSVP online in advance on Eventbrite
Ben Kinsley’s art project Tree Talks: Populus tremuloides, which studies trembling aspen every season, continues with the spring edition in an aspen grove off Kenosha Pass. Join Kinsley and his curated list of speakers – installation artist De Lane Bredvik, forest therapy guide Jaime Kopke, and Oglala Lakota artist/activist Walt Pourier – for a multi-disciplinary discussion.
Julie Anna Lewis
Masters Gallery, 2616 East Third Avenue
Saturday, May 21, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Master Gallery artist Julie Anna Lewis, who creates romantic mixed media portraits of women and other images, superimposed on fine script or musical scores, will paint live in the gallery this weekend.
Steven Yazzie, golden king
The courtyard, Coordinates: 38.847596, -104.799216, Divine Redeemer Neighborhood, Colorado Springs
From Sunday May 22 to September 4
The aforementioned Ben Kinsley and his partner, Jessica Langley, reopen their Colorado Springs front yard gallery, aka The Yard, to the public on Sunday for a summer installation by Steven Yazzie, who installs a sign that reads “Reality Group, Land & Resource Speculation ; Gold King & Associates. If curious viewers try to call the number on the panel, they won’t encounter a sales pitch, but a sixty-second reading from an unknown person who shares a poem, quote, or part of a story, d a book or related source conveying environmental concerns related to urban development and resource scarcity. We call it human contact.
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