A diverse mix of Mo’Print (Month of Printmaking) shows begin to multiply exponentially this weekend as the official month of March approaches. But there’s plenty more to get excited about, with new exhibits at Union Hall Denver, Rule Gallery, Colorado Photographic Arts Center and Pirate: Contemporary Art Space. K Contemporary is celebrating a big anniversary and Performance Art Week X is about to kick off.
So get out your diaries and start planning:
From now on
K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee Street
Until March 12
K Contemporary’s fifth anniversary exhibition includes QR codes to learn more about each work. The activation is a sign of things to come at K Contemporary, where owner Doug Kacena plans to explore new avenues outside of the conservative white-wall presentation.
Colorado Print Educators 2022
Lincoln Center, 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins
Until April 9
Printmaking – at least the whole megillah of the medium – is not an easy road, and that’s why we have master printers and print educators to light the way as the road gets tougher beyond the field of monoprints and linocuts. This Mo’Print offering is a tribute to Colorado’s incredible artist-educators, who are building their own practices while teaching the next wave of the complicated field.
Rough Gems 2022 #2: Virgin
Union Hall, Colorado, 1750 Wewatta Street, Suite 144
Until March 19
Virtual chat with the commissioners: Thursday, March 17, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For Virgin, the second installment of Union Hall’s Rough Gems 2022 emerging curatorial project, artists Noa Fodrie, Larí García, Deya Guy-Vasson, Judith Leinen and Martha Russo grapple with the redirection of creative energy when nature resets its course, as when the rain evaporates before touching the ground. Curated in collaboration by young Boulder artists A Grix and Brook Vann, the exhibition is full of transformative moments. Virgin includes works based on personal, material and chemical change. Learn more at the online Curators Conference in March.
Mo’Print: Member Engraving Fair
Artistic Gymnasium, 1460 Leiden Street
Until March 20
The Art Gym co-working studio space in Mayfair is one of the region’s busiest printmaking centers under the management of Gregory Santos, a master printer and former chairman of Mo’Print in 2018 and 2020. member artists using Art Gym equipment include both emerging and seasoned artists. printmakers, creating a large group exhibit that showcases a range of print styles and media. If you’re looking to see what happens when artists work together in a common community, that’s ground zero.
Colorado Center for the Photographic Arts, 1070 Bannock St.
Until April 12
Round table with the artists: Thursday, March 24, 6 p.m.; via Zoom, RSVP in advance
Identity experiences, which opens this week at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, explores the effects of immigration from a personal perspective in photographs by Priya Suresh Kambli, Vikesh Kapoor, Emily Hanako Momohara and Rafael Soldi. Each artist portrays the immigrant experience through a singular lens, enhanced by individual techniques and subjects, with photographs of family, peers and environment.
Rules Gallery, 808 Santa Fe Drive
Until April 9
Rule is doing it again this weekend with a fresh palette of artists from the gallery for After midnight, a series of dark, moonlit, blue-tinted paintings by Nathan Abels, Laura Berger, Jillian FitzMaurice, Aitor Lajarin-Encina, Robert Martin, VLM and Xi Zhang, all expressing mood, excitement, loneliness and the mystery of the night. Night walkers, this show is for you.
Jennifer Jeanelle, Disrupt the Overwhelm
Lea Swenson, Stratum
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
Until March 13
It’s time for Pirate members Jennifer Jeannelle and Leah Swenson to shine. Jeannelle contributes a series of beautiful and dangerous black and white projectiles hanging from the ceiling as well as a performative aspect that will be revealed at 8 p.m. Friday evening throughout the show, while Swenson continues her practice of multimedia collage. works, mixing found papers, paint, encaustic and other mediums.
Colorado Vibes Vol. 7
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway
Until March 27
Fancy a “light” gallery outing? spectra Colorado Vibes Vol. 7, is a great group show of fun, weird, psychedelic art that will hurt your eyes in a good way. Basic admission is free, but with a donation in increments between $5 and $25, you get different perks, including swag and entry into Spectra’s ongoing immersive journey. Spookadelia 4: Novo Ita. If you can’t make the opening, RSVP online for another day.
Helen Rudy and Danny Williams, Saturation
Evergreen Center for the Arts, 31880 Rocky Village Drive, Evergreen
Until March 26
Fused glass artist Helen Rudy’s work is ignited with gorgeous translucent colors; Painter Danny Williams likes to thicken it into swirling patterns with sculptural monochrome layers you’ll want to touch, even though you shouldn’t. Together they are the cornerstones of Saturation, a new show at the Evergreen Center for the Arts, bound by thick paint and color for miles. The reception includes a Q&A with the artists at 6 p.m. and will also be streamed via the Zoom link. RSVP for online viewing here.
Performance Art Week X
Spoken word performance by Gregg Deal: Tuesday, March 1, 4 p.m.; Emmanuel Gallery, 1205 10th Street Plaza, Auraria Campus
PAW Xtra Large: Tuesday, March 1; reception at 5:30 p.m., Night Lights screenings from 6 p.m. to midnight; Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower, 1601 Arapahoe Street
Live performance day: Wednesday March 2, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Emmanuel Gallery, 1205 10th Street Plaza, Auraria Campus
CU Denver’s Emmanuel Gallery is a place where students and exhibit artists are encouraged to push beyond their limits to create braver, more original works without boundaries. While far from new, performance art fills that bill, hence the gallery’s annual Performance Art Week, which now celebrates PAW X and its tenth anniversary. In February, students were treated to a workshop with New Orleans performance artist Jeff Becker; it is now their turn to show their own performances, as well as anyone else who wishes to participate, including local alumni and artists. It begins with a spoken word creation performance by current gallery artist Gregg Deal on Tuesday, March 1, then continues the same evening with video screenings of performance art by Night Lights Denver. A day of live performances ends at the gallery on Wednesday, March 2.
Pablo’s Coffee, 1300 Pennsylvania Street
From Tuesday March 1 to April 30
Mo’Print’s large shows can get all the attention, but sometimes it’s the small ones that highlight the versatility of print media. Pablo’s will host a two-month showcase of artist postcard sets meant to start meaningful conversations by addressing burning issues. And what better place than a coffee shop to continue those conversations?
Handcrafted Letterpress Cards
Craft Center, 2757 East Third Avenue
From Tuesday March 1 to March 31
Not far from Pablo’s, the Artisan Center in Cherry Creek North is performing another small miracle for Mo’Print by focusing on letterpress, a process often used for functional purposes, including handmade greeting cards by artisans. artists. This exhibit is viewable through the window, and everything is for sale, including cards from the Craft Center owners and Mo’Print 2022 directors/artists Jennifer Ghormley and Emily Moyer.
Scott Artist Series: Rowland Ricketts
Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center Event Hall, 701 West Pitkin Street, CSU Campus, Fort Collins
Tuesday, March 1, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Indiana farmers/artists Rowland and Chinami Ricketts have a practice you won’t see often. As makers and artists working with indigo dyes, they raise and process their own indigo and dye their own fabrics to create both large-scale installations and beautifully dyed functional clothing and household items. Rowland Ricketts, who has been at CSU in Fort Collins leading a student workshop, will discuss this rare practice and perhaps persuade a few people to embrace his perspective as a back-to-the-land craftsman.
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