- Exhibition: MODERN STRUCTURE
- Showing: May 19th 2016 - June 25th 2016
- Opening Reception: THURSDAY MAY 19TH, 2016 6PM-9PM
My artwork is a reflection of my personal philosophy. An overriding theme is that of no separation. Whether between the natural and the man-made, different cultures, religions, or nationalities; I believe everything is connected and inter-related. As my work is visual, containing words only in the titles, it has become my challenge and goal to communicate this philosophy of connectedness.
I’ve decided that the way to cut through the illusion of separation is to “peel back the layers” to reveal the essence of things. This is not to say that I’m eliminating complexity and diversity. The essence is inclusive and contains all that is.
In my latest series of paintings, entitled “Pulse”, I’m suggesting that the essence of life is energy. And energy is not static, it pulses and vibrates. In a more contemporary context, think of computer code, which consist of nothing but ones and zeroes. Electric current, our heartbeat, sound; it all vibrates, pulsing, to create life.
Krista Svalbonas is a mixed-media artist based in Chicago. She holds a BFA degree in photography and design from Syracuse University and an interdisciplinary MFA degree in photography, sculpture, and design from SUNY New Paltz. Benefiting from this extensive training in a wide range of media, Svalbonas experiments with traditional materials in unexpected ways. She is heavily influenced by her urban environment and focuses on spatial relationships and architecture when developing abstract pieces and installations.
Svalbonas exhibits throughout the United States, including recent and upcoming solo shows at Space Gallery in Denver and the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina. She has exhibited at the Dairy Center of the Arts, Colorado; Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Matteawan Gallery, Opus Projects, The Painting Center, Trestle Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation, and BWAC, New York; Watchung Art Center and George Segal Gallery, New Jersey; Monterey Peninsula Art Gallery and Wall Gallery, California; and Tubac Center For The Arts, Arizona. She is in the permanent collection of the Cesis Art Museum in Latvia. Svalbonas is a recipient of a Bemis Fellowship, and of residencies from Cooper Union, Vermont Studio Center, and the New Arts Program. She is currently a lecturer in photography at Columbia College.
I am drawn to spaces that are engineered to be placeless: from interiors to landscapes–spaces that are highly disorienting and are precisely designed to be passed through as quickly and efficiently as possible. Think airports, expressways and lobbies. Lately I’ve been frequenting similar kinds of spaces, no less enigmatic and no less banal: those sprawling tracts dotted about the edges of the cities and suburbs, characterized by the clotted networks of expressways and county roads and, most importantly to me, those massive, horizontal structures variously called distribution centers or logistics centers.
These largely overlooked yet high functioning landscapes disclose many of the same spatial tensions and enigmas that I address in my art making. At the heart of both lies an amalgam of space and structure, both largely determined by seen and unseen geometries. In my paintings and projects I conjure a sense of space that is highly elastic and ambiguous. I aim to juggle and confound those key oppositions that underpin spatial coherence: basic binaries such as close-distant, container-contained, surface-depth, opaque-transparent, and so on.
I never really know the true nature of my fascinations and certainly not these forays (actual and artistic) into various states of disorientation and dislocation. Yet I feel we are experiencing unprecedented transformations of our built and virtual environments, and so ultimately these works are neither more nor less than my playful stabs at a better understanding.
JODIE ROTH COOPER
Jodie is currently based in Denver at TBD Studio, a work space formed in collaboration with Tenzin Phuntsok and Jordan Gravely. As well as working on his own solo projects, he works with Jordan Gravely as Ant Box Design Build and James Crockett as Double D Design. All projects shown on this site were designed, fabricated and installed in a fluid process by the creators. Although a great deal of satisfaction is derived from the design of functional objects and elements Jodie is most excited by blurring the lines of art and design in order to create elements that not only serve a pedestrian function, but also serve to create memorable experience, whether physical or emotive.
FRANK T MARTINEZ
Since making his debut with Plus Gallery in 2004, Denver native Frank T. Martinez has earned the reputation as one of the leading abstract painters of the last decade. His work has been featured in juried exhibitions and regional group shows of note including the Emmanuel Gallery’s “Five Prominent Denver Galleries Featuring Five Works of Art,” (2005), the Rocky Mountain Biennial at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (2006 – Juror’s second place award, Juror Bill Wiley), “Pattern Recognition” (2007) at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, “Silent Films and Bedroom Paintings” at the LAB at Belmar, curated by esteemed MCA Denver director Adam Lerner, and most recently “Beyond Blue” at the McNichols Civic Center Building in conjunction with the City of Denver. His work has been acquired by numerous individuals and collectors of note, and has been placed in distinct corporate collections such as First Western Trust, Regis University, Denver’s Glass House and most recently the City of Denver for the recently completed Justice Center on Colfax. Martinez was featured in the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival trailer series “Paint the Town Red” in anticipation of his fifth solo exhibition with Plus Gallery “Fluid,” which was one of the gallery’s most succesful exhibitions of the last five years.