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The work featured in Vantage Point comes from the overlapping reality of two artists working in Colorado’s Front Range and Eastern plains stretching into Nebraska. You might be thinking of bucolic farms or Denver skyline stock photos. Don’t. Artists Tony Ellis and Paul Brokering are out to reawaken our experience of the commonplace with a visually powerful response to the question: What makes a photograph fine art? Setting the stage for Denver’s Month of Photography, Vantage Point will compel you to decide for yourself.


Tony Ellis photographs are often mistaken for paintings. In his first exhibition at Space Gallery, Ellis elevates the remnants of Denver street art and urban grit into images that live somewhere between super and abstract realism.

A graduate of the West of England College of Art, Ellis works on Colorado wind energy projects. “At first I was taking photographs for fun, then my love of abstract art kicked in and I found myself discovering what I see as “accidental Rothkos” on abandoned buildings, old trains and rusted ranch equipment.”

After several exhibitions in the Midwest, Ellis’ work was acquired for the permanent collections of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, in 2016.

Ellis returned to Colorado two years ago to focus on Denver’s urban environment “and the ephemeral detail of deteriorating graffiti, altered by weather, paint or, better yet, attempts to remove it from places we walk by every day.”


Paul Brokering’s focus on buildings we might dismiss as mundane artifacts of rural life emerge as bold studies of artistic elements. “We drive by these buildings often and seldom take time to stop and discover the beauty of these structures that never change,” he offers. Brokering’s emphasis on shape, color, and repeating patterns of built environments draws us away from a building’s function to its powerful aesthetic.

Brokering, a native Coloradan and former resident and graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Architecture, returned to Denver ten years ago. Brokering admits that his passion for photography happily coexists with his career as an architect. The instant gratification of digital photography, combining the promise of more control of the creative process and his natural love of gadgets, were a powerful elixir pulling him towards photography.

Brokering has exhibited his photographic work in Colorado and Nebraska since 2005. This is his second exhibition of abstract images at Space Gallery.






Check out this great write-up about our exhibition Nature’s line in Westword!


Nature’s Line, the lyrical group show now at Space Gallery, is a worthy followup to the impressive Pattern, which was presented there earlier this summer. In Pattern, the theme was repeated imagery, as the title suggests. This time, the subject is the organic line, which is also conveyed in the title.

Both shows were organized by gallery director Michael Burnett, who brought together abstract artists — mostly painters — from inside and outside Colorado. And it’s important to point out that the artists in the current show aren’t abstracting flowers, plants or animals. Rather, they are using free-flowing lines and rounded shapes, which hint at natural things but do not ape them. Each artist has been given a separate section, so that each has a sort of mini-solo within the group.”


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Check out this great write-up about our art work in Westword!

Space Gallery owner Michael Burnett believes that the impressive Pattern: Geometric / Organic, now on display at the gallery, is his best effort yet. I have to say, though, that I’ve been checking out exhibits at Space for years, and there have been many solid shows presented there. It’s true that Pattern is more ambitious than most; there’s even a handsome catalogue that accompanies it — and that’s something that almost never happens with a show at a commercial gallery like this one.”

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Check out this great write-up about our new exhibition in Westword!


“It used to be that the art world in Denver took a breather in August, to mark the close of one season and allow galleries to gear up for the next one, which started after Labor Day — but that’s clearly not the case anymore. This month has seen a raft of great shows that have opened just as the schedule was supposed to be winding down. This week, I caught up with a quartet of exhibits that are linked by a shared interest among the participating artists in conveying forms and colors with minimal narrative or conceptual content.”


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From Pre-fab to Fabulous


 Space Gallery Grand Opening


Check out this great write-up about our new Space in Westword!

Though Denver’s art world can trace its roots back to the late nineteenth century — the Denver Art Museum, for example, was founded in 1893 — it has only reached critical mass since the dawn of the 21st. The most obvious evidence of this was the construction of the DAM’s Hamilton Building and of MCA Denver’s new home in the mid-2000s; both were momentous events that raised the city’s art profile nationally and internationally.”

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Westword’s ‘Best of’ Award

…and Westword’s ‘Best of’ award for Best Gallery Group Show goes to ‘The Other Primary Colors – White Black Grey’ which was featured at Space Gallery 09.07.12 – 10.20.12. A special thanks to Marks Aardsma for her vision! If you missed the exhibit you can see images of the work by clicking on the photos link above and finding the folder marked with the show title.

Marks Aardsma’s next curatorial endeavor ‘Lines and Grids’ will open this fall on 08.16.13 and run through 09.28.13 at the Space Gallery. Mark your calendars because this will be another one not to miss.