Exhibition: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
Showing: September 28th – November 4th
Opening Reception: October 13th, 5-8pm
Featuring SPACE Gallery Artists:
PATRICIA AARON | JEFF WENZEL
KAREN SCHARER | JOHN WOOD | JEAN-PIERRE MORIN
About the Artists:
Patricia Aaron, an established Denver artist, has been featured in numerous museum, airport, university, and gallery exhibitions during the past 28 years. During the first half of 2017, Delta Airlines (Atlanta, GA), Sun City Corporation (Kobe, Japan) and Hogan Lovells (Denver, CO) acquired her work for their corporate collections. Also during 2017, Aaron completed private commissions for Liberty Global (Denver, CO), the Museum of Outdoor Arts (Englewood, CO), and a private residence in Chicago, IL. Aaron’s work is held in several permanent museum collections.
Born in Denver in 1959, Wenzel lived in Colorado, California and Alaska as a youth, then returned to California for his postgraduate education. At the University of California at Berkeley, he pursued sculpture and painting, studying and working as a teaching assistant with the renowned abstract expressionist sculptor, Peter Voulkos. He also studied drawing and painting with Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown, both expressionist painters identified with the Bay Area figurative movement. In 19813, Wenzel earned a Master of Arts degree and two years later a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Berkeley. He went on to teach pottery and ceramic sculpture at various arts institutions in the bay area. Upon returning to Denver in 1988, in addition to his work in clay, Wenzel began working in large-scale paintings using mixed materials on paper and wood. His work is exhibited and collected nationally.
“I live and work in the Colorado Rockies at 7500 feet elevation, about 15 miles from the highest peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. At times, the natural beauty that surrounds me is almost overwhelming. I exist immersed in a flood of constantly changing atmosphere, color, shapes, scents, and sounds. My work is created against that rich backdrop, and every painting is drawn from it. The palettes and forces of my environment demand to play a role; I have no choice but to comply.”
“Two major artist residencies have had a significant influence on my work. In 2015, I was invited to spend three weeks at The Lake, the Morris Graves Foundation compound in Northern California. In January 2017, I spent a month at the Jentel Foundation near the Wyoming/Montana border. The intense connection with these two very different landscapes clearly appears in the work in this exhibit. Several paintings are in direct response to The Lake, others
are related to the winter landscape of Wyoming. Still other work here is a melding together of both of these influences.
I have been fortunate, after each of these residencies, to be offered additional time and space to work and develop ideas and images at Oakopolis Creativity Center in downtown Oakland, and at Eastman Lane Studios in Petaluma.”
Jean-Pierre Morin’s sculptures speak to us of the materials and their possibilities. They also tell us about nature, space and man’s relationship with these elements: flames, leaves, flashes of lightening, stars, arborescence. Jean-Pierre Morin’s sculptural work has always been inspired by the elements of nature. Furthermore, his art is impregnated with the natural character of the elements through their form, color and seismic energy. His approach is based on the formal, poetic study of a telluric dimension of nature’s manifestations and their ontological resonance.
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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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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They collectively fell in love with the work of artist Tyler Aiello at Space Gallery, they commissioned him to create a pair of custom pendant lights for the dining table.
– Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
Mind Over Matter
Exhibition Runs April 19th – June 1st
Ian McLaughlin’s abstract paintings and short films resonate with the power—and the sound—of color.
– Jenny Ashley
Space Gallery was selected as a “Top Pick” for Denver’s Month of Photography – a collaborative showcase of fine art photography. Be sure to visit the gallery March 15th through April 13th to view the impressive exhibition.
…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.
Big thanks to Culture Haus for their ‘Art of the Street’ event at the CVA and to local graffiti artist Jolt for giving our truck a sweet new look.
Read the latest review from Michael Paglia on our current figurative exhibit.