I was recently asked to contribute a few pieces of work to a group show being curated by Andrew Hoffman in collaboration with Bomb Snow Magazine and PBR. Unfortunately the paint was still drying on my pieces when I turned them in so I wasn’t able to peel off any snaps before handing them over. A huge shout out and a healthy thank you is in order to Mr. Hoffman for allowing me to show alongside some of my favorite artists from Denver, but more importantly for putting in extra hours in order to make the show happen.
Denver artists: Amanda Marie, Andrew Hoffman, Chris Huth, Josh Wills, John Fellows, Max Kauffman, Melanie Pruitt, Matt Scobey, Rob Mack, Sandra Fettingis, Scot Lefavor
Bozeman artists: Adam Schwankl, Dalton Brink, John ‘Dizmal’ Warren Jonathan Raney, Rachel Driscoll, Tanner Billis, Wilson Raska
Vast Gallery : March 24th : 410 N. Broadway. Bozeman, MT
Armed with a fresh body of work Mario Zoots has a new show opening March 9th at Super Ordinary Gallery appropriately titled New Gothic. New Gothic will mark a shift in Mario’s approach to creating his collaged work, reflecting a transition away from appropriation and moving towards creating pieces that are assembled using original content: photography, artwork, etc.
Though Mario’s approach towards shifted his works has changed, his intent still remains intact. Through his collage work Zoot’s exploits the human belief in the photographic image to make his surreal assemblages plausible on a certain level. Photographic snippets of the real world are extracted from their original contexts and rebuilt into a dream-scape of absurd juxtaposition. By doing so Zoot’s photo-collages have an authority and power that challenges perception in a way that would be difficult to achieve in traditional painting.
Mario Zoots : New Gothic
March 9th : Super Ordinary Gallery : 6PM – 10PM
3126 Larimer Street. Denver, CO
Denver based artist, tattooist, and all around rad maker Sandi Calistro will be showing new work at Super Ordinary gallery, the show entitled ‘Times are Hard for Dreamers’ will open on January 14th. Her work has been recognized nationally by juxtapoz and high fructose both online and in print. Keep tabs on Sandi and her daily doings via twitter and tumblr… she will be in attendance the night of the opening, drop by for a chance to see Sandi’s work in person and also possibly talk a little shop.
SANDI CALISTRO : TIMES ARE HARD FOR DREAMERS
Super Ordinary gallery : January 14th : 7pm – 11pm
3126 Larimer Street : Denver : Colorado
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10 Years ago Ray Young Chu quit his day job to pursue what he felt he was put on earth to do… Create. 10 years before that I met Ray in elementary school and then was later reintroduced to him in High school. Over the years we’ve shared many things including graffiti crews, bourbon, and a love of art. Like many friends it was sad to see him leave Denver, but it has been even more fulfilling watching him flourish and crush new opportunities that wouldn’t have presented themselves had he not done so. I try to catch Ray every time I’m out in his hood, but am even more excited to have him back in ours.
December 3rd at Super Ordinary Gallery, Ray will be opening his first solo show in Denver since moving west. The show entitled ‘Beginning Before’ will be filled with work that spans a ten year career as a professional rad maker. Work from his early days created in Denver, after making a transition from being a fairly prominent graffiti artist. Work that was made in collaboration with others under ‘The Yummies’ moniker. Work from his design art collective ‘Chule’. And newer pieces created while the oceans breeze blew threw his magnificent hair along the coasts of southern Cali. Ray’s work has always made me laugh, made others laugh, and in a few rare but highly calculated instances pissed a few people off. Ray’s work is created with his heart, using his head and hands. His art is witty and sarcastic while still being fun or more often humorous. Beginning Before is just as much a visual journal as it is an artshow. Many of the pieces have not been exhibited publicly before, including photographs and other odds and ends that document his travels, adventures, and pursuits of the last ten years.
Beginning Before : Compilation artwork by : Ray Young Chu
Official Opening : December 3rd 7:00pm – 11:54pm
Super Ordinary Gallery : 3126 Larimer Street Denver, CO
Proper Barber Shop has joined forces with PBR to bring all of the best art from the PBR Colorado art shows under one roof. This Friday night join the gents from Proper along with DJ Ginger Perry and buckets of free PBR for the opening reception highlighting the best of the best. Featuring artwork by Josh Holland, Jouvelt, Absinthe Photography, and more.
Proper Barber Shop : Friday November 4th : 7pm – 10pm : 3923 Tennyson Street
Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described “avid internetter”, best known for her personal project Daily Drop Cap, she will be speaking at the Denver Art Museum on October 18th as part of the AIGA Colorado Speaker Series. Having found success in a variety of side projects outside of her daily grind, Jessica will touch on the genesis and process that fueled some of her most recent successes, she will also share some recent work and expound up her love of typography while discussing the differences between lettering and fonts.
Tuesday October 18, 2011 : 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm : Denver Art Museum
Tickets Available Online Here
^ John Fellows
This coming Friday, September 23rd, Japan-based non-profit PangeaSeed in collaboration with San Francisco’s Spoke Art Gallery is pleased to announce the inaugural transcontinental art exhibition, Sink or Swim, featuring original works from 30 internationally renowned artists such as Dave Kinsey, Josh Keyes, Dan May, Jim Phillips, Jeff Soto, Skinner, Denver’s own John Fellows and many more. This gathering of widely acclaimed artists from around the globe will address one of the biggest threats facing the health of the world’s oceans today and the rapid and mass depletion of sharks.
Sink Or Swim : September 23-25
Opening reception Friday, September 23rd 6-10pm
Spoke Art Gallery : 816 Sutter St. : SF, CA
Smash Collective is the collaborative show between two Denver based designers/artists Ryan Lee and Eric Wedum. Their process is self described as being “free-formed and organic. Each addition to every piece was done in a silo away from the others opinion and art direction. Only coming together to decide on photos to be used and color choices. We were interested in exploring where each of our styles would collide with the others. The series grew and evolved as the months past, it melded and turned into something cohesive.”
Smash Collective opens Friday August 5th at The Infinite Monkey Theorem
931 West 5th Avenue. Denver, CO : 5pm – 10pm
Bordo Bello is back for the fourth straight year and looking for artists, designers, and other creative types interested in designing decks for the skateboard art fundraiser.
Visit the Bordo Bello website for more details on how to go about getting your hands on a blank shred stick: www.bordobello.com
I just came across a really well done video shot for Supakitch and Koralie‘s mural project at the Världskultur Museet in Gothenburg, again, tonight, while doing some research and wanted to share. A video that manages to reveal a peek into an artists process without being pesky or overbearing, always manages to capture my attention; not to mention the music is pretty on point.
Grab the track on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/color-in-your-hands-ep/id425346042
Video by: Elroy
Curated by artist Jeremy “THINKMULE?” Pruitt and presented by Illiterate Gallery, Jolly B 13 explores our personal affinity for symbolic value, contentious associations with specific numbers and objects of superstition. An exhibition of 13 artists, each will lend their own varied association and unique perspective to the number 13.
New works by: Ryan Bubnis • Bill Dunlap • Mike Egan • John “YOYOGI” Fortes • David “MEGGS” Hooke • Travis Lampe • Jason Limon • Jeremy “THINKMULE?” Pruitt • Melanie Pruitt • Brian Raszka • Jesse Reno • Gabriel Shaffer • Betsy Walton
John ‘Yoyogi’ Fortes
Jolly B 13: Curated by THINKMULE?
Opening Reception: May 6th | 7PM-11PM
Illiterate Gallery: 82 S. Broadway | Denver, Colorado | 80209