By Show and Tell
By Bree Davies
By Bree Davies
By Cory Casciato
By Emilie Johnson
By Robin Edwards
By Bree Davis
By Josiah M. Hesse
Emerson Woelffer, et al. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has a rich assortment of attractions this summer. An Exhibition by Dale Chihuly showcases the artist's '70s-era glass work, which was inspired by American Indian art. One of his chandeliers has been installed in the lobby, and the solo also features the "Navajo Blanket Cylinder" series. The CSFAC is also sampling its permanent collection with two gorgeous exhibits: Realism and Illusion and Art for Art's Sake. The former is filled with representational art, the later with abstraction. Don't miss the newly acquired Paul Cadmus or the many old favorites that have long languished in storage -- especially that Richard Diebenkorn. And there's also the spectacular retrospective Emerson Woelffer: Life in the Abstract.Woelffer was a Los Angeles artist who was a key player in the Colorado modernist scene in the 1950s, when he was director of the now-defunct-though-then-famous art school at the FAC. All shows through August 15 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, 1-719-634-5581. Reviewed July 15.
Federico Castellon. Hugo Anderson, director of the Emil Nelson Gallery, has put together a riveting solo show devoted to the work of a prominent twentieth-century artist. Castellon was one of the few Americans who embraced European surrealism and worked in the style from the early 1930s -- when it was cutting-edge -- until 1971, the year he died, when it was an all but forgotten historical style. Castellon was born in Spain, but he moved to New York as a child and spent the rest of his life there. Though Castellon had no direct personal connection to surrealist masters such as Picasso, Miró or Dalí, who, incidentally, were also born in Spain, his work was influenced by them. This noteworthy show came together when Anderson acquired a cache of Castellons purchased directly from the collection of the artist's estate. The crowded exhibit includes examples of Castellon's paintings, watercolors, drawings and printmaking -- his greatest claim to art-history fame. A reception at the gallery is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 6. Through September 25 at the Emil Nelson Gallery, 1307 Bannock Street, 303-534-0996.
FIBERish. Dozens of fiber shows were coordinated this summer to coincide with the Handweavers Guild of America meeting that was held here in July. Surely one of the most ambitious of these is the over-the-top FIBERish: Summer Fiber Arts Invitational, which is ensconced in the spacious Studio Aiello. The impressive exhibit explores the intersection of textiles and sculpture, meaning the works on display are hybrids of the two forms. The show, which leans heavily on what could be called a neo-funk aesthetic, was organized by gallery co-directors Tyler Aiello, who is himself a fiber artist, and his wife Monica Petty Aiello, a painter. The Aiellos invited more than a dozen artists to participate. Most of those chosen live in Colorado, and the roster of local talent includes Rokko Aoyama, Viviane Le Courtois, Kim Ferrer, Tracy Krumm, Mary Pat La Mair, Abraham LaMark, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Dismas Rotta and Laurie Smith, most of whom are not known for their fibers. Others are from across the country, like New Yorker Liz Whitney Quisgard, Californian Edie Tsong and Cero Atl of Kansas. A reception is set for Friday, August 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. Through August 13 at Studio Aiello, 3563 Walnut Street, 303-297-8166.
LIFE ON EARTH and children's games. Pirate has been on quite a run lately, with more good shows presented there in just the last few months than there have been during entire years previously. Add LIFE ON EARTH to the list of these top-drawer attractions at Pirate. This impressive solo by co-op member Peter Illig is on display in the main space. The highlight is the unveiling of the artist's monumental "Deep Reality" drawing which, by the way, is 64-feet long! Illig is known for his noir-ish representational imagery, and "Deep Reality" doesn't disappoint in this regard; it features a large complement of enigmatic figures and objects arranged in free association. In the Associates' Space in the back is another great show, children's games, which is made up of Taos-based artist Warren Kelly's latest neo-transcendental abstract paintings. Clearly an outgrowth of his "Loop" series, exhibited last winter at Cordell Taylor, but these new paintings are obviously different, too. They are more baroquely composed and more wildly colored than are the earlier pieces. Through August 1 at Pirate: a contemporary art oasis, 3659 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058.
Ordinary Adornments and Mr. Sparkle. The +Zeile Judish Gallery is highlighting the recent work of a pair of young artists. In the front is Ordinary Adornments, which is made up of New York artist William Crow's wall-mounted constructions that look like surrealist still-life scenes, among other things. The shapes are organic, but the surfaces are a riot of created and appropriated visual flourishes carried out via various materials, including paint and wallpaper. Crow's compositions have a retro feel, and the forms he uses recall those favored by Jean Arp and Joan Miró. The show in the back, Mr Sparkle, takes it's name from a Simpsons cartoon, and also reflects back on earlier modernism -- but in this case it's Andy Warhol and Kenneth Noland. Denver-area painter Colin Livingston creates smart and good-looking paintings that aesthetically are at the intersection of pop and minimalism. Livingston adds text to essentially hard-edged abstractions of the neo-minimalist sort. A pattern painting in green, black and white has the motto "The Original (Party Painting)" filling most of the bottom half. They are clever and conventionally beautiful at the same time. Through August 21 at +Zeile Judish, 2350 Lawrence Street, 303-296-0927. Reviewed July 29.