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
Far Afield, et al. The Robischon Gallery is one of many area venues participating in the so-called Month of Photography, which is being held in conjunction with the Southwestern Regional Conference of the Society for Photographic Education, in town October 15 through 17. For its part of the festivities, Robischon is hosting a trio of intriguing exhibits -- FAR AFIELD, AWAY OUT OVER EVERYTHING and CONFIGURATION -- that open with a reception on Thursday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The interrelated shows concern the idea of place. FAR AFIELD is a large group effort and features the work of Edward Burtynsky, Guido Guidi, Ray Metzker, Richard Pare, Laura McPhee, Virginia Beahan, Kahn and Selesnick, Gary Emrich, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen and George Woodman. Thorne-Thomsen and Woodman are former Colorado art professors who were a great influence on their students. AWAY OUT OVER EVERYTHING is a solo dedicated to photos of the Northwest by Mary Peck, while CONFIGURATION includes additional pieces by Woodman and others by Eric Schwartz, Owen O'Meara and Janieta Eyre. All through October 30 at the Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, 303-298-7788.
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. Through September 25 at the Emil Nelson Gallery, 1307 Bannock Street, 303-534-0996.
Place of Mind. It's surely surprising -- if not shocking -- to find one of the best ceramics shows of the year being presented at the modest and remote Lakewood Cultural Center. But that's exactly what's going on now with Place of Mind, a solo exhibit dedicated to the work of D. Michael Coffee. A recent transplant from Southern California, Coffee lives and works in Pagosa Springs, where he built his custom-designed Shy Rabbit Ceramic Studio. Designing a structure was easy for Coffee, who was an architect for over two decades. He started painting in the mid-'80s and soon after began making prints. In 1996 he discovered ceramics, which quickly became his medium of choice. Place of Mind highlights a range of work, including Coffee's hieratic monotypes, his expressively thrown tea bowls, and marvelous clay sculptures that take the shape of vessel totems and brick installations. The totems, some of which are called "Intuition Markers," are the real standouts; they're stunning, both in form and in the eye-catching colors Coffee uses. Through September 24 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, 303-987-7876. Reviewed September 16.
The Show of Good Fortune, et al. Longtime Pirate co-op member Brian Comber is presenting The Show of Good Fortune in the main space. This is Comber's seventh annual show at Pirate, and it's different from his previous efforts, because instead of exhibiting large figural abstractions, he's presenting his other passion: intaglio prints, many of which were done at Denver's Open Press. The prints were all inspired by the proverbs in fortune cookies, with the titles of the pieces being the so-called fortunes themselves. In the Associates' Space is Ground of Being, a solo that's made up of recent drawings and paintings by Lorey Hobbs. The drawings included are preparatory studies for the paintings. Though Hobbs is still a student, she has found early success and is already represented by the prestigious Sandy Carson Gallery. Hobbs works in an abstract-expressionist style and an automatist method, but she does make broad references to the figure and the landscape. Through October 3 at Pirate: a contemporary art oasis, 3659 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058.