Spark Gallery is the granddaddy of artist cooperatives in Denver, and that means its also the godmother of the citys contemporary art scene. This position has been bolstered over the years by the high quality of its members, who reflect the full range of artistic experience, from younger artists to those with decades-long careers. This fact is being conveniently shown off now, with a young artists solo, Essence: Michael Gadlin, paired with Ink and Steel: Andrew Libertone, an exhibit dedicated to a pioneer of the contemporary scene.
Gadlin began painting traditional subjects several years ago; more recently, hes been riffing off of old modern styles, creating retro abstractions made up of vaguely recognizable things. Libertone, whos best known for his sculpture his most significant piece is Argento Piattino con Pesce, a postmodern garden folly near Speer and Lincoln is also adept at making drawings that have the kind of boldness youd expect from a sculptor.
An opening reception for the conjoined shows takes place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Spark, 900 Santa Fe Drive. For information, call 720-889-2200 or go to www.sparkgallery.com.
Feb. 26-March 21, 2009