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
Among the city's cooperative venues, Edge Gallery (3658 Navajo Street, 303-477-7173, www.edgeart.org) is almost always interesting. Because the membership is diverse and quite accomplished, shows here are often surprising and always worth viewing.
A friend had contacted me about In the Manner of Pollock, a solo made up of recent paintings by Susan Berkley. Pollock, of course, is Jackson Pollock, irreverently known as "Jack the Dripper," and Berkley has created a body of drip paintings that are, as the title says, in the manner of Pollock. In a way, Pollock ruined the technique for others because he did it so well. But Berkley has a good sense of color and did well, too.
The other exhibit is mara/thalassa/kai: The Sea, for which Edge member and well-known Denver artist Rian Kerrane invited two out-of-town friends, Melissa Borman and Anastasia Pelias, to join her. Each artist did one piece for the show, which is dedicated to water. Borman created a shelf on which photos of the sea near Hawaii are placed in fancy, old-looking frames, while Pelias made a video of the sea off the coast of Greece. But Kerrane's installation (pictured) is the strongest by far. Kerrane has created an installation that, at first sight, looks like a facsimile of a stone-strewn beach, complete with a beach chair. On closer examination, however, the "stones" are cast heads made of concrete, and the beach chair is a non-functional if well-crafted metal sculpture.
In order to give each of the three artists their own discrete space, the room has been cut into three areas using temporary walls — and the result struck me as a little cramped. But that's a minor complaint in an otherwise smart-looking effort.
The current round of shows at Edge closes on April 18.