The main spaces at Ice Cube Gallery are so large that two full-scale single-artist shows can be presented side by side. The current offerings are Ray Tomasso: Transitions, featuring cast-paper paintings made with strips of old blue jeans rendered into pulp, and Brian Cavanaugh: Migratory: Transplant, which examines the artists recent move to Houston through found junk thats been assembled into sculptures.
Tomassos impressive abstractions are based on nature. I cast the paper outside, so I had a heightened awareness of the weather, of the clouds, of the fronts that came through and of the changing light, he explains. But dont be fooled: Tomassos pieces look nothing like landscapes.
Cavanaughs work reflects on his departure from Denver after only a few years here, during which time he began to build an art career. Ive put together a dozen pieces since moving that mark a transition from the work of the last three years but still spring from a familiar transportation motif suggesting vessels, ships, trains or other wheeled vehicles, he says.
A reception for the shows runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ice Cube, 3320 Walnut Street. Call 303-292-1822 or go to www.icecubegallery.com for details.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: April 1. Continues through April 23, 2011