Ferreyra was born in 1975 in Mexico and came here to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied with luminaries such as Stan Brakhage and Chuck Forsman. Even before he graduated, his work was exhibited in Mexico and Chile. Ferreyra received a BFA in 1998 and soon after began to exhibit his work in Denver. This show at Havu represents his formal introduction by the gallery, which signed him up a few months ago.

According to the artist's statement, these "Interregnum" paintings, many featuring paired images of the same subject, are about the distinction between masculine and feminine, with Ferreyra intending the subjects to represent the masculine and the backgrounds the feminine. Interestingly enough, you could argue that it's the other way around. The paintings are broken into vaguely geometric shapes that define both the subjects and the backgrounds, and to some extent, the shapes run across from one to the other.

Ferreyra has written that digital imagery is an important influence on his work, and that characteristic is front and center, with the soft triangles and rectangles having a computer-generated look. This is juxtaposed with the apparently hand-done character of the painted elements, which were clearly made without digital or other aids, as their margins have a marvelous meandering quality.

Detail from "Untitled," by William Joseph, oil on board.
Detail from "Untitled," by William Joseph, oil on board.
"Interregnum 4," by Lui Ferreyra, oil on canvas.
"Interregnum 4," by Lui Ferreyra, oil on canvas.

The Joseph show at the Kirkland closes in a week, while the Ferreyra show at Havu shuts down this weekend.

William Joseph

Lui Ferreyra

Through November 3, William Havu Gallery, 1040 Cherokee Street, 303-893-2360, www.williamhavugallery.com.

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