The show begins in the entry, where Price has created a piece, "Geology," specifically for the space. Made up of striped sheets of fabric that have been painted over and stained in places, along with bits of what looks like a former red-checkered tablecloth, it bears a resemblance to a conventionalized landscape — and is, in fact, based on a scientific illustration. To Price, its creation has something to do with the theory of "emergence," which argues that natural, social and cultural realities follow the same master patterns: Arteries, rivers and trees all have similar branching systems, as do family trees and art styles. It's also the way Price's conceptual abstracts come out of his earlier interest in minimalist pattern painting.

The pieces are tremendously informal, both in the organization of the pictures and in the craftsmanship. Fabrics have been rapidly and casually clipped or torn, with their unraveling threads appearing here and there. Smears of glue have become pictorial elements in some. My favorite pieces are the constructivist arrangements combining patterned fabrics and painted elements, such as in "Wedge Formation" and "Uplift." (By the way, another Price solo, Purity Is Death, Transgression Divine, opens on May 23 at the Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria campus.)

“Geology,” by Bruce Price, mixed materials on paper.
“Geology,” by Bruce Price, mixed materials on paper.

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Sandra Phillips Gallery

420 W. 12th Ave.
Denver, CO 80204

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Central Denver

Denver Art Museum

100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Central Denver

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Through June 1 at the Sandra Phillips Gallery, 420 West 12th Avenue, 303-573-5969, thesandraphillipsgallery.com.Though September 22 at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000, denverartmuseum.org.

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As different as Price's approach is from Gola-Kumor's, there's an obvious bond, in that both communicate using abstract forms alone.

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