Sketchy Details

We usually see finished artwork in gallery exhibits: pieces that tie up the loose ends of a process to make a visual — or visceral — statement. But the process is also interesting, and that’s what fascinated Emily Moore of Love Gallery as curator of a new invitational show, Origins, that opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Featuring a wide swath of artists — local and national, established and emerging, serious and street — Origins explores what goes down in the sketchbook, emphasizing how work-in-the-moment inspires finished pieces.

“Many of these folks carry a sketchbook everywhere they go, constantly filling up page after page,” Moore says. “Others spend months away from their sketchbook, only to bury themselves inside from time to time. Still others are distracted by the bound book, and they prefer to scribble away on loose-leaf sheets, notebook paper and napkins. “The power behind the sketch and the sketchbook is in the freedom for exploration, exploration that is defined only by the artist,” she adds. “Inside the sketchbook, rules cease to exist. An artist can work through ideas not fully realized, they can mindlessly doodle, they can write poetry or grocery lists. The sketchbook is a non-biased companion, constantly loyal and flexible enough to shift roles to fit the artist’s needs.” To that end, some of the show’s 28 artists will exhibit both a sketchbook page and the finished work it inspired, while others simply throw open their sketchbooks for public viewing.

Origins continues through December 1 at Love Gallery, 570 Inca Street; visit or call 303-800-2900 for information.
Thu., Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays. Starts: Oct. 31. Continues through Dec. 1, 2013

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