Brush off winter and take in some art: This weekend at Front Range galleries, you can go big, revel in the small or walk on the wild side.
Jenene Nagy: Disappear Here
GOCA at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
January 29 through March 12
Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 29
You would only drive down to Colorado Springs for something really big? GOCA UCCS has you covered with a winter exhibit of the monumental work of California installation artist/curator Jenene Nagy, who has been in residence at UCCS this January. Nagy transforms architectural spaces into perception-altering installations using common construction materials, and has been working with students all month to rearrange the GOCA1420 gallery into a hard-edged urban dreamscape. Don’t be late: An artist talk kicks off the reception at 5 p.m. today.
January 29 through March 5
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 29
Abend takes a wild leap into the natural world with Animalia, an international group show that approaches its animal theme from a million different directions within the realm of representational painting. The works on view range from painstaking realism to fantastical allegory, for a spread of art that will make you laugh, stare in wonder and, in some cases, ponder the universe. This is animal magnetism at its best.
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Bodacious Botanicals Art Show
1738 Wynkoop Street, Suite 103
January 31 through February 14
Opening reception: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 31
Eric Matelski’s gallery at the MacSpa gets playful with a show that brings a touch of spring into the room with depictions of women and flowers by local artists Rene Farkass, Jennifer Mosquera and Elle Powell. No hard thinking or fancy dress required: Drop by MacSpa for a Sunday-afternoon mingle with the artists.
Want more? See the Westword event listings for current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.