Gallery Sketches: Three New Shows in Denver for the Weekend of March 27-29

Jason DeMarte, "Goldfinch and Pink Cord," 2015, archival inkjet print.
Jason DeMarte, "Goldfinch and Pink Cord," 2015, archival inkjet print.
Rule Gallery

You don’t have to wait until First Friday to see new art in Denver —  there are plenty of shows up right now that include thought-provoking content that's just plain beautiful. Here are a few exhibits opening tonight to get you started.

Joel Swanson, “Phyto Intense Hydration Shampoo for Dry Hair,” 2015, steel.
Joel Swanson, “Phyto Intense Hydration Shampoo for Dry Hair,” 2015, steel.
David B. Smith Gallery

Joel Swanson: A.K.A.
David B. Smith Gallery 
March 27 through April 25
Opening Reception: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday March 27

Joel Swanson’s new works riff on the ridiculous and tax the imagination: For the series Color Poems, he’s taken pages straight out of image-conscious design catalogues, leaving only the fancy descriptors — “Rookwood Sash Green” and “Fading Rose” — to make a statement. The theme also runs through new neon works, which are named after car fresheners, and minimal steel wall installations that anonymously mimic the flattened boxes of products while sporting Madison-Avenue names. Art for thought!

Jason DeMarte, "Cowbirds and Cake Sprinkles," 2015, archival inkjet print.
Jason DeMarte, "Cowbirds and Cake Sprinkles," 2015, archival inkjet print.
Rule Gallery

Confected: New Work by Jason DeMarte
Rule Gallery 
March 27 through May 9
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27

In a similar vein, but on an opposite path, photographer Jason DeMarte plays with pictures from the natural world by dressing them up with consumer-ready imagery — flowers so lush that they seem fake and candy sprinkles — for Confected, a solo Month of Photography offering that upends our need to dress things up with a commercial sheen. Catch the work at tonight’s reception; tomorrow, DeMarte gives a 2 p.m. slide talk about the work, "An Artificial Relationship to Nature: Work by Jason DeMarte,” at RedLine (where some of his photographs also hang as part of MoP’s Playing With Beauty exhibition).

David Chaifetz, "Queens."EXPAND
David Chaifetz, "Queens."
Gallery 1261

Figurative I
Gallery 1261 
March 27 through April 24
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday March 27

Gallery 1261 greets spring with a group exhibit that’s a figurative-art lover’s paradise. The human face and form is studied by more than 25 masters of the genre — a mixture of gallery artists and special guests — in the show, which demonstrates the genre’s many-sided contemporary edge with large, showy canvases.

Want more? See the Westword art event listings to learn more about current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area. 

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David B. Smith Gallery
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Rule Gallery

530 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204

303-800-6776

rulegallery.com

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Gallery 1261

1261 Delaware St.
Denver, CO 80204

303-571-1261

www.gallery1261.com

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RedLine

2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205

303-296-4448

www.redlineart.org


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