Reading Color: Art Forum 1965-2015, a must-see exhibit at Gildar Gallery, features recent conceptual abstractions by emerging Denver artist Andrew Jensotter. Gallery director Adam Gildar first saw his work at Vertigo; this is Jensotter's first solo at Gildar.
Art Forum May 1975
On one level, the large square panels that make up the show function as classic all-over abstractions, sort of updated versions of ’50s action paintings, like Pollock’s. But there’s a conceptual subtext: Jensdotter created facsimiles of the pages of Art Forum and based each painting on a single issue of the iconic magazine, layering the painted-page depictions one on top of the other. But he didn't just apply paint to the panels; he also removed some of it. Finally, he used a curved knife to cut across the paintings' lumpy surfaces; where the knife cut through the layers, circular forms, surrounded by thin concentric bands of color, are revealed. The effect is sublime.
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The show runs through April 16 at Gildar Gallery, 82 South Broadway; the gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call 303-993-4474 or go to gildargallery.com.