As she usually does, Tina Goodwin has brought together two solos at Goodwin Fine Art, with one in the larger front space and another in the smaller dog-leg corridor in the back. Also typical for Goodwin is the fact that the two shows are simultaneously distinct from one another and compatible with each other.
The exhibit up front is Gayle Crites: The Cloth That Binds, made up of wispy and delicate abstractions of natural forms that reveal a vaporous touch in their mostly spare compositions. Despite the clarity of this well-known Colorado artist's imagery, her pictorial shapes feature lots of delicate lines in ink and are also accented by dyes. The Criteses on view appear to be works on paper, and, broadly speaking, they are, except that the "paper" turns out to be hammered bark that the artist has gathered from around the world. The whole thing is very elegant, but I was particularly struck by "Simpatico," a diptych on amate bark in which Crites has rendered two pieces of frayed rope in ink that together form an oval. Also noteworthy is "Ancestral Territory," in indigo and silk on tapa bark, which comes across as tribal and minimal at the same time.
The second show at Goodwin, Andrew Beckham: An Incalculable Distance, is made up of a suite of digital photo montages that are depicted in the artist's recent book, Firmament. These pieces — which were previously shown at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, along with two other related suites — began with Beckham's fascination with nineteenth-century star charts. These lyrical and elegant maps became a touchstone for him in this work and essentially provide the foundations for the images. Beckham combines the maps with images from his everyday life and from his travels. It would be an understatement to call the resulting pieces complex. Using digital programs, Beckham does montages of different images, as in "Daytime Stars" (pictured), with some shriveled plants in the foreground, rocks and mountains in the mid-ground, and a star chart standing in for the sky. He also does his own printing, to exacting standards, using a process called Piezography.
Tina Goodwin Fine Art
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Both shows run through February 22 at Goodwin Fine Art, 1255 Delaware Street. For more information, call 303-573-1255 or go to goodwinfineart.com.