The funky Dark Energy Art Space, one of the citys newer galleries, is the brainchild of Ryan Raudonis, and it provides exhibition opportunities for a group thats often lost in the Denver gallery shuffle: emerging local artists. The work of one, Dan Ellier Chapman, will be unveiled tonight in a solo titled Memory Trips.
Chapman is a contemporary realist, and for this outing, he focuses on depicting the citys street life. His paintings reveal that hes an expert at conveying a dizzying array of details in his sharp-looking depictions of skateboarders, tough guys and old men, all of them engulfed in a gritty urban environment. Figurative painting is what excites me, and there is an endless amount of subject matter out there and all of it is unique, Chapman says. A student at the University of Colorado Denver, he lists former teachers John Hull, Mary Connelly and Vivian George as significant influences.
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The reception gets under way at Dark Energy, 860 West Eighth Avenue, at 5 p.m. and continues until 10. For additional information, call 303-719-0021 or go to www.darkenergyartspace.com.
Sept. 3-30, 2010