Eight Arty Things to Do and See This Weekend in Denver

Dorothy Tanner, "Enigma," 2014.
Dorothy Tanner, "Enigma," 2014. Dorothy Tanner

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click to enlarge DOROTHY AND MEL TANNER
Dorothy and Mel Tanner
Lumonics Mind Spa: Celebration of Electronic Music and Dance Party with Buddha Bomb
McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Admission: $15 at Eventbrite

After a false start, Lumonics Mind Spa, a site-specific light-art installation by Dorothy Tanner (who turned 95 on January 30) is finally on view at the McNichols Building. To officially kick off the exhibition, Lumonics will host a dance party among the brightly lit sculptures with a historical pastiche of electronic-music spins by Buddha Bomb, who will further enhance his musical lecture with a multimedia presentation that segues into a consciousness workshop. It’s the kind of thing that usually only happens at Lumonics headquarters up north in Welby, so gird yourself for a trippy evening. Lumonics Mind Spa remains on view through May 27.

click to enlarge KATY ZIMMERMAN
Katy Zimmerman
Arc Mystique: New Works From Katy Zimmerman
Lowbrow Denver, 38 Broadway
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 7 to 10 p.m.

Katy Zimmerman’s bailiwick as an artist migrates easily among the occult, the scientific and the natural worlds on an imaginary canvas the size of a galaxy, and the results are often glittery, arcane and mysterious portals into the void of space. She’s a perfect match for Lowbrow, an entire emporium of vinyl toys, coloring books and glittery things, where she’ll show off her starstruck work. And if you’re equally into kawaii merchandise, a distant cousin of Zimmerman’s oeuvre, Lowbrow is also hosting a one-night Wawe Studio Pop-up, with unethically cute enamel pins, stickers and other goodies.

Kevin Sloan, "Pressing On," detail. - KEVIN SLOAN
Kevin Sloan, "Pressing On," detail.
Kevin Sloan
Kevin Sloan, The Wanderer’s Garden
K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee Street
February 3 through 24
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 6 to 10 p.m.

Oh, the places you’ll go with Kevin Sloan, whose idyllic scenes from the natural world cross over into the fantastic — a place where snowmen are sentient and civilization encroaches upon the pristine. “This group of paintings brings together two enduring themes in my work,” explains Sloan in a statement. “Metaphorically, a garden is a very specific place or state of mind which affords permanence, growth and creates abundance. The wanderer is the opposite, a concept which is defined by searching, impermanence, uncertainty, risk, loss and resilience.” Go both ways with Sloan at K Contemporary.

click to enlarge Make a magazine collage with artist Sarah Palmeri. - UNDERSTUDY
Make a magazine collage with artist Sarah Palmeri.
The Magazine Project
Understudy, 890 C 14th Street
February 3 through 16
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

The Denver Theatre District’s Understudy artist incubator continues its run of participatory residencies in February with artist Sarah Palmeri, who’s dressed the hole-in-the-wall studio space at the Colorado Convention Center in an installation of magazine collages and figurative light sculptures that comment on the feminine ideal, as portrayed in advertising and media. That’s where the participation part comes in: Palmeri will host open studio days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 3, 8, 10 and 15, inviting visitors to try their own hand at magazine-collaging. The finished works will be collected for inclusion in Reassembled, a magazine displaying them in print. The publication is set for release in April; to order a copy, visit the Magazine Project online. A portion of every sale will benefit the Family Tree Women in Crisis Shelter in Denver.

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