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Art Attack: Sixteen of the Best Things for Gallery Lovers to Do This Week in Denver

Art Attack: Sixteen of the Best Things for Gallery Lovers to Do This Week in Denver
Renluka Maharaj, Rule Gallery
It’s another jam-packed weekend for art viewing in Denver. Supernova, the nonstop digital-animation showcase, swings through downtown. And the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver offers a new trio of exhibitions. And then there’s these:

click to enlarge Christian Rex van Minnen, painting detail. - CHRISTIAN REX VAN MINNEN, ROBISCHON GALLERY
Christian Rex van Minnen, painting detail.
Christian Rex van Minnen, Robischon Gallery
Terry Maker and Walter Robinson: sculpture
Kiki Smith: tapestries and prints
Fred Stonehouse: paintings, drawings and prints
Christian Rex van Minnen: paintings, sculptures and monotypes
Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street
September 19 through November 9
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

Robischon Gallery greets fall with a strong lineup: A two-person show from Terry Maker and Walter Robinson, a pair of sculptors working with common and found materials, and three solo exhibitions showcasing modern woman-centric tapestries by Kiki Smith, the carnivalesque pseudo-folk art of Fred Stonehouse and Christian Rex van Minnen’s grotesque, pop-surreal takes on the Old Masters. Have fun: This roster promises an eyeful.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF OLIVER HERRING AND EMMANUEL GALLERY
Courtesy of Oliver Herring and Emmanuel Gallery
Oliver Herring: 31 Days
Emmanuel Gallery, 1205 10th Street Plaza, Auraria campus
September 19 through December 14

German artist Oliver Herring, whose influential TASK community-art platform drives his collaborational worldwide residencies, has spent the last month working with students, community members and anyone else who happened to walk into CU Denver’s Emmanuel Gallery to create a site-specific installation from scratch. The resulting environment, 31 Days, blends performative photo-portraiture, video, dance and fiber art.
click to enlarge Natascha Seideneck, detail from "Horizon," archival pigment print on aluminum, resin coated. - NATASCHA SEIDENECK
Natascha Seideneck, detail from "Horizon," archival pigment print on aluminum, resin coated.
Natascha Seideneck
Our Planet
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA), 1405 Florence Street, Aurora
September 19 through November 13
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 4 to 7 p.m.

DAVA’s fall show, which had students doing fieldwork, shooting films and creating art referencing the ravages of climate change and pollution this summer, is all about saving the planet. For the crowning touch, guest mentors Anna Kaye and Natascha Seideneck added their own brands of artwork about our suffering environment to the exhibition. DAVA youth films will be screened during the reception.

click to enlarge Artists Andrew Bablo and Helen Popinchalk re-created the Yucca Fountain at the University of Northern Colorado. - ANDREW BABLO AND HELEN POPINCHALK
Artists Andrew Bablo and Helen Popinchalk re-created the Yucca Fountain at the University of Northern Colorado.
Andrew Bablo and Helen Popinchalk
Yucca Fountain: 2019 UNC Galleries Fall Kick-Off Party
Campus Commons Gallery, 1021 22nd Street, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
September 19 through March 14
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 4 to 9 p.m.

Bostonians Andrew Bablo and Helen Popinchalk raised up a desert legend from the dust at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, re-creating Nevada’s atomic-era soda shop Yucca Fountain, right down to the shiny chrome fountain fixtures and comfy tuck-and-roll upholstered booths, as a working art installation. Yucca Fountain will kick off the year for UNC’s galleries with a reception where you can order up fountain-style food and drink (cash only) while bidding summer goodbye. Proceeds will benefit the UNC Bear Food Pantry.


click to enlarge Renluka Maharaj, "The Ties That Bind," 2019, acrylic paint, beads, gemstone embellishments, and adhesive on pigmented ink print. - RENLUKA MAHARAJ, RULE GALLERY
Renluka Maharaj, "The Ties That Bind," 2019, acrylic paint, beads, gemstone embellishments, and adhesive on pigmented ink print.
Renluka Maharaj, Rule Gallery
Renluka Maharaj, Place Called Home
Rule Gallery, 808 Santa Fe Drive
September 20 through November 2
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 6 to 9 p.m.

Renluka Maharaj’s photography-based practice crosses mediums and cultures in posed photos and bright bead-embellished pigmented prints that revive scenes from her post-colonial heritage as an Indian born in Trinidad and Tobago. Politics and history broil beneath Mahara’s colorful portraits.

click to enlarge The Littleton Museum hosts Within and Without, a solo exhibition by Nathan Abels. - NATHAN ABELS, RULE GALLERY
The Littleton Museum hosts Within and Without, a solo exhibition by Nathan Abels.
Nathan Abels, Rule Gallery
Nathan Abels, Within and Without
Littleton Museum, 6028 South Gallup Street, Littleton
September 20 to October 20

Another Rule artist, Nathan Abels, will wander over to the Littleton Museum for a solo exhibition of his atmospheric paintings, which somehow seem to be supernaturally composed from pure light and particles of dust. Get a closer look at his mystical moments at this month-long show.

click to enlarge A still from Rick Niebe's 2018 film Graffiti, part of the Unseen Festival's opening-night program. - RICK NIEBE'
A still from Rick Niebe's 2018 film Graffiti, part of the Unseen Festival's opening-night program.
Rick Niebe'
Unseen Festival
Counterpath, 7935 East 14th Avenue
September 20 through 29, 7:30 p.m. nightly
$10 nightly, $70 festival pass

Against all odds, the Unseen Festival, a fully loaded, ten-evening slate of international experimental film — with literary readings and dance performances thrown in — returns for a third year to the small-press and performance space Counterpath, located on the eastern edge of Denver. Join Denver’s avant-garde film community and anyone else looking for something new and different for nightly themed screenings; get the full lowdown on the films, filmmakers, writers and performers at counterpathpress.org.
click to enlarge D'ART GALLERY
D'art Gallery
Carrie MaKenna and Kelly Austin-Rolo, Topographic Groundwork
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
September 19 through October 13
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
Carrie MaKenna Artist Talk: Sunday, September 29, 1 to 2 p.m.

D’art gets down to business after its introductory member show with work drawn from the textures of nature by Carrie MaKenna and Kelly Austin-Rolo. Both artists build up their canvases from a base. MaKenna layers found materials from nature atop acrylic paint and Austin-Rolo’s works are scraped or torch-fused or layered with beeswax — or maybe all three and more.

click to enlarge Virginia T. Coleman poses with her steel sculptures at Next Gallery. - VIRGINIA T. COLEMAN
Virginia T. Coleman poses with her steel sculptures at Next Gallery.
Virginia T. Coleman
Virginia T Coleman, The Allure of Steel
Catherine Carilli, The Collective Unconscious: Nature and the Imagination
Next Gallery, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
September 20 through October 8
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 6 to 10 p.m.

Next features raw, minimal steel sculpture by Virginia T. Coleman and hazy, nature-based abstracts, landscapes and still-lifes by Catherine Carilli.


click to enlarge PATRICIA RUCKER
Patricia Rucker
Sandy Marvin, Odes to Common Things
Patricia Rucker, The Lively Landscape
SYNC Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
September 19 through October 12
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 6 to 9 p.m.

Sandy Marvin, known for her landscapes, unveils pastel paintings of ordinary objects, and Patricia Rucker chimes in with swirling, subtly colored monotype landscapes.

click to enlarge BRIAN HENRY
Brian Henry
Dark Side of Sage
Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive
September 20 through October 10
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 6 to 9 p.m.

Folks sometimes forget that tattoo artists are first and foremost artists with specialized skills. The Dark Side of Sage pulls together the tattoo artists of Black Sage Studios in Evergreen — Melis Fusco, Brian Henry, Milo Alfring and Sharon Healy — for an exhibition of art in a rainbow of mediums other than ink on skin. Now you can have art by one person on your arm and on your wall.
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