Arts and Culture

Gallery Sketches: Four New Front Range Art Shows for November 20-22

Weird imagination and the artistic process are the focus of shows opening around the metro area this week, from Donald Fodness’s cuckoo-clock installation at BMoCA to Access Gallery’s showcase for a young artist going big. Here’s where you can get your fill of adventurous art before the holidays hit.
Donald Fodness: #fool$pool
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Through November 29
Opening reception: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 20

Denver artist Donald Fodness has taken over BMoCA’s Present Box space for a short run with the three-part interactive installation #fool$pool. Each work, Fodness explains, resembles a retail window display gone awry, but with a central twist: “The sculptures are cuckoo clocks that regularly capture their own image. The camera is triggered by the motion of the cuckoo bird or the viewer so the viewer becomes integrated into their narrative.” Fans of Fodness won’t be disappointed by this trip into the wheelworks of the artist’s mind. He calls the installations “character studies in an updated version of the story of Narcissus and Echo, that includes infinite selfies, photobombs, a new character (Lurk), and a healthy dose of faux: flowers, wood, and fur.” But hurry — the installation is only up for a couple of short weeks.

Stephen Batura: Floodplain
Robischon Gallery
Through December 31

Painter’s painter Stephen Batura wowed gallery-goers last year with Stream, a continuous installation of interwoven painted panels at Ironton Gallery. Floodplain picks up where Stream left off, and its centerpiece is a massive series of contiguous panels, twelve-feet-tall by forty-feet-wide, that focus on the ephemeral nature of light and water. Batura is best-known for reinterpreting historical photographs on a large scale, but for Floodplain he referenced his own present-day photos. Also on view at the gallery through the end of the year are works by Elena Dorfman and Isabelle Hayeur.

Open Press Small Print Holiday Show
Open Press 
November 20 through December 12
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 20

Open Press, Mark Lunning’s working print studio and gallery, gets ready for the holidays with the annual Open Press Small Print Holiday Show, a marvel for treasure hunters because it features original, hand-pulled works priced at $300 and less from more than thirty artists. Give the gift of art or just buy something special for yourself; after the reception, Open Press will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through mid-December, or by appointment.
Yoda and Grasshopper Access Gallery/VSA Arts of Colorado
November 20 through December 18
Meet the Artist Reception: Friday, November 20
First Friday Reception: December 4
Closing Reception and Holiday Party: Friday, December 18

Access Gallery ends the year with a show that serves as a window into what the VSA Art of Colorado-run space does throughout the year. The title of Yoda and Grasshopper refers to the student/mentor duo of AJ Kiel — a young artist with disabilities and a rare imagination — and teaching artist and Denver muralist Josiah Lopez. Kiel’s creative energy is central to the show, which sometimes features a character he calls “light bulb head dude.” Call the gallery for reception times.

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