Gallery Sketches: Four New Shows in Denver for January 15-17

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New year, new ideas: There are plenty of those floating around local galleries this month, and a number of shows with interactive and media-based elements are opening this weekend. And then there’s a double-shot of the late Roland Bernier, offered in companion shows at Spark and Walker Fine Art. Look forward, look back — here’s where to do it.

Points of Attachment: Art Film Screenings by Shannon W. Kelly
Pirate: Contemporary Art
January 15 through 31
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, January 15
Music performance: 7:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, January 16

For her turn at Pirate, filmmaker/videographer Shannon Kelly takes over the main gallery with a pair of video installations, TRANS- and Forgotten Landscape, both Denver Public Art commissions originally shot in Super 8 and 16mm formats. On January 16, Kelly will present a special screening with a live ambient soundtrack by Pteradon, a side project of musicians Jeff Suthers (Bright Channel, Pale Sun) and Shannon Stein (Bright Channel, Moonspeed). The reception is free, but a $7 donation is requested at the door on Saturday. 

The Institute for Non-Bizarre Treatment
Access Gallery/VSA Arts of Colorado
January 15 through February 5
Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 15

RedLine resource resident Tracy Tomko curated this group show with the mission of VSA Arts in mind: While the nonprofit fosters art experiences for people with disabilities, Tomko asked artists Natrisha Bayer, John Haley III, Deborah Jang, Brenda LaBier, Katie Taft, Frankie Toan, Robert Treta and Katie Watson to create curative, interactive works meant to provide relief from the garden-variety adversities we all face in everyday life, from anxiety to insomnia. This is a show that demands participation, and gallery-goers will be asked for suggestions toward the formation of a new device on opening night. Have some fun!
The Seen and Unseen: Roland Bernier
Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Through February 14
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 15
Special Event: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 23

Spark pays tribute to Denver artist (and Spark member from 2004 to 2011) Roland Bernier, who passed away last year, with a showcase of his typography-based paintings and sculptures. Attend the reception and take a trip through Bernier’s canon on January 15, and return on Saturday, January 23, when local artist couple Mamiko and Homare Ikeda will pick up their guitars for a few songs in Bernier’s memory. Bernier will also be feted this winter at Walker Fine Art, where he was a gallery artist when he passed away (see below).
Unexpected Narratives
Walker Fine Art
January 15 through March 12
Opening reception: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 15

Walker Fine Art presents a power quartet of well-matched exhibits featuring the late Roland Bernier, technological experimenter Bryan Leister (whose work gives viewers a glimpse of the future through Google Cardboard headsets), painter Ben Strawn and sculptor Bill Viehler

Want more? See the Westword event listings for current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.

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