Arts and Culture

Gallery Sketches: Four shows for the weekend of June 27-29

Constant reinvention keeps our art scene vibrant, so it's fitting that emerging artists and others in their prime are all part of this weekend's mix of new exhibitions in Denver. Want to keep up with the times? Here are few ways to stay on top of local art.

See also: Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Works

The Significance of the Void Pirate: Contemporary Art June 27 through July 13 Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 27

RedLine resident Amber Cobb curated this emerging-artist showcase, which holds together with the theme of loss and yearning. And watch out: Jason García, Blanca Guerra, Lucas T. McMahon, Jenna Maurice and Debra Sanders are all names you will hear about in the future.

Attract/Retract/Attract Vertigo Art Space June 26 through August 2 Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 27

Three TANK Studio-mates -- Theresa Clowes, Gretchen Marie Schaefer and Sarah Wallace Scott -- share the space at Vertigo in a show that combines drawing, textiles and handmade paper with a sense of cycles within the natural world. Beauty is not always skin-deep.

Gut Feeling and Wash Rinse Repeat Ice Cube Gallery June 26 through July 19 Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 27

Sarah Rockett stitches together soft sculptures addressing social phobias and Laura Phelps Rogers explores the monotony of being female in this pair of new exhibits.

animum explorari Leon Gallery June 28 through July 26 Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 28 Donations accepted

Jordan Knecht's installation animum explorari is a complicated thing: A room within a room, curtained in black, its walls are papered with intricate wheat-pasted risograph photo-collages involving printmaking and drawing. Once inside, you'll have to look up, as there's a circular drawing on the ceiling, and you'll have to have a flashlight (part of a kit for viewers that also contains a monocular and magnifying glass) to activate sound elements.

The gallery recommends signing up in advance for this experience, no more than ten people will be admitted at a time; come back on July 5 for a twelve-hour live improvised music performance that takes the installation's interactivity a step further.

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

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