Arts and Culture

Gallery Sketches: Three New Shows and Art Events in Denver for July 17-19

This week in Denver galleries and performance spaces, you can experience the sophisticated work of an American original, take a walk with some figurative dogs or wander through the technology-scape with a Colorado performance collective. What are you waiting for? Here are the details:

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John Buck
Robischon Gallery
Through August 29

American artist and sculptor John Buck is a bit of a superstar, and a walk through his new show at Robischon Gallery shows why: His large-scale, elegantly hand-hewn and folkloric wooden kinetic sculptures exact a sense of wonderment as the centerpiece of the exhibit, which also includes additional figurative-based sculptures, carved wood panels, woodblock rubbings and prints. Prepare to be wowed.

Gone to the Dogs
Niza Knoll Gallery
July 17 through August 22
Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17

On the lighter side, Niza Knoll Gallery in the Art District on Santa Fe brings back the Gone to the Dogs canine-inspired group show for its sixth year. Packed with whimsy and a big shot of love for our four-legged friends, the national exhibit was juried by Denver artist Aliki McCain, who brought together a broad pastiche of doggy art in a variety of mediums. If you miss the opening, the gallery will host additional receptions on the first and third Fridays in August.
Flinching Eye Collective, Ideophonetic
Junction Box
4 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18

In conjunction with the Biennial’s Performing Arts Day, Colorado-based performance group the Flinching Eye Collective will present its first-ever in-state show. The members of the collaborative ensemble, who met and began percolating ideas as a group while still students at the University of Colorado, say it just happened that way: In the past, they’ve gone where the best opportunities for performance work materialized. They’ll be utilizing the raw space of Wonderbound’s dance studio, the Junction Box, for Ideophonetic, a piece with sonic and multimedia elements in which the audience will move around and participate, experiencing the “awkward, humorous and intimate relationships humans have to the technologies that infiltrate daily life.” Catch them while you can; learn more about Flinching Eye online.

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

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