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Far North & Outer Space. Far North & Outer Space, now at Goodwin Fine Art, features new work by Beau Carey and Lanny DeVuono, both of whom create contemporary paintings based obliquely on views of the landscape. Many of the Careys are snow scenes and were inspired by a National Park Service artist-residency he did in a cabin at the base of Denali in Alaska. Carey is interested in mashing up styles, and his paintings are typically hybrids of landscapes and color-field abstractions. To say that the DeVuono paintings provide the perfect complement to the Careys would be an understatement, as she, too, blends straight representation with color-field abstraction. DeVuono's views are hypothetical scenes of Mars, and she notes their similarity to the views of the Southwest. Most have two elements — a very complex gray-tone detail of the Martian landscape and a dreamy color field meant to convey the planet's atmosphere. Through November 1 at Goodwin Fine Art, 1255 Delaware Street, 303-573-1255, Reviewed September 18.

Kevin O'Connell, Lucas Foglia and William Lamson. Contemporary Western art is the setup for two impressive solos, Kevin O'Connell: Memories of Water and Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry, both at Robischon Gallery. A third solo there, William Lamson: Automatic, is set in a landscape that looks Western but is in fact in South America. Without question, O'Connell is one of the most important contemporary photographers in Colorado and is best known for his moody and often tiny photos of the plains. In this recent series of large works, he examines the problems of water shortage through a trip from the Great Plains to the Pacific Northwest. For Frontcountry, Foglia spent seven years traveling in the rural West, visiting some of the most isolated communities in the country. His photos of the residents and the desolate areas in which they live reveal a tremendous sense of intimacy. Lamson's Automatic intelligently deconstructs the modernist ethos of automatism, with a wind-powered contraption — rather than an artist — making unintentional marks. Through November 1 at Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, 303-298-7788, Reviewed October 23.

New Topographies. This small, photo-based group show at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center takes up the theme of contemporary landscape art with a Western edge. New Topographies zeroes in on three photographers — Amelia Carley, Zoe Childerley and Sonja Hinrichsen — all of whom use Colorado as their unifying theme, and each of whom refers to installation art. Carley's work, from her "Rexford Mine Fire" series, is made up of a selection of objects — a photo mural, works on paper, a freestanding sign — that purportedly document a historic event but actually tell a made-up story. Taking over the long wall is a fragment of Childerley's installation, "The Land of Milk and Honey," which includes drawings and photos from the artist's time spent with the country folk who live around Walsenburg. Finally, there are the well-known photos by Hinrichsen from her famous "Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake" series, in which she captures gigantic abstract drawings that were created by volunteers under her direction. They're incredible. Through November 15 at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1513 Boulder Street, 303-837-1341, Reviewed October 23.

Unbound: Sculpture in the Field. Since the Arvada Center sits on a very large site, exhibitions manager Collin Parson and assistant curator Kristen Bueb decided recently to use a small part of it – a seventeen-acre field just to the south of the complex – as a xeric sculpture garden. Parson and Bueb invited Cynthia Madden Leitner of the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Englewood to partner with the center in the effort. MOA has made a specialty of placing large pieces of sculpture in various spots around metro Denver, and that technical expertise was very desirable. The group put together a list of sculptors they wanted to include, and the final roster of fifteen artists was established, with most being represented by two pieces. The participating artists, all of whom live in Colorado and work in abstraction or conceptual abstraction, are Vanessa Clarke, Emmett Culligan, John Ferguson, Erick Johnson, Andy Libertone, Nancy Lovendahl, Robert Mangold, Patrick Marold, David Mazza, Andy Miller, Charles Parson, Carl Reed, Joe Riché, Kevin Robb and Bill Vielehr. Through September 30, 2015, at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, 720-898-7200, Reviewed July 10.

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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