Space Is the Place

It’s no secret, really, that art-making is at least one part science. But the husband-and-wife team of Tyler and Monica Aiello take it one step beyond. Widely known for criss-crossing visually between the worlds of art and science, together they reveal beautiful connections in their process-driven sculpture and paintings. Monica consults NASA scientists in the groundwork for her paintings, and the couple’s interrelated oeuvre is often displayed in tandem, describing the repetitive nature of forms found in both the biological and geological realms in artful symbiosis. As a team, they also offer workshops and camps designed to immerse children in the art/science niche.

For Galileo’s Garden: New Works by Tyler and Monica Aiello, opening tonight at Space Gallery, Monica’s Ionian Garden series — blooming interpretations of the surface of Io, a moon of Jupiter’s — will be juxtaposed with Tyler’s biologically informed sculptures inspired by microbial, botanical and oceanic forms in a large double exhibition of a size unprecedented in the Denver area. “It’s planetary science meets Monet’s garden,” Monica says of the show, a product of collected work from the last few years.

Attend the reception from 6 to 9 p.m., or see Galileo’s Garden at Space, 765 Santa Fe Drive, through June 11. In conjunction with the show, the Aiello’s neighbor — and scientific adviser — Dr. David Grinspoon of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will present “Is There Art on Other Planets?,” a talk at the gallery on April 28; the Aiellos will also host a space-art workshop for kids on May 15. Registration is recommended in advance for both. For details, go to or call 720-904-1088.
April 22-June 11, 2011

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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