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Justin Favela, “Patio del Ex-Convento de San Agustín, after José María Velasco,” 2018, paper and glue on board.
Justin Favela, “Patio del Ex-Convento de San Agustín, after José María Velasco,” 2018, paper and glue on board.
Justin Favela, David B. Smith Gallery

Ten Things for Art Lovers to Do and See This Weekend in Denver

What’s up, Denver? For one thing, art in the high country, courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts. And for many other things, we have co-op openings, closing parties, multimedia performances, alternative spaces and, yes, piñata art. Here are ten ways to spend the weekend with art.

A sneak peek at Laura Shill's Inedible Feast in Breckenridge.
A sneak peek at Laura Shill's Inedible Feast in Breckenridge.
Laura Shill, courtesy of BreckCreate

Laura Shill, Inedible Feast
Gallery@OMH, 136 South Main Street, Breckenridge
March 28 through May 19
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Breckenridge Creative Arts welcomes artist Laura Shill to its Gallery@OMH for the sculptural installation Inedible Feast, which smartly roasts the lack of depth and whitewashed personalities we project over social media with a cell-phone altar and disembodied emojis planted in a garden of plastic fruit. Created during Shill’s month-long residency in Breckenridge’s Robert Whyte House studio, Inedible Feast is guaranteed to make you rethink the authenticity of your online profile.

A detail from Rebecca Vaughan's installation The History of Enchantment at the Storeroom.
A detail from Rebecca Vaughan's installation The History of Enchantment at the Storeroom.
Rebecca Vaughan

Rebecca Vaughan, The History of Enchantment
Vine Street Pub & Brewery/The Storeroom, 1700 Vine Street
Closing Party: Thursday, March 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

For her installation in the Storeroom, an empty storefront where artwork is viewed through the picture windows, Rebecca Vaughan distills collected memories from the home where she grew up by cutting silhouetted fiberboard shapes mirroring domestic artifacts, such as cross-stitched aphorisms and model-train parts. Applied light then casts shadows of the relics on walls, in an expression of diffuse recollections from a future point of view. Vaughan will be present at the closing party, inside at the adjacent Vine Street Pub.

Bartholomé Rondet's multimedia installation Bio-séparateur takes on cybernetics and future scenarios.EXPAND
Bartholomé Rondet's multimedia installation Bio-séparateur takes on cybernetics and future scenarios.
Bartholomé Rondet

Bartholomé Rondet, Bio-séparateur
Understudy, 890 C 14th Street
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6 to 9 p.m.
Open Installation Hours: Friday, March 29, 6 to 9 p.m.

Understudy is taking advantage of a blank space between month-long installations for the premiere of Bio-séparateur, a visual and aural new-media triptych by French-born artist Bartholomé Rondet, who now lives and works in Denver. Inspired by L’Incal, the ’80s graphic-novel collaboration between Alejandro Jodorowsky and sci-fi and fantasy illustrator Moebius, Bio-séparateur conjures the cybernetic organisms of what might be the very near future. Don't tarry: The installation will only be on view for two evenings. The artist will be present at the opening on March 28.

Justin Favela, “Self Portrait,” 2018, tissue paper and glue.
Justin Favela, “Self Portrait,” 2018, tissue paper and glue.
Justin Favela, David B. Smith Gallery

Justin Favela, Re/Presenting México: José María Velasco and the Politics of Paper
David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 A Wazee Street
March 29 through May 4, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

“This show is all replicas of paintings by Jose Maria Velasco, a painter in Mexico in the nineteenth century. This was before Frida, before Coco, when artists were trained to make beautiful, romantic landscapes to show the beauty of Mexico to people in Europe. It really was an agent of colonization," explains creator Justin Favela. “I’m thinking of his paintings as symbols of a nation, and how those images were used as a tool to manipulate people. It’s the same as what media does: movies pulling on heartstrings — comedy, stereotypes. His paintings do that very thing, and there’s no better way to translate his paintings than by using another medium, which is piñata art.” (Read more in our full interview with Favela.)

Paul Brokering, “Pink Typology.”
Paul Brokering, “Pink Typology.”
Paul Brokering

Paul Brokering, Rear View Mirror
Space Annex, 95 South Cherokee Street
March 29 through May 4
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 6 to 9 p.m.

Space Gallery is branching out with a satellite event and exhibition space, the Space Annex, located in the Baker neighborhood not far from the main gallery on Santa Fe Drive. The Annex premieres with a soft opening this weekend for a late Month of Photography solo show by Denver architect and photographer Paul Brokering. Showcasing thirteen grids of 25 color-matched images that Brokering has dubbed “Typologies,” Rear View Mirror serves as a broad retrospective of his wide palette of themes and photographic subjects.

Earl Chuvarsky, “Protect Ya Neck Because Wu-Tang is for the children” acrylic on canvas.EXPAND
Earl Chuvarsky, “Protect Ya Neck Because Wu-Tang is for the children” acrylic on canvas.
Earl Chuvarsky

Earl Chuvarsky and Donny Dixon
Kristen Wright, Paper Dreams
Core New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive
March 28 through April 14
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
Closing Reception: Friday, April 12, 6 to 9 p.m.

Core fetes members Earl Chuvarsky, whose painting subjects often fly through space or sit in despair against a blank backdrop, and Donny Dixon, who presents new work created with burnt surfaces, smoke and ash, through mid-April. In the annex are Kristen Wright’s cut-paper illustrations inspired by her dreams.

A Mark Friday assemblage.EXPAND
A Mark Friday assemblage.
Mark Friday

Annual MIX Co-op Exhibition
Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Drive
March 29 through April 28
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 5 to 8 p.m.

The co-op Mix, which keeps a small exhibition space at the rear of the Niza Knoll Gallery, will take over Knoll’s entire gallery space for its annual showcase, which doubles as a good opportunity for collectors looking for new work by local artists, including found-object assemblage master Mark Friday and printmaker Jennifer Ghormley, among others. In addition to the opening on Friday, March 29, the gallery will host Art District on Santa Fe Art of Brunch Artwalk events, with refreshments and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, and Sunday, April 28.

Fire in the Fireplace
Grand Opening Gallery, 1147 Corona Street
Saturday, March 30, 6 to 11 p.m.
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Curators and friends Paul Keefe and Brooke Tomiello will open their apartment gallery, Grand Opening, once again for a group show by Ryan Burghard, Shayna Cohn, Donald Fodness, Oliver Levine, Francesca Lohmann, Steven Meyers and Zach Reini: a pleasing variety of emerging and exploding artists working with new ideas and in new directions.

Explore the intersectionality of being black, LGBTQ and Southern-born at Roots Self Gaze.EXPAND
Explore the intersectionality of being black, LGBTQ and Southern-born at Roots Self Gaze.
Autumn Tyler

Autumn Tyler, Roots Self Gaze
Cabal Gallery, 1875 South Broadway
March 30 through April 5
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 30, 5 to 7 p.m.
Exhibition Hours: Noon to 3 p.m. April 1 through 3, and noon to 6 p.m. April 4 and 5

Cabal Gallery gets into the photography game by squeezing in Roots Self Gaze, a six-day exhibition by Autumn Tyler, who started the black-and-white photo series with a focus on black dancers and eventually widened its scope into a study on intersectionality, all through the eyes of Southern-born, African-American and LGBTQ subjects.

Seema Lisa Pandya, “Bloblulous,” oil on masonite.
Seema Lisa Pandya, “Bloblulous,” oil on masonite.
Seema Lisa Pandya

Neel Murgai and Seema Pandya, Harmonic Infinity Loops
Leon, 1112 East 17th Avenue
Sunday, March 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door

Seema Lisa Pandya, a former Denverite and co-founder of the late Revoluciones Collective Art Space off Santa Fe Drive, is back for a soothing evening of art and psychedelic video projections, live looping, overtone singing and world-music performance at Leon, with help from Neel Murgai on the daf, a Persian frame drum similar to the Irish bodhrán. If this mesmerizing show doesn’t ready you for another Monday, nothing will. Peace out.

Interested in having your event appear in this calendar? Send the details to editorial@westword.com. For more events this weekend, see our 21 Best Things to Do in Denver.

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