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

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
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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.)
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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.

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