THINGS OF BEAUTY

Sellars Project Space is an elegant little gallery in the west side’s Berkeley neighborhood that was founded by artist and arts promoter Jimmy Sellars. His latest offering, Heidi Jung, is a self-titled solo dedicated to a Colorado artist whose work has been all over town lately, with examples at Ironton and the Center for Visual Art in addition to this show. Jung combines the influence of abstract-expressionism with an interest in botany in works done in ink and charcoal on vellum that’s been mounted on panels so they look like paintings.

“I’ve yet to put them in a stylistic category,” explains Jung. “They’re representational and they’re not; there’s a looseness to them. My idols are Motherwell and Dine. “The series I’m focusing on right now is based on images from a ’70s houseplant book. I’ve been working on the series for a while, and in the process, I’ve tried to become an expert on plants.”

Gallery director Sellars is enraptured by Jung’s work. “A lot of people believe that Heidi’s pieces are either complex renditions of nature or a discussion on the fading of beauty,” muses Sellars. “But I think the truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle. Personally, I see them as representing the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Her pieces exude imperfection, impermanence and transience — in a nice way, of course — and while aesthetically, each piece offers its own form of beauty, they also radiate sadness and a longing for more.”

The show ontinues through August at Sellars Project Space, 4383 Tennyson Street, 1D, and C. Call 720-475-1182 or go to http://sellarsprojectspace.squarespace.com for additional information.
Aug. 11-31, 2010

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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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