Art

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

Karine Léger, "Throwing Words III," acrylic on canvas.
Karine Léger, "Throwing Words III," acrylic on canvas. Karine Léger, Space Gallery
As galleries slide into the holiday season, look for a Santa’s sleigh full of small works and affordable art shows. There are a few of those this weekend, along with a posthumous review of a Colorado classic’s career, a DIY light-sculpture workshop and other diversions. Up, up and away!

click to enlarge Jeff Glode Wise, “Skyliner #1,” carved oak, rock and forged bronze. - JEFF GLODE WISE, SPACE GALLERY
Jeff Glode Wise, “Skyliner #1,” carved oak, rock and forged bronze.
Jeff Glode Wise, Space Gallery
Wonderland
Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive
November 15 through January 5
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15, 6 to 8 p.m.

Space Gallery closes out the year with a fine threesome: Karine Léger, who collages balanced shapes into her spare acrylic paintings; airy abstractionist Karen Scharer; and sculptor Jeff Glode Wise, whose works often includes wood and bronze in counterpoint. Drop by on opening night for a look, plus a spread of enticing catered bites.

click to enlarge John Fudge, "Bob and Teenage Connie in Tibet," 1994, acrylic on canvas. - JOHN FUDGE, RULE GALLERY
John Fudge, "Bob and Teenage Connie in Tibet," 1994, acrylic on canvas.
John Fudge, Rule Gallery
John Fudge: Double Take
Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive
November 16 through December 29
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

Like Margaret Neumann, whose retrospective What Lies Between is now on display at RedLine, John Fudge emerged as part of the ’60s Boulder art scene that also produced Drop City, Criss Cross and Spark Gallery, Denver’s oldest co-op. Fudge died in 1999, leaving behind a legacy of pop-based and wildly surreal paintings that one could only call out-of-this-world. Rule Gallery, which represents artwork from the estate, has put together a second-look survey of Fudge’s unconventional work from across the years, and it’s bound to be a delightful walk down memory lane. The artist’s wife, Jane Fudge, a critic and former contemporary-art curator at the Denver Art Museum, will be in the house for the opening, which is sure to be a gathering with a little Denver star power.

click to enlarge Laura Moretz's In the Hands of Grace opens November 16 at ATC Den. - ATC DEN
Laura Moretz's In the Hands of Grace opens November 16 at ATC Den.
ATC Den
Laura Moretz, In the Hands of Grace
ATC DEN, 3420 Larimer Street
November 16 through January 31
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
RSVP at eventbrite.com

Laura Moretz (aka Laura Krudener) will claim the walls of her art and event space ATC Den for In the Hands of Grace, an exhibition of her own work to top off 2018. Moretz says she’s reclaiming her maiden name in homage to her artist/activist grandmother Maude Elizabeth Leonard Moretz, which is reflected in new paintings that marry her paint-pouring action-painting style with new techniques she’s developed painting in large-scale. Accordingly, one of the eighteen works in the show is twelve feet wide. Groove along at the reception with DJ Simonne Says over complimentary beer and wine or an art-inspired cocktail.

click to enlarge Unhidden Artist presents a pop-up group show this weekend. - COURTESY OF UNHIDDEN ARTIST
Unhidden Artist presents a pop-up group show this weekend.
Courtesy of Unhidden Artist
Unhiddenartist.com Pop-Up
50 West Second Avenue
Friday and Saturday, November 16 to 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

The artist trio of Jen Starling (Jen Herling), Michelle Carnes and D Mi Tree (Dmitri Valone) is ready to head out on the road as Unhidden Artist, mounting pop-up shows in other cities that include not only their artworks, but those of guest artists living in the host town. They’ll mark their debut with the inaugural Unhiddenartist.com Pop-Up, with Denver artist Peter Yumi guesting. See what surprises the foursome has in store for two nights only, and then it’s on to the next whistle-stop.

click to enlarge Get lost in the works of Christopher Bristow at Lane Meyer Projects. - CHRISTOPHER BRISTOW
Get lost in the works of Christopher Bristow at Lane Meyer Projects.
Christopher Bristow
Chris Bristow, No Place
Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
November 16 through December 12
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

Chris Bristow’s No Place depicts a structural world envisioned only through memories, resulting in a dream tableau of imperfect interiors devoid of life, leading to impossible destinations. Think Alfred E. Neuman’s poiuyt crossed with architectural drawings, and give these paintings a few moments of your time.
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