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

Emily Joyce, “Doric Glitch,” 2018, Flashe on canvas over wood panel.
Emily Joyce, “Doric Glitch,” 2018, Flashe on canvas over wood panel. Emily Joyce, David B. Smith Gallery
This weekend will be sparse yet potent at area galleries, with a major spring turnover of exhibitions at MCA Denver, a neon-fresh pop-up by artist Scott Young at B-Spot, and a good-looking pair of shows at David B. Smith Gallery. And there's more: Go forth and get an eyeful at these six spaces.

click to enlarge Amanda Wachob, "Untitled," 2015, tattooed lemons. - AMANDA WACHOB
Amanda Wachob, "Untitled," 2015, tattooed lemons.
Amanda Wachob
Aftereffect: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Painting
Amanda Wachob: Tattoo This
Andrew Jensdotter: Flak
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street
February 15 through May 26

MCA’s first new round of shows in 2019 runs the gamut from modern to postmodern, with a showcase for Colorado abstract painter Andrew Jensdotter’s heavily layered works squeezed in between. The rest? Aftereffect follows the influence of Georgia O’Keeffe’s archetypal imagery from her original works to modern ones by other artists, while tattoo artist Amanda Wachob turns her decorative craft into a fine-art medium for Tattoo This. Wachob will demonstrate her tattoo work live during a residency at MCA from February 15 to 21, and sits down with MCA’s departing leader Adam Lerner in conversation at a ticketed event on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Event Center, 2644 West 32nd Avenue. Tickets, $10 to $15, are available in advance at eventbrite.com, or visit mcadenver.org for more information.

click to enlarge Scott Young, "Wish You Were Her(e)" — the neon sign that started it all. - SCOTT YOUNG
Scott Young, "Wish You Were Her(e)" — the neon sign that started it all.
Scott Young
Scott Young, Love Bully: Part Three of a Love Story Trilogy
B-Spot, 2750 Blake Street
Reception: Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Neon artist Scott Young hosts a weekend pop-up of new work in the vein of past shows at B-Spot, reflecting — with satirical wit and a wink — the pain of lost love and the cycle of feelings that follow a breakup. See what Young’s come up with lately in his studio in this brightly lit quickie curated by Arianna Biering.

click to enlarge Justine Hill, "Bookend 12,"  2019, acrylic and crayon on canvas. - JUSTINE HILL, DAVID B. SMITH GALLERY
Justine Hill, "Bookend 12," 2019, acrylic and crayon on canvas.
Justine Hill, David B. Smith Gallery
Emily Joyce, Then Where Sun When There
Justine Hill, Bookends
David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 Wazee Street
February 15 through March 16
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15, 6 to 8 p.m.

Los Angeleno painter Emily Joyce, who also has four works in the MCA’s Aftereffect exhibition (see above), debuts at David B. Smith with a pretty and contemplative show of geometric pattern paintings in shimmering translucent colors. Complementing Joyce with another blast of color, a small collection of New Yorker Justine Hill’s irregularly shaped, landscape-inspired composite works will hang in the project space.


Liz Lautrup, “Grasshopper’s Flight," acrylic and watercolor pencil on canvas. - LIZ LAUTRAP
Liz Lautrup, “Grasshopper’s Flight," acrylic and watercolor pencil on canvas.
Liz Lautrap
Luminous: Karin Kempe and Liz Lautrup
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
February 14 through March 9
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
First Friday Reception: Friday, March 1, 6 to 9 p.m.

Abstractionists Karin Kempe and Liz Lautrup take turns together at Sync in Luminous, a well-matched show of paintings shot through with light.

click to enlarge Moe Gram paints her feelings for MegaFauna's How to Paint Your Feelings. - MOE GRAM
Moe Gram paints her feelings for MegaFauna's How to Paint Your Feelings.
Moe Gram
How to Paint Your Feelings
Megafauna, 3102 Blake Street
February 15 through March 9
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15, 2 to 9 p.m.

What does it mean to paint your feelings? Four artists — Moe Gram, Alexander Hall, Jennifer Lord and Felicia Mora — try to explain, using a variety of mediums, in this show, which is also curated by Hall. The opening runs from the afternoon into the evening, but things will rev up after dark with activations, networking and holistic practice by Cultural Arts United.

click to enlarge Phillip Potter, "Embarking on the Foundation #2," oil on canvas. - PHILLIP POTTER
Phillip Potter, "Embarking on the Foundation #2," oil on canvas.
Phillip Potter
Madeleine Dodge, In Case of Emergency Break Glass
Phillip Potter, Causative Phenomena
Katharine McGuinness: New Work
Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
February 14 through March 10
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15, 6 to 9 p.m.

Spark takes abstraction in different directions with three new shows from Madeleine Dodge, whose new works incorporate layered pigment prints of glass shards into the composition; Phil Potter, whose paintings are shot through with straight-edge lines and planes; and, in the north gallery, Katharine McGuinness, who dapples her works on wood panels with flowery shapes and colors. While you’re there, have a look in the neighboring CORE New Art Space, where artists Carrie MaKenna, Rita Bhasin, Sandy Marvin and Bev Ruiz put up new works for last week’s opening.

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