Town and Country

You never know what you’re going to get at the Museum of Outdoor Arts. This time around, it’s Urban Abstract/Rural Grid, a shape-shifting showcase of work by two veterans of the local scene, featuring encaustic paintings by Patricia Aaron and Chandler Romeo’s ceramic earthworks. It’s no accident that these two were brought together. After seeing their work in proximity at various exhibits over the years, says the MOA’s Cynthia Madden Leitner, “I always thought they’d be great to work together. These two women are icons in the art world in Denver and deserve accolades for hanging in there and doing their work.”

Part of the fun is figuring out which artist represents which piece of the theme. “Chandler’s focus is on the ‘rural grid,’ or at least a portion of it,” Madden Leitner notes. “She’s specific about how vernacular earthworks not created by artists can still possess an intent of being art. She’s interested by the patterns laid out by surveyors and also fascinated with grid systems of public surveys. The result is very sophisticated, and it contradicts itself in that way. And Pat’s work represents the ‘urban abstract,’ in that her inspiration could be anything from graffiti-covered farm equipment at old farmsteads to dilapidated steel mills. But they overlap through their arts techniques, and in that way, it’s really a true collaboration.”

Urban Abstract/Rural Grid opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will remain on view through next March; another exhibit, Lightworks, also opens tonight in MOA’s White Box Gallery. The Museum of Outdoor Arts is located on the second floor of 1000 Englewood Parkway in Englewood; visit for more information.
Sat., Nov. 9, 5-9 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 9. Continues through March 8, 2013

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