Check out some co-ops, make something amazing with paper, snag a hip new tee or follow the thematic trail of an internationally known artist’s career; these are just a few of the things going on in galleries this week, in Denver and beyond. Let us make it simple for you, with these eight art picks:
Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Boy: Witness and Marker
Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street
January 17 through March 9
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
In a rare turn, Robischon Gallery turns over the space to a single artist: Cuban-born Enrique Martínez Celaya, whose new self-curated exhibition, The Boy: Witness and Marker 2003-2018, is the first to focus exclusively on his recurring theme of a boy caught in the mystery of his rite of passage, rendered in a variety of media. The Boy opens with a reception and a live conversation between Celaya and independent curator, art critic and journalist Lilly Wei, beginning at 7 p.m.
Fieldworks Lecture Series
Vicki Myhren Gallery, 2121 East Asbury Avenue
Thursdays, January 17 through 31, 4 p.m.
Fieldworks runs through February 17
How do works of art get made? Fieldworks, which opened a week ago, showcases six interdisciplinary University of Denver faculty members in the act of creation, using exploratory works and process materials employed along the way. The lecture series is a key element of the exhibition, pairing two participating artists or teams in conversation each week, as well as an opportunity to explore the show.
Matthew Pevear: Mastering the Art of French Cooking
BMoCA @ Macky, Macky Auditorium,1595 Pleasant Street, Boulder
January 17 through May 5
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s off-site Macky Auditorium gallery gets a head start on the 2019 Month of Photography slate of Front Range exhibitions that will reach full bloom in March with this solo by Denver photographer Matthew Pevear, who documented random imagery he observed over a period of two years as an artist-pedestrian.
Erratic: New Paintings by David D’Agostino
Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
January 18 through February 11
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 6 to 11 p.m.
Albuquerque-based artist David D’Agostino brings his heavily impastoed, unsentimental views of the New Mexican landscape up north. In D’Agostino’s visual world, there’s no sidling up to the spirit of a rock.
Drawn to Nature, with Susan Rubin, Political Landscape;
Tom Mazzullo, Infestation; and Carol Till, Arborial
Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
January 17 through February 10
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 6 to 9 p.m.
View the natural world through the eyes of three artists at Spark, where Susan Rubin takes botanical illustration to the next level in living color, Tom Mazzullo delicately draws insect specimens in silverpoint and Carol Till captures all the details in etchings of trees and the life they nurture. The perfect way to get through winter while longing for spring.
Justin Beard and Robyn Frances
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
January 18 through February 3
Opening Reception: January 18, 6 to 10 p.m.
You never know what you’re going to get when Justin Beard shows at Pirate; last year, it was a revolving installation that kicked off on opening night with a lifelike newborn doll centered on a fur rug in the floor, and went on to experiments in video and performance on the following weekends. Muralist and painter Robyn Frances gets sensual in the associate space with an array of nudes and other sexy subjects.
ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive
Friday, January 18, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
$5 adults, $3 children, Free for kids under 5
Get your hands dirty at an evening of workshops and pop-ups celebrating the pliable medium of paper art, where you can explore different hands-on paper practices with Split Paper Publishing, Peter Yumi, Bonnie Ferrill Roman, Sammy Seung-Min Lee, Jennifer Ghormley and the Denver Zine Library; make signs for Saturday’s Womxn’s March with Denver Makes; or take in a pop-up teaser for the Paper Fashion Show. Kids are welcome, and the fee for the evening tops out at $5.
Pony Pop-Up + Launch Party
Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee Street
January 15 through February 18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 9 p.m. to midnight
Gabrielle Laïla Tittley, aka Pony, makes whimsical, double-entendre cartoon drawings that she markets on merch, from T-shirts and underwear to enamel pins and stickers, with titles like “Hug Life” (rendered in typeface of cartoon animals). Pony will pop up for a month at Zeppelin Station, beginning with a big launch party on January 15, where you’re entitled to a free drink if you buy something — while supplies last.