Art Attack: Month of Printmaking Shows and More, This Weekend and Beyond in Denver

Priya Suresh Kambli, "Mouths (Breaux’s Studio)."
© Priya Suresh Kambli
Priya Suresh Kambli, "Mouths (Breaux’s Studio)."
A varied mix of Mo’Print (Month of Printmaking) shows are starting to multiply exponentially this weekend as the official month of March approaches. But there’s plenty more to get excited about, with new exhibitions at Union Hall Denver, Rule Gallery, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and Pirate: Contemporary Art Space.  K Contemporary is celebrating a big anniversary, and Performance Art Week X is about to kick off.

So get out your datebooks and start planning:
click to enlarge Jonathan Saiz, "Fire (Cabinet No. 1)," 2021, vintage carved wood cabinet (Spain ca 1850s) filled with handmade terra cotta idols, fertility fetishes, gemstones, human teeth and secret objects of personal meaning, and encasing six wish-granting candles. - JONATHAN SAIZ, K CONTEMPORARY
Jonathan Saiz, "Fire (Cabinet No. 1)," 2021, vintage carved wood cabinet (Spain ca 1850s) filled with handmade terra cotta idols, fertility fetishes, gemstones, human teeth and secret objects of personal meaning, and encasing six wish-granting candles.
Jonathan Saiz, K Contemporary
As of Now
K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee Street
Through March 12

K Contemporary’s fifth-anniversary show includes QR codes to learn more about each work. The activation is a sign of things to come in the future at K Contemporary, where owner Doug Kacena is planning to explore new avenues outside of the conservative white-walls presentation.

Print Educators of Colorado 2022
Lincoln Center, 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins
Through April 9
Printmaking — at least the medium’s whole megillah — isn’t an easy road, and that’s why we have master printers and print educators to light the way as the road gets rockier beyond the realm of monoprints and linocuts. This Mo’Print offering is a tribute to the incredible artist-educators of Colorado, who build their own practices while teaching the complicated field’s next wave.
click to enlarge © Martha Russo, “Lightness of Being" (detail), porcelain slip, quotidian objects, glaze, metal rods, epoxy. - PHOTO BY WES MAGYAR
© Martha Russo, “Lightness of Being" (detail), porcelain slip, quotidian objects, glaze, metal rods, epoxy.
Photo by Wes Magyar
Rough Gems 2022 #2: Virga
Union Hall, Coloradan, 1750 Wewatta Street, Suite 144
Through March 19
Virtual Curatorial Talk: Thursday, March 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For Virga, the second installment of Union Hall’s 2022 Rough Gems emerging curators project, artists Noa Fodrie, Larí García, Deya Guy-Vasson, Judith Leinen and Martha Russo tussle with the redirection of creative energy when nature resets its course, such as when rain evaporates before touching the ground. Curated collaboratively by young Boulder artists A Grix and Brook Vann, the exhibition is brimming with transformational moments. Virga comprises works based on personal, material and chemical change. Learn more during the online curators’ talk in March.

Mo’Print: Member Printmaking Exhibition
Art Gym, 1460 Leyden Street
Through March 20
The co-working studio space Art Gym in Mayfair serves as one of the area’s busiest printmaker hubs under director Gregory Santos, a master printer and former Mo’Print chair in 2018 and 2020. The member artists using Art Gym’s equipment include both emerging and seasoned printmakers, making for a big group exhibition that shows off a whole cross-section of styles and print-based mediums. If you’re looking to see what happens when artists work together in a common community, this is ground zero.
click to enlarge Emily Hanako Momohara, “Golden Gloves.” - © EMILY HANAKO MOMOHARA
Emily Hanako Momohara, “Golden Gloves.”
© Emily Hanako Momohara
Experiences of Identity
Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock Street
Through April 12
Panel Talk With Artists: Thursday, March 24, 6 p.m.; via Zoom, RSVP in advance

Experiences of Identity, opening this week at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, explores the effects of immigration from a personal point of view in photographs by Priya Suresh Kambli, Vikesh Kapoor, Emily Hanako Momohara and Rafael Soldi. Each artist describes the immigrant experience through a singular lens, enhanced by individual techniques and subject matter, with photographs of family, peers and environment.
click to enlarge Xi Zhang, "Safety Belts," 2021, acrylic on canvas. - XI ZHANG, RULE GALLERY
Xi Zhang, "Safety Belts," 2021, acrylic on canvas.
Xi Zhang, Rule Gallery
After Midnight
Rule Gallery, 808 Santa Fe Drive
Through April 9
Rule starts over this weekend with a fresh palette of gallery artists for After Midnight, a spread of shadowy, moonlit, blue-tinged paintings by Nathan Abels, Laura Berger, Jillian FitzMaurice, Aitor Lajarin-Encina, Robert Martin, VLM and Xi Zhang, all expressing the mood, excitement, loneliness and mystery of the nighttime. Night walkers, this show is for you.
click to enlarge Pirate member Leah Swenson shows new collage works. - LEAH SWENSON
Pirate member Leah Swenson shows new collage works.
Leah Swenson
Jennifer Jeannelle, Disrupting the Overwhelm
Leah Swenson, Stratum
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
Through March 13
It’s time for Pirate members Jennifer Jeannelle and Leah Swenson to shine. Jeannelle contributes a series of beautiful and dangerous-looking black-and-white projectiles suspended from the ceiling as well as a performative aspect to be revealed at 8 p.m. on Friday nights throughout the show’s run, while Swenson continues her practice of mixed-media collage works, blending found paper, paint, encaustic and other mediums.
click to enlarge Zach Kirkland, "Elevate." - ZACH KIRKLAND
Zach Kirkland, "Elevate."
Zach Kirkland
Colorado Vibes Vol. 7
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway
Through March 27
Looking for a gallery “light” outing? Spectra’s Colorado Vibes Vol. 7, is a big group show of fun, freaky and psychedelic art that will hurt your eyes in a good way. Base admission is free, but with a donation in increments between $5 and $25, you get different increments of perks, including swag and entry into Spectra’s ongoing immersive journey Spookadelia 4: Novo Ita. If you can’t make the opening, RSVP online for another day.

Helen Rudy and Danny Williams, Saturation

Evergreen Center for the Arts, 31880 Rocky Village Drive, 
Through March 26
Fused-glass artist Helen Rudy’s work is ablaze with gorgeous translucent color; painter Danny Williams likes to brush it on thick in swirling patterns with sculptural monochromatic layers that you’ll want to touch, even though you shouldn’t. Together they are the cornerstones of Saturation, a new show at the Evergreen Center for the Arts, bound by thick paint and color for miles. The reception includes a Q&A with the artists at 6 p.m. and will also stream via Zoom link. RSVP for online viewing here.
Performance Art Week X
Gregg Deal Spoken Word Performance: Tuesday, March 1, 4 p.m.; Emmanuel Gallery, 1205 10th Street Plaza, Auraria Campus
PAW Xtra Large: Tuesday, March 1; reception at 5:30 p.m., Night Lights projections from 6 p.m. to midnight; Daniels & Fisher Clocktower, 1601 Arapahoe Street
Live Performance Day: Wednesday, March 2, noon to 5 p.m.; Emmanuel Gallery, 1205 10th Street Plaza, Auraria Campus

CU Denver’s Emmanuel Gallery is a place where students and exhibition artists are encouraged to reach beyond their limits to create braver and more original work without boundaries. Though it’s far from new, performance art fills that bill, hence the gallery’s annual Performance Art Week, now celebrating PAW X and its tenth anniversary. In February, students were treated to a workshop with New Orleans performance artist Jeff Becker; now it’s their turn to show off their own performances, along with anyone else who wants to participate, including alumni and local artists. It starts with a spoken word performance by current gallery artist Gregg Deal on Tuesday, March 1, then moves on that same evening with performance art video projections by Night Lights Denver. A day of live performances wraps it up back at the gallery on Wednesday, March 2.
click to enlarge Start a conversation with postcards at Pablo's Coffee. - MO'PRINT 2022
Start a conversation with postcards at Pablo's Coffee.
Mo'Print 2022
Conversations Worth Having
Pablo's Coffee, 1300 Pennsylvania Street
Tuesday, March 1, through April 30

Mo’Print’s big shows might hog all the attention, but sometimes it’s the little ones that shed light on the versatility of print media. Pablo’s will host a two-month showcase of artist postcard sets meant to start meaningful conversations by addressing hot-button issues. And what better place than a coffee shop for continuing those conversations?

Artisan Letterpress Cards
Artisan Center, 2757 East Third Avenue
Tuesday, March 1, through March 31

Not far from Pablo’s, the Artisan Center in Cherry Creek North performs another minor miracle for Mo’Print by focusing on letterpress, a process often used for functional uses, including handmade greeting cards made by artists. This exhibition is viewable through the window, and everything is for sale, including cards by the Artisan Center’s owners and 2022 Mo’Print director/artists Jennifer Ghormley and Emily Moyer.
click to enlarge Rowland Ricketts, “Mobile Section,” textile installation. - ROWLAND RICKETTS
Rowland Ricketts, “Mobile Section,” textile installation.
Rowland Ricketts
Scott Artist Series: Rowland Ricketts
Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center Event Hall, 701 West Pitkin Street, CSU Campus, Fort Collins
Tuesday, March 1, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Indiana farmer/artists Rowland and Chinami Ricketts have a practice you won’t see often. As makers and artists working with indigo dyes, they raise and process their own indigo, and dye their own fabrics to create both large-scale installations and beautifully dyed functional clothing and household items. Rowland Ricketts, who’s been at CSU in Fort Collins to lead a student workshop, will discuss that rare practice and perhaps persuade a few folks to adopt his back-to-the-land artisan’s perspective.

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