If a Woodcut Could Cut Wood

Most people will pass by a dead tree or plant without so much as a glance, but S.D. Prochyra’s art finds its roots in these overlooked and intricate systems. It’s this pedigree of death and beauty that’s on display tonight in Requiem, a solo exhibition of his work. The art is a coalescence of the artist’s time spent studying, traveling with the Drive by Press woodblock printing group, and completing a five-month residency at Illiterate Gallery, where he has worked on the pieces for this show.

Prochyra, a Colorado native, hopes to offer a blending of the mortal and natural. “They’re works that consist of trees and human forms,” he says. “I want to show the tension between human and natural systems, with each transforming into the other.” The results come together in several mediums, with woodblock prints, drawings and a sculpture on view tonight. The display is an amalgam of two distinct worlds that, though separated, blend together in a physical and curious way.

Requiem opens tonight at 6 p.m. at Illiterate Gallery, 82 South Broadway, and runs through January 28; admission is free. You can visit www.illiteratemedia.com or call 303-993-4474 for more information.
Jan. 7-28, 2011