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Enjoy the diffusion of intricate scavenger hunts and outdoor displays on billboards and in parks, cities, and wild places; Check out new and reliable rooms; and just go out there and do something. Why not spend your hot and dreary days in Denver (and maybe NYC!) Enjoying art online and offline at these eight events?
Ian Fisher, billboard in Watkins.
The Space (s) Between Artist Series: More Space (s)
Wednesday, June 9, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., online
RSVP in advance for zoom link
The final elements of the massive, multi-site, multi-project exhibition The Space (s) Between (launched in March by the Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver Live) are underway in June in spaces as far away as Walsenburg and as close as downtown Denver. They include poster art, installations, digital works and, in one case, an interactive hunt for a real gold piece powered by obscure clues from artist Terry Campbell. Donald Fodness, Daisy McGowan and Geoffrey Shamos, who curated this monster together and separately, will discuss these latest developments online in a conversation with several artists.
Alexandra Hedison, “Found Painting # 6” (excerpt), 2017, archival pigment print.
Courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery Los Angeles
The persistent influence of painting
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder
June 10th to September 6th
Opening: Thursday, June 10th, 5pm to 8pm
BMoCA’s major summer exhibition, a group show of nine artists curated by Boulder-based artist Kate Petley, debuts this week and takes a look at works in a variety of media based on the history of painting – regardless of the medium used. The work therefore includes photography, textiles, ceramics, video and mixed media constructions, not to mention an artistic intervention by Alexandra Hedison, an A-list celebrity (she is married to the actress) at 1418 Pearl Street Jody Foster was installed in Boulder) and an accomplished photographer. It is an important show that points the way for the future of art in all its forms.
Greg Ellis ponders teenagers trapped in time at the BCC Gallery.
Greg Ellis, high key
Boulder Creative Collective Gallery, 2208 Pearl Street, Boulder
Until June 27th
Opening: Thursday, June 10th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The BCC Gallery shows paintings by the self-taught artist Greg Ellis, who looks at the plight of teenagers trapped between childhood and adulthood in impressive statement works.
Outdoor painters capture the exterior views.
Courtesy of Boulder Open Studios
Boulder County Plein Air-Event County
Canyon Center, 1881 9th Street, Boulder, Suite 110
June 11th to July 2nd
Opening: Friday, June 11th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Boulder Open Studios is hosting its annual plein air painting again, ending with a major exhibition and sale. Since June 4th, artists have been painting outdoors on site and preparing works for the highlights of the June 11th events. Tour and buy artwork at the opening; the exhibition can be seen until July 2nd.
Ryan Joseph Gallery introduces Spanish painters Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez.
Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez
Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez, Tropical Elegance
Ryan Joseph Gallery, 2647 West 38th Avenue
June 12th to July 14th
Opening: Saturday, June 12th, 5pm to 11pm
Barcelona-based artists Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez see the idea of “tropical” as a personal space in which good vibrations flow and put the viewer into a relaxed vacation mode.
“Assertion of the Will”, 2020, mixed media on canvas.
© Simphiwe Ndzube, with kind permission of the artist and the Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder
Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracle of the Pink Universe
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
June 13th to October 10th
With the introduction of Oracles of the Pink Universe, a series of mixed media works, the contemporary South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube brings the world of Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” into his own personal mythology. Stroll among works that alternate between 2D and sculptural 3D elements, and immerse yourself in Ndzubes visions stemming from his apartheid-free homeland.
Adam Milner, “Untitled”, 2019, cast and polished bronze, conch shell, in Two Ways Supermarket, Brooklyn.
Courtesy of the artist and Black Cube
Adam Milner, Public Sculptures
Different locations in New York City
June 14th to August 15th
Okay, it’s a range, but former Denverite and Black Cube resident Adam Milner, who now lives in Brooklyn, still has an occasional presence in Denver (and what the hell, we love him) where Black Cube is the initiator this summer treasure hunt is, is still certain. Milner has distributed a series of thirteen small sculptures in common places (a bodega, his friend’s car, etc.) to create slightly condescending public art. If you’re in New York in the next two months, you can find the map and checklist for artwork of the sculptures – which are distributed in locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Astoria – online.
Patrick Maxcy’s mural showcasing the Standley Lake Monster for the LandMark exhibition in Arvada.
LandMark Nature Photography Day openings
Different locations in Arvada
Tuesday, June 15, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A combination of art heaven: LandMark’s outdoor art installations are spread across Lakewood and Arvada and Nature Photography Day, both of which are good instigators of outdoor experiences. Colorado artists Corrina Espinosa, Emily Grace King, Patrick Maxcy and Collin Parson will all unveil new works for the project at Saddle Brook Park, Jack B. Tomlinson Park, Standley Lake and Oak Park in Arvada. Revelations are scheduled every hour in the late afternoon and early evening on Tuesday; Come celebrate art and don’t forget your camera!
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