Enjoy the proliferation of complicated treasure hunts and outdoor displays on billboards and in parks, towns and wild places; discover the new and most reliable spaces; and go out and do something. Why not spend your hot, hazy days in Denver (and maybe New York!) With art online and outside of these eight events?
Ian Fisher, Billboard at Watkins.
The Space (s) between the artists series: More space (s)
Wednesday June 9, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., online
RSVP in advance for the Zoom link
The last elements of the massive multi-site and multi-project exhibition The space (s) between (launched in March by the Contemporary Art Galleries at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver), unfold in June in spaces as far away as Walsenburg and as close as downtown Denver. They include billboards, installations, digital artwork and, in one case, an interactive hunt for a real piece of gold led by obscure clues by artist Terry Campbell. Donald Fodness, Daisy McGowan and Geoffrey Shamos, who together and separately curated this monster, will discuss these latest developments online in a conference with several of the artists.
Alexandra Hedison, “Found Painting # 6” (detail), 2017, archival pigment print.
Courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery Los Angeles
The enduring influence of painting
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder
June 10 to September 6
Vernissage: Thursday, June 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
BMoCA’s main summer exhibition, a group show of nine artists curated by Boulder artist Kate Petley, debuts this week, taking a look at works in a variety of media that draw on the history of the paint, whatever the medium used. The work therefore includes photography, textiles, ceramics, video and multimedia constructions, not to mention an artistic intervention installed at 1418 Pearl Street in the Boulder Mall by Alexandra Hedison, a prominent celebrity ( she is married to actress Jody Foster) and accomplished photographer. It is an important exhibition that shows the way for the future of art in all its forms.
Greg Ellis reflects on teenagers trapped in time at the BCC gallery.
Greg Ellis, High key
Boulder Creative Collective Gallery, 2208 Pearl Street, Boulder
Until June 27
Vernissage: Thursday, June 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
BCC Gallery features paintings by self-taught artist Greg Ellis, who considers the plight of teens trapped between childhood and adulthood in evocative statement works.
The open-air painters capture the exterior views.
Courtesy of Boulder Open Studios
Boulder County Outdoor Event
Canyon Center, 1881 9th Street, Boulder, Suite 110
From June 11 to July 2
Vernissage: Friday June 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Boulder Open Studios is once again hosting their annual outdoor painting event, which ends with a big show and sale. Artists have been painting outdoors on-site since June 4, preparing the work for the climactic events of June 11. View and buy works of art during the opening; the exhibition will remain visible until July 2.
The Ryan Joseph Gallery presents the Spanish painters Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez.
Irene Lopez Léon and Uri Martinez
Irene Lopez Léon and Uri Martinez, Tropical elegance
Ryan Joseph Gallery, 2647 West 38th Avenue
June 12 to July 14
Vernissage: Saturday, June 12, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Barcelona artists Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez consider the idea of “tropical” as a personal space where good vibes circulate, plunging viewers into a relaxed vacation mode.
“Assertion of Will”, 2020, mixed media on canvas.
© Simphiwe Ndzube, courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder
Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
June 13 to October 10
Contemporary South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube brings magical realism to the second-floor home of the Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum with the launch of Oracles of the Pink Universe, a series of multimedia works that transform the world of Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” into his own personal mythology. Wander among works that alternate between 2D elements and 3D sculptural elements, and soak up visions of Ndzube arising from his homeland without apartheid.
Adam Milner, “Untitled,” 2019, polished cast bronze, conch, located at Two Ways Supermarket, Brooklyn.
Courtesy of the artist and Black Cube
Adam Milner, Public Sculptures
Various locations in New York
June 14 to August 15
Okay, that’s a litter, but former Denverite and Black Cube resident Adam Milner, now living in Brooklyn, still has an occasional presence in Denver (and hell, we love him), where Black Cube, the instigator of this summer treasure hunt is still solidly located. Milner distributed a series of thirteen small sculptures in ordinary places (a bodega, his friend’s car, etc.), with slightly intrusive public art. If you find yourself in New York City in the next couple of months, find the Sculptures Artwork Map and Checklist – which are spread across locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Astoria – online.
Mural by Patrick Maxcy imagining the “Monster of Lake Standley” for the LandMark exhibition in Arvada.
LandMark Nature Photography Day Openings
Various locations in Arvada
Tuesday June 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A perfect marriage in art paradise: LandMark’s outdoor art installations spread across Lakewood and Arvada, and Nature Photography Day, two excellent 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, respectively. Revelations are scheduled one hour apart in the late afternoon and early evening on Tuesday; come celebrate art, and don’t forget your camera!
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