Archive | 2010 Exhibitions

RE: (rebound, recycled, repurposed, reused)

February 12 – March 20, 2010.

Margaret Whiting

This is an exhibition of mixed media artwork created with the intent of changing a book from its original form into a different form, thereby altering its meaning/intent. Some works in the exhibit continue to function as interactive books; other works, both two- and three-dimensional have become passive objects for display.

(Margaret Whiting Cyclopedia of Law and Procedure pictured right.
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Altering books is currently one of the most popular creative techniques for self-expression. Beth Cote, one of the authors of Altered Books 101 maintains that ‘you don’t need any artistic ability to make altered books . . . if you’re color blind, memory challenged and can’t draw a darn thing to save your life, you can still be an altered book artist’.

Detail from Sara Furey’s Bottles to Sea pictured left

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Due to the widespread popularity of the medium, and the abundance of altered book creations that address self-expression to the exclusion of anything else, gallery director Alicia Bailey stresses the importance of presenting contemporary work that is created with thoughtful regard to concept and execution, that makes a meaningful contribution to both the genre and to an individual artists’ studio focus.

pictured right Everyday Birds by Siobhan Martin

The juried portion of RE: was juried by Barbara Hale (Denver, Colorado) whose workis included in the exhibition. Hale is printmaking instructor at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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Her selections include work by Adina Weinand/Andrew Vomhof, (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Amanda Nelson, (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Ania Gilmore, (Boston, Massachusetts), Barbara WF Miner, (Bowling Green, Ohio), Cori Buder, (Denver, Colorado), Cynthia Colbertrecipient Topeka County Public Library Purchase Award, (Lexington, South Carolina), Deborah Bryan, recipient Gallery Director award (Johnson City, Tennessee), Haylee Ebersole, (Denver, Colorado), Jana Sim, (Chicago, Illinois), Jean Tock, (Carmel, New York), John Sager, (Austin, Texas), Jonathan Whitfill, (Lubbock, Texas), Jonathon Wiley, (Denver, Colorado), Julia Nelson-Gal, (Palo Alto, California), Katherine Reed, (Denver, CO), Margaret Whiting, (Waterloo, Iowa), Mary Jordan, (Denver, Colorado), Megan Moore, (Chico, California), Peggy Johnston, (Des Moines, Iowa), Sandy Toland, (Aurora, Colorado), Sara Furey, (Breckenridge, Colorado), Siobhan Martin, (Devon, UK), Susan Porteousrecipient gallery director Best of Show award, (Denver, Colorado), Virginia Unseld, (Black Hawk, Colorado) and Will Ashford, (Santa Rosa, California).

The exhibition also features collages created from book parts by Chicago artist Douglas Stapleton and Denver artists Stephen Daniel Karpik and Susan Goldstein.

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Douglas Stapleton is a curator and exhibition designer at Illinois State Museum’s downtown Chicago gallery. Stapleton holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and MFA in performance and installation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also works as a dramaturg/artistic for The Seldoms, a Chicago based dance company. It is no surprise that a result of such diverse interests results in a body of work that is visually stimulating and rich with cultural and historical reference. Michael Weinstein, writing for New City Art (Chicago), describes Stapleton’s collages as ‘rife with exuberant cultural play . . . Postmodern globalized melange reaches its limits . . . an unbridled romp through history’.

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Stephen Daniel Karpik (SDK) is a self-taught and multidisciplinary contemporary artist currently living in Denver, Colorado. Utilizing encryption, symbols and motifs incorporating the influence of primal aesthetics, urban culture and the collective consciousness, SDK fuses aesthetic energy and colorful composition to create playful mixed media paintings. His contribution to RE: is an unbound abecedary featuring mixed media on library cards. The theme for this series is the abstraction of animals, each confined to its own letter in time and space.

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Susan Goldstein is a Denver resident with a long and well-rounded exhibition history. In addition to annual solo exhibitions at Edge Gallery, the Mizel Center for Art and Culture hosted a sizable retrospective of her work in 2006. Goldstein will be exhibiting pieces from an ongoing series Intersections. Goldstein has great reverence for historic artifacts and documents and so allows herself to use only printed material already damaged or terribly common and not important enough to keep intact. By incorporating this damaged ephemera into her collages, these bits and pieces of the past are given new life and will survive in an altered form.

During the exhibition Abecedarian will be hosting an altered book workshop, taught by Judith Cassell-Mamet. Cassel-Mamet will assist students in turning a discarded book (provided) into a sampler of altered book techniques.

Works: Trujillo and Velasquez + Prints in the Reading Room

Abecedarian Gallery’s commitment to student & emerging artists continues with an exhibit showcasing recent work by Ella Trujillo & Derrick Velasquez. The exhibit opens January 7 and runs through February 6. There will be a reception for the artists’ January 15, 5-pm during Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe Preview Night.

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Ella Trujillo is a fine arts student at the University of Colorado at Denver. Her primary medium is painting, with sculptural work a growing interest. She grew up in Colorado, spending most of her childhood in Denver and Pueblo. Raised in a household of artists, Ella has clearly benefitted from years of exposure to both commercial and fine arts. An early understanding of composition and color gives her the freedom to focus on increasing her mastery of painting during her student years.

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Derrick Velasquez received his BA in studio art at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004 and completed his MFA in sculpture from The Ohio State University in 2008. He grew up in Lodi, California, an agricultural staple of Northern/Central California, where he spent many summers working in a fruit cannery. His work is not limited to one skill set, medium or dimension. This results in a body of work that may seem visually and materially inconsistent. Yet when taken as a whole, his interest in structure, functionality, touch, fashion, social and personal interactivity are evident.

In the Reading Room Abecedarian is very pleased to present portfolios by Brian Cohen, Eric Waldemar, Heidi Zednik and Tonia Bonnell.

Cohen SerenadeCohen is a long time resident of Vermont and founder of Bridge Press, publisher of limited edition artists’ books and etchings. His work is held by major private and public collections throughout the country, including the New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford Universities, and the Philadelphia and Portland (Oregon) Museums of Art. On display is Pierrot Lunaire, a suite of 23 etchings housed in a custom built aluminum box. Cohen is currently dean of faculty at The Putney School in southern Vermont.
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Eric Waldemar currently lives in Denver and teaches printmaking, film editing, and art history at UC Denver, the Art Students League of Denver, and Denver Art Museum. His portfolio includes a selection of monotypes, collographs and drawings. Also on exhibit will be etchings from Waldemar’s ongoing series based on historic board games. He lives in Denver with his partner, sculptor Rian Kerrane, and their daughter Oonagh.
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Heidi Zednik is of dual citizenship (Austria/United States). Her portfolio features unbound selections from the Alphabet of Desire – an extended love poem in the form of an abecedary. The prints are images painted on an open screen with water based acrylic inks, then hand-pulled for each of the four colors, allowing artistic variation within the edition. Also on display some selections from Heidi’s chemex coffee filter series and erotic haiku broadsides. She currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Tonia Bonnell moved to Denver after receiving her MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her carefully constructed images of repetitive marks in which each short, straight line is a ‘particle’ are an attempt to shift the viewer’s focus toward a power that slowly and quietly emerges as seemingly insignificant fragments accumulate. Small scale works from two different series will be on view at Abecedarian.

In January 2009 Abecedarian established a Student Scholarship fund and continues building that fund through the sale of Prudent Prints – priced $100 or less. During the Works exhibit, a variety of Prudent Prints will be for sale – prints as low as $5! Framed prints as low as $10! Proceeds from every print sale during the Works exhibition go to benefit Abecedarian Gallery’s Student Scholarship fund.

Love in Four Pieces

Pictured above Melissa Duckworth’s broadside from Love in Four Parts $15 (small) & $70 (poster size) each