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Comment Archives: Stories: Visual Arts

Re: “Tibetan Buddhism gets a feminist reboot at IDEA Space

If you have to read the wall text in order to appreciate what the artist is intending to convey in their work, does the meaning of the work reside in the artwork or the wall text? So many artists today feel compelled to justify their artwork with references to obscure/non-western traditions or myths. So many others feel compelled to justify their artwork with references to commonly shared contemporary/western ironies and banalities. So few attempt to make art that is an end in itself. And as an end in itself more than merely itself, just as an object in nature is its own thing but profoundly meaningful to others precisely because of its singularity. Instead, artists continue to dig up dead deities or stencil pop culture in order to simulate artistic substance. In this town, far removed from the poles of NY and LA, why don't more artists abandon shared and threadbare references and, instead, make authentically new references?

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Posted by Jacques on 05/22/2014 at 10:50 PM

Re: “In detail

It is true that successful artists throughout history have operated Ford-type factories in the production of their art. Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens. Hirst, Koons, Warhol. It is also true that the definition of art remains confused with soap carving & pinstriping. Today, we can & often do confuse craft with art. Everyone is impressed by a well-rendered drawing. Everyone is impressed by a flawless athletic feat. It's like magic. It's its own justification. "I wish I could do that". But art isn't a synonym for technique. There are flawless craftsmen in every industry. All of our flawless commodities don't build themselves. Why are all the factory workers of the world not considered artists? Why aren't all of Rodin's technically adept manual workers considered artists? Most artists dodge their obsessive struggle with craft by passing it off as "art". They usually do this by making objects that suggest some vague-yet-profound meaning. This is easier to do then you might think. Really, they just like to carve soap. & you, the general public, like pretty carved soap. So everyone's happy with this state of affairs. But Rubens wasn't merely a flawess craftsman. Chihuly, on the other hand, is nothing but a flawless craftsman.

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Posted by Jeff Often on 05/11/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “The FAC unveils yet another Chihuly show, reinforcing a decade of glass obsession

Chihuly makes high-end decorative art. For most people, "art" is precisely that: ribbon candy on a pedestal. The general public generally likes Chihuly's art. "You don't need an art degree to appreciate it". So true. In fact, your appreciation of Chihuly will likely diminish the higher your education. That's why the FAC is going to show him as often as their budget & good taste will allow. Despite what Blake Milteer says, there's nothing to be found beneath the surface of Chihuly's art. Or, there's as much to be found beneath the surface of Chihuly's art as can be detected beneath the surface of any object - particularly those to be found on the shelves of any high-end retailer's kitschen & dining department. Every artist knows that a Chihuly show is naked pandering to an indifferent public & Milteer knows that a Chihuly show will generate much needed revenue for the FAC. Never-the-less, once the tourists leave town & Chihuly is sent back to the FAC basement, I predict that the FAC & its utterly middlebrow board of directors will make good with the regional art community by exhibiting a couple of serious-yet-well-crafted-yet-cheap art shows.

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Posted by White Debbie on 05/03/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Jack-of-all trades artist morphs into local scene

Who is this beautiful being!!

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Posted by Tarzan Mann on 04/02/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Gary Jensen's art has deflected loneliness, stagnation and easy answers

Terrible art show. I saw this crap last Sat because I wrongly assumed that your article had separated the wheat from the chaff event-wise. Aspire to being Westword at the very least, for everyone's sake. Focus your coverage on the good art shows in town, please.

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Posted by Pike on 02/01/2014 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Springs baker pioneers a home for ‘makers’ with Colorado Collective

Kirsten, thanks for the update. I stand corrected. Glad they're still here.
I went to their website yesterday and it had the word "CLOSED" across the top.
Today their website has the word "OPEN" across the top.

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Posted by OldCrank on 01/09/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Springs baker pioneers a home for ‘makers’ with Colorado Collective

Just talked with Sabrina at Stir. They ARE open for business. Here are their hours:
Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sun: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thanks, Kirsten (this story's writer)

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Posted by Kirsten Akens on 01/09/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Springs baker pioneers a home for ‘makers’ with Colorado Collective

Isn't the STIR coffee shop located by ENT credit union at Jackson and Wahsatch?
I was down there a few weeks ago and it appears STIR has gone out of business.

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Posted by OldCrank on 01/08/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “In a look at the shifting art and history of France, the DAM shows, literally, how it's done

Good article. This is what art is to me, whether a drawing or painting. Thanks for capturing the quote.

"How do you describe that fleeting look between confidants? That particular sway of a woman's arm? That which turns a face into a likeness?"

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Posted by anonymousD on 11/07/2013 at 7:14 PM

Re: “A live arts 'magazine' rolls out in the Springs

Are all the spots taken for this Saturday? I'm organizing the Colorado Springs leg of a Cultural Tour of Tibetan Monks coming to town Sept. 9 - 14th. Would like to know if this might be a good way to get the word out about their events (sand mandala, meditation, talks, cultural pageant, prayer stone workshop)?

Posted by Lenora McAndrews Degen on 08/29/2013 at 10:41 PM

Re: “A live arts 'magazine' rolls out in the Springs

It was such a great first event! Thanks so much Crystal for organizing and mc-ing and I will most definitely be there for the next event this Saturday!

Posted by Alyson Hartwig on 08/28/2013 at 8:18 PM

Re: “A live arts 'magazine' rolls out in the Springs

Hey Hannah and the Indy! Nice article. Thanks for the write up!

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Posted by crystal.carter.9216 on 08/28/2013 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs-based Facebook page wants you to Give a Shit About Nature

Thomas Nelson censors his page like crazy. Anyone who so much as hints towards healthy debate on deeply thoughtful topics is banned. This guy has an ego that's going to be his downfall. It's too bad because nature needs all the help it can get, without ego trips getting in the way.

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Posted by TP on 08/17/2013 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Satirical artist Roy Linton re-emerges after 40 years outside of the public's eye

I think that Roy Linton's satirical poster (the start the day with a smile one) is better than Councilman Kings. Maybe Roy should should share it with both the Mayor and King.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 07/27/2013 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs-based Facebook page wants you to Give a Shit About Nature

wtf? I don't give a f___ing sh*t about your article. I read the first sentence and enjoyed it. After that, I sort of lost interest. You should just write F___ing sh*t stories only.

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Posted by werle on 07/10/2013 at 7:02 PM

Re: “A non-believer's look at the spectacle of Passages

The Gutenberg press stuff is pretty cool. But if you want to see the first printing press, might I recommend a class in Cantonese?

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 07/09/2013 at 5:25 PM

Re: “A non-believer's look at the spectacle of Passages

This exhibit must be really great for the author to come away feeling so good about, given his honest givens...I commend Bret for his honesty and good reporting.

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Posted by TejonTech on 07/05/2013 at 12:41 PM

Re: “No Pants Thursdays tie together art and fetish

Just a reminder that Voodoo is hosting No Pants Thursday this week - June 27th - from 7-9pm. The session will be facilitated by Broken Glass Photography. $10 per person or $5 for Voodoo members.

Posted by Mr_Thorns on 06/25/2013 at 4:45 PM

Re: “No Pants Thursdays tie together art and fetish

Great article RyAnne! Colorado Springs has had an enormous and active fetish community for over 15 years and it's great to finally have a place for fetish artists to express themselves. Thank you so much!

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Posted by Mr_Thorns on 06/17/2013 at 9:54 AM

Re: “A Colorado College pressman subverts the art of publishing in Any thing that Is strang

The Indy couldn't find ONE single photograph of this Unique art and artist to grace the article with, so as to help familiarize the reader with what you are talking about, and possibly stir up interest in the Show, the Artist, the ART?????

Heaven forbid one might use VISUALS for an article regarding VISUAL ART....Dur.

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Posted by Madeline Osborne on 05/15/2013 at 9:39 AM

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