Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekend art roundup

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

To borrow from fellow editor Matthew Schniper's occasional information dump, here are details on a few notable artistic endeavors happening now:

First, Exuberant Absurdity/Intimate Immensity: The Photomontages of David Tippit at Denver's Byers-Evans House Gallery. Like local collage artist David Armstrong, Tippit uses scraps from magazines and books to create seamless collages that are jarring but whimsical.


Next, Stacy Steers has a work on display at the Denver Art Museum. Last April, Steers participated in 4x4: 4 artists, 4 curators at GOCA 121. Steers' unusual films are made with thousands of collages, with scraps from Victorian graphics driving the animation.

Two scenes from Night Hunter

And to round out your trip, be sure to drop by MCA Denver for a look at its three newish shows that tread a fine line between fine art and exploitation. Bloodlines: Paintings by Hermann Nitsch feature works with violent splatter patterns made from blood and paint.

A concurrent show, Dario Robleto: An Instinct Toward Life, also spotlights unconventional media. For the work "Defiant Gardens," Robleto used this incredible list of materials:

Cut paper, homemade paper (pulp made from soldiers’ letters sent home and wife/sweetheart letters sent to soldiers from various wars, cotton), thread and fabric from soldiers’ uniforms of various wars, carrier pigeon skeletons, WWII-era pigeon message capsules, dried flowers from various battlefields, hair flowers braided by war widows, mourning dress fabric, excavated shrapnel and bullet lead from various battlefields, various seeds, various seashells, cartes de visite, gold leaf, silk, ribbon, wood, glass, foam core, glue.

Detail of Defiant Gardens

But stay in town tonight for three great openings, The Circle of Light Photo Project at Marmalade at Smokebrush (read our article here); Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude) at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (which we also wrote about, read it here) and The Incomparable Steampunk Exposition at Heebee Jeebees.

For more events, visit our listings pages.

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