The return of Ira Sherman’s interactive mechanical contraptions, Florida urban artists, quirky portraits for next to nothing, a road trip themed gathering of artist collectives from across the country – these are just a few of the things that art lovers like you can look around Denver this weekend. Additionally, there are art meetings, cooperative shows, and a Latin American exhibit at the Aurora History Museum.
This list should keep you guessing.
Ira Sherman: revenge, protection, redemption
Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive
From Friday August 19 to October 13
Opening: Friday, August 19, 6 p.m.
Denver sculptor Ira Sherman’s career arc in metalwork jumps the rainbow from handmade jewelry to Judaica, but he’s best known, notoriously, for his bizarre wearable “prostheses” and carvings. interactive kinetics loaded with human sensors that provide participants with a bioengineering experience. This would include sci-fi-worthy metal chastity belts and contraptions that lift couples into the air. Fascinating and meticulously crafted, Sherman’s mechanized works have secured her a place on the national map. After a three-year hiatus, he’s back at Bitfactory, ready to wow minds – and imaginations – with a new selection of machine dreams.
Elizabeth Ferril, Left on red
Jeff Horton, chaotic union
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
Until September 21
Opening: Friday August 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jeff Horton Artist Talk: Saturday, August 20, 10:30 a.m.
New shows by Elizabeth Ferrill and Jeff Horton opening at Michael Warren Contemporary share images of cityscapes. While Ferrill captures minute detail in drawings, prints and copper scrolls, Horton renders the abstract lines of the architectural framework under the skin of buildings. It’s a well-matched pairing, answering the question of what artists might look at while walking through a high-rise urban environment.
Marina Kassianidou and Maia Ruth Lee, volumes
Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut St.
From Tuesday August 16 to September 25
Opening: Friday, August 19, 8 p.m.
Colorado artists Marina Kassianidou and Maia Ruth Lee share a common theme exploring the relationships between language and branding from different perspectives. For Kassianidou, the investigation is based on tracings from old school books – treasured heirlooms belonging to his grandmother in Cyprus – while Lee writes his own experience in a long banner adorned with silhouettes of bandages.
Diana “Didi Rok” Contreras and Louie D. “Louiedeology,” Offline
ILA Gallery, 209 Kalamath Street, Unit 12
From Friday August 19 to September 5
Opening: Friday August 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Florida-based artist/muralists Diana “Didi Rok” Contreras and Louie D. “Louiedeology” travel to Denver for a double exhibit that delves into each artist’s practice. Contreras is known for her symbols of femininity – whimsical portraits of caricatured divas – while Louie D. focuses on what he calls “molecular constellations”, decorative, shaded geometric shapes created from an unbroken line. Adam “Dent” Martinez will perform at the reception; thereafter, reservations and private tours are available at ilaartgallery.com.
Portrait Slam and Represented
Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive
Portrait Slam: Friday, August 19, 6 to 8 p.m.
Free admission, suggested donation for portrait, $5
Swinging on the subject of Access Gallery’s ongoing portrait exhibition Represented, the gallery is hosting a third Friday Portrait Slam held by talented young artists with disabilities who are served by Access. For a donation of $5 to the cause of the gallery, one of them will make you a small portrait of the heart. What will yours look like?
Americaby Tonos Latinos
Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora
Until October 30
Opening: Friday, August 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Aurora History Museum celebrates artists from North, Central, and South America, courtesy of local art collective Tonos Latinos, who have assembled a multi-art exhibit that includes fine art, music, poetry, dance, written words and crafts, some with roots in the Aurora community. In addition to the reception, a series of art workshops with Tonos Latinos are on view September 4 and 25 and October 9 and 23.
Patricia Rucker, bring light
Charlie Walter, Renders
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
From Thursday August 18 to September 11
Opening: Friday August 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sync members Patricia Rucker and Charlie Walter share the gallery walls starting this week: Rucker continues to battle macular degeneration by making fabulous paintings that she spots through flashes of light in her vision, and Charlie Walter offers abstract paintings in serene palettes.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 1600 Pierce St., Lakewood
Saturday August 20, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Carl Baratta of High Beams, a collective of Los Angeleno nomadic artists formed during the pandemic to create exhibition alternatives, and Tobias Fike and Donald Fodness of Denver of the international collective Hyperlink, collaborated to bring Convoy, a day-long exhibition of multidisciplinary and performance art by over sixty artists from across the country at the RMCAD campus on Saturday evenings. The four-hour road-trip destination combines art with a block party of national proportions, where artists and adjacent art can mingle while viewing temporary installations (including numerous screenings). LA artist Andrew Murray, for example, has filmed site-specific works created from the findings of the campsite during the drive to Colorado; Elizabeth Folk (aka The Art Dominatrix) performs; Denver’s Bridge Club hosts a 1970s-themed car wash; and Hyperlink promises a soundscape made up of collective members describing their artistic practices.
Friends of a Friend Gallery, Evans School, 1115 Acoma Street, Suite 234
From Saturday August 20 to September 17
Friend of a Friend brings back over forty friends/artists for an old-fashioned group show that coincides with back-to-school rituals. It’s a dizzying list: you won’t regret going there.
Melinda Laz and Zachary Reece, Surface tension
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood
Until September 11
Opening: Saturday August 20 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Valkarie associates guest artists Melinda Laz, whose ceramic tiles, collages and other works on paper evoke home and family, time and memory, and Zachary Reece, known for his heavy patterned digital drawings prints the world and his creatures, human and otherwise, in plain black and white.
Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Until August 28
Reception of artists: Saturday, August 20, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Spark is taking a break from its member program for this juried sculpture exhibition selected and curated by Mark Friday. The works cover several sculptural mediums. It is a beauty for 3D art lovers.
Golden Fine Arts Festival
11th Street between Arapahoe and Maple Streets, Golden
Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Golden Arts Festival enters its 32nd year with a beautiful spread of works by 100 artists from Colorado and beyond on the charming streets of downtown Golden. Artists are selected through a competitive jury process by art professionals; the best of the best in each of the nine media categories, including Best of Show and Best of Colorado, will receive cash prizes.
Manifest dystopia: Call for Artists
Citywide AR Exhibition, Launching October 15: 2-D, 3-D, Paintings, Sculptures, Digitals, Prints, Photos and More, as Digital Files Ready to Display
Submission deadline: September 1
Hopefully the Guerrilla Augmented Reality Event Manifest dystopia, set to launch on October 15, will likely be the biggest AR show Denver has ever seen, with AR imagery set to appear all over town. Denver Digital Land Grab, the platform of founders Corrina Espinosa and David Hanan, has the motto “We take space. We don’t ask permission; if you’re an artist interested in joining the takeover, submit art by September 1. Find the rules and a submission form here.
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