Kolber shares five upcoming art events that she's most excited about - and that you should pay attention to.
Georgina Kolber's visual arts picks
Laura Krudener Artist Talk
New talent Laura Krudener’s energetic and lyrical paintings make plain the lineage and evolution of Abstract painting. Krudener works on raw canvas, pours boldly colored paints that vary from flat to glossy to pearlescent, and layers playful, surprising embellishments that seem to engage in dialogue with the post-production techniques employed by her contemporaries in digital photography and design.
Krudener received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. Her paintings have been exhibited around the country and are in several prominent national collections.
Firehouse Films First Friday Featuring Stacey Steers
Colorado experimental film and installation artist Stacey Steers’ film project Night Hunter has been featured all over the country this year. Right now, it resides at Catherine Clark gallery in San Francisco through December 14. On December 6, Coloradans get to sample a handful of her whimsical, handcrafted films at Longmont’s Firehouse Art Center’s monthly First Friday Film series. Steers will introduce her films and answer questions after the screening.
Steers’ process is imaginative and painstaking. She fashions mixed-media collages and individually painted drawings, then composes animations with thousands of these images. Her films are a marvelous fusion of old and new— she appropriates antique style imagery and known characters from decades past, and places them into new settings and narratives to create a dreamlike effect.
Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet’s Choreography and Cocktails
Dancer/choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl and his partner Jennifer Sher have brought an edgy, European sophistication to Colorado’s dance scene since 2004. Rooted in traditional ballet and expanding outward from there, Sher-Machherndl’s choreography is expressive, emotive and fresh.
Sher-Machherndl is currently undertaking a one-month residency at Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco, where he’s choreographing performance pieces for BFA and professional dancers.
For Lemon Sponge Cake’s upcoming event at The Source, a new hip, multi-purpose artisan food market ih Denver’s RiNO district, Sher-Machherndl has choreographed a site-specific piece that features him and a female dancer from the Paris Opera.
A general admission ticket includes the performance plus one organic craft cocktail from Caprock Farm Bar. VIP tickets are treated to a charcuterie platter and a reserved table.
Clark Richert exhibition
In keeping with its model of collaborative engagement and strong exhibitions, Gildar Gallery presents Clark Richert’s Symmetry and Dimension alongside Robin Rule, Richert’s longtime dealer and a staple of Denver’s contemporary art scene.
Head of Painting at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD), Richert has been creating art for nearly 50 years, envisioning phenomena that scientists probe via empirical observation, with his brush. Inspired by mathematical patterns and forms, Richert’s works are infused with a palpable intellectual rigor that adds to their visual appeal. But you don’t have to recognize or comprehend the phenomena the artist expresses in the works in order to appreciate them.
In 1965 Richert cofounded the famed art commune Drop City in southern Colorado. In conjunction with this exhibit, BMOCA will screen the Drop City documentary on January 16, 6:30 PM.
Holt Quentel Exhibition
Artist Holt Quentel absented herself from the art world in 1990, after presenting an exhibition of sculptural assemblages created by adulterating the iconic chairs designed by Charles Eames and mass produced by Herman Miller, with kitschy fabric coverings, Grateful Dead stickers and other decals. For Quentel, the work addressed the contradictions between utopian desires for uniform commodity and the modernist aesthetic.
Her self-imposed exile remains a mystery and her work has maintained an underground presence. Twenty-three years later, the objects are brought back together in Aspen, Colorado for what promises to be a provocative exhibition.