“Moving from the midwest to the abundant sunlight and dramatic skies of Colorado has inspired my work. I have always been interested in looking closely at nature and find that the vast areas of wilderness in the West allow for a deeper contemplation of the ethereal qualities of the natural world — the rich colors of the land, the gentle curve of plants, the patterns of dappled light through trees. I abstract and reconfigure these patterns to convey the underlying rhythms and harmonies of our environment, creating a space that is somewhere between the real and the imagined.”
“I focus on how I represent space and how almost everything I do is implicated in some act of framing. To state the obvious, my paintings, drawings and videos are implicitly framed—that is, each is isolated from the surrounding space by their (mostly) rectilinear edges. And within these frames I have nested yet more frames, often geometrically modulated to suggest spatial projection. Yet actual space is never experienced freeze-framed, but rather it is apprehended through physical movement. It is in time that our bodies move through space and in time that the structure of the world is progressively disclosed.”
Howard Hersh is an artist who uses structural imagery as a metaphor for identifying ourselves in space and time. Additionally, structure is a template for social, intellectual, work and virtually every aspect of our daily lives.
Also, when Hersh reveals the construction of the paintings substrate, he is implying that while paintings are pictures of things, (illusions), they are also objects that stand on their own. In this way, structure serves not only as a metaphor, but as a physical presence, exerting itself as suc
JODIE ROTH COOPER
Jodie is an artist and designer, currently working and residing in Denver, Colorado. He earned his MArch from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. in 2013. Born in London in 1980, he moved to Saratoga Springs, NY in 1999 to attend Skidmore College and has lived, worked, and traveled in the United States ever since. Jodie’s undergraduate study was in metalsmithing, and 3D modeling.
The scale and scope of his work has increased over the years and his focus is now on sculpture and installation art along with architectural design. Although a great deal of satisfaction is derived from the design of functional objects and elements Jodie is most excited by blurring the lines of art and design in order to create elements, that not only serve a pedestrian function, but also serve to create memorable experience, whether physical or emotive. Jodie’s intention is to create an experience for others through his work and not impose a narrative.
The richly layered compositions of Rimas Čiurlionis’ oil paintings express the interaction and relation of color and form. It is difficult to determine from where one form or another arises, both rational and emotional are side by side. It can be a memory or a fascination or allusion, a manifestation of traditions or influences. Each person is an impulse to another. The same is true for an artwork. And the relation between the work and the viewer appears between them as in the meeting of two fields that are able to either augment the other or to destroy it.
“Art is a means by which we can, for an instant, stop the mind or move it more forcefully in a direction to which we are unaccustomed.” “A work is a reflection of my thought and aspiration which is rewritten and repeated day in and day out in a different quality, at times perceiving that it is the infinite, which joins me to everything, which changes me and which I am changing.”
Check out this great write-up about our exhibition Nature’s line in Westword!
“Nature’s Line, the lyrical group show now at Space Gallery, is a worthy followup to the impressive Pattern, which was presented there earlier this summer. In Pattern, the theme was repeated imagery, as the title suggests. This time, the subject is the organic line, which is also conveyed in the title.
Both shows were organized by gallery director Michael Burnett, who brought together abstract artists — mostly painters — from inside and outside Colorado. And it’s important to point out that the artists in the current show aren’t abstracting flowers, plants or animals. Rather, they are using free-flowing lines and rounded shapes, which hint at natural things but do not ape them. Each artist has been given a separate section, so that each has a sort of mini-solo within the group.”
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Check out this great write-up about our art work in Westword!
“Space Gallery owner Michael Burnett believes that the impressive Pattern: Geometric / Organic, now on display at the gallery, is his best effort yet. I have to say, though, that I’ve been checking out exhibits at Space for years, and there have been many solid shows presented there. It’s true that Pattern is more ambitious than most; there’s even a handsome catalogue that accompanies it — and that’s something that almost never happens with a show at a commercial gallery like this one.”
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Check out this great write-up about our new exhibition in Westword!
“It used to be that the art world in Denver took a breather in August, to mark the close of one season and allow galleries to gear up for the next one, which started after Labor Day — but that’s clearly not the case anymore. This month has seen a raft of great shows that have opened just as the schedule was supposed to be winding down. This week, I caught up with a quartet of exhibits that are linked by a shared interest among the participating artists in conveying forms and colors with minimal narrative or conceptual content.”
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Check out this great write-up about our new Space in Westword!
“Though Denver’s art world can trace its roots back to the late nineteenth century — the Denver Art Museum, for example, was founded in 1893 — it has only reached critical mass since the dawn of the 21st. The most obvious evidence of this was the construction of the DAM’s Hamilton Building and of MCA Denver’s new home in the mid-2000s; both were momentous events that raised the city’s art profile nationally and internationally.”
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They collectively fell in love with the work of artist Tyler Aiello at Space Gallery, they commissioned him to create a pair of custom pendant lights for the dining table.
– Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
Mind Over Matter
Exhibition Runs April 19th – June 1st
Ian McLaughlin’s abstract paintings and short films resonate with the power—and the sound—of color.
– Jenny Ashley
Space Gallery was selected as a “Top Pick” for Denver’s Month of Photography – a collaborative showcase of fine art photography. Be sure to visit the gallery March 15th through April 13th to view the impressive exhibition.
…and Westword’s ‘Best of’ award for Best Gallery Group Show goes to ‘The Other Primary Colors – White Black Grey’ which was featured at Space Gallery 09.07.12 – 10.20.12. A special thanks to Marks Aardsma for her vision! If you missed the exhibit you can see images of the work by clicking on the photos link above and finding the folder marked with the show title.
Marks Aardsma’s next curatorial endeavor ‘Lines and Grids’ will open this fall on 08.16.13 and run through 09.28.13 at the Space Gallery. Mark your calendars because this will be another one not to miss.
Big thanks to Culture Haus for their ‘Art of the Street’ event at the CVA and to local graffiti artist Jolt for giving our truck a sweet new look.
Read the latest review from Michael Paglia on our current figurative exhibit.