Geometry Satellite or the Curiosity Rover
A Steamboat Springs Arts Council pop-up gallery collaboration with K. Saari Gallery
First Friday Opening Reception: Sept. 7, 5 – 8pm
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 7 - 16
Location: 635 Lincoln Avenue, in Old Town Square (in the former Quicksilver retail store)
This temporary exhibition will take place for two weeks, opening on Friday September 7th. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council and K. Saari Gallery will collaborate on this pop-up exhibition presenting contemporary artworks from Christie Ginanni Stepan, Beth Banning, Siobhan Feehan, Will Day, Park Myers, Susan Oehme, Derek Frech, and Kenneth Ober.
Geometry Satellite or the Curiosity Rover will feature works that establish notions of geometry, perspective and interpretations of georelational data 1. . The space will be transformed into a satellite gallery from the main gallery of the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot. With a nod to the goals of the Curiosity Rover, which recently landed on Mars to act as a mobile geologist and chemist in order to remotely produce data for the purposes of further understanding of the Martian geological landscape, certain works place the artist in a similar position of interpretation. Related in process, yet differing in output, other works will distort perspective and geometry to place the viewer and the artwork in an optical rapport. This exhibition will exist in a vacant, yet dynamic retail space. Multiple floor levels, exposed flooring and original structures will act as a means for viewers to explore the exhibition on a more physical level than that of a traditional gallery space. The space, Old Town Square owned by Resort Development Group, LLP, was generously donated by Reginald and Pamela Gray.
By Nicole Inglis, Steamboat Pilot & Today
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Steamboat Springs — Professional or weekend warrior, all artists have a drive to create.
Some may find themselves with high-profile art shows as a result, others with a few pieces to show to family and friends. But they all have the chance to show at Summer Art.
“We’ve got artists who this is all they do,” said Dona Steele, a member of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council visual arts committee that puts on the annual exhibit. “And we have artists who maybe just do it on the weekends. As an artist, you have to create whether it’s going to sell or not.”
The work of 25 artists — all Steamboat Springs Arts Council members — will be on display this month at the Depot Art Center, showing a wide spectrum of artists, mediums, subjects and perspectives on local life and landscape. “It’s a highly anticipated show because it’s all local members,” Steele said. “I think just to know that all this talent is in the valley.”
The show opens with a reception during First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
From 6-year-old Kali Waldman to artists well into their 60s, the artists members represent a wide range of the community. On display are traditional landscapes and watercolors as well as a corner dedicated to photography. Photographer George Fargo uses digital tools to make his composites, while Jeff Hall’s flowers and trees share a peaceful picture of the Yampa Valley. There are ceramics and contemporary work, abstract and expressionist.
In the center of the room are jewelry creations as well as woodwork from David Winters. This year, Winters is even displaying a wooden skateboard coated with epoxy in rainbow colors. Painter Cindy Wither is showing her watercolors directly across the room from the still lifes of Gregory Block, a professional local artist Wither once taught when he was in high school.
“I love the variety,” Wither said as she, Steele and Arts Council Artistic Director Park Myers put the final touches on the show. “It’s such an amazing little surprise what comes together.” Myers said the show’s significance transcends the artwork itself.“It brings together so many supporters of the Arts Council,” he said. “It shows how important this is to our members to be able to do (it) every year. The enthusiasm reverberates.”
MONTECARLO is an artist collective.
Exhibition: May 27, 2012 – July 20, 2012
This group of artists engages each other in the traditional ‘artist collective’ definitions by critical analysis of respective works, projects, and potentials; as well past and future collaborations. Concurrently MONTECARLO exists as a fluid and familial structure to foster inspiration and support outside the scope of artistic practice. While there have been many past projects and collaborations, this exhibition will be the first to wholly engage the scope of the collective including individual works, collaborative works, and works created specifically during the time the collective will be together in Steamboat Springs. MONTECARLO is comprised of Siobahn Feehan, Kate Learson, Park Myers, and Vannessa Goglietino.
MONTECARLO has a lonely hopefulness. The artists of MONTECARLO, each in their own capacity, will be exhibiting new works concerned with a certain experience of youthful flux, where establishment of personal and artistic placement, limits, and orientation are a hopeful attempt to overcoming the obstacle of restlessness and uncontrollability. This exhibition will feature video installation, sculpture, collage, and works on paper.
Siobhan Feehan presents over, under, through, a work discussing placement in three translated forms. These works will manifest themselves as installations which directly utilize the the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot as a unique substrate for the display of the artwork; i.e. using the historical coal storage basement for a video installation and creating artworks directly on the surface of the Main Gallery walls. Part one, over, is a collection of mountaineer’s self-portraits at various points during their climb up Mount Blanc. The majority of the photos are taken at an angle in which the viewer cannot see how much vertical distance the climber has gained or must reach. As such, the images are placed within a large graph at the assumed mark in their journey utilizing literal increments such as “a little bit” and “almost there”. Part two, under, is a video installation presented in the basement of the Depot, directly under the gallery space. An antique coal miner’s helmet projects video, from the headlamp, appropriated from books showing interiors of ancient cave drawings. The peephole view mimics a flashlight beam used as the source of light in cave exploration and coal mining expeditions. Part three, through, mimics a tourism desk where you might often find guides, local attraction advertisements and maps. through, uses the same guiding elements but without the hope that a direction or physical destination will ever be reached. These three works together create a disorienting translation of placement and the process of overcoming obstacles.
Kate Learson will be showing works in which she creates a constant notion of aspiration that, for the artist, has inevitable confinement, or a feeling “limitless in chains.” In a video installation utilizing sculptural objects as well as the less confined medium of a fog machine she creates a work in which a tiger is in the act of leaping through hoops, however frozen in motion the tiger never makes its way back to the ground and away from his trick. Her other works will also playfully, yet profoundly discuss the way in which certain systems can hinder beauty and experience due to there inexplicable dimension. This is the case in a series of diagrammatic posters in which Learson has created false and seemingly nonsensical transportation maps similar to bus routes or train schedules, as a contribution to Siobhan Feehan’s work through.
“If you have ever sat in front of a blank sheet of paper you know what a soulless bitch she can be.” Vannessa Goglietino created a series of ‘collages’ for this exhibition titled “left for dead”. In a limited and somewhat post collegiate anxious state Goglietino turned to a more basic level of artistic practice. Extracted from vintage encyclopedias, magazines, and anything that had plenty of visual information Goglietino began to assemble her “left for dead” series. As there are only two or three images in each collage and each work lacks a title the work holds a visual simplicity. Though, each collage has the capability to create a narrative, create a dichotomy, and perhaps tell a joke. It is this process of revelation she has left in the mind of the viewer. Much of the imagery employed by the artist seems to be unremembered or frankly outdated to a point without reference. Both in process and in existence there is a quiet anxiety, while simultaneously it is the very creation and finalization of the work that establishes hope and revitalization.
Park Myers, from the position of Artistic Director and Curator at SSAC, and from the view point of Diagrammatic Director of MONTECARLO, will be engaging in the exhibition as an organizer and designer. While his role exists less in the exhibition of his own artwork, he will be including three new works that explore the psychological and physical understanding of spatial experience. In addition he will be exhibiting 1 work of appropriated material that was given as a gift to the collection of MONTECARLO which can be seen as a title work referencing the manifesto and scope of the collective.
Collaborative works created in Steamboat Springs will include site specific works that engage the gallery and historical space that is the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot, a community bake sale benefiting SSAC, and a form of a ‘tourist information center’ stimulated by Feehan’s through with contributions from MONTECARLO. This will be space in which the public can peruse, take, and purchase a wide array of materials (small works, maps, readings, mix cd’s, etc.) that are mined from the artistic practices of MONTECARLO.
For more information on these artists, our artist members, and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council please visit steamboatspringsarts.com or call 970-879-9008. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is a 501 c (3) organization.
Damon Zucconi, Sonja Hinrichsen, and Ian Scott. Curated by Park Myers
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is pleased to announce Snow/Crystal: Intricacy, Impermanence and, Influence, an exhibition curated by Park Myers. Snow/Crystal is a selection of works that explores the thematic, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of snow and crystalline forms. This exhibition features three contemporary artists working in new media, video, photography, installation and interventive environmental art. Fleeting, yet seasonally cyclical, the experience of crystalline precipitation and winter weather culture has far reaching points of interaction. Snow/Crystal aims to present specific works by these artists that engage the viewer and participant in a re-examination of these points of interaction.
Damon Zucconi’s Olympic (Snow) uses ‘snow’ as a moniker for a corrupted electronic transmission, also referred to as 'noise'. This computer program based work takes two specific visual elements and presents them as a paradox of unified opposition, and in doing so is breaking down their basic, well-known visual identity. Damon Zucconi lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been recently exhibited at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece and Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY.
The physical manipulation in Sonja Hinrichsen’s Snow Drawings creates a meta relationship between the intricacy of a crystalized snowflake form to the larger patterns created by the impact of the artist upon the snow. Viewers and participators are experiencing a temporary event, one in which the artist and viewers are making an impact upon the snow only to allow the natural forces to re-manipulate the environment. What is left is a memory and a photographic documentation. Sonja Hinrichsen is an artist and curator working in San Francisco, CA, and has garnered many international accolades and residencies for her interventive projects and installations.
Impermanence of thought and sensation, as well as viewer anticipation is prominent in Ian Scott’s Cerebral Myopia: Crystal. In this video installation the visual reference of the human head emitting a crystalline form stems from the awareness of the complexity, and at times inhibitive nature of human perception. Individuality and intricacy are characteristics of a single thought and a flake of snow; Scott’s work creates a space for the viewer to inwardly resonate on the unique, crystalline process of thought. Ian Scott is an artist and filmmaker working in Washington DC and New York, NY.
THE 3D SHOW
Jan Maret Willman
Artist Member Gallery at the Depot
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will be featuring Jan Maret Willman in the Artist Member Gallery. Witness "seeing" through the eyes of artist Jan Maret Willman as she exposes the world within her new exotic paintings--the world where color is a trick, a sleight of the brush; the creation of a vast illusion where form and figure come and go as if by magic.
A Snug Place in Which to Rest
CHRISTIE GINANNI STEPAN
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will host local artist and renaissance woman Christie Ginanni Stepan at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot throughout the month of February. The show, entitled “A Snug Place in which to Rest,” will be open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 12 pm to 5 pm, and Saturdays from 12 pm to 4 pm. The artist will be present to discuss her works with the public at a reception at the Depot on Saturday, February 12, from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Drawing from her experience as a printmaker – she owns downtown’s Fancy Ink Press and has worked at Steamboat’s prestigious Riverhouse Editions – Ginanni Stepan renders intertwining themes of domesticity, relationships, coincidence, and growth in mixed media pieces. The thirteen works to be displayed in the show focus on the topic of interiority, of home and nests. The pieces share what the artist refers to as a “collage aesthetic,” describing layered elements of ink, paint and paper.
This effect is achieved primarily through print media, such as etching and monotype, but is also combined with acrylic paint, spray paint, and collage. “Through printmaking, the interwoven layers of my life are alternately and cyclically revealed and concealed,” said Ginanni Stepan. “I facilitate the creative interaction between my analytical self and visceral self.”
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and support the arts in the Yampa Valley. It is located at 1001 13th Street in Steamboat Springs in the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot. For more information, please visit steamboatspringsarts.com or call (970) 879-9008.
Series A and Mu
For yoga instructor Vincent Bolletta, yoga is more than a physical, mental and spiritual activity. It’s an artistic adventure that expresses the elegance and extraordinary subtleties of the human body .
In his yoga workshops and his photographic project of yoga postures, or asanas, he focuses not only on the alignment of breath and movement, but also the artistry of the personal and healing properties of yoga. “My ambition is that people start to work from a perspective of subtlety,” Bolletta said. “And to start to establish the idea that yoga really begins with a home practice. The real work starts then ... the inquiring and exploration into oneself is when the practice is relevant in your space.”
Bolletta arrives in Steamboat Springs today for a 10-day stay during which he will teach five workshops and hang his artwork for a month long exhibit at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts.This weekend, he’ll offer two workshops at the Yoga Center of Steamboat. The next weekend, he will offer three workshops at the Depot. Workshops are $25 each or $45 for any two, $60 for any three, $70 for any four and $80 for all five. A reception for the art exhibition is at 4 p.m. March 6.
Grant Bursek, a board member for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, helped bring Bolletta to Steamboat after taking his workshops at the Telluride Yoga Festival. When Bursek saw the photographic element of his work, he asked Bolletta if he was interested in visiting Steamboat for the first time. “In terms of his artwork, the photographs really show a nice balance between yoga asana and just taking it outside a yoga studio,” Bursek said. “He’s a very gentle creature, and I thought he’d just be great for Steamboat.”
Bolletta began his yogic journey in 1990 in Auckland, New Zealand, and was teaching five years later. He said he’s always loved the artistry of the movement of yoga, but it was just five years ago he set out with photographer Marc Mateo on a creative journey into the heart of yoga asanas.
The photographic series featuring pictures of Bolletta in various poses and environments will be on display at the Depot starting Tuesday. “It was more of a reaction in respect to the yoga photos that I saw in the glossy yoga magazines,” Bolletta said about the project. “It was all portrayed with these beautiful waterfalls and forests. But most people don’t practice that way. They practice in an urban environment. I wanted to capture that yoga is adaptable to wherever you are, and I wanted to show it in the photos.”
In the photos, Bolletta’s body is juxtaposed against urban architecture and artistic lines in the natural world. “I wanted to show a grittier side,” he said. “I don’t want to show these unrealistic pictures of enlightenment.”
But he doesn’t expect the photos to bring yoga practice to life the way he hopes to in his small group and private session at his studio, the Yogashala, in Auckland. “The photos possibly capture people’s imaginations,” he said. “And the journey begins when that happens.”
Rising and Falling
ANN B. MURPHY
Brooklyn artist Ann B. Murphy, right, presents “Rising and Falling,” curated by Kimberly Saari at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts. There will be an opening reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Show in Steamboat displays New York artist's work. K. Saari Gallery, Steamboat Springs Arts Council collaborate on event featuring Ann B. Murphy
By Nicole Inglis Thursday, September 30, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Ann Murphy was sitting in a cemetery in upstate New York when she noticed two tombstones that had tilted toward each other until they rested like a head on a lover’s shoulder.
At closer look, the tombstones belonged to a husband and wife who had been married for 75 years. It was a moment when, as an artist, Murphy was taken away from her drawing task at hand and was moved and touched by the sweetness of their story. “I was sitting there sketching and trying to think and being all intellectual, and this just stopped me dead in my tracks,” Murphy said. Murphy uses the interplay between the peaks and valleys of life to express her lively thoughtfulness through her art. It’s the rise and fall, the moments of fire, passion, heat, and the power of sweetness and beauty that cast light on the darkness everyone experiences. “This is one person’s explorations through life,” Murphy said, gesturing at her recently hung art pieces Wednesday at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts. “Some of it’s beautiful, and some of it’s raw and spiky. That’s just part of my humanity.”
In the first collaborative show between the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and K. Saari Gallery, Murphy will display several drawing-on-paper pieces, as well as a seven-minute video installation duringOctober at the Depot. An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday during First Friday Artwalk at the Depot. Arts Council Executive Director Clark Davidson said he hoped the work’s cultural references would prompt discourse. “I think it’s thought-provoking,” Davidson said. “And I’m a firm believer that art should provoke thought and discussion.”
In particular, two works make references to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, using animal archetypes to illustrate human emotions and reactions. In one piece, two sadistic, horned jackals dominate a herd of turtles. In another, flocks of majestic Canada geese are laying golden eggs on a golf course that Murphy said is inspired by the hills of Afghanistan and places from her childhood in Illinois. Both pieces are colorful and accessible because of the realistic forms, but they carry a higher message, as well. “Some people think it’s funny,” Murphy said about her paper drawing work, some of which is hung unframed on the Depot walls. “And some people think it’s too raw.” Other pieces delve into more personal emotions and her thoughts on the life she’s chosen as an artist, such as a large, colorful piece depicting the back of a car decorated with cans and shoes with the words “just kidding” written where one would expect to see “just married.”
In a separate dark room, away from the drawings, Murphy will play her video installation on repeat. It features cyclical movements of the human body and colorful images. Saari said she met Murphy in Steamboat Springs and was impressed to learn about the scope of Murphy’s work, which also includes stone carving and woodwork. “She has this technical and clean aspect, then there are these organic works on paper,” Saari said. “It really shows the depth of her work.” For Murphy, the variations in her work don’t fragment it; they combine to tell her entire story. “I don’t know how I got here,” she said, reflecting on her 20-year career as an artist. “I just made some really unconventional decisions along the way.”