Chairs have been the subject of paintings throughout history. Van Gogh painted one, so did John Singer Sargent, Henri Matisse and David Hockney. Edward Hopper chose a train car filled with mostly empty dark green chairs, focusing on a blonde female figure for his painting “Chair Car.” An exhibit currently open at Shy Rabbit Contemporary Art in Pagosa Springs, called “The Chair” hearkens back to these traditions. But the subject of the work is not just the brown leather chair from the artist’s home that sits in the middle of the gallery.
I’m more interested in what is unique to Colorado and not just some rehashing of the latest trends in contemporary art. Art happens everywhere in the state, not just on the Front Range.
Note: This was the original text I submitted for the ‘Dialogues’ article. Ceramic artists featured in Ceramics Monthly and American Craft are on display in Pagosa Springs. Jeff Pender, from Charlotte, NC is one of the artists sparking conversation in “Dialogues” an exhibit at Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts. Pender’s elegant stoneware pieces are like mystical … Read more
“Red Lilly,” on the left, is an intaglio print by Ron Fundingsland from Bayfield. The print is made by carving the image into a copper plate and hand pressing hand-colored images. “Competition,” on the right, is a lithograph by Michael D. Barnes, head of the printmaking department at Northern Illinois University.Shy Rabbit consistently shows high … Read more