Sculpting is dimensional, physical, even touchable (though we rarely get to run our hands over an object). Michael Naranjo, however, encourages viewers to touch his sculptures. To caress the smooth ebony finish of his bronze figures. To detect the bark of a tree or the wings of a bird. Feeling provides meaning and allows viewers…
Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix, buffeted by a tough economy, think they’re in the right place now with their work. BY Leanne Goebel PHOTOGRAPHY BY Douglas Kirkland Third street in Durango, Colorado, dead-ends at the base of a red rock mesa, dotted with piñon and sagebrush. A dirt trail winds its way up from the…
Goodnight and her husband, Roger Brooks, live between the brow of Mesa Verde and the La Plata mountain range, near Helmet Peak. Within a 30-minute drive, Goodnight can explore groves of aspen trees, the headwaters of the La Plata River, the barren alpine tundra above timberline, or the red rock canyons to the south. Herds of elk and deer are abundant, joined by the occasional bear, mountain lion or coyote.
It was Doug Leen who created the Square Tower image for Mesa Verde National Park in 2006, a poster done in the WPA style, but an original Leen design. Leen visited Square Tower, which has been closed to guests since about 1940. Square Tower is the tallest Ancient Puebloan structure and what the park wanted to emulate on their poster.
Trefny Dix and Bengt Hokanson relocated their glass hot shop to Durango, Colorado. The two fine artists create cast-glass sculptural and mixed media works as well as a line of production blown glass vessels.
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.
In Durango, art students are not always exposed to the newest, most avant-garde work from the finest galleries and museums in New York, London and around the world. One will not find a fine art video or audio installation at FLC. (That may be problematic for students who want to pursue their MFAs, as new media art is everywhere.) What one will find is strong, elemental and basic design skills from the graphic students who show an eye for color, negative space and typesetting.