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.
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.
I wrote this piece for the Huffington Post about the controversy over Enrique Chagoya’s “The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals” at the Loveland Museum. The truck driver from Montana, Kathleen Folden pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and received 18 months probation. Colorado Councilman May Want To Explore Why Art “Turned Him On.” Also on Huffington Post,…
Schuckit grew up in San Diego, went to college in Santa Cruz then moved briefly to New York before settling in San Francisco, and a thirteen-year career as a master printer at Crown Point Press. Today she lives in London, where in 2008 she completed her MA in painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Though not a realist,
Schuckit’s categorizing of headline imagery is similar. She creates a raster of images
and allows them to produce a rhizome of new impressions. The scale of these
average-sized paintings is large, perhaps larger than life, as indicated by the tiny
human figures in the bottom foreground of Aerial Event 2, which plays on our
psychological distance from these dramatic events; these images play over and over,
but somehow do not manage to connect us to the disasters, whether natural or manmade.
The primary buyers of art seem to be hotels, hospital and blue-chip billionaires hedging their funds in Warhols and Picasso’s. Collectors are not spending their discretionary income because their walls are already filled. Artwork Network doesn’t claim to be an art expert and they are not representing artists. For them, art is a product and they are a tool to help sell that product. Perhaps websites like Artwork Network can build their brand around a new kind of art buyer, one that doesn’t have to know the difference between acrylic and oil, whose willing to spend $500 for something because they like it and it matches the furniture, and for whom art is not a luxury but a necessity.
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.
Leanne Goebel recommended Sabin Aell at Walker Fine Art, Jessica Stockholder at Robischon, Homare Ikeda at Van Straaten Gallery and Contemporary Women Printmakers at the I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College for Visualartsource.com.
An exhibition of master prints made at a legendary Lyons, Colorado shop, frolics at MCA Denver through June 28.