Issues to Do Denver: Gallery Openings and Artwork Exhibitions June 9-15, 2021

Enjoy spreading intricate scavenger hunts and outdoor exhibitions on billboards and in parks, cities and wild places; look at new rooms and reliable ones; and just go out and do something. Why not spend your hot and hazy days in Denver (and maybe NYC!) with art online and offline at these eight events?
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Ian Fisher, Billboard at Watkins.

Ian Fisher

The Space(s) Between Artist Series: More Space(s)
Wednesday, June 9, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., online
RSVP in advance for the Zoom link
The final elements of the massive multi-site, multi-project exhibition The Space(s) Between (opened in March by the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Galleries of Contemporary Art and the University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery was) are underway in June in areas as far away as Walsenburg and as close as downtown Denver. These include poster art, installations, digital works and, in one case, an interactive hunt for a real gold nugget fueled by artist Terry Campbell’s obscure clues. Donald Fodness, Daisy McGowan and Geoffrey Shamos, who together and individually curated this monster, will be discussing these latest developments online in a talk featuring several of the artists.
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Alexandra Hedison, “Found Painting #6” (detail), 2017, Archival pigment print.

Courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery Los Angeles

The persistent influence of painting
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder
June 10th to September 6th
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 10, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m
BMoCA’s major summer show, a nine-artist group show curated by Boulder-based artist Kate Petley, debuts this week and takes a look at works in a variety of mediums that draw on the history of painting—regardless of the medium used . The work therefore includes photography, textiles, ceramics, video and mixed media constructions, not to mention an artistic intervention designed by Alexandra Hedison, an A-list celebrity (she is married to an actress), at 1418 Pearl Street installed at the mall in Boulder by Jody Foster) and accomplished photographer. It is an important show that points the way for the future of art in all its forms.
click to enlarge Greg Ellis reflects on teens trapped in time at BCC Gallery.  -GREG ELLIS

Greg Ellis reflects on teens trapped in time at BCC Gallery.

Gregory Ellis

Greg Ellis, High Key
Boulder Creative Collective Gallery, 2208 Pearl Street, Boulder
Until June 27th
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 10, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m
BCC Gallery features paintings by self-taught artist Greg Ellis, who considers the plight of teenagers caught between childhood and adulthood in powerful statement works.
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Outdoor painters capture the exterior views.

Courtesy of Boulder Open Studios

Outdoor event in Boulder County
Canyon Center, 1881 9th Street, Boulder, Suite 110
June 11th to July 2nd
Opening Reception: Friday, June 11, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Boulder Open Studios are back to hosting their annual plein air painting event ending with a big exhibition and sale. Artists have been painting outdoors on site since June 4th, preparing their works for the June 11th highlights. View and purchase artworks at the opening; the exhibition will remain on view until July 2nd.
click to enlarge Ryan Joseph Gallery introduces Spanish painters Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez.  -IRENE LOPEZ LEON AND URI MARTINEZ

Ryan Joseph Gallery introduces Spanish painters Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez.

Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez

Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez, Tropical Elegance
Ryan Joseph Gallery, 2647 West 38th Avenue
June 12th to July 14th
Opening reception: Saturday, June 12, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m
Barcelona-based artists Irene Lopez Leon and Uri Martinez look at the idea of ​​the “tropical” as a personal space where good vibes flow, transporting viewers into chilled vacation mode.
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“Assertion of Will”, 2020, mixed media on canvas.

© Simphiwe Ndzube, courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder

Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracle of the Pink Universe
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
June 13th to October 10th
South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube brings his own personal mythology with the introduction of Oracles of the Pink Universe, a series of mixed media works that take the world of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. Stroll among works that alternate between 2D and 3D sculptural elements, and immerse yourself in Ndzube’s visions emerging from his non-apartheid homeland.
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Adam Milner, “Untitled”, 2019, cast and polished bronze, conch shell, Two Ways Supermarket location, Brooklyn.

Courtesy of the artist and Black Cube

Adam Milner, Sculptures in Public Space
Various locations in New York City
June 14th to August 15th
Okay, it’s a reach, but former Denverite and Black Cube resident Adam Milner, who now lives in Brooklyn, still has an occasional presence in Denver (oh heck, we love him), where Black Cube, the initiator of this Summer Treasure Hunt , is still certain. Milner has placed a series of thirteen small sculptures in ordinary places (a bodega, his friend’s car, etc.) to easily disappoint public art. If you happen to be in New York in the next two months, you can find the map and artwork checklist of the sculptures — spread out at locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Astoria — online.
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Patrick Maxcy’s mural imagining the “Standley Lake Monster” for the LandMark exhibition in Arvada.

Patrick Maxzy

Landmark Nature Photography Day openings
Various locations in Arvada
Tuesday, June 15, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
A match in art heaven: LandMark’s outdoor art installations in Lakewood and Arvada and Nature Photography Day, both outstanding initiators of outdoor experiences. Colorado artists Corrina Espinosa, Emily Grace King, Patrick Maxcy and Collin Parson will all unveil new work for the project at Saddle Brook Park, Jack B. Tomlinson Park, Standley Lake and Oak Park in Arvada, respectively. The reveals are scheduled one hour apart late afternoon and early evening Tuesday; Celebrate art and don’t forget your camera!

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