On the first Friday of every month, Denver hosts an event called “First Fridays”, where all of the art galleries throw open their doors and crack open the booze and everyone has a great time drinking and looking at great art. It’s become increasingly popular over the years, which is great, as the lineup of galleries is only expanding. I usually try to get down for every one but it doesn’t always happen. Most of the time the art that I see seems to be pretty amateur hour, but every great once in a while I see some amazing things. Here’s a roundup of the best finds from this month’s art walk.
1. Beautiful landscapes with unexpected figural images really caught my imagination. Allen Birnbach is an amazingly technically skilled photographer with a beautiful vision.
2. Something about these tiny geographical sculptures from John Solo really struck me. I think it might be my affection for miniatures, but perhaps its just the unexpected nature of their containers.
3. I like the colorful, gestural qualities of Laura Moretz’s work – to me, it looks like an emotion rendered in paint.
4. It’s rare that I see something that I covet and would hang on my wall for all eternity, but this painting specifically (and the rest of her work generally) I would put up in a heartbeat. Check out Mai Wyn Schantz’s portfolio for more amazing landscape images. Also, she paints them on aluminum and stainless panels – genius!