K Contemporary brings new stamina to Denver’s struggling commercial art scene
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By Ray Mark Rinaldi Dec 19, 2018, 3:03 pm
Among the recipients of an Arts in Society grant is Denvers Access Gallery which provides opportunities for young artists with disabilities by offering workshops with professional artists, including, in the center of things below, Michael Gadlin.
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"Michael Gadlin takes the lead on the walls; he’s someone who actually exhibits all the time. The work included here covers a lot of ground, and the range is so broad that his section could almost be mistaken for a group show. The large paintings are the most important — not just because of their size, but also because of the ambition revealed in their dense, complex and heavily painted compositions. Gadlin not only does the kind of abstraction seen here, but he also works figuratively, as seen in the abstracted faces that make up his current solo at the Buell Theatre, Refugees Welcome..."
... at ArtHaus as co-owner and disciplined artist in his upcoming exhibit, “Raw Marks”.
(Denver) Emerging from an enlightening two-month residency last year in La Napoule, France, Michael Gadlin has created a new series of mixed-media abstracts that examine a primitive and evocative fusion of expressive mark-making and tonal shifts. By combining painting and drawing elements, disassembled and reassembled, Michael re-imagines the interplay of raw elements that act as a deep vista of an imaginary landscape in his new show “Raw Marks”. The works are delivered on large paper surfaces, carrying a very thick, impasto like textural quality.
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The new West isn't so different from the old West, really. We still marvel at the wildlife while killing it off nearly to extinction; still worship the virgin land while penetrating it deeper than anyone should to get at its riches.
Western art is similar, too, though it is filtered through a hundred-plus years of rapid development and a 21st-century awareness that we screwed some things up along the way. Still, the truest work takes its cues from our amazing scenery, inspired by a landscape both thrilling and threatening.
Look even closer — smarter — and you can link in Michael Gadlin's recent set of oversize abstractions currently in the lobby of the 1801 California skyscraper downtown.
There is something miraculous about the works by definition: He resurrects dead things, turning them into lively and infinite explorations of human consciousness, into the "eternality" of art, as he puts it in his statement.
But they also contain a narrative of important events in the West, less direct, though just as journalistic as the cowboy and Indian paintings of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell.
Artist Michael Gadlin's show, "Entice," runs through Nov. 15 in the lobby of the skyscraper 1801 California, the CenturyLink Tower. At right, workers stroll past the artworks in the background of the lobby.
His canvases have a primitive quality, defined by overlapping lines and incomplete patterns. There is hardly a brush stroke on any of the seven giant canvases in the exhibition: He applies paint with fingers or chopsticks, or scribbles on them with a ballpoint pen.
Surely, there is structure to the madness. Gadlin happens to be talented at drawing, so his lines are amazingly straight and impeccably spaced when he wants them to be. There are no certain objects in the pieces, though his curves and shapes are clearly influenced by figurative skills. They are sensual and, at the same time, art-historical, with subconscious nods to pictorial traditions.
Their logic, and their appeal, comes from the arrangement of things. Scratches and shapes overlap to give his canvases a captivating depth; planes intersect and trade places. They are full of movement and, while they can be rough and assertive in their disregard for order, there is something tasteful about the way things come together; they feel like the work of a graphic designer whose imagination got the best of him.
In contrast, Kaye is a closer kin to the icons of the old-West style. She works like a documentarian recording the current events of her day in the way of legendary painter George Catlin. Her work has the same urgency, though more exactitude. Trees and birds are perfectly represented, but so is light and shadow. Charcoal can be a messy medium, but Kaye's lines have an undisputed crispness to them. Her black marks stand in stark contrast to her pure white backgrounds.
That said, she's not stiff at all, and varied enough to give her "Bleached Pine" a botanical bearing, while the adjacent "Luminous Flux," depicting a raging wildfire, has impressionistic qualities.
Her depictions of furious flames and charred specimens of bark come complete with a cataloging of where each burn took place, how many homes and acres of forests were destroyed. Coloradans are familiar with the sources of her relics: the Hayman Fire, the Waldo Canyon Fire and others that spread smoke and fear for miles around in recent years.
There is a timelessness to her work, a reference to early scientific drawings combined with a contemporary emotiveness, and the kind of obsession that defines art today.
Like Gadlin, Kaye is both proficient and prolific, and motivated to capture the spirit of her age. The pair have advantages over the big names of Western art past — better tools, more time, hindsight. They may have more to say then Remington and Russell, but their drive to say it is just the same.
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FLASH POINT New drawings by Anna Kaye. Through Nov. 1. Sandra Phillips Gallery. 420 W. 12th Ave. Free. 303-573-5969 or thesandraphillipsgallery.com.
ENTICE An exhibit of recent abstract paintings by Michael Gadlin. Through Nov. 14. In the lobby of the 1801 California building, 1801 California St. Free. artsbrookfield.com.
On Saturday, May 17, the RiNo gallery Arthaus will hold a gala to christen the opening of its “Windows to the Divine” exhibition. This unusual installation combines the works of well-known and emerging artists (59 of them in all, primarily American) under one roof as part of the eighth Fra Angelico Celebration of Art & Spirituality.
Despite the exhibit’s title, only a small portion of the art is explicitly religious. Organizers have intentionally juxtaposed woks of contemporary realism, abstract expressionism, and traditional styles to demonstrate the myriad forms inspiration and spirituality can have.
The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday the 17th—the exhibit itself opens on Friday and runs until June 7, but by purchasing a $150 ticket to the gala, you’ll get access to Friday's pre-sale of the works. To encourage budding art collectors, organizers have convinced many of the participating artists to offer their work at discounted prices to patrons under 45 years old. The gala will also feature a unique “art and wine” pairing in which local sommeliers have selected particular vintages to accompany certain works, and anyone who buys one of them will receive a bottle of the respective wine.
Finally, Arthaus will offer classes for new art collectors throughout the exhibit’s run. On Sunday, June 1, the gallery is hosting a free viewing party and seminar about the topic, and the gallery is always free to visit between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
For more information, visit the Arthaus website.
That's what makes the exhibit "Carte Blanche," currently at the intimate Arthaus gallery, such a pleasant surprise. The show features a trio of Denver painters, Darrell Anderson, Ron Hicksand Michael Gadlin, and they're clearly bringing out the best in one another.
These artists are well known as independent operators, though lately they've been working as a team, partly as coaches, pushing each other in new directions, and sometimes as direct collaborators, partnering on actual pieces of art.
It's an experiment of sorts among three pals that started about a year ago and will last for another. "Carte Blanche" invites their many fans along on the journey, which so far ranges from pure, old-school representation to fathomless abstraction, with a lot of mixing and matching in between.
A stylistic mash-up like that would ruin most group shows, and you'd expect as much here, especially when you consider the kind of painting these guys have built reputations upon.
"Painting is a process. It's not a one, two step and you're done." Michael Gadlin
Emerging from a two-month residency last year in La Napoule, France, Michael Gadlin created a new series of mixed-media abstracts that examine a primitive and evocative fusion of expressive mark-making and tonal shifts.
By combining painting and drawing elements, disassembled and reassembled, Michael reimagines the interplay of raw elements in his new show "Raw Marks."
By Amy Norton
Ice Cube Gallery, Mixed-media, Denver, United-States
Friday July 22, 2011 - Saturday August 13, 2011 - Event ended.
Perfervid Lines, a new large-scale body of work by Michael Gadlin, offers an evocative fusion,
as his past intersects with his evolving vision. Here are abstract paintings with drawing elements,
disassembled, reassembled and thus, reimagined. The interplay of drawing and painting elements
acts as an underpainting, setting the tone for multiple levels of expression. Gadlin’s aspiration to
develop a fresh, sophisticated and engaging mix of work is fully realized in Perfervid Lines, an
ardent and exuberant meeting of deconstruction and reconstruction, past and present.
Born in Denver, Colorado, Michael Gadlin has been exhibiting work throughout the United
States for over 15 years. As a very young artist, Gadlin studied drawing and painting at the Art
Students League of Denver. After earning some of his tuition money from the sales of pastel and
charcoal drawings while in high school, Gadlin attended Pratt Institute in New York where he
majored in Communication Design and Illustration. In 1999 Gadlin was the youngest artist ever to
win "Best Of Show" at Denver's nationally renowned Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The Vance
Kirkland Museum acquired a work of his as part of their permanent collection. Gadlin currently
exhibits in Aspen, Denver, Vail, and Telluride, Colorado. Gadlin's well-received public art
installation, which was completed in 2004, hangs permanently in Denver's District 2 Police Station.
The Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art selected Gadlin to be included in the museum's
2008 "Rocky Mountain Biennial."
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La Napoule Art Foundation Brings Artists to Park Hill Elementary Schools
La Napoule Art Foundation is launching a pilot program with two Denver elementary schools to connect children with working artists in their communities. This outreach program, part of the ongoing show Do You See What I See? A Fine Art Experience for Children and Everyone Else, will partner Ashley Elementary & Park Hill School with exhibition artists Emanuel Martinez and Michael Gadlin. These artists will create work in the schools, demonstrating their own artistic process and encouraging students to explore art in new ways.
Gadlin and Martinez have worked with the schools to develop student projects that reflect their own creative interests. Gadlin is co-owner of ArtHaus, a gallery located in Denver’s RiNo district. He will return to Park Hill, which he attended as a child, to give demonstrations of his work with figurative collage. Students will create their own collage projects to tell their story.
Martinez, an artist known for his murals, has developed a piece that centers on caring – a major theme explored at Ashley this year. Students who have exhibited exceptional caring behavior will help Emanuel with this mural to be hung in the hallways of the school.
This program draws on the increased evidence of the importance of meaningful arts education in children’s lives. Reports from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities highlight benefits ranging from improved reading and writing scores to engaging students who otherwise struggle with school.
Moreover, by bringing artists and artwork into local schools, LNAF is hoping to highlight the role of the school as a cultural gateway in the community. This project is a natural extension of Do You See What I See?, an exhibition which seeks to make art accessible to children and the general public – to let people enjoy art who might not otherwise come to an art show.
Parents and families will have the opportunity to see student work featured alongside that of the show’s professional artists at Family Day on October 14. Special activities have been planned, including artists working onsite and art-making projects. Members of the public are encouraged to attend to celebrate the importance of artwork in the Denver community.
Martinez and Gadlin are both participants in La Napoule Art Foundation’s artist residency which seeks to give artists the time and space to create removed from the distractions of daily life. The Foundation is pleased to expand the impact of this program by sponsoring alumni to participate in outreach programs within their community.
Do You See What I See? A Fine Art Experience for Children and Everyone Else is showing now through October 14 (Wednesday – Friday 12 pm – 8 pm; Weekends 10 am – 8 pm). Family Day will be held Sunday, October 14 (11 am – 6 pm). Daily entry & Family Day are both free to the public. For more information, call 303-952-0445 or visit www.LNAF.org/programs-events/doyousee.
A featured artwork for the Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project for Non-profits
This was just after winning the Best of Show award at CCAF, Summer 1999.
Artist feature and interview.