Christopher Russell’s Landscape series was recently acquired by Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, California Museum of Photography, and One National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Works from this series are also currently on view in the exhibition Way Bay at the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, curated by Lawrence Rinder.
Additionally, Christopher Russell is included in the exhibition Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography at the Getty Center. The exhibition features works by Thomas Demand, Christiane Feser, Daniel Gordon, Soo Kim, Matt Lipps, and Christopher Russell and is on view February 27–May 27, 2018.
Justin Favela is featured in Pachucos y Sirenas at Museo de las Americas. Pachucos y Sirenas includes works by Justin Favela, Antonia Fernandez, Carlos Fresquez, Josiah Lopez, Jerry Vigil, and Daniel Salazar and highlights the impact that the 1940’s Pachuco legacy has had on the American experience. Artist talk on February 9th, from 6-8pm. On view through May 26, 2018.
Sarah McKenzie and Tobias Fike are included in the exhibition, Elsewhere, a group exhibition co-curated with Brooke Grucella and Martina Shenal, at University of Arizona’s Joseph Gross Gallery. The exhibition features Kevin Cooley, Noemie Goudal, Nazafarin Lofti, Dario Robleto, and Chris Thorson. On view through March 23, 2018.
Don Stinson to be included in group exhibition, Open Space – The Finite Frontier, on view at The Curtis Center for the Arts, January 6 – February 28, 2018. Click here for more information.
Don Stinson, What Lies Between, a new catalogue featuring works from Don Stinson’s recent solo exhibition at David B. Smith Gallery is now available. Featuring a foreword written by Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and catalogue essay by Amy Scott, Chief Curator and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts at the Autry Museum of the American West. Click here to purchase your copy.
Michael Paglia, arts and culture writer for the Denver Westword, refers to Swanson as, “one of the region’s top conceptual artists.”
Read the full article here.
In her article from The Boulder Weekly, Caitlin Rockett writes that Swanson, “makes tangible the intangible, transforming words into physical manifestations, and in the process often dismantles the contemporary power structures words create.”
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The Denver Westword’s arts writer Michael Paglia reviewed Desirable Objects and Cabinet, in which he notes, “At first blush, Desirable Objects has an elegant minimalism; it’s a spare installation with lots of rectilinearity. But when you look closer, you realize that the topic is not formalism, but rather autobiography.”
Independent writer Ray Rinaldi analyzes the material and social aspects of Desirable Objects and Cabinet in his article for the Denver Post, referring to Milner as “… the most talented of Denver’s emerging, young artists “.
Joel Swanson and Laura Shill
On the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale
Palazzo Bembo, located off the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Presented by Black Cube Nomadic Museum.
Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Free and open to the public.
David B. Smith Gallery is proud to support artist Joel Swanson in a two person exhibition, Personal Structures, in Venice, Italy, occurring concurrently with the 2017 Venice Biennale. Presented by Black Cube Nomadic Museum and curated by Cortney Lane Stell, Swanson is exhibiting alongside Denver artist Laura Shill, as the two examine the concepts and cultural uptake of gender and language. Personal Structures, located in the historic Palazzo Bembo, recently called “a nimble counterpoint to the more top-heavy parts of Venice’s Biennale” in an article by Terence Trouillout for artnet, marks the debut of Colorado artists in Venice for this renown cultural event.
Have you ever been writing a word and for a brief moment it looks strange? It seems to almost lose its meaning? This happens to me when I write the word “what.” I stare at the word, sound it out, but it just seems foreign. Technically, this phenomenon is known as aphasia, the condition when someone loses the ability to understand language, typically due to some type of brain trauma. There is something so vulnerable and terrifying about losing our primary mode of communication, but it also allows us to see and experience the world without this wrapper of words and language. This is what Paul Valery means when he says, “To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.” Perhaps my work might induce a brief (and non-violent) moment of aphasia in its viewers; that it might offer a fleeting but significant experience where we see through, or perhaps beyond language, and help us experience the world in a different way. – Joel Swanson, from interview with Stephanie Edwards.