#2: David Smith has a fine eye for talent near and far, and that sets him apart from his peers. He works with some of the best names in the region (Sarah McKenzie and Don Stinson), but his focus is national, and that makes a visit to the showroom a treat. Plus, he’s been having fun lately, with must-see installations from artists like Michael Theodore and Mark Dean Veca. It’s his time, really.
Laura Ball’s work was profiled in Hi Fructose magazine in their Spring 2014, Volume 31 issue. Titled, “Capturing the Minotaur: The Art of Laura Ball” Kirsten Anderson interviewed Ball about the conceptual framework supporting her work, as well as the significance of the animals she is currently using as a part of her subject matter.
Painter Laura Ball’s hypnotically engaging paintings give the viewer a multi-planed insight to the roiling energy of the subconscious, as well as the dynamics of the equally vital and tempestuous physical world…The spot-on composition and Ball’s ability to render fine details while still retaining loosely winey line work all the images to pulse with an organize vitality.
Luxe Magazine listed the gallery in a list of Colorado destinations for “En Route” in their Spring 2014 issue:
Located in the historic LoDo neighborhood of Denver, David B. Smith Gallery has framed itself above the rest. Through progressive contemporary art, the gallery has made a name for itself among collectors on an international scale. Smith takes both established and emerging artists, such as Kim Keever (shown), to exhibit a curated and dynamic palette of talent. With an extensive publishing division and intelligent exhibits, the gallery serves as a cultural compass for the Colorado art scene.
5280 Home magazine featured the gallery in a feature called “How to Buy Art” in their Spring 2014 issue, which included advice from Denver-based art dealers and consultants.
Research galleries at industry sites such as the Denver Art Dealers Asociation, suggests David Smith, owner and director of the David B. Smith Gallery (pictured). Although the prices aren’t listed online, you’ll get a feel for which galleries’ aesthetics align with yours. Then start visiting your favorites. And don’t get intimidated. Smith says: “This is Denver, and pretty much every gallery here is totally accessible.”
Sarah McKenzie’s exhibition, Transitional, was listed by New American Paintings in their Must See column as a Publisher’s Pick for March 2014. The full exhibition list can be viewed on their website.
Jason Thielke’s exhibition, Monument, was listed by New American Paintings as one of their Must See shows for January 2014.
Exhibition catalogue for Don Stinson at the David B. Smith Gallery
October 25 – November 23, 2013
Don Stinson: The Road to Valentine
Softcover, 10 x 7 1/4 inches, 62 pages, 27 color images
Foreword: Jerry Smith, Curator of American and Western Art, Phoenix Art Museum
Essay: Karen E. Brooks, Historian, Department Assistant of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum
Printed and bound in the United States
Published by David B. Smith Gallery, 2013
To order, please visit our online store.
Stinson is probably best known for his diptych at the Denver Art Museum titled “The Necessity of Ruins.” Though the piece is not currently on display, it’s familiar to many, since it’s a popular attraction of the Western collection. “Ruins” is a depiction of an abandoned drive-in movie theater; the scene is anchored by a weathered movie screen in one panel and by the natural landscape in the other, and the two paintings have been tied together with a drive-in speaker stand. In this piece, Stinson lays out the key to his chief interest: exploring the way society has intruded on nature.
Most of the paintings in this show were done in the last year or two and are set in Colorado, Utah or New Mexico; nearly all of them include buildings or other structures as significant elements. When I ran into Stinson at the gallery, he remarked that everything was set in the morning — shortly before, during, or immediately after sunrise. He also noted how important it was for him to be part of a longstanding tradition — the landscape — in regional art, saying that it helps to define what’s special about an artist living in this part of the country. It was Stinson who remarked during a panel discussion in 2007 that the Rockies were a celebrity landscape — and he’s right. And it was our scenery that created a nascent art world in this part of the country more than a century ago, even if the landscape is now just one of many approaches being taken by artists around here.
“….For endo/exo, Theodore began with the space itself, which he studied down to the pattern of its rafters and the ventilation equipment. Theodore then constructed the resulting monumental piece–28 feet long, 12 feet tall–along one wall of the gallery. The exterior has an industrial feel, made up of an architectonic grid of dark-colored metal strips, accented by mechanized rods arranged in a regular rhythm that move in response to the viewer’s presence. The open grid allows viewers to clearly see the interior, which is soft and expressive, filled with draped and knotted ropes–”I wanted to do something by hand,” notes Theodore. These ropes are bathed in light in different colors at different times. There is an obvious theatricality to endo/exo, reflecting Theodore’s experiences in performing music. “It’s very theatrical, with the lights coming up, and though I didn’t intend it consciously, I can certainly see the proscenium aspects of it,” Theodore says. Interestingly, in light of Theodore’s music interests, endo/exo does not have a composed sound track, but instead its sounds are made by its moving elements which speed up or slow down depending on whether someone is in front of them or not.
Although Theodore has only been on the state’s art radar for a little over a year, his work, in particular his ambitious installations, have made just about everyone sit up and listen–or, in this case, look.”