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’s work is included in the collection of Denver’s newly opened Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek North. Sincerely is installed in the foyer area of the hotel and can be seen in situ in The Denver Post article featuring the hotel. The full article and slideshow of the hotel’s interior can be seen here.
In August, Swanson also completed a commission for Twitter.
Michael Theodore’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, Supraliminal, received a terrific review in The Denver Post. Rinaldi states “Theodore’s work is contemplative, but his high-tech edge makes the offerings a product of their time.”
Joel Swanson’s solo exhibition, POLYSEMIC, opens October 10, at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (Englewood, Colorado.) The exhibition will be on view through February 27, 2016. More about the exhibition here.
Ray Mark Rinaldi reviews POLYSEMIC for The Denver Post. Read the review here. Michael Paglia review POLYSEMIC for The Westord. Read the review here.
Constructed Histories, curated by William Morrow, is called “as good as any contemporary show you might see at the Denver Art Museum these days. Maybe even better…” The exhibition includes work by Sanford Biggers, Jeremy Dean, Tania Dibbs, Teresa Diehl, Christoph Draeger, Glenn Kaino, Dinh Q. Lé, McCallum Tarry, and Aaron Skolnick.
Rinaldi states “There is plenty of questioning of American identity and presumption in ‘Constructed Histories’… there’s an opening for galleries like David B. Smith to emerge as distinct voices with an important role in keeping Denver interesting, actually upping the culture here. And for fans of contemporary art, to explore new places eager to bring them art that is relevant to our era. They can start right now at David B. Smith.”
#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.
“…It all fits together snugly under the banner organism/mechanism,” the show’s overall title. Theodore is exploring the intersection of technology and humanity. He’s letting the machines in for art’s sake, letting them work his hand and sometimes lead it. Are the machines taking over? Definitely not, but they are moving things forward. The technology makes it all new, the human touch keeps it interesting.”
“David B. Smith represents some of the most engaging artists on the international scene, bringing their work to Denver at his LoDo headquarters. Smith is plugged in worldwide, but his local influence is serious; no other commercial gallery in Colorado offers a more comprehensive take on what gets shown and sold in the broad world of contemporary art. Smith’s show of Gregory Euclide’s feral dioramas was a highlight of last fall. Look for work by Paul Jacobsen and Ryan McLennan, as well.
What’s next: Cole Sternberg’s Kafka-inspired exhibit of installations, photography and painting is another don’t-miss show at Smith. Through March 23.”