David B. Smith Gallery was named Best Gallery for Contemporary Art in Westword’s Best of Denver 2018. We are proud to be included alongside so many of Denver’s institutions in this annual celebration of what the city has to offer.
One night pop-up exhibition and reception
Friday, April 28, from 7 – 9pm
Free and open to the public / Artist in attendance
David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present its first one night pop-up exhibition with Denver artist Megan Gafford, titled Traces. In the entirety of the main gallery are two separate yet conceptually intertwined installation works, Hormesis and Subatomic Chorus.
Hormesis, the title of one of the pieces, is also the name of the hypothesis that asserts that low doses of radiation are healthy. This is a controversial theory, as some scientists believe that any amount of exposure has the potential to cause serious genetic harm. Hormesis exposes viewers to low doses of gamma radiation emitted from live uranium ore, enabling one to observe the imperceptible. Included in the installation is a particle detector housing uranium, where the rock’s radioactive decay creates visible condensation trails in an alcohol cloud; making visible the history of each particle’s path through space and time. Along with the machine, a video projection of the phenomenon magnified offers an intimate view of the subatomic world.
Also featured in Traces is Subatomic Chorus, an ominous grouping of five handmade Geiger counters that chirp every time they detect background radiation, as if singing together in a choir. These machines are sensitive enough to detect low-level radiation that is constantly present in the environment, which originates from outer space, uranium in the earth, and the residual radiation from nuclear bombs. Subatomic Chorus draws attention to the invisible, subatomic world that impacts our DNA in ways in which are not fully comprehended by modern theory and technology at this time. Scientists are still debating whether low-level radiation is helpful or harmful. Subatomic Chorus compels viewers to confront the unknown.
Through the introduction and exposure to the world of subatomic processes constantly occurring inside and around us, Gafford renders the fantastic intelligible. Acting as opposing yet harmonious forces in Traces, Hormesis and Subatomic Chorus actively create and monitor radioactive events, drawing attention to the uncharted space between scientific theory, proven fact, and enigma.
“To maintain the lively exhibition schedule at his eponymous gallery, David B. Smith travels the country, checking out cutting-edge artists in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, even Boulder. He’s always looking for new talent for his aesthetically tight exhibitions, and his current offering, Range, is proof of that. New Yorker Penelope Umbrico uses iPhone apps to riff on the history of landscape photography as inspired by the work of the masters of that medium. The resulting digital photos infuse the original black-and-white views of the mountains made with film with colors from computer codes, in the form of shooting stripes or bars in toned-up shades, running right through the scenery. This show is part of the Month of Photography; at other times on the exhibition calendar, you might encounter interactive installations, or paintings that rise a foot off their surfaces, or sculptures that light up, or any number of imaginative takes on contemporary conceptual art.”
Brazilian artist Bruno Novelli’s exhibition at David B. Smith Gallery “Materia Radiante” is highlighted in The New York Times | The Weekly Agenda. Johnny Magdaleno recommends Novelli’s opening reception at the David B. Smith Gallery as a premiere cultural event in the United States stating “The neon hues and rich flora of the artist’s home country find new liveliness against sleek, alien patterns in these fresh acrylic pieces.” The exhibition features new paintings, video and digital animations by Novelli.
5280 magazine features Novelli’s “Materia Radiante” as a “best bet” stating, “Bruno Novelli, also known as Bruno 9li, has made a name for himself as an artist in both his home country of Brazil and abroad. His abstract graphic paintings, usually done in ink or acrylic paint, are a window into a frenzied world of geometric shapes and animalistic creatures.”
“Gallerist David B. Smith says he’s shown work by Brazilian artist Bruno Novelli, aka Bruno 9li (nove is “nine” in Portuguese), in the past, but Materia Radiente, which opens today at Smith’s eponymous gallery, is the artist’s first full solo in Denver. And what a solo it is: Inspired by Novelli’s explorations along the Amazon and in the coastal rainforests near Santa Catarina and São Paulo, the work pops with vibrating colors — even literally, in the case of a series of GIFs that will be screened on televisions in the gallery’s Project Room.” – Susan Froyd
David was asked by Juxtapoz magazine to contribute to their “Travel Insider” series, which offers a review of local favorites in cities across the country by a member of the community, and he was honored to offer his thoughts on the sights, sounds, and stomachfuls to be found in Denver.
Pick up a copy of the June issue of Juxtapoz for David’s take on the cultural and culinary attractions located in our fair city.
#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.
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.
Exhibition catalogue for Sarah McKenzie at the David B. Smith Gallery
March 14 – April 12, 2014
Sarah McKenzie: Transitional
Softcover, 10 x 7 1/4 inches, 86 pages
Foreword: Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator, MCA Denver
Essay: Kyle MacMillan
Additional Text: Kim Dickey
Printed and bound in the United States
Published by David B. Smith Gallery, 2014
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