Colorado Springs Art Gallery
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The Modbo presents July’s First Friday: “In Your Face” with recent works by Carol Dass and Heather Oelklaus. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, July 5th. The show runs through Friday, June 26th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment. The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, themodbo.com, or 633-4240. “In Your Face,” recent works by Carol Dass and Heather Oelklaus, asks the viewer to be engaged with their provocative exhibition. From looking upward towards Dass’ cyanotype underpants as if you were a child experiencing a surreal clothesline, to sporting a pair of red and blue anaglyph glasses to witness Oelklaus’ true 3D world, these two Colorado Springs artists invite you to question and experience the works on display. Historic photographic image making pushes forward the ideals of the past and challenges the viewer to consider what has changed in the last one hundred years. Dass’ dreamlike cyanotype installation alongside Oelklaus’ old school virtual reality is visually and conceptually rich. Carol Dass has been looking at the world through a camera’s viewfinder for as long as she can remember. Recently retired from teaching darkroom based photography at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for 14 years, Carol lives with her husband and two dogs. When not traveling with her 91 year old muse and mother, Carol collects and researches vernacular photography. Carol’s work is in the collections of The Denver Art Museum, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, The Progressive Art Collection and various private collections. Heather Oelklaus (b. 1972, USA) studied...
The Modbo presents August’s First Friday: “Floyd D. Tunson: Works on Paper.” The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, August 2nd, with live music by My Name is Harriett at 7 and 9 pm. The show runs through Friday, August 30th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open on Friday evenings from 4-7 pm or by appointment. The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at email@example.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240. Of all the traditional tools and evolving technologies available to an artist, there’s only one that Floyd D. Tunson cannot do without: “Just give me a pencil,” he says, “because drawing is the basis of everything I do.” For the work in this show, that “pencil” is a Uni-ball pen. And what sounds simple is simply not. The process is tricky, given the tension between control and inhibition – a sort of Hamlet dilemma, in which “thinking too precisely on th’ event,” can result in “one part wisdom and ever three parts coward.” Since a direct ink-drawn image on paper can’t be cleaned up the way a pencil drawing or a painted canvas can, the strokes have to be thoughtful, but freedom for happy coincidence has to be allowed. This dialectic is evident in the totality of the work, where certain drawings seem more tightly controlled than others, although each piece relies on the tension. A close viewing of each is a chance to follow the artist’s hand – the hesitations, the exuberance, the energy. In the Kabuki Knot series, the composition is architectural, but creating it is a completely intuitive process. When Tunson sets pen to paper, he allows an innate sense of design to automatically compose a continuous image. In the Monsters series, the details are...
NOW that’s what I call art
This art is a wonderful example of art from this period of art production. Some say its the best of those arts while others reserve judgement. First painted by world renowned art guy “Arty” it has since been aged like fine wine and had a fancy frame put around it to enhance its aesthetic assault on your taste.
Birds of a Feather
Put together as a tribute for the great “hair de jur” of 1890 this piece features exquisite use of water color, crayon color, and sun color, truly displaying the mastery of the artist and his wide range of talents. The authors identity remains a mystery to this day but some say it was the work of a poor farm boy in the Mississippi Delta who learned to read by way of twig bundling.