The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley, announce August’s first Friday art openings. Holly Parker Dearborn will show “Fog of War” in the Modbo, while Denver artist Roy Linton displays his work at S.P.Q.R. The opening reception is from 5:30 til midnight on Friday, August 2nd, and the show runs through Friday, August 30th. The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou Street, and can be reached at themodbo.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 719-633-4240.
About Holly Parker Dearborn:
Holly Parker Dearborn received her MFA from American University in Italy and Washington DC (’06), where she was awarded the American University Graduate Assistant Scholarship and the Mellon Fund Graduate Research Grant. In 2007, Holly won “Best Local Exhibition” award by the Pikes Peak Arts Council for her creation of the “Hot Off the Press” Colorado printmakers invitational at the Business of Art Center, and was responsible for curating many other award-winning exhibitions and programming
for various arts organizations. Holly is a Colorado native who served in the Colorado Springs art community for a number of years. Among other graphic design and advertising director positions, she spent over eight years in management for the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts as the Executive Director & Curator. Holly currently serves as the Independent Curator for the new Ivywild School project, is a member of the Museum Committee of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and continues to build her studio career. See more of Holly’s work at: www.parkerdearborn.com
“Fog of War” is Holly’s first local, solo exhibition of work from her Active Ingredients Series; a body of work featuring the active ingredients of Used Motor Oil & Earth combined as a conceptual painting medium to create dramatically ambiguous landscapes based on “battlefields”. A number of works from this series were featured
in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s “Colorado Springs Abstract” exhibition in 2009, as well as at the American University Museum and Prada Gallery in Washington D.C.
In the Modbo exhibition, Holly will also include several new works from the Active Ingredients Series, as well as a sub-series of sculptures from the Active Ingredients suite called WMDs. Like the counterpart paintings in this series, the WMDs are crafted from Used Motor Oil & Earth and include embedded objects. Each WMD is accompanied by an X-Ray photograph to reveal its contents. These works presciently serve as a commentary on the power of nuclear technology to both detect and destroy. Additionally, hinting to the myriad ways that invasive surveillance impacts our daily existence.
About Roy Linton:
It’s the summer of 1969– Jimi Hendrix is refining the Star Spangled Banner. Roy Linton and Roy Funnell are silk screening mischievous and satirical posters, first for events at their alma mater, Palmer High School, and then beyond– reflecting the values and attitudes of the late 20th century. Expanding beyond Hobbit Hole Posters, Roy Linton created numerous collages, some consuming 30 years to complete. Says Linton, “They are like viewing a movie all at once; only you can take your time to watch what you want when you want to.” Roy Funnell passed away in 2012; Roy Linton carries on in Denver promoting the philosophies and entertainment that started with the novel beginnings of Hobbit Hole Posters.