The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present August’s First Friday on August 5th, 2016. In The Modbo, you’ll find new works by Cymon Padilla. Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Yesterlights” by Monique Viger. Both shows are open Friday nights through August 26th. The opening reception on August 5th will go from 5:30 pm til midnight. The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903. More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Cymon Padilla’s current body of work is an over-caffeinated exploration of internet aesthetic and the world of figurative painting, peppered with the occasional art historical reference. “It’s literally some dank memes painted using techniques of the Old Masters,” says Padilla.
Cymon Padilla was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting. These interests crystallized in his first oil painting class at Pikes Peak Community College, where he received his Associate of Arts degree in 2012. His work is primarily focused on using humorous and absurd juxtapositions to illustrate the relationship between human culture, social media, and the natural world. When he’s not at his day job or in the studio, you can find Cymon exploring the outdoor landscapes that inspire much of his art.
In Monique Viger’s new series of paintings titled “Yesterlights,” the artist attempts to capture the play of light. She hikes and runs and is sometimes stopped in her tracks to admire the way light is filtered or reflected through, or on, just about anything. At times, she feels like a simple, silly cat reacting to things unnoticed by other creatures and hopes that you will feel what she sees.
Monique Viger has always had a passion for visual arts. She has been a hairstylist for twenty years creating works of hair art with her shears and color. She currently works at Salon 7 in Colorado Springs. In 2010 she began oil painting under the tutelage of Brett Andrus, who has inspired her to new levels. She is a member of the Modbo Collective and has exhibited her works in salons and restaurants throughout the Springs. You can view more of her work on Instagram @snippitymomo . Stay tuned for her website moniqueviger.com, which is currently under construction.