CALLS FOR ARTISTS

Get involved in the Colorado Springs local art community! We have only one or two calls for artists a year.  For sure, you should submit to our Annual Small Works show, which opens the first Friday in December, and the call for which is usually two weeks prior.  Other calls happen occasionally… check below to see if we have one coming up!

I was, I am, I will be: New Work by Su Kaiden Cho

I was, I am, I will be: New Work by Su Kaiden Cho

The Modbo presents “I was, I am, I will be,” an exhibition of fascinating mixed media by contemporary artist Su Kaiden Cho.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, October 1st.  Cho explores in the combination of Asian art with contemporary art to portray the traditional Korean silk wrapping (Bojagi) and its abstract form as a metaphor for coverings of how we lose ourselves, what we keep inside, and how it is reflected. As of this writing, masks are suggested for unvaccinated viewers.  The show runs through Friday, October 29th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is happily open 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. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

About the Show:

Su Kaiden Cho condenses a central belief that lies at the core of his artistic practice by delving into issues of ethnic liminality by means of quality of ambiguity or disorientation of identity. Cho’s series of “I was,” “I am,” “I will be,” are the connections to his heritage but are also reminders of the loss of identity he has had to endure. The first phrase “I was,” is dormant, because the past is fixed. You can’t change it and you can’t manipulate it in any way. The second phrase,“I was,” is present. In the present is the only time we need to center ourselves. As for the last, “I will be,” references moving forward to whatever may come into its life. Cho explores in the combination of Asian art with contemporary art to portray the traditional Korean silk wrapping (Bojagi) and its abstract form as a metaphor for coverings of how we lose ourselves, what we keep inside, and how it is reflected. Cho sees this exhibit as an opportunity for any viewers to fill in those phrases with their own experiences, and to take the time to reflect on their own life trajectory –Cho states that the truth is hardly ever on the surface, more often than not, the truth can only be found deep inside.

About the Artist:

Su Kaiden Cho was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Cho is a Korean contemporary artist and he now resides and works in Colorado. Cho’s oeuvre reconciles the identity challenges reflecting his life experiences caught in between South Korean customs and American mores. Cho received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Practices with emphasis in installation arts from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Cho has exhibited his work in numerous galleries in Colorado including solo exhibitions and artist in residency. Cho was shown as a featured artist in Gallery of Contemporary Arts, Colorado Springs, CO, Understudy, Denver, Colorado, Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, Loveland, Denver, installed public sculpture in Aurora, Colorado, and an award winning designer at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Su Kaiden Cho condenses a central belief that lies at the core of his artistic practice by delving into issues of ethnic liminality by means of quality of ambiguity or disorientation of identity. Cho’s practice to bring in otherness, acceptance, challenging norms and inclusion. In his work, he confronts the derogatory terms and attitudes with which Cho continues to withstand today. His accoutrements are proud connections to his heritage but are also reminders of the loss of identity he has had to endure. Cho manipulates materials through the context of self-identity as he examines with social and cultural clashes between what is internally embraced and externally imposed, as it pertains to race and ethnic identity. Being considered a minority in this culture causes a level of uncertainty regarding his own identity and beauty. Cho’s work raises questions about common standpoints in how beauty is perceived that then ultimately results in internalized self-deprecation among minority races through visual duality, ambiguity, combing the association with the grotesque, the extreme and the fantastic —Cho states that the truth is hardly ever on the surface, more often than not, the truth can only be found deep inside.

Feathers and Fables by Emma Powell

Feathers and Fables by Emma Powell

The Modbo presents “Feathers and Fables,” an exhibition of photographs by Emma Powell.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, September 3rd, with live music by My Name is Harriett at 7:30 pm.  As of this writing, masks are suggested for unvaccinated viewers.  The show runs through Friday, September 24th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is happily open 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. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Feathers and Fables is an exhibition of photographs that tell ambiguous stories, reminiscent of long-forgotten fairytales. Within these dreamlike scenes, animals are symbols, as well as characters. Emma Powell prints her artworks by hand using alternative and historic photographic processes in order to emphasize their illustrative nature and to explore the materiality of her photographs. 

Emma Powell received her MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Powell lives in Colorado Springs and has taught photography at Colorado College, as well as Iowa State University. She has also been an instructor, leading alternative process photography workshops at Penland School of Crafts, and other educational institutions. Powell’s artwork has been exhibited widely including at the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, England, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, and Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver. 

My Scenery: Work by Byeongdoo Moon

My Scenery: Work by Byeongdoo Moon

The Modbo is surprised and delighted to host “My Scenery”– a last minute show of gorgeous sculptures by internationally renowned artist ByeongDoo Moon, accompanied by fascinating textile pieces by his wife, Hyewon Sim.  Although known locally for his large, beautiful outdoor pieces in downtown Colorado Springs, this show will instead feature smaller works by the artist.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, August 6th.  As of this writing, masks are suggested for unvaccinated viewers.  The show runs through Friday, August 27th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is happily open 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 costs $3. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Originally from South Korea, sculptor Byeongdoo Moon moved his family to Colorado Springs at the end of November.  Having exhibited numerous pieces in Colorado Springs’ Art on the Streets, he was moved by the city’s response to his work.  Most recently, his piece “Air or Water,” located at the Plaza of the Rockies building, was the third place winner for Art on the Streets.  Using stainless steel wire, Byeongdoo’s exquisitely crafted work speaks to the interdependence of humans and nature.  

June’s First Friday: Louis Rodriguez

June’s First Friday: Louis Rodriguez

The Modbo proudly presents June’s First Friday exhibit: “Experiments through Color Geometries and the Human Element,” featuring gorgeous paintings by Louis Rodriguez.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, June 4th.  Masks are no longer required for vaccinated people.  The show runs through Friday, June 25th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open every Friday this month from 5-8 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 costs $3. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Louis Rodriguez is an artist and designer. His approach to painting is shaped by color, texture and contrast, which is evidenced in his current body of work. He favors the figurative form, abstraction, and landscapes and incorporates all three subjects in his painting. His journey and development as an artist has taken many twists and turns. From as far back as he can remember, he sensed art would be his lifelong adventure. The stops along the way have included design for advertising, commercial and fashion illustration, digital imaging, and a brief dabbling in motion graphics and video editing. “Moving forward in my commitment to art, into the next chapter of my life, represents a current state of expression focused from within and into the contemporary art world. It has been a deep personal quest and has become a determined lifelong endeavor to express the things that stir inside.” This is a natural process that is constantly evolving inside his core with self expression, enlightenment, and passionate love for contemporary art.

The Modbo’s Reopening in May: New Works by Lisa Deen

The Modbo’s Reopening in May: New Works by Lisa Deen

The Modbo is excited to reopen for May’s First Friday exhibit: New works by Lisa Deen, a beautiful show of linoleum block prints and paintings.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, May 7th.  Masks are still required.  The show runs through Friday, May 28th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open 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 costs $3. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Lisa is an artist, wife, mother of twins, educator, and Westerner. Born in California, raised in Colorado, educated in Minnesota, she then circled back around for another go. Married in Denver, moved to Santa Barbara, and back to Colorado Springs. The geographic narrative and physical environment are imprinted on her visual vocabulary and personal aesthetic showing the strong influence of the landscape of the arid southwest. Lisa’s education includes a BA from St. Olaf College with majors in music and visual art and a MA from the University of Northern Colorado. A passionate art educator, she has taught workshops and classes for elementary through college students. Lisa currently teaches in the art department at Pikes Peak Community College. Her paintings and mixed media works have been exhibited in Minnesota, Oregon, California, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Artist Statement:

How many times have art lecturers said that artists hold up the mirror to the world? It always seems cliched and simplistic. Of course, there is more: self expression, ego, escape, desire. Maybe all when the work is honest. Two and a half years ago I began creating linoleum block prints of old trees. It was the perfect medium to express the sinewy, gnarled, textured trunks and limbs. Nearly dead and worn from wind and weather, all still had some small hold on life. A single branch or a protected corner that kept living and growing. I sought to express experience not merely representation. And then collaging the work with acrylic paintings, I explored the meditative and sublime. The work was quiet and reflective – a retreat and meditation. Loving this work, I dove deep into subtle color variations and imagery. A year ago, a pandemic took over our world. The stress and anxiety of the unknown, the separation from friends and family, the absence of social activities shocked my mind and heart. As the world became unrecognizable, The Old One at Palmer Park became nearly indecipherable in its complexity. As an introvert enjoying solitude last summer, I embarked on Roots in Color feeling freedom from expectation and planning. In the fall, Exposed took a look beneath the earth while becoming an expression of incredible sadness. Roots Exposed is anchored but uncomfortably balanced. Broken, the subject struck by lightning long ago, is a complex, layered mess of texture. My thoughtful, pre-pandemic lines and grids gave way to painting without direction – putting texture and color to surface in a desperate grasp for normalcy. Illuminated, the final work of the year, represents the moments when light penetrates the darkness.

Call for Artists for Small Works XII

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 12, the original Colorado Springs small works exhibition!

Intake is at The Modbo and SPQR, 17B and 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.

All works must be under 18 inches in every dimension, including the frame (N.B., this is smaller than in years past!). There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after an on-the-spot jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back, no exceptions.  In other words, no alligator clips or the like.

There are no restrictions on subject matter or media, though we have limited space for 3-D/non-wallhangable work.

The show will open on Friday, December 6th, 2019 in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

 

The Small Works Show Call for Artists

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 11, the original Colorado Springs small works exhibition!

Intake is at The Modbo and SPQR, 17B and 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 24th, 2018.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back.

There are no restrictions on subject matter or media, though we have limited space for 3-D/non-wallhangable work.

The show will open on Friday, December 7th, 2018 in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R., and will run through January 11th.

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 10, the original Colorado Springs small works exhibition!

Intake is at The Modbo and SPQR, 17B and 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back.

The show will open on Friday, December 1st, 2017  in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R., and will run through January 5th.

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

The Modbo proudly presents a rare call for artists for the upcoming Young Hot Sh*ts show!  In an ongoing effort to foster and promote the careers and aspirations of young artists, this show seeks work in all media from creatives aged 17-25.  There is no size or media limitation, but preference will be given to works that can hang on the wall, due to space constraints. Just $5 to enter up to three pieces.  All work must be brought to The Modbo, in the alley at 17C E. Bijou, 80903, between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday, October 4th.  

All work must be ready to hang, with two points of attachment, such as d-rings or screw eyes on the back. A frame isn’t absolutely necessary, but sturdiness is– for example, paper with two sticky tabs on the back will not suffice. A panel of jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, October 5th. The show will open on Friday, October 6th.  Questions? Call Lauren at 633-4240 or email themodbo@gmail.com

Call For Artists – March 2017

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For just $12 (for up to three entries), you can enter your favorite fan art for The Modbo’s “Drowned in Moonlight” show, opening Friday, March 3rd. Depictions of celebrities who passed in 2016 up until the show’s submission date are welcome (e.g., Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie). Work and payment must be dropped off at The Modbo on Wednesday, March 1st, between noon and six.  Any piece submitted must be ready to hang, with two D-rings or eye screws affixed to the back of each piece — no exceptions.  A panel of three jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, March 2nd.  Questions? Please email Lauren at themodbo@gmail.com.