The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present their newest opening on Friday, April 6th, from 5:30 pm until midnight. The Modbo will be host to “Boutade: A divergent reunion of mother and child,” which features new works in multimedia by Maggie Quinn and Harley David Young.
Meanwhile, S.P.Q.R. will host “Art Aloud,” a juried exhibition of art that is influenced the the written and spoken word. The opening reception for this show will feature performances of the words which served as the inspiration for the exhibited pieces.
Born and raised a fourth generation Colorado Springs resident, Harley David Young has lived and grown on the Front Range for most of his life. Moving to Chicago as a young adult to study art, Harley graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007, focusing in sculpture and drawing. Living there for seven years he pursued varied interests, including working as a studio assistant, running a small nationally recognized artist-run gallery, and taking a prominent role in a community
bicycle youth out-reach program. Seeking a career in education, Harley acquired an M.Ed. In Educational Studies from University of Illinois, Chicago in May of 2010. Currently back home and teaching fourth grade via Teach For America, Harley lives and practices in the old north end. Present in his work is a playful, impish sensibility and use of material. Making predominate use of mundane craft, pedestrian materials, crude gestures, layered imagery, and both domestic and institutional objects, Harley constructs images and objects that draw on his heritage on the Front Range, and employs an idiosyncratic symbolic language.
Colorado Springs has been home to Maggie Quinn for her entire life. California College of Art, CU Boulder, and Colorado Mountain College provided the educational foundation for her study of the
arts. Classical drawing and painting, jewelry design, photography, and pottery were major courses of study. Travels and field expedition study with top ceramicists from around the globe have added a
sense of current influence to her work today. Porcelain and wood-fire are continual media and process that she brings to her gallery. The camaraderie and risk that comes from firing clay to temperatures of
2,300° F or more, in a hand fed wood burning kiln, has embedded the lifestyle of the potter into her being. Forms in nature serve as a muse, all media the platform, while ceramics remain the passion of
her creation. In the execution for the pieces for Boutade, Maggie brings to the audience humor and wonder, with a bit of satire. Holding ceramic media as the main venue for her artistic story, she has blendedform and subject matter with her son, Harley David Young.