The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present October’s First Friday Art Opening in the Arts Alley District on Friday, October 3rd, from 5:30 pm til midnight.  The Modbo will host “The Presence of Travelers” by painter and photographer Andres Fidel Orlowski, while SPQR features The Murder Show: An Invitational.  At 9 pm or so, there will be a live Cabaret of the Murderous Variety. This show runs through Friday, October 31st. The galleries are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903. 719.633.4240. themodbo.com.

S.P.Q.R.’s Murder Show is a group invitational show comprised of local artists exploring themes of murder, mayhem, and the dark side of the human condition.  Participating artists include: Brett Andrus, Christian Medovich, Claire Swinford, Cymon Padilla, Erin Jones, Lorelei Beckstrom, Monique Viger, Neil Fenton, Phil Lear, Caitlin Goebel, and Robin Schneider.

Andres Orlowski is a contemporary figurative realist residing in Colorado Springs.  Trained as a realist painter and having studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Firenze, Italy and under master sculptor and painter Gene Diakonov, Andres brings an introspective, symbolic and sometimes deconstructive view point to his work.. Born in 1973, son of a traditional painter, Andres grew up in Mexico City.

Andres’ work has been shown in different venues in the U.S. including the NY Art Student Showcase (NY City), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH), Gainsburg Gallery (Las Vegas, NV), Park Fine Art and the Kimo Gallery (Albuquerque, NM).

His work has also been shown internationally at Nudo Gallery (San MIguel Allende, Mexico), Habrin Museum (Habrin, China) and S. Korea.

Says Orlowski, “My work in painting expresses life as well as my view of the life of others through traditional methods that use the figure as a symbol and anchor.  It is introspective in nature, whether it is through metaphor and/or probing of character. I trained in Classical Methods of Representation and at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy to become better acquainted and develop my perception with the hope that my work would reflect something akin to what I felt encountering great art of the past (and present) and to articulate my response to life in its social, personal and natural manifestations in a manner that would strike the pitch I hoped to convey.  I grew up in Mexico City and many of my narrative paintings are informed by the experiences, myths and longings both from that time and region as well as those engendered by my adult life.

The show is called “The Presence of Travelers” because beyond the particular theme each painting may express (and some are directly related to migration and movement) the ‘dark’ presence some perceive in my work is linked to the mute and momentary reflections of those captured in paint in gestures or thoughts that are fleeting but speak of their presence, the artist’s and the viewer.

The themes range from migration, death, sensuality, motherhood, joy, sorrow, realization, music, energy, time, movement, reflections on art, history and society. The work can also be simple exercises of form, light and character.”