EVENTS

Past, present, and upcoming events at the Modbo.

Small Works XII

Small Works XII

The Modbo dolorously presents The Saddest Small Works Show ever!  Not only is The Modbo closing at the end of the year, only half the number of artists submitted work compared to previous years.  That makes it even more important to come support the artists and their work!  Every piece available is under 18”, making it a great option for holiday shopping.  Unlike anything you might order online, this art is not stuck on a shipping container, and you can take it with you the night of the opening!  Friday, December 3rd, 5 – 9 pm.  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.

A Call for Artists for Small Works XIII

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 13, the original Colorado Springs small works exhibition!

Intake is at The Modbo at 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 20th, 2021.

All works must be under 18 inches in every dimension, including the frame.  You may bring three pieces in to be juried on the spot.  There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted. 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.  All pieces must be labeled on the back.  Before arriving at intake, you must have all paperwork completely and accurately filled out.  Paperwork is available by emailing themodbo@gmail.com 

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 3rd, 2021 in The Modbo only.  This means that fewer pieces will be accepted than in prior years.

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

Vetted by Lew: Works by the Late Lew Tilley

Vetted by Lew: Works by the Late Lew Tilley

The Modbo presents “Vetted by Lew,” an exhibition of works by the late artist Lew Tilley. The opening reception is from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, November 5th.  This show features works that Lew chose himself to be framed and exhibited.  As of this writing, masks are suggested for unvaccinated viewers.  The show runs through Friday, November 19th. 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 Lew Tilley:

Lewis Lee Tilley III, painter, poet, printmaker, photographer, illustrator, watercolorist, animator, filmmaker, writer, graphic designer, computer art expert, scholar, experimental architect, actor, set designer, raconteur, gourmet cook, jazz fan and world traveler, was born in Parrott, Georgia, May 17, 1921. Lew was an artist from the beginning; his mother could always tell where he had spent his day by peeking in his sketchbook.  He began his professional career in 1937 at the High Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia, studying with Lamar Dodd, Jean Charlot, and John Held Jr., and came to the Pikes Peak Region in the summer of 1938 to study with Boardman Robinson, Adolph Dehn and Lawrence Barrett. Lew received his B.F.A. from the University of Georgia in 1942 and returned for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Art School eventually to become an instructor in painting, drawing, printmaking and design at the FAC Art School and the Colorado College.

A gypsy at heart, in 1952, Tilley took a sabbatical from the FAC, and moved his young family to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, where he bought his first camera and added photography to his repertoire. Shortly after he returned to Colorado Springs, the FAC abandoned The Art School and he became a freelance artist, writer, teacher, muralist and photographer. This interest led to filmmaking, and from 1958 to 1962 he was writer-producer-director at Alexander Film Company.

In 1962, Tilley took a two-year tour of duty with USAID in Kaduna, Nigeria, working with the British Ministry of Education and the Peace Corps. He returned to be professor of art at the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU Pueblo) where he worked from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. Lew spent several sabbaticals from USC touring Europe and the British Isles and spent one fall semester leading a student tour in Cortona, Italy. Meanwhile, he spent several summers at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel for his M.F.A. in printmaking (1968) from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, through the University of Colorado. He was also a pioneer in computer art and wrote articles and designed covers for the British publication, “Your Amiga Magazine” in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s.

His many accolades include winning the purchase prize at the inaugural Canon City Blossom Festival (the first arts festival of its kind in the country), where he completed the circle returning as judge for their 50th anniversary. At USC, he was voted “Outstanding Faculty Member” for 1979-1980 and also won an annual co-eds’ “Male Chauvinist Pig” award. Lew Tilley died in Colorado Springs, October 4, 2005.

Artist Talk and Closing Reception for Su Kaiden Cho’s “I was, I am, I will be”

Artist Talk and Closing Reception for Su Kaiden Cho’s “I was, I am, I will be”

Please join us for an artist talk and closing reception for Su Kaiden Cho to celebrate his beautiful show, “I was, I am, I will be.” Free. The talk portion will begin at 5.

ALSO, IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING HOURS: For the remaining Fridays of the show, Su will be opening the gallery from 5-9 pm. Please stop by, enjoy the beautiful work, and allow him to regale you with its deep meaning.

More 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.

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.  

And I said hey. What’s going on?

Hello, all! The Modbo is taking another brief hiatus, but you can look for two STELLAR shows in September and October by Emma Powell and Su Kaiden Cho, respectively. Stay tuned for more info!

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.