The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present “An Invitation: A New Exhibition by Brett Andrus.” The opening reception for this show will be on Friday, August 3rd, from 5:30 pm until midnight. There will be spontaneous performances by Sansara Modern Dance Company and Moonhoney Gypsy Tango Cabaret. In addition to works by Brett Andrus, two Modbo Collective artists, Lorelei Beckstrom and Nina Peterson, have been invited to show work. The show runs through Friday, August 31st. The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For “An Invitation,” Andrus has created an entirely new body of work to fill both galleries, the Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and in an entirely new medium– house paint. (Specifically, Behr Premium Paint and Primer in One.) Typically an oil painter, Andrus sought to challenge himself with this new medium while remaining true to his narrative figurative style and also maintaining his focus on the female form. The result is an oeuvre that conceptually challenges the viewer as voyeur and plays with the idea of time and story through each piece.
Colorado Springs native Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at The Savannah College of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001. He has showed in Savannah, New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta, Denver, and Colorado Springs. Andrus received a Gold from The Gazette last year for “Vögel(n),” his most recent solo show. He was the also the mastermind and artistic director behind the recent “Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia” show at the galleries, a body of work that has also been displayed in Trinidad and will travel to other Front Range locations in 2013. Andrus is the co-owner of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and the sole curator for both spaces, as well as several satellite spaces in town: the Rabbit Hole, the Blue Star, Locals, and the Colorado Springs Airport among them. He also teaches art classes out of the gallery.