Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

Barchael ~ Do Not Spray Directly in Face

Exhibition Dates: 21 October 2011–17 December 2011

Artist Reception: Friday, 21 October 2011, 6–9 pm

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Unless you ride a horse in front of an army, greatness runs the risk of eventually fading into cliché, brief paragraphs, or furniture accents. This problem is increasingly exacerbated by digital technology and short attention spans. Barchael is here to help. In a few simple steps, we will return beloved objects and public works to their former grandeur. Our suggestions are a new way to see—or potentially a reworking of things as they should have been. We hope these great ideas help you as much as the title of our show can … and that one’s on the house.

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About Barchael

Barchael is the combined creative identities of Michael Bernhardt and Barry Whittaker. Exploring issues of communication, identification, and myth, Barchael navigates a range of media, confusing themselves as well as their audience. Their ultimate goal is to undermine self-righteousness, while seriously spreading the ridiculous.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Kyle MacMillan of The Denver Post.

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Erik Isaac ~ Perfect Day

Exhibition Dates: 22 September 2011–8 October 2011

Artist Reception: Friday, 23 September 2011, 6–9 pm

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On September 22nd Erik Isaac will become the Artist In Residence, showing his work, "Perfect Day", that explores the realities of what it takes to keep our complex world of human lives and interactions going. You are invited to join Erik at the Artist Reception on 23 September 2011, 6–9pm, and to the First Friday Reception on 7 October 2011, 6–9pm.

Erik works with concepts that can easily go unnoticed, but are the fundamental part of everyday experience of being human. A field-day first prize ribbon holder for long jump in grade school, Erik illustrates that first place is not just what it appears to be on the surface with his work, "1ST PLACE *". The work explores the childhood experiences of the all too desired first place ribbon, that transitions into the understanding of the commonality of awards and their relative value. Erik examines the underlying infrastructure of our daily existence with the common chore: laundry. He uses the only byproduct, lint, in his second work entitled, "Just Doing my Job Maʼam". Finally, "Utopian Rituals (a self portrait)" is a site-specific installation which takes on a personal note for Erik, an untraditional portrait made of daily checklists, illustrating the desperate desire for a perfect day.

Contact: Erik Isaac, 303-916-9970, conceptualart [at] erikisaac.com, www.erikisaac.com/conceptualart

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The Shape of Things To Come

Exhibition Dates: 23 June–17 September 2011

Closing Reception: 15 September 2011, 5–7 pm. Many artists will be present. Hosted by Kara Duncan with Anders Ruhwald.

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Featuring works by Anna Adler, Inkyo Back, Lauren Cherry, Jessika Edgar, Devin Farrand, Ariel Herwitz, Richard Hesketh, Anders Ruhwald, and Erin Yuasa. Mixed media works by recent ceramic MFA Graduates from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Anders Ruhwald will be a featured guest on the untitled art show Wednesday, September 14th, discussing both his work at the DAM as a part of the "Overthrown: Clay Without Limits" exhibition and his role in the current exhibition at VERTIGO Art Space. Also please note summer hours for this show. Featured gallery co-ordinator for the summer is Tracy Tomko.

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