Each month, Kuivato, a Creative Gateways Gallery, chooses a theme to guide our involvement in 1st Friday at the Galleries. This January, we focus on…
Turning to Face the Change
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
The shifting from one year into the next is an event celebrated around the world. The symbolic weight of this change cannot be overstated. In a new year we see potential for change – both in ourselves and our environment, we see a cleaning of the slate, and we feel the excitement of possibility. These prospects can be especially exciting for artists, who are constantly in creative cycles of production. This January, we celebrate fresh creativity in our new exhibit New Year, New Masterpieces.
The Art of Change
“Here’s to the crazy ones… the ones who see things differently… ” – Rob Siltanen
Blown glass artist Spooner Marcus incorporates age-old pueblo designs into intriguingly modern structures to create many of his pieces. The play between these elements makes his work continually invigorating. On his “Black and White Gourd,” hard edged patterns are placed on a smooth and organic shape, while his “Cobalt Blue Double Spout” classic design is set against striking, almost fluorescent colors. Ultimately, Spooner creates beautiful newness by paying homage to the creativity of the past.
New Kuivato artist Mark Galen Lucas uses torchwork to create dazzling, abstract works. Sometimes this takes the form of nature inspired pieces, such as “Green Untitled” and “Blue Single Cell,” that capture a type of organic chaos. Other times, Lucas’s work manages to be abstract, while still retaining recognizable figurative qualities, such as in “Black Untitled.” The ability to express both randomness and beauty makes Lucas a truly unique artist.
Michael Colpitts captures the ebullience of newness in his mixed media paintings. One way he accomplishes this is by using bold and uplifting colors, such as the deep reds of “On the Way Up” or the ensconcing blues of “Aqueous.” Michael also commits to innovation by repurposing materials he has accumulated in his travels around the world. Textiles, patterns, and even materials like pressed plants are incorporated into his work to add texture, theme, and depth. With Michael, the old can become new, and in the process project a brilliant and effusive quality.
Masterpieces on Display
Be sure to see the wonderful new work from Spooner, Michael, and all our represented artists at Kuivato, a Creative Gateways Gallery, open 7 days a week starting at 9am. And look for a new monthly blog topic “What’s New,” where we will display and discuss some of the newest pieces we have received that month.