UPCOMING EXHIBITIONSEye Center of Northern Colorado Exhibition Series
About Face: Contemporary Portraiture from the Collection of Wayne F.J. Yakes, MD
November 6 – January 3, 2021
This exhibition will look at contemporary portraiture from 14 artists from around the globe. Artwork featured will be drawn from the collection of Wayne F.J. Yakes, MD.
Image Credit: Jenny Morgan, True Blue, 2015, color silkscreen
Eye Center of Northern Colorado
Masks Exhibition Fundraiser
April 2 – May 7, 2021
Our 17th annual Masks Exhibition and Fundraiser features over 220 masks designed by the Northern Colorado community to raise funds for exhibitions and educational programs at the museum.
Jim Jacobs (Ogden, UT)
May 28 – August 15, 2021
Artist Statement: Intersections fascinate me. Grafting, in the traditional sense, is a process used to join two distinct plants, often trees, to make them more productive. In many of my works natural tree limbs are grafted to milled lumber, wooden tools, furniture, and human hair. These works—gangly, elegant, contrived, fragile, and at times self destructive—are reflections on our peculiar relationship with the natural world. In one sense, as evolution has shown, humans and their productions are clearly as much a part of the natural world as any other life form. Our skyscrapers are as much a part of nature as the honeycomb of the bee and, in fact, replicate some analogous structural principles. Noted conceptual artist and systems thinker, Hans Haake famously said, “The difference between ‘nature’ and technology is only that the latter is man made.” Yet, there are reasons to believe we are somehow different from the rest of the natural world. We’ve invoked both science and religion to explain the apparent division. We position ourselves above nature by declaring that we are its stewards. We position ourselves below by elevating the rest of nature to a romantic ideal. We look for natural cures and natural foods. We seek Natural Light beer and Nature Valley granola bars. And, even if we erase the ideas that purportedly separate us from the natural world, the most powerful factor distinguishing us as a species remains: our disproportionate impact on the environment.
Beauty and the Beast
Lorri Acott & Adam Schultz (Red Feather, CO)
August 27 – October 17, 2021
Lorri Acott sculpts long-legged figures and animals that reflect intimate moments in our lives: a feeling, an interaction, a realization, an emotion. Simplified, without the details of faces or clothing, they rely on our innate understanding of human gesture to inform us. Her impressionistic figurative sculptures reside in private and public collections throughout the US and abroad. A favorite of collectors and critics alike, Lorri’s work receives a powerful emotional response wherever it is placed. Her work reaches for the universal in our innermost beings as it explores and examines the question of our existence. A mixture of heart-warming whimsy and a deep understanding of our feelings make Lorri’s work approachable and intimate.
Adam’s body of work ranges from miniature to monumental. It includes his latest collection of bronze sculptures, the Goddess Series, a celebratory expression of ‘delightfully abundant’ figurative nudes.
Blow Up II
October 29 – January 9, 2022
BLOW UP II explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. BLOW UP II will feature large-scale artworks by a roster of internationally renowned artists.
Chromaforms (Portola Valley, California), Sharon Engelstein (Houston, Texas), FriendsWithYou (Los Angeles, California), Joshua Harker (Dexter, Michigan), , Susan Lee-Chun (Miami, Florida), Matt Ritchie (San Francisco, California), Lizabeth Rossof (Denver, Colorado), Jen Stark (Los Angeles, California), and Max Streicher (Toronto, Canada).
Blow Up II was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA