Denver based artist Ravi Zupa’s images are drawn and painted by his hand. He considers books the best way to experience art and has spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history and originate from nearly all geographical regions. Being entirely self-taught, he looks for inspiration in works by German Renaissance print makers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists, Mughal paintings, religious iconography from Europe, Asia and Pre-Columbian Latin America, and revolutionary propaganda the world over. With a distaste for ironic art or the thoughtless appropriation of culture, he integrates seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal.
Ravi demonstrates mastery in a wide range of media including painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramic and assemblage sculpture, and collage. He employs recycled materials such as blueprints, envelopes and old letters salvaged from dumpsters.
Denver-based artist Caleb Hahne is a classic draftsman who’s not afraid to explore new digital media, while still embracing the same tools artists have been using for hundreds of years. Exploring the conversation between perceiver and perceived, Hahne’s work reflects on the fleeting moments of intimacy with oneself and others.
Hahne remixes convention by first appropriating images found on the internet. He then expands his technique by reducing information and creating a surrogate figure for the viewer to interact with. These ambiguous silhouettes function as empty vessels in which one can place himself or herself within to experience moments of intimacy or lack thereof. The absence of identity portrays an unfinished picture or blurred memory for the viewer to complete for themselves.
Denver-based artist Travis Hetman touches on themes of space, time, and an endless frolic between meaning and meaninglessness, through drawing, painting, and installation work. In his work, you’ll find a portal to a landscape and a seat constructed on a glimmer of infinite space. The blank space of the page is an invitation to sit, to think and to contemplate, but you can’t take it with you.
Denver-based artist Jaime Molina has focused on bearded wooden heads, utilizing nails to form the hair of each of his subjects. Despite being placed haphazardly and with alternating sizes, the nails give the sculptures a uniform look, adding dimension to the male heads formed from found wood.
A few of the works open to showcase a center skull, intrinsic sculptures that are either left as raw wood or painted in a similar manner as his public murals.
“The Jeremy Fish Coloring Book” is set to release exclusively at Upper Playground on Monday, July 13th at Noon (PST). The highly anticipated coloring book, perfect for children and adults, features artwork by the San Francisco-based artist in a classic coloring book collection.
Add “The Jeremy Fish Coloring Book” to a list of exciting projects the artist currently has going on. In addition to a solo exhibition “Anger Management” on view at Black Book Gallery in Denver, Fish has just become the first official Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco City Hall. The North Beach resident will work from the Ground Floor of City Hall, creating 100 artworks about San Francisco for “O Glorious City”, an exhibition opening in November celebrating the 100th Birthday of historic City Hall.
David Choe, Joe To, and DVS1 all headed to Denver for Terminal Kings, a partnership with the University of Denver and Denver Airport. Dave and team added some much needed color to the winter skies of the Rocky Mountains “Terminal Kings is 10 days and 10 nights of World Class Street Art, music, performance and energy presented by the University of Denver in a proud partnership with Denver International Airport. World renown artists Sam Flores, David Choe and Highraff are coming to Denver from January 12th -21st to each paint an 8’ tall 100’ long mural on moveable 4’ sections that will become the first Kinetic Mural art show to be seen at a major International airport. The murals will be painted live and this event is held at City Hall event space in downtown Denver.”
Oh, we actually don’t know. We wanted to know if you knew? Because when God’s wrath strikes down upon us, all in the name of ratings for Family Radio (a good read of the Bible kids), we want to know, where should we go? The Giants vs A’s game? Six Flags? Coffee shop? Gay Pride parade? Art Fair? …
Some blog in Denver has at least figured out your soundtrack. Blondie’s “Rapture” is a great call.