January 30, 2020
SCALING UP: Translating paintings into large scale architectural elements
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January 30, 2020

Our first installation of 2020 is currently underway at the corner of 9th Ave and Albion St in Denver, CO. We started working with our client Continuum Partners in 2018 to establish the vision for the art programming at their redevelopment project at 9th Ave and Colorado Blvd. This project reintegrates the former 26-acre University of Colorado School of Medicine campus into the surrounding neighborhood fabric by blending apartments and townhomes with retail, offices and new public green spaces. We had the pleasure of working with two Denver based painters, Kevin Sloan and Daisy Patton (who has since relocated to Massachusetts) starting in 2018 to create the two installations that were completed in 2019 for Block 7 of this project.

We’re very excited to announce that installation for our third project on this site is currently underway with yet another Denver based painter, Andrew Huffman. For Block 4 Huffman was commissioned to create two paintings that would serve as focal points on the exterior of a parking garage. Choosing his color palate carefully, Huffman created two striking, bold, patterned, geometric compositions that add vibrant focal points to the North and East entrances of the parking garage.

Modulated 32 (#1) & Modulated 32 (#2) both employ the same pentagonal tessellation pattern and color palates but differ in the placement of the colors creating a visual conversation between the two compositions as you round the corner of the building. The works are named for the 32 colors used in each composition.

In order to scale the work properly for the site Huffman created the two paintings at 1/12 the size of the final printed Structurflex panels which measure 47’ 1” x 32’ (North) and 49’ 1” x 40’ 11” (East).

You might recall our use of Structurflex in our project for Block 7 with Daisy Patton which paired a hand painted mural with Sturcturflex panels to bring Patton’s original composition to life. If you find yourself in the Denver area make sure to see these works in person and stay tuned for final installation photos coming soon.

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January 17, 2017
Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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