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Artist Talk with Marc Berghaus
William Havu Gallery
Saturday, July 19, 2014
12:00 pm
Marc Berghaus will discuss his works on view at William Havu Gallery in the exhibition Articulated Perspectives on Saturday, July 19th beginning at noon.
Please RSVP by phone 303-893-2360 or email info@williamhavugallery.com to attend the talk.
      Marc Berghaus, (detail) Rules & Regulations 2

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By Michael Paglia

 Goldfish and a life-sized nude highlight Articulated Perspectives at the Havu gallery
Summer is traditionally a time for group shows, but most galleries tend to feature work by their various artists, with no clear interconnecting theme. Not so at William Havu Gallery, where owner Bill Havu and gallery administrator Nick Ryan have brought together four artists, all of whom do contemporary work based on representational imagery that also incorporates abstract sensibilities.

The show, Articulated Perspectives, has been installed on both the main level and the mezzanine. Just inside the door, viewers are confronted with a monumental Marc Berghaus sculpture, “Rules & Regulations #2″ (pictured).

In it, a life-sized male nude in cast fiberglass is encased in an elaborate metal grid of small open boxes. Inside most of the boxes are tiny mechanized fish “swimming” in circles. Taking the place of one of the boxes is a small aquarium with a real fish in it.

In addition, there are a number of small sculptures, several featuring the open metal box as a key element. Though Berghaus lives in Kansas, his work has been widely exhibited in Colorado. (He’ll be talking about his work at Havu this Saturday, July 19, at noon.)

On the walls surrounding the Berghaus sculptures are some remarkably fresh-looking paintings by Laura Truitt, an up-and-coming artist who lives in Fort Collins. All of them have architectonic forms expressively conveyed through smears of thick pigment. By combining these seemingly opposite approaches — linear forms and expressive techniques — she creates a frisson between depth and flatness.

The compositions are anchored by dense constructs of lines that invariably move the viewers’ eyes to the pictures’ center. Truitt, whose sense for the skillful assembly of a great palette is impressive, also has a taste for the monumental, and many of these wonderful paintings are all but mural-sized.

Also on the main level are crisply done landscapes by Lori Buntin that are rendered photographically but with unexpected hard-edged divisions marking shifts in the palette. Buntin, a Kansas City artist, captures the toned-down colors of the Midwest along with its gritty industrial and agricultural vistas.

Upstairs, there are some sweet little landscapes in an abstract-expressionist style by Sara Sanderson from Boulder. These paintings are very strong and extremely sophisticated. And though their intimate scale is very appealing, I wish she’d blow them up in size, because there’s apparently a lot of potential in her chosen approach.

Articulated Perspectives runs through July 26 at William Havu Gallery.


 


Critic’s Picks: Denver
 
As their first featured exhibit of the summer, William Havu Gallery is presenting “Articulated Perspectives,” a thematic group show bringing together the efforts of a quartet of artists, all of whom work with representational imagery in some way, and all of whom infuse their pieces with some kind of conceptual or narrative content. For Laura Truitt, the nominal subject of her paintings is architecture; however, she does not render buildings straightforwardly, instead combining a hyperrealist approach to drafting, that she then veils in abstract flourishes of paint. Lori Buntin, on the other hand, does convey urban scenes with photographic accuracy but she plays with the palettes so that the color schemes subtly shift as they pass through different parts of the paintings; however, the transitions between the hues are anything but subtle, since they are starkly separated by hard-edged vertical divisions. The scenes themselves also shift ever-so-slightly, as they cross these divisions. Sculptor Marc Berghaus takes a different approach to representation-he uses recognizable objects to create his contraptions, including mechanized fish and mechanized figures-some of which emit sounds. While the works of Truitt, Buntin and Berghaus fill the main level, on the mezzanine there are expressionist paintings by Sara Sanderson that convey the fury of the Colorado floods of 2013, through thick smears of paint used to create forms evocative of rushing water. “Articulated Perspectives” at the William Havu Gallery runs through July 26.


Private View of a Public Space
2014
Laura Truitt
Oil on canvas
87″ x 120″ diptych
Photo: courtesy William Havu Gallery

 


 

“For No Good Reason”, A film about William Havu Gallery artist Ralph Steadman

http://www.sonyclassics.com/fornogoodreason/

Steadman Kentucky Derby 1970 SM web new

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

PBS Arts District feature on Catalyst exhibtion & an interview with Nancy Lovendahl


 

At Denver’s Havu Gallery, a serious, yet lovely, look at flowers

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William Havu Gallery sculptor Michael Clapper builds sculpture in Canton, Ohio commemorating the birth of the National Football League.

Ohio city to get sculpture marking birth of NFL

Sculpture to commemorate NFL’s founding in Canton


William Havu Gallery representing Bob Knox

 Neutrabstract, Acrylic on canvas


William Havu Gallery now proudly sculptor Nancy Lovendahl

   Fractal Echo, Denver Botanic Gardens      


TOTAL ABSTRACTION | June 27 – August 28, 2013 Held in cooperation with DADA | Denver Art Dealers Association |Republic Plaza | 56 Story Arts space

Featured William Havu Gallery Artists: Orna Feinstein, Homare Ikeda, Emilio Lobato, Phillip Maberry & Scott Walker, James Marshall and Amy Metier.


  Now representing Thane Gorek


CATALYST | Colorado Sculpture 

Denver Botanic gardens | On view through January, 2104

Featured William Havu Gallery Artists: Emmett Culligan & Nancy Lovendahl

Link to Botanic Gardens website


Emilio Lobato is a featured artist in the exhibition: PERCEPTION Color | Line | Pattern at the Arvada Center for the Arts. On view through August 25th.


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Best Of Award

Best Abstract Trio – 2013

Amy Metier, Michael Clapper and Emilio Lobato

William Havu brought together three of the state’s top abstract artists last spring. The main event was Amy Metier. Metier begins with an actual subject, and then, using her expressive brushwork, turns it into an abstract composition; though more representational than usual for her, these paintings were still very much a part of her classic style. Meanwhile, the floors at Havu were filled with small, simple sculptures based on organic shapes by Michael Clapper. One of Clapper’s greatest strengths is the way he combines different materials. Finishing off the trio were Emilio Lobato’s recent wall relief sculptures made of found materials.


We are pleased to announce the Denver Art Museum has once again revealed William Havu Gallery artist Rick Dula‘s 18 x 32 foot mural A moment in Time: Here.

A Moment in Time: Here

February 10, 2013 – April 14, 2013 | Hamilton Building – Level 2 | Included in general admission

Denver-based painter Rick Dula, who photographed the Hamilton Building throughout its construction, created hyper-realist painting A Moment in Time: Here, in 2009. It appears to peel back the interior walls of the building to expose its steel girders and underpinnings, and reveals the angular skeleton of the structure, which opened in 2006. Popular with museum members and volunteers, the artwork originally was on view in 2009 and 2010 in the exhibition Embrace!

http://www.denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/moment-time-here

 


We are proudly welcome emerging Colorado painter, Laura Truit to our stable of artists.


 

At Denver’s Havu Gallery, an adult look at children’s toys in “Toy Stories II”. By Ray Rinaldi, Denver Post, 11/29/12

Both Playful and Serious, Toy Stories II is seriously interesting. By Michael Paglia, Westword. 11/29/2012

Toy Stories II article in the Denver Post

Toys Stories II in this week’s Westword


Lui Ferreyra interview with The Untitled Art Show, October 31, 2012


William Havu Gallery has represented Ralph Steadman for over 15 years. Enjoy this podcast on NPR

The Story Of Steadman, Drawn From His ‘Gonzo’ Art


 


Rick Dula: Paintings of Construction and Corrosion
Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The show will be up through January 1, 2013 for all visitors to the Buell Theatre or by appointment. To schedule a viewing after October 5, contact rudi.cerri@denvergov.org.

Amy Metier in Women of Influence at The Arvada Center
Women of Influence, Colorado Artists & Curators
On view through November 11, 2012
Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003