By Michael Paglia
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.
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
PBS Arts District feature on Catalyst exhibtion & an interview with Nancy Lovendahl
William Havu Gallery sculptor Michael Clapper builds sculpture in Canton, Ohio commemorating the birth of the National Football League.
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
Now representing Thane Gorek
CATALYST | Colorado Sculpture
Denver Botanic gardens | On view through January, 2104
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!
We are proudly welcome emerging Colorado painter, Laura Truit to our stable of artists.
William Havu Gallery has represented Ralph Steadman for over 15 years. Enjoy this podcast on NPR
Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
On view through November 11, 2012
Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003