Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Gustave Baumann (via The Blue Lantern)
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
"Finally, in the far back space, Rule has moved into the realm of quasi-photography, with a shift into anti-photography, in a way. "Still," a selection of acrylic-on-panel paintings by Colorado-based artist Nathan Abels, includes some of the highly representational works he does of the contemporary landscape and its built features.
But there also are grayed- or browned-out scenes - View From a Train is the major example - that add a component of abstraction to a body of work by a young artist who has an eye for where and how we live and how we perceive our surroundings.
It adds to the mystery of what, in essence, is a trip through time and the evolution of technology, and vision."
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I was previously scheduled as the guest artist at this month's "Action Figures" hosted by Katie Taft. Unfortunately it has been canceled. It will likely be postponed until a later date - I'll keep you posted.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Somehow I missed this review from November 18th on Denver Connects:
"In the back of the gallery, Nathan Abel’s Stills showcase all-to-real scenes of lonely office buildlings, a hushed house, and blank, white trucks lined up on a street. Beautifully rendered, the scenes evoke both a sense of familiarity and loneliness. Evoking the solitary sense of suburban and even urban landscapes, the paintings are haunting, comforting, and at the same time disquieting. Staring at them in the series, I was reminded of the great David Byrne film True Stories, as they both capture the ennui, dread, and strange beauty of the human landscape so perfectly."
The show was also reviewed this week in the Westword.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I will be the guest artist at this month's "Action Figures" hosted by Katie Taft. It's a monthly Q&A with area artists that will be at the Shoppe this month. Come on by, eat a cupcake and drill me with difficult questions.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I'm not sure what he means by "awkward", but the show is still up for almost another month so you should go by Rule and decide for yourself.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
I made a couple of small drawings for the Postcard Show at Artlink in Fort Wayne. They will be on display there and for sale with all proceeds benefiting Artlink's exhibitions. The postcards will be up during the Fort Wayne Photographers exhibit, December 12, 2008 – January 14, 2009. Artlink is the first gallery I showed at and has been exhibiting the occasional piece of mine since I was a teenager - I'm happy to support them and all that they have done for the small art scene there in Fort Wayne.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
A ambient dvd to play when you have company over and would like to add a little ambiance to the room using the tv. Colorcalm has a couple of options that can be customized to match the mood or colors in the room.
Make a custom plate with your own photos. I made one last year from the above photo and it came out really well - but order one soon if you're trying to get it in time for Christmas.
Order a print of a historical photograph from the Denver Library's extensive collection. Get one of your neighborhood, or one of one of your favorite landmarks in Colorado. They have maps, drawings, paintings, and aerial photos too - all of which could be printed to suit on one of several choices of paper/finish.
I recommended a lot of music the other day too. Other options for holiday shopping are to shop locally (check out Fancy Tiger, Plastic Chapel, The Shoppe, Talulah Jones, Twist and Shout, Tattered Cover and others) or you could make something - take a look at Readymade and Instructables for great ideas.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Also - here's the news from Plus Gallery for First Friday:
"Plus Gallery will be open into the evening this Friday December 5th for First Friday till 8pm. We have changed up the artwork in our temporary space, pulling out some favorite works such as Dave Yust's amazing "Circular Composition #70" which is one of the last remaining dimensional canvases available from the artist, a terrific large-scale canvas from Bruce Price circa 2001, Jeff Strahl's large-scale photograph "Prague" from his Europium series, a trio of Lenka Konopasek's "Dusty Air" series paintings, brand new works from Jonathan Saiz and Travis Egedy and a number of other gems to freshen the month of December. We still have a few of our t-shirts left, as well as select works from last months "small works" exhibition. Our neighbors at the MCA will be hosting their regular first friday features "Top 10 & WITY cocktails" at 6:30pm with a focus on top 10 gifts to help the planet and "Open Shelf Films" at 7:30pm with the film "Run Lola Run.""
Thursday, December 4, 2008
This album art can be a little misleading if you were to guess the sound of the band by just the album art. This is not a light/airy album. I think Nadja albums are amazing in that they are so full that they almost become empty - so in that way the snow image is quite appropriate. There is so much noise and feedback and distortion on the album that to me it reminds me of when I listened to a Brice Marden lecture (download it from MOMA here) recently and he said that essentially he was not painting empty/minimal canvases - he was over-painting and flooding the image so much with paint and wax that it became one solid, full layer. Nadja is what that might sound like...
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
1. The Walkmen, You & Me
2. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
3. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
4. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
5. Violens, V ep
6. Sebastien Tellier, Sexuality
7. Shearwater, Rook
8. The Dodos, Visiter
9. Portishead, Third
10. Ladyhawk, Shots/Constantines, Kensington Heights
11. Atlas Sound, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can Not See But Feel
12. Department of Eagles, In Ear Park
Honorable Mention: Nadja, Beck, Modern Guilt, Ratatat LP3
Favorite 80s influenced synth-heavy albums of the year:
1. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
2. Sebastien Tellier, Sexuality
3. Empire of the Sun, Walking on a Dream
4. Van She, V
5. Chairlift, Does You Inspire You
6. Foxglove Hunt, Stop Heartbeat
7. The Radio Dept, Freddie and the Trojan Horse ep
8. M83, Saturdays=Youth
9. Alaska in Winter, Holiday
10. Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles
Favorite albums that are or could be soundtracks from 2008:
1. There Will Be Blood, by Jonny Greenwood
2. The Assassination of Jesse James..., by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
3. Earth, The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
4. The Fun Years, Baby It's Cold Inside
5. July Skies, The Weather Clock
6. Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Dolores
Favorite albums that are not from 2008 but I discovered or listened to a lot in 2008:
1. Music for the Motion Picture "Into the Wild", by Eddie Vedder
2. Dustin O'Halloran, Piano Solos 2
3. Otis Redding, The Very Best of Otis Redding Vol. 1
4. Distance, My Demons
5. Nadja, Touched
What's the big deal? (2008 Edition)
1. No Age, Nouns
Guilty pleasures of the year:
1. Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!, Awesome Record, Great Songs! Volume One
2. Lil Wayne, The Carter III
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Best music for gravel roads:
Constantines, Kensington Heights
Richard Serra at Denver Art Museum, photo by fernandor93
Best music to accompany finding old newspapers in your grandparents attic:
Best music for scenic vistas - grand, operatic and powerful:
Caspar David Friedrich
Best music to have an indulgent and somewhat nostalgic party to: