Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dusk by Alexis Mackenzie

Dusk (sold), originally uploaded by alexisanne.

Opening tonight!

Objectophilia opens tonight from 7-10pm featuring 44 artists - many from Denver including some of my favorite local artists like Bill Amundson, Justin Beard, Patti Hallock, and Sarah McKenzie. It is partnered with the Biennial of the Americas and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver on Delgany St. Read more about it on their facebook site and their blog.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Alexander Binder works

Alexander Binder recently posted a new series called "Allerseelen", including this owl work that I am happy to say hangs in my living room right now.

The owl photo is located in the lower left corner of the bottom row of the arrangement on the right hand side in this photo:
Another one of his photos hangs in our entry way:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tom Fabritius

Fassade, 2004, 180x280cm, Aquacryl auf Leinwand
Wald, 2005, 150x200cm, Aquacryl auf Leinwand
Börse, 2009, 120x150cm, Aquacryl auf Leinwand

All paintings by Tom Fabritius. Thanks for the tip Alan.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Alexander Thomas Harrison (1853-1930) - Solitude, 1893 from Uncertain Times

"It seems to me that today if the artist wishes to be serious... he must once more sink himself in solitude." ~Edgar Degas

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Yesterday I went to the Denver Art Museum and took a second look at the newly displayed photography show called "Exposure". It's a really worthwhile show covering a wide variety of subjects, time periods, and processes. Greg Cradick from Denver's Working With Artists recently wrote a long review on his Eye on Photography blog - read it here. My personal favorite in the show is Petah Coyne's Untitled 735:

You can see more highlights from the show here.

UFO Cloud

Unusual cloud formation - photo by Brian Wilton c/o Dailymail.

see also:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mention on Lost at E Minor

Lost at E Minor posted my work recently and wrote,
"Denver-based Nathan Abels‘ paintings deal with the matter-of-course destruction humans wreak on the environment. Abels, like many other artists and photographers of late, captures the new, self-reflexive sense of the sublime we now experience with the uncontrollable power we now have over our world."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ghost Towns and Mining Ruins

One of our favorite things to do on road trips through the mountains is go to ghost towns. We've been steadily checking off towns from the Ghost Towns of Colorado book over the last few years. I put most of the better photos together in a flickr set:

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Photos from our trip

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We took a long road trip through a couple of ghost towns (St. Elmo, Ironton) and camped in Ridgeway, Colroado. We also spent some time in Ouray, and a night outside of Silverton on the banks of the beautiful Molas Lake. Take a look through the photos (34 of the better ones from the trip).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Back in a few days

by Greg Eason

Sorry the blog has had a lot of ups and downs lately - I'm going to be back at it in a few days.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Couple of Tunes for Your Weekend

There are two songs available from ((Rad Kids)) via Vibes4Life. Legal and legit. Perfect summer jams.

Found Trail Art

On our hike up to Buffalo Ridge on Memorial day we passed some natural art pieces on the trail - perhaps made by Sue and Spud:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Recent press

Michael Paglia from the Denver Westword reviewed the "Stark" show at Foothills Art Center, saying of my work;

"the exhibit begins with some remarkable, barely-there drawings by Nathan Abels. 'City Park Morning' is so faint, it takes a moment or two to come into focus; it's almost as if Abels has simply exhaled graphite. An apparition-like video of his exudes a similar faintness."
I was also featured on the art-blog My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses and some tumblr blogs: the locative case, sunday afternoon rain, and drawing architecture.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Currently on the Easel

This is a corner of my new studio- cleaned up for a recent studio visit. Although it is hard to see in the view above, the branch along the top of the image I'm painting reminded me of the one seen in this Steichen painting from 1905:

Eduard Steichen, "Cooper's Bluff - Moonlight Strollers", Oil on Canvas

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Storialist

I just got an interesting email from Hannah Stephenson of the Storialist blog - she wrote a poem inspired by my "Kairos" painting, called "Timing is Everything, Nearly". Thanks Hannah!

"Timing is Everything, Nearly"

When to
make a thing
of an idea,
to manifest
what your
mind has
until now
only murmured.

When to

When to
trust the
of ice
to hold
you, when
to give your
and when to

When to
the four
of diamonds,
the duplicate
of the card
the girl
had chosen.

When to
in order
to notice.

When to
sew your life
to another

When to
for effect.

When to
go to
the doctor,
a cough
in your

to rush.

When to
drive home,
and when
to wait
for the sky
to empty itself.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

DIA + Anubis

This sculpture of Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god associated with mummification and the afterlife was recently installed at Denver International Airport. Installing large Egyptian gods at our airport is sure to feed the DIA conspiracy theories. Add that to the list of the New World Order symbolism, underground chambers and aliens associated with the Denver airport.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Hiking weekend

We had a busy weekend of hiking:

Loch Lomond near Alice, Colorado
Our hike to Bison Peak - photo by Lorna Cochrane
more on the trail to Bison Peak
nearing the summit of Bison Peak
Bison Peak
Bison Peak

To top it all off we saw a black bear from the highway on the way home!


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