Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Found Photo

I picked this photo-booth photo up at the flea market this morning. They have all the ingredients of cool - knives, leather jacket, cigarettes, slick hair and flashy glasses.

James Erikson

James Erikson

Untitled 3, 2009
24 x 32 inches
Oil on Canvas
Falling Water, 2009
48 x 48 inches
Oil on Canvas
White Light, 2009
44 x 48 inches
Oil on Canvas

Friday, July 30, 2010

Jump into Hole, originally uploaded by bixentro.

Whale Vertebrae furniture

Ever since a visit to Wartburg castle in Germany in 1999 the image of Martin Luther's footstool stayed with me. He used a whale vertebrae as his footstool while translating the Bible (pictured below). It has a beautiful sculptural quality to it and for reasons I'm having trouble articulating, using the backbone of a whale as a footstool while translating religious texts seems poetic.


On a related note, I came across a great modern stool inspired by the whale vertebrae - by Alda Hall.

Langreyður - kollur
Langreyður - kollur

Langreyður - kollur
Langreyður - kollur

Langreyður - kollur
Langreyður - kollur

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Current Work in Progress

The painting looks better now (more glow/white sparkles), but here's a photo from a few days ago. It goes well with a quote from this date in Henry David Thoreau's journal:

"The most valuable communication or news consists of hints and suggestions."
Henry David Thoreau- July 29, 1857

True Art Speaks Plainly

"The sum and substance of literary as well as social morality may be expressed in three words - tell the truth. It matters not how the tongues of the critics may wag, or the voices of a partially developed and highly conventionalized society may complain, the business of the author as well as of other works upon the earth, is to say what he knows to be true, and, having said as much, to abide the result with patience."

"Truth is what is; and the seeing of what is, the realization of truth. To express what we see honestly and without subterfuge: this is morality as well as art."

from the short essay "True Art Speaks Plainly" by Theodore Dreiser, 1903

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Aerial Photo

Here's a new aerial photo I took yesterday that reminded me of Abstract Expressionism and some of the older paintings of Sarah McKenzie.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Untitled, 2010

Untitled, 2010, originally uploaded by Kevin Strickland.

Natural Wonders

This photo of light hail on Loch Lomond by Lorna Cochrane.

We recently got a membership to the Denver Botanic Gardens and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite places in Denver - certainly my favorite place in the neighborhood. The gardens are a lush, sprawling oasis that offers a degree of natural solitude without having to drive into the mountains. The Gardens currently have a beautifully installed collection of Henry Moore sculptures on view.

Friday, July 23, 2010

RxRy for your weekend

AAIEI - RxRy - VAEIOUWLS LP (2010) from Rx Ry on Vimeo.

RxRy has great music available for free -directly from the artist at his blog. Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


RICHARD ALDRICH, Untitled, 2007, Oil and wax on panel, 14.75 H x 10.625 W x .875 D inches.

RICHARD ALDRICH, Aerial View Painting, 2006, Oil and wax on panel, 19.125 H x 14 W x .87 D inches.

RICHARD ALDRICH, Paint as Revealing Three Gestures: Psychological, Structural and Philosophical, 2006, Oil and wax on linen, 84 H x 58 W x 1 D inches.

I've been into abstraction more lately.

Julio Larraz, For you, Anaxagoras, 2003

Charles Sheeler, Catastrophe No. 2, 1944

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


My long OOP Tiny Showcase print from 2008 just showed up on Ebay with a few other ones.

Harry Smith paintings

Harry Smith, Untitled, circa 1977, oil and pen on board, 28 x 36 inHarry Smith, Untitled, circa 1978, oil and acrylic on board, approximately 26 x 26 in.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Keltie Ferris

St. Sebastian, 2009. Oil, acrylic, sprayed paint & oil pastel on canvas, 80 x 80 inches. - via.
Queen Pyro, 2008, Oil, oil pastel, acrylic & sprayed paint on canvas, 80x70" - via.
Man Whisperer, 2009, Oil, acrylic, oil pastel & sprayed paint on canvas, 80x80"
Spider Silva, 2008, 80 x 80 inches, oil, acrylic & spray paint on canvas- via.

Keltie Ferris. I really love these paintings.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Artists talk tonight

Please come and hear a few of Objectophilia's artists talk about their work -- Sarah McKenzie, Angela Beloian, and Sabin Aell will all be speaking!

Thursday, July 15, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
1490 Delgany Street

More about the show here - and the event here.

One Question Leads To Another

Gabriel Liston, One Question Leads To Another, Oil on canvas, 24″ x 16″, 2010
Love this new painting. You can read Gabriel's guest blog spot from last summer here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Untitled, 2010

Untitled, 2010, originally uploaded by Kevin Strickland.

the thing you can’t explain

Wolfgang Laib

"In art there is only one thing that counts: the thing you can’t explain."
~Georges Braque (via Sympathy for the art gallery)

Friday, July 9, 2010

"I paint with my back to the world"

Agnes Martin, Happy Holidays, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, 1999 via.

I watched an interview with Agnes Martin on the documentary series Art City recently (streaming on netflix) -here are a few of her many memorable quotes,

"I paint with my back to the world"

"I've painted a lot of paintings about happiness. I paint about happiness, innocence and beauty - the feelings that we have that go beyond the world - that have no worldly cause."

"Doesn't matter where you are - if you bring your mind to a stop you will feel a light, delicate happiness - that's tranquility"

"Everybody's rushing so much in this life, that they don't take time to really look and find out what their response is - even to their own work."

"You only pay attention to things that you like...and when you go to the museum you just look at the paintings you like - you don't look at the ones you don't like and stop and criticize and all that..."

~Agnes Martin

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Opening Tonight

It is a busy week for Denver art - a opening last night, a Thursday opening at Rhinoceropolis and then First Friday tomorrow.


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