Curiosity is king.
The Women's Art League, Fred Annes, Drew Austin, Shannon Belardi, Sarah Bozaan, Katie Caron, Diane Cionni, Trey Duvall, Jessica Forrestal, Brian Fouhy, June Glasson, Joshua Goss, Erica Green, Clay Hawkley, Patricia Howard, Helios Lucida, Suchitra Mattai, Collin Richard, Fazilat Soukhakian, Jodi Stuart, Louis Trujilo & Kaitlyn Tucek
Artists in the 21st century have to be shrewd to stand out. They often employ multiple disciplines to produce notable work. They challenge the world around them and explore unusual notions. This collection exemplifies artists using any means necessary to express themselves. Subject, medium and/or technique are pushed in innovative ways and combinations. Space is redefined, color bends and flows, marks become obsessive, organic life is raw and distorted. These visual entrepreneurs transcend the norm by provoking innovation and wonder.
Libby Barbee, Justin Beard, Adán De La Garza, Clay Hawkley, Jennifer Ivanovic, Cindy Sepucha & Mario Zoots
Firehouse Curator Jessica Kooiman Parker encouraged artists to use their creative practice to process authentic reactions to modern times and to channel that energy into new work. By encouraging work of this subject matter, the artist becomes a sincere reflection of our society and the issues we face.
Fortunately for us contemporary artists are able to unpack the headlines, filter them through their creative practice and present them to the world as a mirror to the chaos. Ideally, we stop, think and change. It’s an important role for artists to play and it is equally important to offer the opportunity for them to create work in this vein. Artists are essentially a way to ‘check’ audiences and document our society.
Stemming from frustration and feeling powerless, Kooiman Parker embarked on a mission to give artists an opportunity to create political work. Artists were asked the following questions: Do you believe in something enough that you are willing to fight for it? What do you stand for? What are you embarrassed of? Their responses are as varied as our society at large; from fossil fuels and feminism to housing issues and TSA pat-downs.
Erica Green, Jodie Roth Cooper & Liz Quan
This exhibition takes a look at three artists working with various mediums (thread, porcelain and metal) to create organic, geometric forms. Their individual configurations develop a language of jarred and broken spaces, tangled textures and precise angles. Together the work invites the viewer to explore tiny, delicate and harsh constructions of life. The free flowing, dripping thread drawings of Erica Green, spread across the page like cells building upon themselves. She references mistakes, the unknown and forgotten spaces. The smooth, refined work of Liz Quan forms an inciting world of texture, weight and color. Strange shapes create a narrative of play and mystery. In contrast to Quan and Green, Jodie Roth Cooper creates sharp mechanical bodies that climb the wall as if, at any moment, they could forever meld into a structural component of the building itself.
Suchitra Mattai & Ian McLaughlin
Exposing the prevalence of moving film in art making and installation. Through film, the exhibit depicts the brilliance and absurdity of humankind while exploring one-self.
Gayle Crites, Deborah J. Haynes, Jennie Kiessling & Kaitlyn Tucek
This diverse collection demonstrates how artists contemplate and represent the world around them by the act of making marks. Non-representational art forces us look at the world on a deeply human level: i.e., incorporating our psyches, spirituality, emotions…our essence. Often, these artists abstractedly translate what they observed to express how that moment crystallized in their being. “Mark Making” continues this tradition, with each artist working in different mediums and techniques to bring to fruition how they view the world, and their reaction to it.
Janice McDonald, Mary Williams, Victoria Eubanks, Ken Elliott, David Bailey, Georgia Anderson, Kathy Hall, David Bailey, Denny Driscoll, Dwayne Wolff, Christina Cappelletti, Jenna Dudley, Lydia Pottoff, John Goyer, Irene Delka McCray, Angela Precourt, Mark Bueno, James Roberts, Rebecca Stumpf, Ben Gaude, Diane Martonis, Linda Gleitz, Susie Jones, Sabrina Pitman, Molly Morning Glory, Betsy Anderson, Bradley Books, Chris Combs, Kirsten Boyer, Amelia Furman, Sara Boers Brown, Alicia Jenson, Ninel Senatorova, & Nina Hausfeld
Collaborative teams of artists worked together to create installations and works of art based on local farms.
Megan Morgan, Molly Morning Glory, Heather Cherry, Lisa Truesdale, Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Anayelli Vazquez, Kathryn Hall, Charles Smith, Cindy Sepucha, Deborah Coccoli, Sarah Hanson, Sara Broers Brown, Jack Greene, Dwayne Wolff, Margaret Josey-Parker, Sarah Kinn, Michael Bellmont, Angela Beloian, Britt Ripley, David Bailey, Irene Delka McCray, Denny Driscoll, Robin Bryant, Chris Brown, Linda Gleitz, Karen Auvinen, Jason Emery, Jessica Eppler, Jason Innes, Ninel Senatorova, Jenny Ward Hodgson, Jacob Leeuwenburgh, Kirsten Boyer, Diane Martonis, Greg Marmolejo, Rebecca Stumpf, Kirby Kana & Angela Precourt
This exhibition is primarily focused on documenting 6-8 local farms through photography, film, poetry, storytelling, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, song writing and recipe creation. Artists were paired with a local farm to visit, experience, learn, engage and work with the farmers to create their work.
Micheal Bernhardt, Blanca Guerra, Lee Heekin & Penelope Sharp
The work in this exhibition represents various meanings of Ins and Outs. Each artist brings a unique perspective to what is “in” and what is “out.” It can be an internal emotion felt by outside or external pressures… it refers to the intricacies or complications of a situation, decision or process. “Ins and outs” can be the physical environment and how we define what is inside the box and what is outside the box. It is the big picture or how things stand. “Ins and outs” can be as simple as windings, turnings, nooks or recesses. Together the work will challenge you to explore your own idea of ins and outs. We are grateful to view the world through the eyes of these artists, with creativity and curiosity.
Jennifer Ghromley & J. Diane Martonis
In a single word, “echoes” embodies the art of two Colorado artists in a stunning and fluid sensory experience. Constructed primarily of paper, their creations reference repetition, movement and memory through meticulous cutting and folding techniques. Creative lighting and cast shadows engage the space in an evocative way as pieces extend out of the frame, suspend off the wall, and cascade from the ceiling.
Gamma, Frank Kwiatkowski, Thomas Scharfenberg, Mark Sink, Colin Ward, & friends
Opening the gallery space up to street artists to create work on the walls. Not just grafitti, but all types of street art that is happening now. Embracing grit and urban diversity.