August 5th – 20th, 2022
Opening Reception August 5th 6-10pm
2822 E.17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
I am nature, the universal mother, mistress of all the elements, primordial child of time, sovereign of all things spiritual, queen of the dead, queen of the immortals, My nod governs the shining heights of heaven, the wholesome sea breezes, the lamentable silences of the world below. I know the cycles of growth and decay.
— Visions of Apuleius (Metamorphoses II)
Brenda Stumpf makes art that conjures the mysterious and enchanted — sometimes diving into the dark and hiding in the secretive. As she works, she is often feeling her way towards something that seems deep, ancient, and timeless by way of the abstract and symbolic.
In her latest exhibition Tendrophia, Stumpf presents four large scale assembled paintings, and a selection of found object sculpture along side a new series of nine mixed media ink transfers.
Tendrophia is a portmanteau, or a blended word, that is derived from the phrase “tendrils of Sophia.” In the ancient Gnostic tradition Sophia is the feminine personification of wisdom – knowledge revealed to us intuitively and perceived as spiritually true. In contemporary terms, Carl Jung links the figure of Sophia to the highest archetype of the anima. “Nature mysticism” which was popular with Romantic writers such as Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth is described as an intense experience of the unification with nature or the cosmic totality.
Elaborate and dense, Stumpf’s large scale assemblages function as enchanted reliquaries and incorporates an array of elements such as childhood artifacts, plastic flowers, removed antique wallpaper, a rusted wheel barrel, broken antique chandelier pieces, a found run over book, jewelry, and a wasp. They are encapsulated in alternating layers of a thick gel medium containing micro glass beads and sand, making everything appear crystalline and calcified.
In her most recent series, the artist uses an ink transfer process with photos taken during her time in France as a foundation or starting point to the physicality of the pieces and as an invocation to the heart of the work. They are developed by building up and breaking down layers of paint, gel medium, sand, and rust by scratching and scraping the surfaces – a forced decay. In essence, these paintings are a meditation on the lushness of nostalgia and the passing of time.
39th Annual All Colorado Art Show
July 9 through August 27, 2022
The Curtis Center for the Arts presents the 39th Annual All Colorado Art Show. This exhibit celebrates artists from across the state displaying in many different mediums. From abstract paintings to mixed medium sculpture, there is something in this show for everyone.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Curtis Center for the Arts
2349 East Orchard Rd.
Greenwood Village, CO 80121
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Jurors Talk: Saturday, August 13th, 2pm
TRUE WEST 22
July 21 through September 8, 2022
Curated by Annie Decamp and Michael Dowling
True West is a continuing look at the west, it’s location and culture through the eyes of the contemporary artist. Now in its third year the core theme continues, asking each invited artist to consider their perception of the west as a place or an idea, or an experience such as a westward migration or historical connection. Many of the artists were invited because of their direct relationship with the west. Other artists were invited because their work was made without the West directly in mind, but the symbols and ideas put forth encounter the west in some way.
Red Brick Center for the Arts
110 East Hallam St., Suite 118
Aspen, CO 81611
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.