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July’s First Friday Art Openings at The Modbo and SPQR: New Art by Nina Peterson and Korri Oxford

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (The Arts Alley District) happily present a First Friday opening on Friday, July 4th, 2014.  Modbo will host works by Brett Andrus, while S.P.Q.R. exhibits new work by Nina Peterson and newcomer Korri Oxford. Don’t miss this show, opening from 5:30 til midnight on July 4th, and open subsequent Fridays through July 25th. More info by emailing themodbo@gmail.com or going to http://www.themodbo.com.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903. 719.633.4240

 

Nina Peterson developed an interest in oil painting a decade ago and began showing artwork in high school. While pursuing an undergraduate degree, she became a member of The Modbo Collective and exhibited her first solo show at SPQR in 2012. Later that year, Peterson entered a graduate program at the University of Denver, and she will complete a Master of Arts degree in Art History and Museum Studies in August 2014. Studying the history of art profoundly influences her artistic practice, just as her own creative endeavors benefit her academic pursuits. Her subject matter and narratives address societal perceptions of femininity, sexual violence against women, and the development of personal and cultural identities.

 

Describing the philosophical and intellectual maturation of a typically young, male protagonist, a bildungsroman is a literary genre that generally begins with the youth’s alienation, subsequently follows his trials, and usually concludes with his reintegration into society. Bildungsroman at the Modbo is Nina Peterson’s artistic rumination on a two-year period of self-exploration prompted largely by moving from Colorado Springs and entering a graduate program in Denver. Invoking the feminist rallying cry “the personal is political,” this body of work engages art created by women in the 1970s. Artists like Eleanor Antin and Ana Mendieta, who used their own bodies as the site of both individual reflection and social critique, inspired Peterson’s corporeal documentation and self-portraiture. Experimenting with various media, Peterson attempts to identify and subvert gender constructs in contemporary society by questioning how the rapid ascension of digital platforms and social media enforces expectations, dichotomizes or liberates sexuality, and transforms intimate interactions. Peterson wonders, What kind of growth resulted from my knowledge gained in school and my relationships built (or neglected) during this time?

 

Korri Oxford’s father was was a janitor for a local high school, and when the library annually threw out the old/obsolete books, he would rescue the art books and bring them home, and that’s where it started for Oxford.  She studied those pictures– not caring for the text, but the images burned into her memory. Even if she didn’t like or understand what she was looking at, it was something she’d never seen before. Among the most impactful were “The Dead Mother,” “The Subway,” “Christina’s World.” and “Screaming Man.” They seemed to deal with the severity of feeling isolated in a social world. It’s something Oxford strongly identified with, and it is a recurring theme in her personal work. Oxford has been painting in oil under the instruction of Brett Andrus and Phil Lear for the last 2 years. She has been involved with multiple local art shows like Nocturnal Mockery, Mothma, and the Future Fossil Foundation. She volunteers at Life Skills High school, teaching art because she believes it’s important to have a creative outlet. Says Oxford, “Creating something new is an intoxicating challenge. I paint, because some things I want to see don’t exist.”

 

Regarding her latest work, Oxford says the following: “We all turn a blind eye to the ugly and understated, but in reality it makes up a considerable percentage of our existence, and I think it should be recognized, even if it’s unpleasant. That’s why I often paint darker subject matter. I paint with a lot of personal symbolism, some portraiture, and occasionally surrealism. My work sometimes questions authority and social convention, it analyzes personal dynamics, and destructive tendencies. I’m chasing a response from my audience, good or bad, the worst thing I can be is forgettable.”

 

In the Modbo, works from Brett Andrus’ latest show, Hypothesis, will be available. Andrus’ newest body of work is an experiment in working in a manner that was new and uncomfortable to him– many of the pieces are small, mixed media drawings, done on a more intimate scale.  Thus the show’s title, “Hypothesis.” Andrus sees these pieces as an homage to the process changes he has embraced in the past few months.  However, despite the new media, the new scales, he remains firmly in the realm of the narrative figurative, seeking to connect with the viewer on a sensual and emotional level. The viewer in these pieces acts as both witness and voyeur– sharing a clandestine moment with the artist’s subjects. Influenced by Egon Schiele, Kent Williams, and Jenny Saville, Andrus uses his fascination with realism to find his contemporary voice within the constructs of the classical female form.

 

Bio:

A Colorado native, Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at the Savannah School of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001.  Andrus divides his time between a career in the financial industry, co-ownership (with his wonderful wife Lauren) of the award-winning art galleries The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., directing and teaching at the newly formed ModboCo School of Art at Ivywild, working as a musician (in projects that include Waterbear, The Men of Deep Throat, Team Laser Wolf, and Headhum), and producing as a disciplined artist.  Over the last fifteen years, Andrus has exhibited his work in Santa Fe, Denver, Atlanta, New York City, New Orleans, Trinidad and Colorado Springs.

The Modbo Turns Five with a Big Celebration on Saturday, June 15!

Check out this lovely article by Kelly Heider on the Colorado Collective Blog for more information–

http://www.colorado-collective.com/stories/2014/6/13/the-modbo-heres-to-five-years

 

Brett Andrus’ Hypothesis: June’s First Friday Opening at The Modbo and SPQR!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (The Arts Alley District) proudly present a First Friday opening on June 6th, 2014, featuring Hypothesis– new works by Brett Andrus, filling both galleries. The opening reception goes from 5:30 til midnight on Friday, June 6th, and will feature not only the stunning new oils and mixed media work of Andrus, but also a musical interlude by Eros and the Eschaton and some special surprise performances. The show remains up until Friday, June 27th.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, themodbo.com, themodbo@gmail.com, 633-4240.

 

Andrus’ newest body of work is an experiment in working in a manner that was new and uncomfortable to him– many of the pieces are small, mixed media drawings, done on a more intimate scale.  Thus the show’s title, “Hypothesis.” Andrus sees these pieces as an homage to the process changes he has embraced in the past few months.  However, despite the new media, the new scales, he remains firmly in the realm of the narrative figurative, seeking to connect with the viewer on a sensual and emotional level. The viewer in these pieces acts as both witness and voyeur– sharing a clandestine moment with the artist’s subjects. Influenced by Egon Schiele, Kent Williams, and Jenny Saville, Andrus uses his fascination with realism to find his contemporary voice within the constructs of the classical female form.

 

Bio:

A Colorado native, Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at the Savannah School of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001.  Andrus divides his time between a career in the financial industry, co-ownership (with his wonderful wife Lauren) of the award-winning art galleries The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., directing and teaching at the newly formed ModboCo School of Art at Ivywild, working as a musician (in projects that include Waterbear, The Men of Deep Throat, Team Laser Wolf, and Headhum), and producing as a disciplined artist.  Over the last fifteen years, Andrus has exhibited his work in Santa Fe, Denver, Atlanta, New York City, New Orleans, Trinidad and Colorado Springs.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

The new spring/summer adult art classes at the ModboCo are now beginning one week later, the week of May 12th. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience! Now go forth and register!

May’s First Friday Openings at The Modbo and SPQR: Lorelei Beckstrom and Dareece Walker!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (The Arts Alley District) are proud to present a First Friday opening on May 2nd, 2014. The Modbo will host Folkesagn, a new body of work by Modbo Collective artist Lorelei Beckstrom.  S.P.Q.R. will have works of Dareece Walker, in his first solo show with The Modbo.  Both shows will be up until Friday, May 30th. Opening reception is from 5:30 pm til midnight on Friday, May 2nd, with live music by Mobdividual at 9 pm. The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240. 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903. themodbo.com. themodbo@gmail.com

About Folkesagn:

“Some of my favorite memories of my childhood in Minnesota are those spent watching the Aurora Borealis. Soon after my 2013 solo show ‘Fluff’, in which I told some of the great Greek myths through stuffed animals, I stumbled upon a particular Nordic folktale [folkesagn], in which the fox was the creator of the Northern Lights.

I decided to further explore this folklore of my ancestors, and found intriguing stories of the rabbit connecting the heavens and the earth, the deer who ate from the World Tree, and Odin’s ravens, Hugin and Munin, who flew the world to bring him knowledge.

I was inspired and began work for this show by creating the animal masks to be used in my photoshoots- which always become a fun and serendipitous collaboration between myself and the models. These paintings are loosely based on our interpretation of these stories.

Most of the frames in this show were given to me by the Manitou Springs artist Charles Rockey. They were among hundreds of frames collected over his lifetime that were damaged in the 2013 flood that devastated our neighborhood. Some of them were repaired, and some are left in their damaged state. It’s a true honor to give them a new life, along with this series of tales.” –Lorelei Beckstrom

About Lorelei Beckstrom:

Lorelei Beckstrom spent seven years in college in Minnesota, where she dreamt of being a professional student- studying nearly every form of art before finally settling on painting. She then took a decade off to relocate to Colorado and build an unusual off-grid strawbale home, which she considers her greatest work of art to date. After spending years running a publishing business and a yoga studio, she found herself wanting to recommit to art full-time, and began studying oils once again under Brett Andrus.

Beckstrom has since shown prolifically in Colorado, where she co-owned the award-winning Rubbish Gallery. She has also shown at Eggman and Walrus in Santa Fe and Cult Status in Minneapolis. Her work resides in collections in the United States, Mexico, and England. She is represented by The Modbo in Colorado Springs and the Carla Wright Gallery in Denver.

In 2012, Lorelei was awarded ‘Best Artist on the Rise’ by the Colorado Springs Gazette. Her 2013 solo show ‘Fluff’ was featured in a cover story by the Colorado Springs Independent, and was later voted silver for best show of the year.

About Rips and Stains of Fabric and Time:

“My experience growing up as a black man, in the United States, has yielded many questions about the history of this nation as it relates to African Americans. These questions inspire my interest in the history of black representation, and provoke me to create work in response to my discoveries. I use recycled wood and cardboard because of the color, they relate to commodities, are low quality and easily replaced. As a black American I feel underestimated, and I empathize with these qualities of being used, undervalued, and discarded.” –Dareece Walker

About Dareece Walker:

Dáreece Jordan Walker was born in 1989 in Manhattan, Kansas. He is currently living and working in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dáreece received his bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in May 2013. Recently he has shown at The Business of Art Center, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, and Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Dáreece has been published in The Gazette, CS Independent, The African American Voice, Revolution Newspaper, and the New American Paintings Blog.

Awards include the Campus Auxiliaries excellence award in visual arts at UCCS, a purchase of his piece “March With King” by UCCS for permanent collection, RAW Colorado Springs Visual Artist of the Year 2012, and the African American Voice 2013 “Talented Ten” award. Dareece will be moving to New York this fall to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts at The School of Visual Arts NY.

Spring/Summer 2014 Adult Art Classes Announced!

Info here!

April’s Arts Alley Openings: Cymon Padilla at The Modbo, Monique Viger at SPQR

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The Modbo and SPQR, the Arts Alley District, present new works by Cymon Padilla and Monique Viger for April’s First Friday. Padilla’s show, “Postcards from Hyperborea,” will be featured in the Modbo, while Viger’s “Branches… Birds and Bugs” hangs in SPQR. Opening reception from 5:30 pm until midnight on Friday, April 4th. This show will run through Friday, April 25th. The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80903.  themodbo.com. 633-4240.

SPQR will host new works by Monique Viger, “Branches . . . Birds and Bugs.” Monique Viger is one of Modbo Collective’s newest members, and has studied under Brett Andrus for almost five years at the ModboCo School of Art. Her work has been in galleries, restaurants, coffee shops and hair salons throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Here, at her first solo show, Monique experiments with how light abstracts images within nature.

In the Modbo, you’ll find Cymon Padilla’s “Postcards from Hyperborea.” Cymon Padilla was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting. These interests crystallized in his first oil painting class at Pikes Peak Community College,  where he received his Associate of Arts degree in 2012. His work is primarily focused on using humor  and absurd juxtapositions to illustrate the relationship between human culture and the natural  world. When he’s not at his day job or in the studio, you can find Cymon exploring the outdoor landscapes that inspire much of his art.

 

March’s First Friday Arts Alley District Openings: Chameleon by Erin Jones and Two India: Photography by Matthew Schniper and Anthony Delao Adams

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The Modbo and SPQR, the Arts Alley District, proudly present March’s first Friday opening. The Modbo will host “Chameleon” by Erin Jones, while photographers Matthew Schniper and Anthony Delao Adams present “Two India” at SPQR. The opening reception for this show is on March 7th from 5:30 pm til midnight. Closing on March 28. The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903. More info at themodbo.com or at 633-4240, themodbo@gmail.com.

In the Modbo:

“Chameleon” by Erin Jones, is a collection of paintings and intaglio etchings that investigate camouflage and adaptation among people, environments, and objects.  Erin Jones, 23, is a Colorado Springs native.  She graduated from Palmer High School, having taken Advanced Placement and IB Classes in art.  Her first and most prominent art pursuit began with FutureSelf in 2003.  She studied countless art media under dozens of local artists as a student while also moving forward in the program as volunteer, artist assistant, event coordinator and teacher, until the program’s end in 2011.  Erin worked extensively with local artist and mentor Spica Stolfus and the Black Kiowa Gallery from 2006 to present. There, she executed dozens of art projects, shows, and installations throughout the community.  From 2007-2008, Erin worked at the Smokebrush Foundation of the Arts as a gallery assistant and an assistant curator.  In 2008, she was accepted into the highly esteemed annual juried art exhibition “Wunderkind” at the Business of Art Center.  This exhibit spotlights 12 of the top high-school art students in the Pikes Peak region.  Erin fell in love with oil paint in 2010 while studying under Brett Andrus at The Modbo/ SPQR galleries. Heavy participation in the Arts Alley District with Brett and Lauren Andrus has provided Erin with ample amounts of gallery exposure and recognition throughout the community. In an attempt to broaden her horizons in art and travel, Erin applied last year to the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts and was accepted alongside 26 participants worldwide to undergo an intensive abroad study in Italy and Greece for the fall of 2012.

In SPQR:

Two India: photography by Anthony Delao Adams and Matthew Schniper, capturing recent travels in India with Yobel International. (10 percent of proceeds will be donated to Yobel International.)

For two weeks in January, 2014, Anthony Delao Adams and Matthew Schniper participated as volunteers on a Yobel International Exposure Trip to Kolkata and Darjeeling, India. In the northern, tea-growing region, they helped teach a business-development curriculum aimed at empowering rural communities to transform their communities under their own power and leadership, to create true self-sufficiency and thereby less dependency on foreign aid. As part of the mission-oriented outreach work, they also visited the largest red light district in Asia, called  Sonagachi, touring the production facilities of partnering fair-trade organizations who work to get women out of the sex trade and into dignified, sustainable labor. The images in this exhibit are not directly related to that mission, but were captured in the same locales, as both photographers interacted with the vibrant landscape and its captivating people. The intent is to provide two unique visual narratives and entry points into the complex and often confounding landscape that is India. This is each photographer’s first time to exhibit in a gallery setting.

Bio:

Matthew Schniper has been an arts editor and food critic at the Colorado Springs Independent since 2006. He graduated from Colorado College in 2001 with a creative writing and film degree, having grown up in Birmingham, Alabama. He has traveled through more than 35 countries, spent many years inside the restaurant industry, and enjoys organic gardening, beekeeping and outdoor pursuits in addition to photography. He recalls taking volumes of awful pictures on many a  disposable camera, Polaroid or cheap point-and-shoot before getting his first 35mm film camera, an Olympus OM-2N, for a high school photography class. Years later, he would go through a few cheap point-and-shoot digital cameras before moving into a starter-level Canon Rebel XTi. Currently, he shoots on a Canon EOS 50D, affectionately nicknamed “Ginger Snap” by its former owner. Visit schnippic.com, a perpetual work in progress, to view more of his photography.

Anthony Delao is a local travel and portrait photographer focusing on everyday life. Undisturbed, as it is, in the midst of what may appear to be mundane or uninspiring at first glance. In 2009 a former boss placed an old camera in his hands, unintentionally sparking an interest in taking photos. However it was his first encounter with Thailand, in 2010, that really began his journey as a photographer and has allowed him to visit and photograph some of the globe’s most interesting people and places. He spent the better part of his twenties living abroad and working in the non-profit realm, leaving him with the most insatiable case of wanderlust ever to strike a man and his camera. Today, he is a foodie and pastry junkie who dreams of shooting for a travel magazine, AFAR… one day.

 

HEADHUM and Moonhoney at The ModboCo School of Rock

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Live Music at The ModboCo School of Rock at Ivywild! Please join us on Saturday, March 8th for a night of live music with HEADHUM and Moonhoney. Comprised of Andy Tanner on vocals, guitar, and piano, Jonathan Johnson on drums, and Brett Andrus on bass, HEADHUM is delighted to be reunited for this show. They’ll be joined by Moonhoney Gypsy Tango Cabaret (Ryan Flores, Adriana Jones, and Kirk Potillo) for some Latin/Gypsy awesomeness.  This show happens at the Ivywild school, 1604 S. Cascade Ave, in the ModboCo space downstairs. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. $7. More at themodboco.com or 633-4240.

 

February’s First Friday Opening at The Modbo and SPQR: The Student Show!

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Please join us for February’s first Friday art opening in the Arts Alley District.  The Modbo and SPQR (17c and 17b East Bijou) will happily present works by students and teachers of the new Modboco School of Art at Ivywild. The opening reception for this show is Friday, February 7th, from 5:30 pm until midnight.  The show may be viewed on subsequent Fridays in the month of February, beginning at 5:30 pm, until the closing on Friday, February 28th.  More information at themodbo.com, or by calling 633-4240.

 

The ModboCo School of Art has existed in one form or another over the past five years, but opened formally at its new space in Ivywild in August of 2013.  The school serves to bring integrity, joy, and purpose to students.  Art classes are taught for all ages and skill levels, and in a variety of media.  This new show will feature work from students as young as pre-Kindergarten and all the way up through adult levels.  There will also be pieces from several ModboCo teachers, including Christian Medovich, Brett Andrus, Phil Lear, and Erin Jones.

 

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to see the progress of our amazing group of students, and perhaps you’ll whet your appetite to take a class yourself!

 

Also on first Friday this month, don’t miss even more fun than usual downtown– From http://www.downtowncs.com : “ Downtown will once again play host to an Olympic Celebration, this time for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Starting at 5 p.m. downtown streets will be filled with winter sport activities – like dog sledding, snowmobiles, and ice climbing – even aerialist snowboarders with The Flying Aces. Take part in the Short and Sweet Dash, meet future and former Olympians, and watch the Opening Ceremonies on a giant outdoor screen.  Enjoy live music by Austin Young and Grant Sabin, numerous booths and demonstrations, beer garden and vodka zone, and lighting of a ceremonial cauldron. “

 

 

 

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