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Will you please vote? In the Indy’s Best Of? You could nominate The Modbo for best gallery, best place to buy art, best place to see emerging artists. You could vote Brett Andrus for best artist, or any of our exhibitions that you particularly liked for best exhibition.  SO. MANY. OPTIONS.

 

Please vote! We really, truly would appreciate it!

September’s First Friday Openings at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.: Jeremy Grant and Holly Conlon

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present September’s First Friday in the Arts Alley.  The opening reception is Friday, September 5th, from 5:30 pm til midnight, with live music by Over the Moon at 9. The Modbo will host LIFE>>though>>DEATH, new work by Jeremy Grant, while S.P.Q.R. houses Magic Lands, new work by Holly Conlon.  This show runs through Friday, September 26th. The galleries are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903. 719.633.4240. themodbo.com.

 

About the artists:

 

Jeremy Grant is an emerging artist and award-winning graphic designer. His found-object assemblages have been exhibited in two-person and juried shows regionally in Colorado.  Jeremy is married to an author, has two beautiful babies and loves Jesus, bourbon and robots.

 

Sacrifice, difficulty and even death often precede the blossoming of new, more richly varied life. The poet Hopkins says “See how Spring opens with disabling cold,” and the Christian scriptures offer an analogy of a grain of wheat that “falls into the earth and dies, but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” In this ambitious, new body of work, GrantI express these ideas using an eclectic mix of collage, resin and found objects, which he has destroyed, cut up and re-assembled into more rich and varied groupings. A timeline element exists in each of these pieces suggesting the journey of life through death.

 

Holly Conlon is a mixed-media artist who works in Colorado Springs. Most recently, she has shown at The Modbo and SPQR; however, she has shown her work at various galleries in Colorado Springs and Taos for the past ten years. She attended the Arts Magnet High School in Dallas and attained a B.A. in English at the University of North Texas. Currently, she teaches middle school English at Corpus Christi Catholic School.  During her college years, she wrote and published poetry in various literary journals and participated in poetry readings. This focus on the image in language ultimately became her focus in visual art. She has developed her art-making skills by taking classes from The ModboCo School of Art at Ivywild as well as enjoying critiques from other downtown artists.

 

Says Conlon, “If a Catholic artist/magician were able to time travel to Neolithic Europe, take along ephemera from all the other time periods, and create a portal to an entirely new realm, then those portals would be what I would like convey in this body of work. The ability to experience a unique vision is one of my favorite parts of being human, and one I have used as an escape, an affirmation of reality, as well as, a template for how I would like to the world to be. In the work for Magic Lands, I have tried to portray that experience of “travel” into other worlds. The work is shiny and glittery to signify that it is magical and fanciful. I have used the shadow box as it is the perfect medium for containing a brief glimpse into this other world. The pieces are strongly narrative because they are little windows into other realms, complete with their own stories. The boxes have a magical, religious feel because I see them as being a way to present the sacred in a non-verbal and yet accessible way.”

 

About the band:

 

Over the Moon is an experimental instrumental and vocal project featuring the highly combustible “UBU” formant of ukulele-bass-ukulele.  All previous attempts at combining these instruments together in a single venue have resulted in riots, famine, and oftentimes musician alienation and loneliness.  We hope, however, that the third time is a charm.  Former Head Full of Zombies members David Weed and Kevin Rodela reunite and join newcomer Jesse Cerda in presenting an eclectic set of music, with a foundation of jazz and swing standards peppered with ditties from nearly every genre.

 

August’s First Friday Art Opening: Maggie Quinn’s midnight choir at The Modbo and Langdon Foss’ Hzazh at SPQR!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (The Arts Alley District) are delighted to announce a First Friday opening on August 1st, 2014.  The Modbo will show Maggie Quinn’s newest work, “midnight choir”, while S.P.Q.R. features Hzazh, a new body of work by Langdon Foss. This show opens from 5:30 til midnight on August 1st, with live music by fantastic blues musician R.L. Cole. The art will remain up through August 30th. 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

 

“midnight choir”, Maggie Quinn’s newest show, is a multi-media installation of modular dimensions, and sensory impulses– recording events and souls that compile an earthly existence.  The images in the show are comprised of pen and ink and Raku wall plates from the “Many Grandfathers ” series.   Colorado Springs has been home to Maggie Quinn for her entire life. California College of Art, CU Boulder, and Colorado Mountain College provided the educational foundation for her study of the arts. Classical drawing and painting, jewelry design, photography, and pottery were major courses of study. Travels and field expedition study with top ceramicists from around the globe have added a sense of current influence to her work today. Porcelain and wood-fire are continual media and process that she brings to her gallery.

 

Hzazh is an exhibition of visionary drawing by Langdon Foss.  Foss, thrice-nominated for the Rex Pantsaplenty Award for Adequate Artisticness in the Arts, and recipient of an honorary degree at the Funnybook Academy of Lower-East Havana, spends his energies navigating the delicate current betwixt the ebb of creativity and the flow of responsibility.

 

Finding some early acclaim in Heavy Metal Magazine celebrating his Japanese and European inspirations, he spent his fledgling years crafting comics that mined the seam of the human condition with the greasy machinery of good design and thoughtful technique. That creative abandon careened off the curb of editorial direction with years of drawing and designing for role-playing games companies like Wizards of the Coast and White-Wolf Games before Langdon steered his artistic landyacht back to the turnpike of comic book illustration.

 

Langdon re-entered the comics scene in 2012, drawing Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro! He’s currently working on a book for Image comics, drawing covers, writing two graphic novels, doing concept design for movies, raising two kids, and trying to find the formula for a Correct and Effective life.

 

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.

 

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