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Opening This Friday, Small Works 9!

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The Modbo jovially presents Small Works 9, Colorado Springs’ original Small Works Show!  This amazing show features over 400 pieces of art by nearly 100 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.  The pieces are hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular, salon-style display.  A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works 9 is a buy-and-carry event.  See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you!  All pieces are under 24″ in every dimension.  Where else can you shop local, support local artists and local galleries, and knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list?!  The opening reception is from 5:30 until midnight on Friday, December 2nd.  The show runs through Friday, January 6th.  The galleries are open on every Friday night at 5:30, with additional hours throughout the holiday season– check facebook or themodbo.com for more information.  The Modbo and SPQR are at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903, 719.633.4240, themodbo@gmail.com

Call for Artists and November’s Show

Check out our latest call for artists here!

Daisy McGowan and Nom de Plume Opens Friday, November 4th!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present November’s First Friday on November 4th, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll see “Nom de Plume,” a show by local artists working anonymously in foreign media.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Hand to Mouth” by Daisy McGowan.  Both shows are open Friday nights through the 18th of November.  The opening reception on November 4th will go from 5:30 pm til midnight.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

Daisy McGowan has been exhibiting her mixed-media art in Western and Midwestern galleries and art spaces for the past 15 years.  She was born in Italy and raised around the world, the daughter of two artists. McGowan is currently Director of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) and lives and maintains her studio practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For “Hand to Mouth, “ Daisy McGowan’s multi-media, encaustic-heavy works on wood panel layer sculptural textures, graphic elements, etched lines, and drawing. McGowan references a range of concepts – often within a single artwork – reflecting her interest in and research of subjects including human-made and natural systems, language, graphic art, animal mortality, anatomy and sexuality. Her training in printmaking, sculpture, bookmaking, encaustic and mixed-media combine in her most recent bodies of work.

Currently Showing

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present October’s First Friday on October 7th, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll see “Cecelia,” a unique show featuring painting by Lindsay Hand and an installation by Nethery Wylie.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “New Souls” by Elizabeth Selby.  Both shows are open Friday nights through 28th.  The opening reception on October 7th will go from 5:30 pm til midnight, with a recital by Lauren Ciborowski at 9 pm.  The closing reception on the 28th will feature a 7 pm recital.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

In the summer of 2016, painter Lindsay Hand purchased a photo album containing pictures of a young lady from near birth through her 20s.  They seem to be from about 1905 onward, and have no other indication of name, location, or context.  Out of this mysterious and beautiful collection of old photos, Hand developed an idea for a show.  In addition to oil paintings based on the photos, “Cecelia” will also involve a photo-transfer fabric installation by Nethery Wylie, and a carefully curated recital by pianist Lauren Ciborowski.  Together, these artists hope to lead you into the world of the inscrutable young lady in the album.

Primarily self taught, local artist LIndsay Hand has consistently exhibited her work at various galleries throughout the state of Colorado, including The Modbo gallery, and more recently at the Southern Colorado Coal Miners Museum. In Hand’s most recent work there is again the visually driving source material of the past that has dominated her work thus far– now overlapping with an exploration into aspects of spiritualism, the concepts surrounding it and a delving into the subconscious by introducing automatism into her technique.

In Cecelia we see the source material of the past that has dominated Hand’s work thus far now colliding with an exploration of the more esoteric approaches to insight into an individual’s history. Not knowing who Cecelia is or was to those in her life as it would have been recorded in the early 20th century, but relying on the photographs as the sole reference to her existence, is a beautiful mystery to be unfolded for the artist as she paints it. The result is a body of work which invokes the spirit of this woman to manifest in a body of work which Hand has translated from a photo album into an exhibit shining light on a forgotten life’s lasting breath.

Nethery Wylie plays with images and texts through painting, printmaking, mixed media and installation.  She transfers, layers, juxtaposes and rewrites in order to see things in new ways. Nethery has been a college librarian in Colorado Springs since 1985, has an art studio downtown, and recently completed an MFA with University of Plymouth (UK) and Transart Institute. The installation for “Cecelia” at The Modbo features images made large enough to gaze back at the viewer with a life-size presence of their own. More information at www.netherywylie.net

Elizabeth Selby’s current body of work, “New Souls,” is a new endeavor to create portraits of friends to sharpen her skills as a painter. Drawn to the emotion and inner dialogue of her model’s expression, she interprets their personalities onto the canvas with somewhat overdone pops of color and bits of childhood nostalgia.  

Raised in Alabama, Elizabeth has experimented with a myriad of creative mediums from an early age. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2013 and began learning oil color technique under the tutelage of Brett Andrus and the Modbo School of Art and quickly became fascinated by the medium.  She is now in a monogamous, lifelong relationship with oil paint.  Selby had the distinctive honor of being featured in “New American Paintings” in 2015.

An Eclectic Night of Music

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Please join us for an evening of music at The Modbo with touring bands Spoken Nerd with Bashful Hips, as well as Bullhed*ded, STONY BERTZ & Earsiq.  Thursday, September 15th, $7-10 suggested donation, doors at 8, show at 8:30.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou Street, 80903.  More info by emailing themodbo@gmail.com

Spoken Nerd is a delicious blend of hip hop, indie pop and electronic rock wrapped in satire and social commentary with a sweet inner core of hope. Spoken Nerd has toured throughout North America sharing the stage and collaborating with artists such as Run the Jewels, Ceschi, Listener, Manchild (Mars Ill), John Reuben, Qwel, DJ LORD of Public Enemy and many more.  Spokennerdlovesyou.com

Bashful Hips is an Avant Garde project from the mind of Ian Fellerman. Bringing his sometimes searing, sometimes hilarious but always poignant observations to bear over an entire stable of Noise Rock/Hip Hop informed Electronica, Ian’s music is never stable, always changing and searching for the sound to express his feelings. Bashful Hips has recently signed to Invisible Library Records and has shared the stage with Yoni Wolf, Serengeti, Spoken Nerd, Memphis Linzy, ECID, Eyenine, KidDead, Lady Shark, BRZOWSKI, Counterfeit Money Machine to name a few. Bashful Hips music has been played on the radio all over North America and Europe and featured in publications like YAB YUM, Vandala, Outside the Dial, Punk Globe, Ear to the Ground, Digital Racket, Indie Bands Blog and many more.  Bashfulhips.com

 

September’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Jannine Scott’s “RE-magnifyed” and Doug Mansfield’s “Hollywood Babylon”

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present September’s First Friday on September 2nd, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll see “RE-magnifyed” by Jannine Scott.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Hollywood Babylon” by Doug Mansfield.  Both shows are open Friday nights through September 30th.  The opening reception on September 2nd will go from 5:30 pm til midnight.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

Jannine Scott has been exploring and obsessing over the molten magic of lampworking glass since 1999, and teaching bead making with Italian soft glass  for 10 years.  This collection, RE-magnifyed, is a fusion of techniques learned throughout this time, combined to create wall sculpture, small free-standing sculptures, as well as high fashion hair pieces (in collaboration with KJ Murphy).  The vibrant colors and shapes are reminiscent of Dr.Seuss and Willy Wonka….The work is edgy and unique. Some wall sculptures have over 200 small, detailed pieces of glass on steel, framed and mounted.  Future projects include: LED lit wall pieces and sconces, utilizing electro-burned wood panels as a canvas for the glass, as well as experimenting with moving parts and water.  This collection is the very first expression of wall art for this Colorado native.

Doug Mansfield is an artist, illustrator and musician working and living in Colorado Springs. Doug has played in bands and created art since the late 1980’s but most notably known for being the guitar player and songwriter for the underground Punk Rock band The Mansfields. Since 1998 The Mansfields have been writing, recording, and touring creating a brand of music that they live and love. Underground Punk Rock, Cartoons, Lowbrow, Hot Rods, Rockabilly, Tattoos, & Monsters have been the inspiration for Doug’s art and music. “I just want to create some cool art that inspires people. This is a lifestyle that I love to create and exist in,” says Mansfield.  Doug works mostly with acrylic paint on panel but also likes illustration and photography. When The Mansfields would play shows, Doug and band mate Dave would create everything from the flyers to the t-shirts. “DIY was not what I set out to do,” says Doug, “but that’s what ended up happening, and now it is so ingrained in what I do that I couldn’t imagine turning any aspect of art making over to anyone else.”  Doug’s latest venture, “Hollywood Babylon,” is a collection of paintings that coincide with the 14 tracks that will grace the new record by The Mansfields.

Hollywood Babylon on Saturday, August 20th!

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The Modbo is excited to present Hollywood Babylon, a night of pop up art by Doug Mansfield and music by The Mansfields.  Saturday, August 20th, 2016, with art viewing beginning at 5:30 and music starting at 9.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240.

Doug Mansfield is an artist, illustrator and musician working and living in Colorado Springs. Doug has played in bands and created art since the late 1980’s but most notably known for being the guitar player and songwriter for the underground Punk Rock band The Mansfields. Since 1998 The Mansfields have been writing, recording, and touring creating a brand of music that they live and love. Underground Punk Rock, Cartoons, Lowbrow, Hot Rods, Rockabilly, Tattoos, & Monsters have been the inspiration for Doug’s art and music. “I just want to create some cool art that inspires people. This is a lifestyle that I love to create and exist in,” says Mansfield.

Doug works mostly with acrylic paint on panel but also likes illustration and photography. When The Mansfields would play shows, Doug and band mate Dave would create everything from the flyers to the t-shirts. “DIY was not what I set out to do,” says Doug, “but that’s what ended up happening, and now it is so ingrained in what I do that I couldn’t imagine turning any aspect of art making over to anyone else.”

Doug’s latest venture, “Hollywood Babylon,” is a collection of paintings that coincide with the 14 tracks that will grace the new record by The Mansfields. “This record has a very Lowbrow, Sci-Fi, Vintage feel to it that inspired me to create a work of art for each track. This is the coolest collection of songs and art that I have ever been involved with and I am really excited to share this with the fans,” Doug says. The album and art will be out and on display Saturday, August 20th of 2016. The Mansfields will also be performing at the exhibition.

August’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Monique Viger’s Yesterlights and New Work by Cymon Padilla!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present August’s First Friday on August 5th, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll find new works by Cymon Padilla.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Yesterlights” by Monique Viger.  Both shows are open Friday nights through August 26th.  The opening reception on August 5th will go from 5:30 pm til midnight.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

 

Cymon Padilla’s current body of work is an over-caffeinated exploration of internet aesthetic and the world of figurative painting, peppered with the occasional art historical reference. “It’s literally some dank memes painted using techniques of the Old Masters,” says Padilla.

 

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 humorous and absurd juxtapositions to illustrate the relationship between human culture, social media, 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.

 

In Monique Viger’s new series of paintings titled “Yesterlights,” the artist attempts to capture the play of light. She hikes and runs and is sometimes stopped in her tracks to admire the way light is filtered or reflected through, or on, just about anything. At times, she feels like a simple, silly cat reacting to things unnoticed by other creatures and hopes that you will feel what she sees.  

 

Monique Viger has always had a passion for visual arts. She has been a hairstylist for twenty years creating works of hair art with her shears and color. She currently works at Salon 7 in Colorado Springs. In 2010 she began oil painting under the tutelage of Brett Andrus, who has inspired her to new levels. She is a member of the Modbo Collective and has exhibited her works in salons and restaurants throughout the Springs. You can view more of her work on Instagram @snippitymomo . Stay tuned for her website moniqueviger.com, which is currently under construction.

July’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Claire Swinford and Tony Achilles

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present July’s First Friday on July 1st, 2016.  In The Modbo, you’ll find new works by Denver artist Tony Achilles.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Internal Logic: New Works by Claire Swinford.”  Both shows are open Fridays through July 29th.  The opening reception on July 1st will go from 5:30 pm til midnight.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

Trained as a French literary historian, Colorado artist Claire Swinford used her undergraduate studies at Whitworth University as a convenient excuse to sketch her way through the collections of art museums from Strasbourg to Paris to Nice. Working as an alt-news journalist, she interviewed painter Brett Andrus in 2012 and subsequently began to paint the subjects of her literary research as part of his atelier. She has exhibited her work at Lied Center for the Arts, Black Cat, The Modbo & SPQR, Rooted Studio and, most recently, the Machine Shop. View more of Claire’s work on Instagram @claireswinford or learn more at claireswinford.wordpress.com.

In a new series of drawings and oil paintings, Claire Swinford explores reversals, permeating the perceptual boundaries between dark/light, child/adult, artist/subject, alone/surrounded. Each figure projects drama from within a cocoon of transparent fabric, but the narrative remains opaque, resulting in rich images that are best understood according to their own inner logic. “Internal Logic: New Work by Claire Swinford” showcases six months of intensive sketching and painting at The Modbo, an award-winning gallery in downtown Colorado Springs.

Tony Achilles is an oil painter, illustrator, mural artist, and art teacher, born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  He is presently working from his studio in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver.  Though he studied under master painters such as Ron Hicks, Margaretta Gilboy, and Mark Daily at the Art Students League of Denver, Tony considers himself to be primarily a self-taught artist.  Achilles has been showing publicly since 1989. Galleries and nontraditional art spaces where he has exhibited work include: Theory and Practice Gallery, Andrew Clark Photography Studio/Gallery, The Art Student’s League of Denver, The Arvada Art Center, The Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Inner City Art Expo Gallery, and most recently, The Modbo Gallery in Colorado Springs.  When he is not preparing work for exhibition, Tony stays busy with commissions and various commercial and decorative art projects. His murals can be found in various businesses, restaurants, and private homes throughout Denver and the surrounding areas.

Says Achilles, “Intrinsically, my artwork is a journal of feelings, perceptions and experiences. My paintings are usually inspired by an emotion that I desire to share or express, rather than a concrete concept. My paintings often don’t have a clear ‘meaning’ until they are completed and I have had time to reflect on things, like what I was processing in my life when the work was created.  Consciously, my work is an exploration of ephemeral beauty, relationship, and life as a sensual experience. Among my major themes are relationship, and personal freedom (or, more specifically, the experience of reaching one’s ‘divine’ potential).  Subjects and images that recur in my work as sub-themes and narrative devices include: the human figure, flowers, fish, birds, bird nests, and tethers.  By and large in my work, birds represent desire and the subconscious, the nest represents the body (the feeling self), tethers (…strings, ribbons, etc.) represent some form of relationship, and the figure simply symbolizes the complex human experience.  Then again… sometimes a bird is just a bird.”

 

June’s First Friday at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.: Heather Bingham, Sarah Tenney, and The Modbo turns SEVEN!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present June’s First Friday on June 3rd, 2016.  The Modbo features a show celebrating The Modbo’s 7th birthday, featuring: Brett Andrus, Lorelei Beckstrom, Shannon Dunn, Lindsay Hand, Phil Lear, Christian Medovich, Cymon Padilla, Jess Preble, Troy De Rose, Doug Rouse, Elizabeth Selby, and Monique Viger.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “THE HOLLOW MEN and the FINE ART of DETRACTION” by Heather Bingham and “Post-Partum”by Sarah Tenney.  Both shows are open Fridays through June 24th.  The opening reception on June 3rd will go from 5:30 pm til midnight.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

The Modbo was founded in June of 2009 by Brett Andrus and Lauren Ciborowski.  They opened a second neighboring gallery, S.P.Q.R., shortly thereafter.  Now, hundreds of shows later, the galleries are proud to still be serving the artists, buyers, and arts scene of Colorado Springs.  Andrus serves as the spaces’ creative director and curator, and teaches the many art classes held there while Ciborowski provides program management, administration, and PR functions.  They are delighted to have stuck it out this long, and thank their many generous and supportive buyers and artists for their loyalty over the years.

About Heather Bingham:

In 2004 Heather completed her BA in Fine Art at UCCS, and since then she has shown art in Washington DC, Colorado Springs, and Denver.  She has also painted murals for the residents of Cedar Springs Hospital, and enjoys painting portraits, commissions, and her own creations.

Now a full time artist, she and her husband Dustin reside in downtown Colorado Springs with two sweet old dogs, Mazzy and Tesla.  They enjoy backpacking, snowshoeing, and a quiet life filled with family and friends.  Heather is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to show art alongside her friend Sarah Tenney.  Sarah was the first friend Heather made when she moved to Colorado in 1999 and has been an important part of her life ever since.

About “THE HOLLOW MEN and the FINE ART of DETRACTION”:

In the many years between college and her pursuit of a career in art, Heather worked in offices.  She loved office work, but the interactions of people in workplaces disturbed her.  What bothered her most was her own willing participation in the act of detraction.  In the Catechism of the Catholic Faith the word detraction is used to describe the act of disclosing another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them.  Very often she would find herself drawing empty suits next to her notes during meetings.

Although her styles are varied, there is a consistent theme in her artistic endeavors: to express emotional concepts and experiences through distortion and abstraction of figures and landscapes.  Eventually, the suits found themselves standing in Heather’s landscapes, using tools of golf as their implements of destruction.   The ridiculous scenes and the muted cool palette of the paintings are a deliberate choice to reflect the peaceful and rather silly attitude which she has adopted towards her past office life.  The titles are references to various business colloquialisms and slang. By the final pieces, in which the figures are alone, the artist wishes to convey the joy and peace of escaping the oppressive atmosphere of detraction.

The title of the show is a reference to T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”

About Sarah Tenney:

A born dreamer, Sarah grew up inventing and illustrating stories. In high school her friend and fellow artist Heather Bingham introduced Sarah to the world of painting and a passion was born.  Sarah completed her BFA in painting from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2006.  Since then she has displayed in over 30 exhibits in galleries, alternative spaces, and art fairs in Colorado.  Her work is in personal collections across the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Sarah enjoys travel by train, her zoo membership, leisurely bike rides, and banter with her witty husband. They live in Denver with their precocious son and two personable cats.

About “Post-Partum”:

Through the artist’s life-changing experience as a new parent comes a deeply intimate series of paintings regarding awe, fear, bravery, and the sad prospect of pipe dreams.  Metaphorical animals combined with raw self-portraiture and Front Range landscapes depict narratives about fighting depression, loss of confidence, and regaining inner strength.  With light-handed application, the artist uses a warm, earthy palette to convey a thinness of skin and vulnerability.  Apparent confrontations indicate a growing reality of personal fortitude and vitality, not aggression, fighting to make a subsequent postpartum experience different. (The artist is due with her second child on June 2, 2016.)

Don Paris Schlotman with Swelter and Burn at The Modbo

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Please join us for a great night of music with Don Paris Schlotman.  He’s on tour from Brooklyn, and he’s funny and sad like a trainwreck full of clowns.  Opening for Don is Swelter and Burn, Colorado Springs’ only risque and comedic piano duet band.  Just a $7-10 donation, doors at 8, show at 8:30.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou.

Don Paris Schlotman

Funny and sad like a trainwreck full of clowns, Don Paris Schlotman is a Brooklyn-based musician. Most recently he is fronting a wavegaze rock duo called Dolphins Don’t Love on vocals and electric guitar.

Don was born in a freak accident, the seventh son of a lightning bolt and a mountain lion. He plays music the way some people fall over, and his artificial left eye can see 4 seconds into the future. Don makes art, plays and writes music, wrestles conundrums, falls down sometimes, and is a cat lady in training. The reports of his wizardry are greatly exaggerated, although he has been known to make things disappear at times, including but not limited to himself.

He’s played stages great and small, from NYC’s Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom to Tokyo’s Shinjuku Jam and Shibuya Milkyway, to local watering holes all over America.

OTHER PROJECTS

Synth and bass with Brian Bonz & The Major Crimes

Bass player, vocals, and co-writer/co-founder of everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic rock band, The Sky Captains of Industry. They come from the future to save the rest of your heart.