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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


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exploration of internet aesthetic and the world of figurative painting, peppered with the occasional art historical reference.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.


Two awesome events in the next week or so!

PBR got rescheduled to this Saturday, the 23rd– ignore the date in the image!

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Please join us for this short, informative mini-lecture taught by Brett Andrus. You may remember the image above (sans the PBR can) from most of the girls’ college dorm rooms you went into. Painted by John William Waterhouse in 1888, it is emblematic of the intriguing Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a mini art history lesson for just $10! Please reserve by emailing themodbo@gmail.com

And before then, on Thursday the 21st…

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Join local singer-songwriter/performer Jeremy Facknitz as he releases his 4th solo album “All’s Well” on the unsuspecting citizens of Colorado Springs Thursday, 4/21/2016 at The Modbo. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm. $10 at the door gets you admission to the show and a CD or thumb drive of the album. Metered parking, or use the city lot on Cascade just north of Bijou for just $1. Beer and wine available for donation to those of age. Show open to all ages.


April’s First Friday!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present April’s First Friday on April 1st, 2016.  The Modbo will host a group photography exhibit featuring Tamera Goldsmith, Kristen Rodriguez, Brian Tryon, and James Van Hoy.  Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s Play Nice: The Conjoined Show, featuring twelve acclaimed Colorado Springs artists paired up, having created pieces in tandem.  Artists in this show chose to work together simultaneously, or by passing their pieces from one artist to the next.  You’ll see pieces by Brett Andrus and Elizabeth Selby, Phil Lear and Christian Medovich, Claire Swinford and Lupita Carrasco, Davoth and Cymon Padilla, Erin Jones and Jess Preble, and Holly Conlon and Jean Cuchiaro.  Both shows are open Fridays through April 29th.  The opening reception on April 1st will go from 5:30 pm til midnight and features music by Brian Elyo of mobdividual and Conor Bourgal.  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

Tamera Goldsmith first picked up a 35mm camera in 1985, and has been exploring her fascination with line, form and space ever since, lately making a return to shooting film. Her current work is shot using a Diana camera with a plastic lens. There is a nostalgic “snapshot” quality to the final product, taking the viewer back to the time when Polaroid or Kodak Instamatic cameras were the tools used to document life’s progression. Each roll of 120 film yields twelve photographs. The time frame from taking the photo to holding a finished print in one’s hands can be weeks, so the exercise of creating an image is very deliberate. Tamera challenges herself to make only one  photograph of any subject, so each roll of film comes back to her with twelve unique images and nothing repetitive – the opposite of cell phone camera culture.

Kristen Rodriguez is a self taught natural light photographer. Her obsession with photography began at age 13 when she picked up her first Minolta 35mm camera. Learning her craft in the mid 90s, prior to the digital photography age, afforded her the privilege of shooting on film and developing photos in a darkroom. It was the tangibility of film photography that first captured her heart. In recent years, Kristen has experimented with fusing her love of analog photography with digital technology, resulting in her recent Polaroid emulsion transfer work. In a world so obsessed with instant gratification, Rodriguez believes that it is vital to slow down and take the time to create meaningful images. Her work is a synthesis of several different styles, backgrounds and influences. Although her preferences and style evolve year to year, one thing remains constant; her work is an exploration of symmetry… Symmetry in all things, be it nature or human anatomy.  Her series “Linger” is a study of the female form in the soft light of morning. Of this series, Kristen states “There is something so beautifully fragile in the quiet moments we spend in bed each morning.” In these photographs, subtle gestures become visible manifestations of a reality hiding just beneath the surface.

Brian W. Tryon is a photographer/artist born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He is a self-taught artist and photographer who is influenced by street art such as Keith Haring, Cincinnati artist Gabe Leonard, Diane Arbus, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Brian has exhibited at Go-See Art exhibition Venue, The Ivywild School, Kreuser Gallery, and The Cottonwood Center For The Arts. Brian lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and children.  Tryon’s photographs are a slideshow of the weird, wonderful and spiritual side not only of Colorado, but wherever his journey takes him. His love for photography and art brought him to this point of his art journey, and he feels he’s just beginning.  Black and white photography is his favorite to shoot. Street, portrait and anything he finds interesting are his photography subjects. Brian is also a freelance photographer.

Living in Colorado for 7 years, James Van Hoy has enjoyed the travel, environment and wonderful scenery here and throughout the southwest. Upon his semi-retirement as an electrical and electronic engineer, Jim began to seriously work on his photography by hanging around with other photographers and learning from them. And, taking lots of pictures! From this exhibit, one can see his interest in landscape and macro (close-up) photography. In addition, Jim began to experiment with adding texture layers and using digital filters to his work in order to add another dimension. Jim has won numerous awards in a number of shows here in Colorado, including two Best of Shows along with other place awards. More of his work can be seen on http://www.purposefulwanderingphotography.com.


March’s First Friday at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.: Lupita Carrasco and Jess Preble

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. happily present March’s First Friday, opening on March 4th, 2016.  Featuring Lupita Carrasco in The Modbo, with her new show “Paints Like a Girl (observations of the male experience) and artist Jess Preble in S.P.Q.R. with “First, Second and Third Person.”  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through March, ending March 25th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

Jess Preble is a Colorado native who has spent time studying art in San Francisco, Austin and Colorado Springs. She creates her art in a neo-impressionistic fashion, portraying as much emotion as possible in each individual brush-stroke, and using a vignette of detail – leaving completion and emotional conclusion to the mind of the viewer.  About her new show, “First, Second and Third Person,” Preble says, “It  is a part of my story – moments I’ve reflected in, and while giving you my representation of the moments of others, asking you – the viewers – for the final perspective and interpretation.”

Preble believes that art is raw information, which should not be hard boiled and spoon-fed to the viewers. As the most honest form of communication, art requires a dialogue between the artist and audience – one that will differ with each person’s contemplation of a piece. She believes that using loose strokes, and bold implications lacking refinement allows this exchange to occur in an open and lasting manner.

Artist Lupita Carrasco creates a wide variety of work, from mixed media landscapes and haunting organic abstracts to portraits laced with symbolism. Her paintings are as rich in emotion as they are in detail and color. Even as a very young child she felt compelled to create as a coping mechanism for an often tumultuous upbringing. Over the years, Lupita has remained passionate about her art, always seeking out new knowledge from other artists and her own experimentation to better express her emotions, dreams and view of humanity through various mediums. Lupita’s vibrant Mexican culture and traditional Roman Catholic upbringing demand a strong presence in her paintings. Drawing her inspiration from the natural world, religion and social and political themes, her creative process revolves around her life’s desire to investigate and merge the images and themes that surround her literally and in her creative imagination.

Paints Like A Girl (observations of the male experience) is a continued exploration of societal expectations and labels placed on individuals based on age, gender, race and appearance. Carrasco spent some time talking to men about how they see themselves as opposed to how the world sees them, discussing their fears, strengths and things they identify with. Some of the images originated from selfies that caught the artist’s eye as perfect representations or expressions of their personalities. This collection of paintings is an intimate view of male vulnerability and strength, the essence of men Carrasco knows and encounters explored through the eyes, hands and heart of a woman.


February’s First Friday: the surREALism exhibition, plus a mini class!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present The surREALism Exhibition, a new show of breathtaking art by local artists opening on February 5th, 2016.  Featuring: Sean O’Meallie, Andy Tirado, Rodney Wood, Catherine Porter-Brown, Davoth, Brett Andrus, Tom Vail, Lindsay Hand, Cymon Padilla, Clive Nyles, and Lauren Ciborowski.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through February,  ending February 26th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

“I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may so speak.” ― André Breton, Manifestoes of Surrealism

Breton published his Manifeste du surréalisme in 1924, signaling the beginning of an artistic realm. The award winning artists The Modbo presents in this show may not consider themselves to technically be surrealists, but their work invites the viewer to access the subconscious. We invite you to wade in and experience a different world in this once-in-a-lifetime, all star exhibition.

Additionally, please join us for the first in our new lecture series: Sound Smart at the Museum: SurREALism Style. Saturday, February 13th. 3:30-5:30 pm. $15. RSVP to the themodbo@gmail.com


Coming December 4th, it’s Small Works 8!!

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The Modbo jovially presents Small Works 8!  This amazing show features over 300 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 display.  A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works 8 is a cash-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 4th.  The show runs through Friday, January 8th.  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

 


First Friday and a Show on Saturday!

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present November’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, November 6th, 2015, art-goers can see “A Brush with Nature” by Deb Komitor in The Modbo, and “May I Be Your Oppressor?” by Davoth in SPQR.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through November,  ending November 20th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

Deb Komitor developed her love of the deep woods while growing up in Ohio. After studying painting at Columbus College of Art and Design she came to Colorado to receive her MFA at  Colorado State University. It was there that she realized she had found her heart’s home in the  mountains. In 1996 she moved to Colorado Springs.

A constant thread throughout her art career has been expressing the emotions conveyed in  nature. One feels the energy in each brushstroke as her paintings evoke both the force and  serenity in nature. You are not just drawn into Komitors paintings; they come out and get you. Her decision to portray these works in an almost pixelated fashion asks the viewer to take a step back in order to see her works fully realized. This, in turn, draws you in and keeps you there while her warm interpretations make you stay and take in the details. Her paintings seem  alive.  “I want my paintings to bring the viewer back to nature. I want them to slow your breath, clear your mind, and ease you into quiet peace.”

You can find more about Deb’s work at http://www.DebKomitor.com

Near the end of the last century, Davoth almost accidentally found himself beginning to make art to be viewed by the society he felt so amused by. He set out with his naivety and guidance from monolithic mentors, finally having a platform from which he could spew his myriad ideas. Over the years, before and since, he felt his way along using various materials and ideological approaches, through sculpted objects, photography, paint, pencil and craft, and along the way, also found a way to access parts of himself and found a voice, using often darkly clouded humor as a conveyance to portray topics and absurdities. An observer first, his deep respect for those who create original, masterful ideas, objects and lifestyles, compels him to seek creativity before technique and concept before beauty, seeing all these things and more as important to the process. He endeavors to never lose a drive to search for new ways of seeing or thinking and an endless quest for adventure, artistic or experiential. Davoth has been in Colorado since 1996. He creates original art and furniture (The Splinter Project) in his home studio in Denver, CO since 2009.

Of his show, Davoth says: “Being of reasonably sound mind and moderate functionality, I am often and deeply affected by the events of our modern world. We seem to be progressing as quickly toward a hopeful future as we are toward our self-inflicted demise. These dualistic perceptions on existence call on art to become my therapist and ridiculous friend, at the same time becoming my demanding master. Even the act of art creation leaves me conflicted. Does art matter? Does my art matter? Is it meaningless? How much is driven by my own ego? My goal is to provide artwork that brings up topics of discussion, vague to acute, while still leaving the viewer room for individual  outcomes. And although darkness is present in my work, I hope to get to that stupid place with at least a mischievous grin.”

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The Modbo is delighted to present comedian and writer Kristina Hall in a one-woman show, “Some Things Can’t Be Whispered,” on Saturday, November 7th.  Comedic piano duo Swelter and Burn will open.  Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm, adults only please– this show will be irreverent, poignant, and salty in the best way possible.  Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance (http://www.shhh.brownpapertickets.com), or $20 at the door.  Limited seating, so buying in advance is highly encouraged.  The Modbo is located at 17C East Bijou, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.  More info at themodbo.com, by emailing themodbo@gmail.com, or by leaving a message at 633-4240.

Formerly a denizen of Colorado Springs, Kristina Hall now works as a writer, coach, and performer in the Denver area.  She began her comedy career in 1986 and has appeared in nationally televised comedy shows on PBS, the Comedy Channel, FOX (ironically) and Showtime. Additionally, Kristina has performed a gazillion times nationally in clubs, colleges, theaters, art galleries, bars, bowling alleys, and other venues best forgotten. Except for The Modbo.  That’s an art gallery she performed in once that she’d like to remember forever.  Fondly.  Kristina went on to earn a degree in creative writing at Colorado College, and she has written and performed solo shows such as: When My Father Died and Other Ordinary Tales and In Pursuit of Cheese.


October’s First Friday at The Modbo and SPQR: Douglas Rouse’s Smorgasbord of Reflection

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present October’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, October 2nd, 2015 viewers can enjoy a panoply of work by Douglas Rouse in his newest show titled “Smorgasbord of Reflection.”  The show will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through October, ending October 30th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

Douglas Rouse is an internationally-seasoned artist living locally since 2001.  Focusing mainly on large scale murals, he is a non-linear thinker who loves to be challenged.  Art is his business.    From works on canvas and sides of buildings to speed painting and 3D street art on asphalt, Douglas is inspired to share his vision and imagination.  This show, titled “Smorgasbord of Reflection,” is a collection of both old and new paintings, flirting with his career as a painter in Colorado Springs.  For a complete scope of his talent and completed projects please visit www.ROUSE66.com.


September’s First Friday at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.: Clive Nyles’ “Awaken” and New Works by Cole Bennett

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present September’s First Friday opening.  On Friday, September 4th, 2015 viewers can enjoy new works by Cole Bennett as well as “Awaken,” a new show by Clive Nyles.  The shows will open from 5:30 until midnight on First Friday, and will remain up for viewing on subsequent Friday evenings through September,  ending September 25th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903.  More information at themodbo.com or by calling 633-4240 or emailing themodbo@gmail.com

Clive Nyles attended the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Although originally from England, Nyles remained in Georgia after his time at S.C.A.D.  This is Nyles’ third show at The Modbo.  He draws inspiration from automatic surrealist painters like Gustave Moreau and Max Ernst. Nyles works in a way that tries to interface with and react to the subconscious, allowing it to come forward.  

Cole is a graduate of Colorado College both as a Studio Art major and a MAT graduate. He is a  Visual Arts Teacher at West Middle School and has been showing work at various venues, concerts, and galleries in the front range area for five years, after returning to his hometown of Colorado Springs. Cole’s main artistic interest is artwork that arises organically, out of conversation with a community of ideas. As a member of the Modbo Collective, Cole enjoys responding to other artist’s feedback, attempting to push himself into uncomfortable territory. Because critique is so central to his process, many of his ideas are generated by conversations with students as well.

 Bennett’s new show is a collection of work inspired in part by the delicacy of Japanese woodcut prints, as well as the content of Buddhist mandalas. Mandalas did not always depict the Buddha or known practitioners, or even specific characters from Buddhist texts. Often there were depictions of enlightened beings from other universes, completely imagined by the artist. Here, Cole has similarly imagined what beings from other worlds may look like if depicted in otherworldly religious artwork.