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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


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.”

Kristina whisper show

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.


The Modbo’s Big Week of Stuff

Wow, this week is packed with things to do in the Arts Alley!

come join us for stuff all week.

First, on Wednesday………

The Modbo is excited to host the return of members of the acclaimed anti-orchestra Mount Righteous with local indie favorites Constellation of Cars. This show takes place on Wednesday, October 12th, at 8 pm, $5-7 suggested donation.

With their nationally known anti-orchestra Mount Righteous on a short hiatus, record company Flight Music Group (FMG) has taken this opportunity to shine some light on the talent of front-man Joey Kendall. FMG currently has Joey in the studio for his first conventional solo release. Kendall’s “Was Here,” a retrospective compilation of lo-fi demos, live recordings, and a few studio tracks with Grammy nominated producer John Congleton (Mountain Goats, David Byrne, St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Mount Righteous), was released to rave reviews. With accompaniment from his wife Kendall Kendall (yes, Kendall Kendall), Joey is touring the West side of the U.S. this October.
Constellation of Cars is comprised of Andy Tanner (Laymen Terms, Headhum) and Kellie Palmblad (Eyes Caught Fire). They formed in October 2009 to find a nice medium to each other’s songwriting styles, landing their plane in the sea somewhere between dreary, dreamy Iceland and weathered, warm Texas. Cars released their debut EP, “The Ambiguous U,” in early 2011 to great acclaim. You can hear their music atwww.destinationmoonmusic.com

 

Then On Friday ……

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are delighted to announce a new second Friday art opening on Friday, October 14th, beginning at 5:30 pm. In The Modbo, look for new works by Denver artist Davoth, while you can find the latest pieces by local favorite and Modbo Collective artist Phil Lear over at S.P.Q.R.

The opening reception will feature music by both beloved local band Dear Rabbit and the Denver-based free jazz ensemble, The Bottesini Project, comprised of Paul Riola on saxophones, Danny Meyer on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Glen Whitehead on trumpet, Kim Stone on bass, and Jay Ellis on drums.

READ the earlier post for more info on the two Artists.

And on Saturday…

October 15th, 8 pm, $5-7 suggested donation, The Modbo is especially excited to host the return of Levi Weaver, who played for a full house at The Modbo in September of last year. Levi will be joined by Edith’s Undergarments, comprised of Sarah Hope (of Edith Makes a Paper Chain) and friends. Additionally, The Modbo is pleased to present 13-year-old local phenom Alex Arciniega, the youngest ever singer-songwriter to perform at the gallery.

Levi Weaver hails originally from Rio Vista, Texas, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, by way of Birmingham, England. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, harmonica, a little accordion, some pan flute, and percussion on a vast array of items unintended for use as percussion. His big break came in 2006 when he got a support slot for Imogen Heap in Birmingham and was asked to join her on her entire North American tour. Since then, he’s been touring in the US and has just released his latest album, The Letters of Dr. Kurt Goedel. You can hear him at myspace.com/leviweaver


October, New Exhibition. Phil Lear and Davoth!

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, are delighted to announce a new second Friday art opening on Friday, October 14th, beginning at 5:30 pm. In The Modbo, look for new works by Denver artist Davoth, while you can find the latest pieces by local favorite and Modbo Collective artist Phil Lear over at S.P.Q.R.

The opening reception will feature music by both beloved local band Dear Rabbit and the Denver-based free jazz ensemble, The Bottesini Project, comprised of Paul Riola on saxophones, Danny Meyer on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Glen Whitehead on trumpet, Kim Stone on bass, and Jay Ellis on drums.

Phil Lear graduated from Pensacola Christian College’s Commercial Art program in 1997, where he studied for four years under established illustrators and designers. It was during this time that he began to realize a passion for painting and for expressing the beauty he saw all around. Personal study and a deep love for the art of the Renaissance and late-Victorian eras increased both his knowledge of painterly innovation and his fast-growing desire to become an artist himself.

After illustrating for missionaries in Switzerland in 1999, Phil returned to the United States and began taking steps towards entering the professional world of painters. He became a charter member of the Portrait Society of America, and has displayed work in several public exhibitions and competitions. Phil now furthers his study and artistic journey in the company of a group of young artists known as The Modbo Collective, at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Galleries in Colorado Springs, CO. He also shows at Mountain Living Studios in Manitou Springs, CO. In 2010, the Colorado Springs Gazette awarded him the Gold Medal for Best Art Exhibition of the year.

Phil Lear has always strived to bring an emotional charge to his work, a charge that he intends to have resonate with the viewer long after the initial viewing. Murky grays, browns, and strokes of sky blue pile on the canvas to form a barrage of color that both intrigues and gratifies the eye in a fresh painterly realism. As a story-teller, his canvases are peopled, with a disparate, ragtag band of characters whose entrance on the scene can be at once inspiring and disquieting—wild-eyed youth, brooding poets, defiant downtrodden martyrs, spellbinding vixens, and fallen angels, tragic heroes and the criminally bent. They are strangers, but with a deep connection to the distant song of reality and life. “As a narrative figurative painter, I feel a mission to create work that embodies the classical ideal, and speaks to the universal and timeless aspects of the human experience.”

Davoth was born in Chicago, grew up in Kansas, and escaped to Colorado Springs in 1996. He began making sculpture and eventually paintings as both a positive and negative response to a trip to Santa Fe, NM. Davoth has kept his creative and aesthetic education to the very individual and minimal so as to both control direction and also to limit influence from various schools of art theory and conserve originality. He now resides in Denver, CO.
Davoth finds the world to be a chaotic, yet incredibly beautiful place. In shunning his more natural sense for clarity and order and making the effort to notice his surroundings at each second, Davoth is able to stay open to the new and the fresh; it is then that he is most in awe of the world. His work comes from a place of simple idea, over which many changes occur organically. The artist prides himself on avoiding academic aesthetic choices, instead trusting his instincts to produce meaningful artistic compositions.