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.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present an art opening on Friday, July 6th, featuring works by Trevor W. Thomas and Jess Preble in The Modbo and by Troy DeRose and Jeremy Grant in S.P.Q.R. The opening reception for this show is at 5:30 pm on Friday, July 6th, and goes until midnight. There will be live music by The Good Morning Accordion Terrorist at 9 pm on opening night. The galleries are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 633-4240, or online at http://www.themodbo.com.
Trevor W. Thomas is an artist based out of Colorado Springs. Trevor has a strong background in figurative work, having studied in Italy, Spain and Sweden during his college studies. Through his schooling and
travels, Trevor has studied under artists including Eric Bransby, Charles Cecil, Chris Alvarez, Bogdan Swider, and Sparky LeBold. After graduating from Colorado College in 2010, Trevor worked alongside Eric
Bransby for 18 months on a mural for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. With a passion for historical narrative and figurative painting, Trevor currently is working with local institutions and business ventures to create more significant murals in Colorado Springs. He is also a member of the Modbo Collective.
Jess Preble, 23, is a native Colorado artist who has spent time studying fine art and painting independently in multiple cities in Colorado as well as in San Francisco. Jess has become integrated in the local artistic community recently in hopes of strengthening the presence of all forms of tactile, visual and sensory emotive expression. She is the newest member of The Modbo Collective. Jess works as a figure model for various art studios and galleries, as playing muse for another seems just as pertinent as finding them for herself.
Troy DeRose is one of the original members of the Modbo Collective. He is an artist/graphic designer living in Colorado Springs where he and his wife Sara own Fixer Creative Co., a boutique studio that provides design and writing creative services for businesses and organizations. Fixer Creative was recently selected
as the designers for the new Colorado Springs logo, which was unveiled this spring. Says DeRose, “There are times when artists have guiding principles, explorations or grandiose themes, and then there are times when we just need to relax, have fun and create work. This body of work is just that. This is me working in a medium that I love, with images that I find compelling, crafting a response that I think is beautiful.”
Jeremy Grant works in the medium of found object assemblage, and is following the theme of redemption. Redemption is that act of finding or revealing the full worth of something; and worth is often found in unexpected places. The teachings of Jesus show that God finds value in every person no matter how cast-off, messed up or just plain ordinary. Exploring that same idea, Jeremy Grant finds beauty and creates worth in cast-off objects, reclaimed wood and old photographs. Using these found-objects, and the associations that come with them, he creates stories and elevates the ordinary.
P.S. Jeremy Grant and Troy DeRose are among the designers at Wild Fire Tees, http://www.wildfiretees.com. The profits from these shirts get donated to Care and Share, Colorado Red Cross, Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012, and Immediate Local Wildfire Relief. Congrats, Jeremy and Troy, on this wildly successful, charitable effort!
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., The Arts Alley District, are delighted to present a new opening, “Boys vs. Girls,” on Friday, August 12th, from 5:30 until late. This exhibit will feature Trevor Thomas, Drew LiVigni, and Jeremy Grant in The Modbo and Jess Preble, Erin Jones, and Nina Peterson in S.P.Q.R. Remember to cast your vote for the winner of Boys v. Girls!
The Boys in The Modbo
Drew LiVigni is primarily self taught and has worked with many types of media through the years. He is currently working in digital/mixed media. His works are small narrative snapshots filled with nostalgia and whimsy. Drew lives and works in Colorado Springs, is married to artist Lindsay Hand, and they are expecting their first child.
In college, Jeremy Grant began to collect pieces of junk and, drawing on his past 15 years of experience in art classes, began to assemble those found objects into wall-hanging sculptures. This means of restoring and redeeming the throw-away artifacts of society inspired him and, in this union of concept and form, Jeremy found his artistic niche. Seven years later, after receiving Bachelor degrees in Illustration and Graphic Design from John Brown University, Jeremy continues his restorative sculpture work as he plays a mild-mannered graphic designer by day and a fearless fine-artist by night. He seeks to restore the good faith of his neighbors, friends, and anyone else willing to engage with contemporary art through speaking about art in a way that is inclusive and easy to understand. Jeremy Grant’s sculpture has been featured in Colorado galleries, public spaces and online.
Trevor Thomas is a representational painter and draftsman from Colorado Springs, CO. He is a recent graduate of Colorado College (2010) with a B.A. in fine art and is currently the apprentice to Eric Bransby on a mural commission for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center [projected to be completed in fall 2011]. Trevor is also represented as a collective member of the Modbo and SPQR in downtown Colorado Springs.
Trevor has a strong foundation in figurative drawing and painting. While at Colorado College, he devoted himself to studying the figure. This involved several study abroad programs, including a three monthfigure drawing intensive at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. Locally, Trevor has studied the figure with Bogdan Swider, Chris Alvarez, and Eric Bransby.
Since November 2010, Trevor has worked along side Eric Bransby on the Fine Arts Center Mural. During this time, Trevor has established a profound understanding of the figure and wall painting. Under Eric’s tutelage, Trevor is learning fresco painting practices and figure drawing intricacies. Upon completion of the mural, Trevor has aspirations to earn an MFA in painting.
The Girls at S.P.Q.R.
Nina Peterson, a member of The Modbo Collective, recently graduated from UCCS with a degree in Art History. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in Art History as well. Her current work attempts to identify and dismantle gender stereotypes by redefining traditional gender roles and reappropriating the female nude. The usage of two disparate mediums, paint and ball point pen, allows Nina to explore control in relation to both gender and artistic relationships. However, aesthetics are paramount to her finished work as she finds her subject matter – nude women or mutilated rabbit maxillae – to be beautiful. Nina spends many hours sunbathing in her studio as she works under the adoring gaze of her most supportive and fluffiest fan, Fat Cat Bobby.
Erin Jones, 20, is an emerging artist native to Colorado Springs. Her role in the community started in 2003 with the non-profit youth art organization, Futureself, where she dove into countless art mediums as a student, volunteer, assistant, and teacher. She gained success in high school with enrollment into AP and IB art classes, a paid internship at the Smokebrush Foundation of the Arts, and participation in many juried art exhibitions such as Wunderkind, Scholastics, and the Young Peoples Art Exhibitions. Since then, Erin has shifted her attention to a new-found love of oil painting. With a primary focus in portraiture and figurative studies, she is inspired by the opportunity to capture one’s story by depicting scenarios just outside of reality. Erin is eager to continue creating a body of work to show in galleries across the state and country.
Jess Preble, 23, is a native Colorado artist who has spent time studying fine art and painting independently in multiple cities in Colorado as well as in San Francisco. She currently attends Pikes Peak Community College in the Associates of Arts program. Jess has become integrated in the local artistic community recently in hopes of strengthening the presence of all forms of tactile, visual and sensory emotive expression. She is the newest member of The Modbo Collective. Jess works full time as a figure model for various art studios and galleries, as playing muse for another seems just as pertinent as finding them for herself. The juxtaposition of experience and personally subjective interpretation of provoked external influence has culminated in her current series of misfit portraits and cityscapes.