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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.


February’s First Friday Opening at The Modbo and SPQR: The Student Show!

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Please join us for February’s first Friday art opening in the Arts Alley District.  The Modbo and SPQR (17c and 17b East Bijou) will happily present works by students and teachers of the new Modboco School of Art at Ivywild. The opening reception for this show is Friday, February 7th, from 5:30 pm until midnight.  The show may be viewed on subsequent Fridays in the month of February, beginning at 5:30 pm, until the closing on Friday, February 28th.  More information at themodbo.com, or by calling 633-4240.

 

The ModboCo School of Art has existed in one form or another over the past five years, but opened formally at its new space in Ivywild in August of 2013.  The school serves to bring integrity, joy, and purpose to students.  Art classes are taught for all ages and skill levels, and in a variety of media.  This new show will feature work from students as young as pre-Kindergarten and all the way up through adult levels.  There will also be pieces from several ModboCo teachers, including Christian Medovich, Brett Andrus, Phil Lear, and Erin Jones.

 

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to see the progress of our amazing group of students, and perhaps you’ll whet your appetite to take a class yourself!

 

Also on first Friday this month, don’t miss even more fun than usual downtown– From http://www.downtowncs.com : “ Downtown will once again play host to an Olympic Celebration, this time for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Starting at 5 p.m. downtown streets will be filled with winter sport activities – like dog sledding, snowmobiles, and ice climbing – even aerialist snowboarders with The Flying Aces. Take part in the Short and Sweet Dash, meet future and former Olympians, and watch the Opening Ceremonies on a giant outdoor screen.  Enjoy live music by Austin Young and Grant Sabin, numerous booths and demonstrations, beer garden and vodka zone, and lighting of a ceremonial cauldron. “

 

 

 


The Sixth Annual Small Works Show at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Opens Friday!

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The Modbo cheerfully presents its Sixth Annual Small Works Show! This amazing show features work by right around 100 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular display of hundreds of pieces. (To be more exact, we have over 400 pieces this year! The most yet!!)

Throughout opening night, look for tidbits of live music by Ryan Flores, Jeremy Van Hoy, and more!

A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works 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.

Shop local! Support local artists and local galleries! Knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list! Support Downtown Colorado Springs!

The opening reception is from 5:30 until midnight on Friday, December 6th. The show runs through Friday, January 10th. Don’t miss it!

(psssssst save the date: The Modbo Ho Ho, a Christmas Cabaret, is on Saturday, 12.14!)


Fire, Fire, Flood

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It goes without saying, our community and state have gone through some trying times in the last 16 months.

The goal of this exhibition is to document our community’s strength, heartbreak, and resolve.

To heal, and move forward.

To see possibilities, and to create. 

Join us on Friday, November 1st 5:30 pm -12:00 pm for a community exhibition remembering the experiences that touched us and brought us together over the last 16 months.

You Need Art,  Art Needs You.


Breaking Out The Big Guns

The Modbo and SPQR present October’s Arts Alley Openings.  The Modbo will contain Stardust, a new body of work by Modbo Collective artist Lindsay Hand, while SPQR hosts collective member Phil Lear and Christian Medovich.  The opening reception is Friday, October 4th, between 5:30 pm and midnight.  The show runs through Friday, October 25th.  The Modbo and SPQR are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. 719.633.4240.  themodbo.com. themodbo@gmail.com

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Stardust, Lindsay Hand’s most recent body of work, is a collection of twelve figurative oil paintings dripping, raw and loose in their rendition. The ethereal reference of stardust is brought into play with sparkling, stark white stars surrounded by earth tones and accented with pops of color. Works, deconstructed through technique and color, reveal layers in process and concept, all together resulting in an exhibit sweet and honest in its portrayal of life’s moments.

Lindsay Hand, born and raised in Colorado Springs, has consistently exhibited her work at various galleries throughout the state, beginning with Wunderkind 2001 at the BAC and most recently at The Modbo for the past 4 years consecutively. Her most recent body of work, “Stardust”, will open October 4th at The Modbo. Hand was nominated for a Pikes Peak Arts Council Excellence in Arts Award for Best Visual Artist 2012 and is featured in Studio Visit Magazine in 2013, Volume 21.  She is scheduled in April of 2014 to show her work at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as part of an exhibit marking the 100 year anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre. You can see her work at www.lindsayhand.com

In SPQR:

Phil Lear’s painting strives to present a certain poetic insight into the world around. His style and brushwork harmonize with the character of his subject, to reveal the inborn charm of painting.

Born in Ontario, Canada in 1975, Phil grew up with a very close love of art. Always drawing and sketching, he expressed his creativity early by writing and illustrating stories and cartoons. His family moved to the United States in 1990, where Phil developed his skills in all the high school art classes, and worked with a select group of young artists known as Smiling Shep Designs, producing banners and artwork for the surrounding community.

In 1993 Phil enrolled in Pensacola Christian College’s Commercial Art program, where he studied for four years under established illustrators and designers. It was during this time the 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-beating desire to become an artist himself.

After illustrating for missionaries in Switzerland in 1999, Phil returned to the United States and began taking steps toward 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 other fine artists at the Cottonwood Artists’ School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

His paintings deal with the beauty in common scenes of nature and everyday folk. He finds inspiration in the touching effects of light and shadow, and the narrative splendor of the simple things in life. Like the Academy painters of the 1800’s, Phil prefers to work with a warm, limited palette, using subdued colors to bring a calm and natural mood to the canvas.

Christian Medovich has spent over two decades in the visual arts. He has taught technical theater at Colorado College as well as papermaking and Art History at the Club of the Arts. Christian can also be found at  the Fine Arts Center building scenery, teaching at the ModboCo and designing lights for various dance performances in Colorado Springs. In 2010, Christian reinvested his time back into drawing and painting through the Modbo classes, training with Brett Andrus. It has been through careful instruction and curiosity that Christian finds himself participating in the tradition of peddling his created images. He thanks those who have had a hand  (you know who you are).  His newest body of work was inspired by the Tom Waites song, “Murder in the Redbarn,” as well as the artist’s interpretations of various societal taboos.


Scoot! July’s Art Opening at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.- a scooter-themed art show.

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The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries present Scoot, a new show featuring scooter-themed art in honor of the National Lambretta Rally (to be hosted by The Modbo this year).  The art opening for this show will be on Friday, July 5th, from 5:30 until midnight.  The show runs through Friday, July 26th.  The Modbo may be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.  The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries are located at 17b and 17c East Bijou.  Featured artists include: Douglas Rouse, Lorelei Beckstrom, Phil Lear, Lindsay Hand, Trevor Thomas, Nick Campbell, Christian Medovich, Jean Cuchiaro, Gary Weston, Dan Romano, Danny Gillies, Cymon Padilla, Candice Torres, Susan Fletcher, Jen Meyer, Wesley Wayne, and Nicolas Mandelkow.


Small Works Opens This Friday!

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The Modbo cheerfully presents its Fifth Annual Small Works Show!  This amazing show features work by right around 100 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular display of hundreds of pieces.  (To be more exact, we have close to 400 pieces this year! Wow!!)

A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works 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.

Shop local! Support local artists and local galleries!  Knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list!  Except maybe the dog.  Not much art for the dog, to be truthful.

The opening reception is from 5:30 until midnight on Friday, December 7th.  The show runs through Friday, January 4th.  Don’t miss it!


CALL FOR ARTISTS!

The Modbo announces a call for artists for its newest juried show, “The Figure, Form, and Decay.” Pieces may speak to any aspect, or combined aspects, of the show’s title. Submissions in all media are welcome. Drop-off and will occur between noon and 4 pm on Sunday, September 2nd at The Modbo, 17c East Bijou. Pieces must be wired and ready to hang, complete with screw eyes or d-rings. There will be an $8 fee per piece submitted to jurying. Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

Be Creative, and take advantage of this opportunity.


New Exhibition by Brett Andrus

The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. proudly present “An Invitation: A New Exhibition by Brett Andrus.”  The opening reception for this show will be on Friday, August 3rd, from 5:30 pm until midnight.  There will be spontaneous performances by Sansara Modern Dance Company and Moonhoney Gypsy Tango Cabaret.  In addition to works by Brett Andrus, two Modbo Collective artists, Lorelei Beckstrom and Nina Peterson, have been invited to show work.  The show runs through Friday, August 31st.  The Modbo can be reached at 633-4240, or themodbo@gmail.com.

  

For “An Invitation,” Andrus has created an entirely new body of work to fill both galleries, the Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and in an entirely new medium– house paint.  (Specifically, Behr Premium Paint and Primer in One.)  Typically an oil painter, Andrus sought to challenge himself with this new medium while remaining true to his narrative figurative style and also maintaining his focus on the female form.  The result is an oeuvre that conceptually challenges the viewer as voyeur and plays with the idea of time and story through each piece.

Colorado Springs native Brett Andrus studied painting and art history at The Savannah College of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001. He has showed in Savannah, New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta, Denver, and Colorado Springs.  Andrus received a Gold from The Gazette last year for “Vögel(n),” his most recent solo show.  He was the also the mastermind and artistic director behind the recent “Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia” show at the galleries, a body of work that has also been displayed in Trinidad and will travel to other Front Range locations in 2013.  Andrus is the co-owner of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., and the sole curator for both spaces, as well as several satellite spaces in town: the Rabbit Hole, the Blue Star, Locals, and the Colorado Springs Airport among them.  He also teaches art classes out of the gallery.


New Exhibition in the Arts Alley

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 themodbo@gmail.com, 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!