Large Spaces and Small Worlds featured new works by Leo Rivera and Becky Wareing Steele. Contrasting styles, methods of creation, and context, this two-person exhibition will pair large scale non-objective paintings in direct relation with miniature architectural prototypes, using sculpture as a means to add punctuation to a sentence created through paint. A site-specific collaborative installation will bring these two artists together, combining content and creating a single voice.
On view April 6th-April 28th 2018 at ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO. Curated by Drew Austin. Installation photography by WM Artist Services.
The second iteration of Gaps was installed for the RedLine Denver 10X Exhibition. This exhibition opened in February of 2018 as a celebration of the 10 year history of the resident artist program, showcasing works from over 70 current as well as alumni residents. Gaps deals with the concept of passive communication vs actual engagement. Modern forms of communication continue to move us away from quality communication and foster a culture of broadcast communication. Putting our ideas out into the world for others to consume but not necessarily creating space for dialogue. From a technological viewpoint we are more connected then ever but the lack of quality communication had led us down a path of isolation. The fragmented crystals are symbolic of our fractured society. Now more than ever we need to find ways to bridge the gap.
Curated by Cortney Lane Stell. Installation shots by WM Artist Services.
Gaps deals with the concept of passive communication vs actual engagement. Modern forms of communication continue to move us away from quality communication and foster a culture of broadcast communication. Putting our ideas out into the world for others to consume but not necessarily creating space for dialogue. From a technological viewpoint we are more connected then ever but the lack of quality communication had led us down a path of isolation. Now more than ever we need to find ways to bridge the gap.
Installation photography by WM Artist Services taken at the Susan K. Arndt Gallery at Red Rocks Community College 2017.
Utopia: A new society for all, is a society that exists in concept as well as in physical form as diorama based installation art. This is an experiment in both artistic practice as well as civics and communal living.
The modern world and its push for a virtual reality to escape everyday life is working against our instinctive need as humans for community. This project aims to give people an escape from reality while still connecting with people in real life situations.
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Exhibited in 2017 as part of the Land Trust exhibition at RedLine Denver. Curated by Libby Barbee and Kirsten Walsh. Installation shots by WM Artist Services.
"Art, Life and Work" is a series of 3 wall mounted peep hole dioramas that was included in the exhibition, "Nice Work If You Can Get It" at RedLine Denver in January of 2017. Curated by Daisy McGowan.
"Art is about order, it’s the development of a practice; a routine. This artistic practice does not solely exist within the studio but is present when I’m starting my morning at home, in the quiet moments between tasks at work; inspiration strikes at anytime and often when I’m not actively focused on it. It is in this way that my daily activities, wether present in the studio or not, influence my creative process.
So much of life is a delicate balancing act. At times I am in awe at the amount I can accomplish in one day. Other days come and go and I feel like I’ve been unable to accomplish even the simplest of tasks. Scheduling times to be creative is challenging but as an artist it is essential to have a structure in place in order to support the artistic practice. There is a balance to everything; art, life and work.
I am meticulously organized, everything in my life works because of this structure as well as my ability to let go of the structure from time to time. In order to function as an artist in a rapidly changing landscape, it is necessary to find that balance between work, life and art. The rising cost of living can make it challenging for artists to support themselves solely through their work, which makes it even more imperative for artists to find that supportive environment in which they can grow their practice with time as well as financial freedom."
Also included in this exhibition was a stop motion collaboration with artist and studio mate Esther Hernandez entitled "Studio Life." Click here to view the video.
Curated by Daisy McGowan. Installation photography by WM Artist Services.
I remember my childhood well, at least my version of it. Talk to other family members and you may hear a conflicting story about the highs and lows of traveling with a teenage girl. I believe we all hold on to this idealized view of who we were and how we behaved in our youth, when in reality we were total hormonal assholes. I remember traveling with my family and camping out in National Parks and how much I learned, but my mother and brother share different memories of a moody teenage girl who often came unprepared for hikes wearing flip-flops and complaining when she couldn’t keep up.
We all share in these common memories of family vacations, huddled in the corner of the campsite complaining that we weren’t able to stay home alone and go to a friend’s party while their parents were out of town. This new series of diorama based works hones in on this often overlooked phenomenon of family vacations with teenagers. Each work focuses on a different National Park, showcasing the beauty of this serene environment and inserts a family dealing with a teenager, all the while attempting to hold on to some semblance of a memorable trip. It’s this difference in scale between the beauty of the environment and smallness of the figures that I use to really show how unimportant all of these teenage outbursts are in the scope of things. These teenagers grow up and see the error of their ways and often even become productive members of society. Each piece is accompanied with a caption that gives the viewer a glimpse at the dialogue occurring during the particular scene they’ve stumbled on to.
I would like to thank my family for taking me on such wonderful adventures and never leaving me behind.
This exhibition was on view at Lowbrow Denver in the Summer of 2015.
The Adventures of Henri & Evelyn is a photo series following the travels of a miniature couple. Evelyn met her free-spirited husband Henri many years ago while studying Art History oversees in France. Coming from the mid-west, Evelyn comes from a conservative background but in her years together with Henri he has taught her to tap into her adventurous spirit.
This exhibition was on view at Fancy Tiger in Denver, CO in 2014.
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A series of collaborations from Becky Wareing Steele & Sara Guindon spanning from 2012-2016
Learn more about Sara Guindon and her art by visiting: saraguindon.com