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Johnny Defeo

Visions West Gallery :: Johnny Defeo

| 09.06.2019 - 10.12.2019 | 6:00 pm

Artists: Johnny Defeo

Johnny DeFeo’s new body of work is comprised primarily of landscape scenes, most of which include animals. Often, the perspective expressed in these scenes is that of the wildlife portrayed, shifting the subject away from a human vantage point and revealing the mysteries of the natural world. Imagining that the creatures inhabiting America’s wilderness could be storytellers through objects and images the way that humans can, these objects portray the natural world with a tender perspective, and with mystical and legendary qualities. The moments DeFeo chooses to portray are sacred and primordial, as if they are the cultural documents of forest dwellers. These scenes don’t involve humankind, and have been taking place long before we existed or were paying attention. DeFeo reminds us that waterfalls don’t turn off at night. Elk lock antlers without camera crews around to capture them. Sometimes, a wolf will be struck by a rainbow hanging in the mist over a gorge and will stop to marvel at his surroundings.

Carly Glovinski

Visions West Gallery :: Carly Glovinski

| 09.06.2019 - 10.12.2019 | 6:00 pm

Artists: Carly Glovinski

Rooted in observation and fueled by a curiosity about the behavior of objects and handicraft processes, Carly Glovinski makes paintings, sculpture and works on paper that often teeter between representation and abstraction. Letting craft techniques like weaving inform her mark making, her work mimics everyday objects and highlights geometric pattern and structure found in textiles, while exploring the resourceful attitudes associated with domestic craft and rural communities that prioritize placemaking in concert with nature. She received her BFA from Boston University in 2003 and is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York. She has been awarded residencies at the Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, Teton ArtLab, Jackson, Wyoming, and the Vermont Studio Center, and has received grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Blanche Colman Trust. She has had solo exhibitions at Colby Museum of Art, Maine; Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York; Indianapolis Contemporary; and Carroll and Sons, Boston. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Boston Center for the Arts, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Carly currently lives and works in New Hampshire.

Aaron Zulpo

Visions West Gallery :: Aaron Zulpo

| 10.18.2019 - 11.23.2019 | 6:00 pm

Artists: Aaron Zulpo

Visions West Contemporary, Denver, is proud to unveil Aaron Zulpo’s latest exhibition, Family Vacation, a series of narrative paintings infused with mystery and adventure. The paintings created during Visions West first artist in residence program, took him across ski hills and ski towns in Montana and Wyoming. This series portrays a family ski vacation with a background story of theft and mystery simultaneously unfolding in the background. The story of the “family vacation” includes repeated characters, as they engage in these ski trip activities. “Though they are in the story, it isn’t really about them”, Zulpo says. While these landscapes will feature the essence of a memory or experience, the use of light and atmosphere are the key elements that the artist will be exploring. To achieve these, Zulpo will use his previous experience with plein air painting to capture a particular moment in nature before translating that onto a larger scale work. Zulpo’s playful style of painting encourages the viewer to place themselves in the story, the moment captured becomes a curious story. The natural landscape incites a familiarity in people who have grown up taking trips through it and towards it. Zulpo doesn’t focus his work on the intricacies of reality, rather his take on landscape is an archetype, a sense of place.