LivAspenArt pops up with show at Zeno
If you look up from your plate, put down your drink and take a look around this weekend at the Food & Wine Classic, you might just spot some fine art.
That’s Olivia Daane’s hope, anyway. The local artist and proprietor of LivAspenArt is staging a pop-up show at Zeno Aspen on Gondola Plaza this weekend, featuring two local artists and one from Texas, along with her own work.
Daane’s LivAspen- Art space at Aspen Highlands Village is operating as a working studio these days. But she’s been staging pop-up shows at venues elsewhere around town, showcasing local and emerging artists. The Zeno show is her fourth pop-up since leaving her downtown gallery space on Cooper Avenue in 2012.
“I started to see other artists’ work and found local artists who were incredible, so I’m excited about doing this and operating like an art consultant,” she said.
The show features new work by Carbondale painter Stanley Bell and photography by Aspen’s Karl Wolfgang, along with sculpture by Dallas artist Don Parr. Daane also was putting the finishing touches on a butterfly mixed-media piece of her own Thursday morning for the show.
Four new paintings by Bell, who has been quietly creating new work in the nearly two years since his last solo exhibit in Aspen, show the local artist continuing to infuse the anarchic spirit of street graffiti into fine art.
His new works on canvas are distinctly Stanley Bell abstract creations, with bulbous shapes like subcellular organelles floating among clashes of thick-layered brushstrokes, splatters and paint drips, touches of neon, and details reminiscent of graffiti tags.
“They are a new, more mature version of his controlled chaos,” Daane said.
The pop-up show also includes four small Bell paintings on wood — heart-like, neon-tinged shapes on unadorned wood backgrounds — that come from his days before beginning to work on canvas just a few years ago. He made his name locally painting on wood, metal, skateboard decks and found objects before moving to large works on canvas.
Wolfgang, known locally for his portraits, pushes the envelope in two new pieces in the pop-up exhibit (Daane had planned to show four, she said, but two sold before she could hang them). One offers a man pointing two double-barreled pistols at the viewer in an arresting, stylized portrait, his grim face washed out and fading into a white background. In another, titled “Murmur,” Wolfgang frames a topless woman in white ski goggles and scarf against a dusty desert background, drinking from a Camelbak and looking into the distance.
The lone valley outsider in the show is Parr, who uses pieces of airplanes to make sculpture with an aerodynamic, industrial bent. Sitting tableside, there’s an orange-and-gray steel sculpture, made from airplane pieces that attach wings to the fuselage, constructed with aircraft rivets. Across the dining room, there are wall-mounted panels fashioned from airplane wings, one in orange-and-black aluminum, another that’s gray and slightly dented, suggesting a partial view from a wing-side window seat on a flight.
In proper Food & Wine fashion, LivAspen- Art is hosting a private party at Zeno on Saturday night to celebrate the show, with cocktails by Agave Underground tequila — for which Daane is currently designing a bottle label — and tastings of dishes by Zeno chef/owner Andrea Menichetti.
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