Friday, June 3, 2011

ArtScene: Art Crawl Addendum

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

  • "Moonshining," Abigail Newbold

Art Crawl on Saturday! The Scene's resident art critic/cool dude Joe Nolan says that this might just be the best Crawl of the year. We're going to add a few more reasons why.

This month there are two standout non-Arcade crawl events that can fluff up your Saturday night. First, HOMEGROWN at Track 13 Gallery at Cummins Station, 209 10th Ave. South. Here's their curatorial statement:

"HOMEGROWN is a group show exhibiting regionally influenced, culturally significant contemporary design to an underexposed market outside of the major design centers. Instead of transplanting 'Brooklyn design' or 'West Coast design' to the southeastern United States, HOMEGROWN promotes design that is influenced by the rural culture of the region.”

I stopped by the gallery, which is a repurposed train car at Cummins Station. Exhibition co-curator Melissa Alexander showed me around the space, and guys, it's incredible. This is the kind of design we need more of — hip, smart and totally utilitarian. Highlights are Alexander's Holler Design contributions — including a rustic-modern reclaimed pine farm bench that has shiny orange accents — Brown and Green's bronze ashtrays cast from the traditional plastic forms, Cheryl Burke's topographical quilts that represent maps of Colorado and a West Virginia strip mine, and my personal favorite — Abigail Newbold's “Moonshining” piece: a breathtaking quilt/sleeping bag hybrid, complete with luxe details like fur stitched around its rim. And that's just scratching the surface.

Photos of the HOMEGROWN show and details about an open studio party after the jump ...

  • "Farm Bench," Holler Design

  • "Rocker 03," Holler Design

  • "The Raft (detail)," Casey Pierce

After the Arcade, Fifth Avenue and Track 13, stop by the open studio event that's being thrown by artists David Hellams and Casey Pierce. The two roomies were behind The Rabbit Press — a project that publishes journals about art and other curiosities, and hosted some of last year's coolest parties. We haven't heard much from Rabbit lately, but it seems that they're focusing on art-making practices at the moment, and the results look fantastic. Hellams and Pierce are guys who make things happen — keep them on your radar. The open studio is at their house, 2200 Grantland Ave., from 7-11 p.m. Pierce's painting “The Raft” is a highlight, and the artist describes it as a complete reworking of the Theodoré Gericault painting “The Raft of the Medusa.” Look for Pierce and Hellams' art, sans “The Raft,” at Fido later this month.

  • "Kelley's Ghost," Casey Pierce

  • "Salt," David Hellams

There! Look at all the arty options we have this Saturday. We could get used to this.

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