Exhibitions

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501 East Dean Street
(Residences at The Little Nell building)

Aspen, CO 81611

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RELEVANCE
Perspectives of the African American Experience
June 27 – September 8, 2014

Derrick Adams, Nathaniel Donnett, Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry

Opening Reception and discussion with artist Nathaniel Donnett: Friday, June 27 6 – 8 pm

Discussion with artist Derrick Adams: July, 15 6 – 8 pm

Discussion with artists Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry: August, 7 6 – 8 pm

This summer Quintenz Gallery presents Relevance, an exhibition of four artists’ interpretation of the ongoing and evolving narrative that is the African American and American experience. Artwork by Nathaniel Donnett, Derrick Adams, and Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry comprises new shifts in contemporary art practices and media while addressing complicated and multivalent issues of race, community, and power.
Any discussion of race in America—even one focusing on representation—is not just about images. It is about human bodies that are informed by notions of ethnicity rooted in a specific time and place. It is about the public and private interactions between these bodies and how they coexist. And, it is about how such realities impact the distribution of power within social areas we navigate daily, from the interpersonal to the geopolitical.

Nathaniel Donnett explores the psychosocial relationships between the collective and individual, the perceptions of the self and society, while drawing from the inventiveness, psychology, improvisation and music in African American culture. Donnett works in mixed media, drawings, paintings, installation, sculpture, video, and performance using everyday materials, and objects. In this exhibition these particular drawings considers the figurative as other and psychosocial symbolism of brown paper bags and mixed media works with plastic. His artwork is an investigation of identity, perceptions of beauty, self-reflection, and societal contradiction and consent. “Donnett, Artadia 2010 winner, lives and works in Houston, Texas and studied at Texas Southern University.

Derrick Adams destabilizes urban and identity politics through performance, collage, sculpture, and installation. In Relevance, Adams’ mixed-media collages rupture visual and symbolic lines between human figures and domestic architectural spaces. Bodies, structures, and landscapes emerge from cut scraps of popular lifestyle magazines in artwork reflecting today’s fragmented, over-inundated visual culture. Adams’ visually rich surfaces depict his own socio-cultural moment and investigation. “I draw from my own experiences and come up with my own philosophies and perspective on art making,” Adams says. An interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York, Derrick Adams received a MFA from Columbia University and a BFA in Art & Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry are a mixed-race artists’ collaborative since 1998. Their work, exhibited globally, moves fluidly beween large scale projects, painting, photography, video, and self-portraiture. McCallum & Tarry focus their work on community, race, identity, and injustice, creating art to preserve moments in time that might otherwise become nothing more than faded photographs. They reimagine historic and iconic photographic images, thereby reviving, continuing, and deepening narratives which may have become static. The artists live in Brooklyn, New York. McCallum holds an MFA from Yale and Tarry completed the Whitney ISP program in 2003.

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Gallery Location

501 East Dean Street
(Residences at The Little Nell building)

Aspen, CO 81611

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Summer Outdoor Installation Project
July 5 – September 2, 2014

Barbara Sorenesen

Reception for the artist, Saturday, July 5, 6 – 8 pm

Created last fall and coming directly from a show at the Polk Museum of Art, these pieces continue my interest in echoing the power of nature.
In this exhibition at Quintenz Gallery, these six sculptures, ranging in scale from 4 ft to 12 ft tall, are made of powder coated aluminum rods. Hints of submerged plant life, tumbleweeds on the desert floor, and a towering Goddess are some of the abstract forms created in this new body of work.

The work develops as I create in the studio. I have an overall idea of the piece inspired by a sense of the landscape that I have recently experienced. With a few brief sketches I begin making and bending and cutting the metal into parts. Each piece I place and weld informs the placement of the next piece. I like the process to show, so the welded joints are left raw. Working in this active expressionist method, I feel there is an energy infused into my work.

This body of work is inspired by the landscape and the environment. I instinctively respond to the form, surface and texture of the Earth, echoing them in my work. I look at the landscape, interpret and reinterpret it, and give it back, transformed. Originally inspired by Aboriginal fishing nets, the floating skeleton like vessel forms relate to underwater life, hovering over the ocean floor for divers and snorkelers to find. Most recently I have become more aware of the floral and fauna in the topographical landscape. Whether I am snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the BVI’s in the Carribean, I am always questioning the notion of what is interior and what is exterior. They are physical and visual depictions of bundles of spiritual energy.

Sorensen’s work is in numerous museum, corporate and private collections. Among them are the Everson Museum of Art, Cornell Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Flint Institute of Arts, Newark Museum, Racine Art Museum, Florida State Capitol Art Collection, Town of Snowmass Village, City of Orlando, City of Winter Park, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, SunTrust Bank, Darden Restaurant Corporation, Neiman Marcus Corporation, The United Company, The White House Collection, Washington, D.C., Stetson University and the University of Central Florida.