About Our 2D Section
Here is work created within the confines of the two-dimensional world. The artists we have chosen to feature have utilized printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, collage, and more to create meaningful pieces of art. Initially you will be provided with the name of the artist, the title of the series or piece, and the medium through which they are expressing themselves.
If the artist has provided a statement, this will be below the name of the piece/medium. Underneath that, you will find thumbnails of all of the works we have chosen from that artist. Click these thumbnails to view the enlarged and complete work.
Title: Contact Through Meditation
Medium: digital photograph
Artist Statement: I mainly work with mediums of video, photography, and collage. Influences come from artists such as Frida Kahlo, Tim Walker, Leonora Carrington, Gregory Crewdson and Hannah Hoch. My concentration is photography, and I have worked with various technology such as 35mm film, medium and large format cameras, pinhole cameras, holgas, polaroid and digital cameras. I find myself especially drawn towards post-process digital collage, black and white images, and the grainy quality of film.
Currently, I have been working with themes of nightmares and fears, and the psychology behind them. I am also working on an ongoing project titled My Love Was Lost, which focuses on subjects who have lost a loved one. This will be a photography, video and creative writing collaborative, where I will open up discussion on the differences in grieving processes, what we remember most about our loved ones, and the use of art as part of the grieving process. Through this project, I hope to create a community using art for its healing powers as I have.
With this submission, I am exploring the history behind contact with the deceased. This photograph is a visual exploration of trying to collapse the realms of the living and dead and creating communication through meditation.
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Artist Statement: Before moving back to his home state and becoming a Wyoming based artist, Patrick's work was exhibited in many shows and locations in Colorado including Raw Nerve, Metamorphose and Infinite Hustle at Denver's Center for Visual Art, Antecedent at the Denver Public Library, Metamorphosis at the Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, and a skeletal study at Museum of the Rockies in Montana as well as many more. Patrick also has a permanent rotation of work at White Dog Brewing Company in Bozeman, Montana. After finishing his BFA degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver and obtaining his K-12 Art Education license in Colorado and Wyoming, Patrick moved back to his home state to teach, be near family, and create art inspired by Wyoming's tranquility and beauty.
Title: Spoons Series
Medium: monotype prints
Artist Statement: This series of three is about the performativity of being a server/waiter. These prints show masks that people in the service industry wear in order to protect their identities. The red print is a mask of vanity that protects the wearer by draining the life from that person. That life is transferred into only the aspects of him/her that can be perceived as desirable.
The green print represents a mask of fun, or a clown mask. A server can use this mask to disguise the aspects of himself that a customer might perceive as tedious or tiresome. Lastly, the blue print depicts the mask of a smile. In a professional setting, a server is encouraged to smile at the customer, and hide any unhappiness that she is feeling.
Title: A Beautiful Perspective
Medium: digital photography
Artist Statement: My name is Bryan Higgins and I am a current student at MSU Denver. I plan on pursuing my BFA with a focus in photography. I have been a photographer for several years now, but feel there are many things the photography department here at Metro can teach me to better myself as a photographer and hopefully one day support myself financially by doing what I love.
Darlene Kay Thomas
Title: Viper Skull
Medium: pyrography on wood
Artist Statement: Vertebrates are born with a fully formed and almost entirely hidden skeletal system. This structure serves the creature: growing, moving and protecting through every moment of life. It is not until after death that decomposition dissolves away skin and flesh revealing superbly intricate arrangements and interaction of bones and teeth. Skull and bone are the last remnants and reminders of the unique identity of a creature now gone. Viper Skull is work that celebrates the beauty of the remnants of life made visible by decay. Pyrography (wood burning) oxidizes the wooden panel stroke by stroke, leaving remnants behind which create the image. Burning is a similar process to decomposition. One material is broken down into other simpler materials. No matter is lost; no matter is gained only images of life and living are left behind.