Denver, CO (September 7th, 2012) – Mojados y Polvosos (Wet and Dusty) brings together two of Massachusetts’ most celebrated young artists for their first joint show, and their first exhibition in Denver. Opening September 7, 2012 at Black Book Gallery, Denver’s leading venue for cutting-edge artwork, Neelon and Gonzalez’ show will be sure to draw attention from both local and national media.
Internationally-renown artist, muralist and author Caleb Neelon’s new works weave together influences from his New England heritage, referencing maritime imagery, quilting, and regional folk arts. Raul Gonzalez III will present a suite of new drawings, created on paper stained with soil, coffee, and dirty water, which explore the sense of adventure that ensues upon embarking on a voyage. Characters find themselves adrift on flotation devices or trudging through barren landscapes unsure of what awaits them while shedding what they’ve left behind.
Caleb Neelon was born in 1976 in Boston and is based in neighboring Cambridge. His paintings and installation artwork have appeared in venues such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, deCordova Museum, Laguna Beach Art Museum, Dafen Art Museum of Shenzhen, as murals on walls in Kathmandu, Reykjavik, Tegucigalpa, Bermuda, Istanbul, Calcutta, São Paulo, across Europe, as well as numerous hospitals and schools. Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, his first artist monograph, is a 2009 release from Gingko Press. Caleb is co-author (with Roger Gastman) of the landmark 2011 HarperCollins book The History of American Graffiti, and is also co-author of Graffiti Brasil, Street World, and an author or collaborator on nearly a dozen other books. Caleb speaks regularly at universities, international conferences and festivals, recently including TEDxBoston and the United States Embassy and consulates of Canada. In the past year, Caleb’s projects have been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Life Magazine, Berliner Zeitung, Folha de São Paulo, PBS Newshour, LA Times, Boston Phoenix, Wall Street Journal, Reason, City Journal, Paper, Artlog, and others.
Raúl Gonzalez III was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, México. In 2009 Gonzalez received an award from the Artadia Foundation for Art and Culture, and was voted Boston’s best visual artist for 2010 by readers of The Boston Phoenix. His work has been exhibited widely in the northeast including The Drawing Center in New York, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Ogunquit Museum of American Art as well as on the west coast at SCION Installation and Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles. Gonzalez’ work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, Art Papers, and the Boston Globe.
Join us the evening of September 7th from 6pm – 11pm
Free & Open to the public
Artists will be in attendance