Black Book Gallery & Sam’s No.3 Downtown

Black Book Gallery has been given a great opportunity to display art from our past exhibits in one of Denver’s longest running and finest eating establishments Sam’s No.3 Downtown. Right now until early December we have a dozen or so pieces from ASVP on display.

Sam’s serves excellent food so make sure you visit them and if you have any questions about artwork you can call or email us.

Black Book Gallery presents Skewville “Anti-Social Networking”

Denver, CO (October 7, 2011) – The work of twin artist duo and collective, Skewville from Brooklyn, NY will be appearing at Black Book Gallery during the month of October. Skewville is at once a place and a term to denote a specific style of street art, originating from the pair and their early beginnings occupying a building given the same name.

Anti-Social Networking will be a commentary on social networking and how street art and art in general is not about who you know or who knows you, but who knows your work. The exhibit will be arranged so the artwork is connected to represent social networking. Part of the exhibit will also feature a very large and gritty piece from BAST.

Skewville in attendance
Free and open to the public

Available Artwork

Exhibit Pictures

ART CAPSULE with Deedee Cheriel | Thursday, September 29th @ 6:00pm

ART CAPSULE [Mixing the work of Deedee Cheriel, Max Kauffman, Andrew Hoffman & Chasing Rainbows] is an art exhibition project meant to bridge and connect Denver’s emerging art scene with national and international artists and the art hubs in which they work and live. Mixing visiting artists with local artists helps to foster cultural art exchange, collaboration and creative inspiration.

ART CAPSULE will be one swift night of viewing and party. Artists, Deedee Cheriel and Max Kauffman will be in attendance. Chasing Rainbows, an emerging art-fashion line, will have a small collection of work on display in the gallery store as part of the ART CAPSULE event. Come by Black Book Gallery September 29 to witness a mash-up of creativity and visual art.

If you would like to receive an online preview of available artwork please use the contact page to notify us.

About Deedee Cheriel:

Nalini ‘Deedee’ Cheriel is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s. Born in the hippie town of Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19. Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, she played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls. This artist has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India.

Now residing in Los Angeles, Cheriel’s work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world. With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes -both urban and natural- and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.

About Max Kauffman:

The whimsical paintings of Max Kauffman depict a subconcious avian world dotted with the semi-recognizable references of waking life. In his most recent series, “Migrations” fantastic birds previously recurrent in his works, have taken the forefront in these ethereal scenes. A host of common symbols from natural forms to those with a clearly human touch float in and out of view tying together these washed out dreamscapes. Working primarily in watercolor, gouache and ink, Kauffman’s combination of expressive and controlled techniques are well suited to his phantasmagoric subject matter.

Currently residing in Denver, Colorado, Kauffman grew up in South Bend, Indiana. With frequent trips from the countryside to the city of Chicago, Kauffman developed an affinity for both the bucolic and urban – a duality repeatedly explored in his otherworldly works. Attending Arizona State University, he received an education in ceramics and anthropology, which continue to influence his fascination with visual folklore.

About Andrew Hoffman:

Based in Denver, Andrew Hoffman is an active artist, designer and
Illustrator. His work has been shown locally various galleries
including the Denver Art museum as well as internationally. He held anartist residency at Illiterate gallery in 2010, had his first gallery
solo show at Super Ordinary Gallery earlier this year and will have a
visiting artist lecture and exhibition at Western State College this
fall. Hoffman embraces an unconventionality that is unique to his
previous works, which were more closely comparable to contemporary content executed with the precision of graphic design using classical mediums. His new work, through similar and unexplored mediums, combines a series of varying styles and concepts that are visually destroyed to mask their original depth, ultimately resulting in a theme that Hoffman defines as “real life”.

“My latest work has unintentionally became a series of experiments
that combine and destroy styles and philosophies I’ve been exposed to in the past,” said Hoffman. “But perhaps more intriguing for me were the welcomed mistakes that occurred in the creative process that helped craft this style that only now exists by either coincidence or sporadic acts of artistic spontaneity. Together, they created this theme and imagery that reflected my environment – my life. Ordinary life is pretty complex and people tend to forget that.”

About Chasing Rainbows:

Chasing Rainbows is an emerging art-driven fashion line from Denver, CO. Cosmic Thread is Chasing Rainbow’s most recent collection, each piece representing a work of art. Chasing Rainbows works to inspire fashion as a wholly creative experience.

Black Book Gallery presents ASVP “Down to Earth”

Opening reception September 2nd @ 7pm – Open to the public
Artists in attendance

Denver, CO (August 24, 2011) – ASVP is a New York based artistic team of two that began working together over 8 years ago and has more than 20 years of combined creative experience. The team has created paintings, murals and poster art that has been displayed in major cities across the world including London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Hawaii, Zürich, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Varanasi India as well as New York City.

“The clean look and feel of the work comes from our commercial training in graphic design and advertising, but for us, many of the actual images are reflective of “a break-out” from a certain type of creative jail that we both found ourselves in. We felt like we were in the Creative Matrix—and we finally figured out how to unplug.”

ASVP’s work collages eastern and western images from multiple influences including; retro advertising, pop and comic book culture, mixed with bold typographic elements. The team uses dramatic multi-layered compositions with bright tones of pop-inspired color.

“The more aggressive imagery in the show comes from a defensive, almost resentful place, and more strongly shows the idea of us “breaking free” from our past to create things that are more honest. Other images in the show exhibit more restraint. When viewed together, the diversity of the work shows an honest depiction of our voice as a work in progress.”

ASVP’s first solo exhibit comes on the heels of two recent group shows including “Bushwick Open Studios” and most recently, “Can’t Hear the Revolution” at Kunsthalle Galapagos.

“Down to Earth” is comprised of nearly 40 silk screened pieces on paper and canvas with hand and spray painted elements in many of the works. Exhibit opens at Black Book Gallery on September 2nd and runs through September 30th.


Exhibit Pictures

In Memory: The Art of Shane Davis Friday, August 26th at 7:00pm

On Friday August 26th, Black Book Gallery will be hosting a retrospective of the works of Shane Alexander Davis. On display will be both works from the Davis family collection, and pieces which will be available for friends and family.

With his early passing Shane left behind a large amount of previously undisplayed works in a wide variety of media. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, ceramic, and jewelery. …Getting to see this body of work in it’s entirety gives the viewer a somewhat better look into who Shane was as both a human and artist, and how prolific he was in his efforts. At the same time various quotes and illustrations leaves a sense that in somethings we will never know exactly what he was commenting on. Some pieces a direct and funny joke delivered in a completely Shane way, others exemplify a cryptic inside joke existing only within a personal self dialogue. For friends and family of Shane this is a not to be missed one night only show.

Drinks will be served and good times will be had. This is not a time of mourning but a time of celebration of his life and works, so let’s do this the way that Shane would have wanted. Expect to hear a mix of Shane hits from the Smiths, Chromeo, Crystal Castles, New Order, Glitch Mob, The Faint, etc. courtesy of DJ Algoriddm.

Please spread the word and invite all of your friends. Donations for pieces will be accepted and go to the Brain Injury Alliance.