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.
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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.