ART ON THE STREETS
2015-2016 exhibit coming soon!
Save the date! The launch party for the 2015-16 exhibit is June 18, at City Auditorium. This free event is open to the public and features art, music, performances and fun. Plus, you'll be among the first to see the new works, take a mini-tour, meet some of the artists and learn who the jury picked for their special Juror's Award.
Pictured at left, Lacuna by Andrew Tirado. Juror's Award winner for 2014-15 exhibit, on display in the Plaza of the Rockies South Tower atrium.
Click on images below for more information about each piece in this year's exhibit. Download your own self-guided walking tour of this year’s exhibit here, or register for one of the many docent-led walking tours available.
Artist: Timothy D. Cassidy
New York Mills, MN
With a shape resembling a large grapple or crane claw tool, Structure MMII is one of a series of Structure MM works created in steel by Timothy Cassidy. His pieces explore steel’s role as a structural material, with symmetrical, geometric forms.
“My Structure series focuses on precise welds, while exploring weight, symmetry, line, geometric shapes and structural integrity.” --Timothy Cassidy
Purchase price: $10,700. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
Steel with ceramic detail
Artisti: Suzanne Kane
Las Cruces, NM
Suzanne Kane’s current body of work is inspired by unusual seeds and structures that endure and survive. A trio of abstracted tree forms, Hydrostatic combines steel armatures with high-fire ceramic stoneware as sculptural plants that question water usage while celebrating resilience, tenacity, and adaptability.
“I live in the Chihuahua Desert. This land amazes me; despite a harsh climate and severe drought the landscape is filled with weird and wonderful growing things.” --Suzanne Kane
Purchase price: $6,000. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
Wood, steel and paint
Artist: Andrew Ramiro Tirado
Colorado Springs, CO
Andrew Tirado’s large-scale sculpture bears the name Lacuna, meaning “hiatus, hole, void, gap, and the like.” Created with hand-held tools, the pockmarked surface serves as residual evidence of the tools used to reveal the form, and as a testament to the fact that the piece was created by hand. Formerly a studio assistant for artist Chuck Close in New York City, Tirado now calls Colorado Springs home.
“After decades of utilitarian use an outdoor deck sitting adjacent to art studios, the wood has now begun its “second life”—third, if you count the years it spent growing in a Northwestern forest—as a medium for artistic expression.” --Andrew Tirado
Purchase price: $75,000. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
The Art Officials in Empty Space
Artisti: Atomic Elroy
A Colorado Springs native, Atomic Elroy’s The Art Officials in Empty Space invites viewers to experience a video performance installation. The piece is about how artists use juxtaposing empty space and objects as an element in their creation and whether empty space or “nothing” actually exists. The work draws on the Japanese concept of “Ma,” and the Taoist idea of “Wu wei,” which use negative space as a crucial element to understanding the objects themselves.
“Drawing influence from early 20th Century Dadaists, mid-20th century avant garde theatre, and postmodern conceptualism, my work is deeply rooted in the notion of time. The most important recurring concept in my work is the feeling of anticipation and waiting, for action to transpire or… not!” -Atomic Elroy
Purchase price (video and performance licensing rights): $2,500. Photo provided by the artist.
Two Rings, 8' Diameter, 4'' Square
Artist: Dee Briggs
Exploring ideas of mathematics, architecture and personal experience, Two Rings demonstrates Dee Briggs’ interest in geometry, symmetry and rhythm. Briggs is especially intrigued by the concept of chirality. Common in chemistry and biology, chiral objects do not have an internal plane of symmetry, resulting in “unexpected rhythmic spaces containing limitless perceptual contradictions.”
“I am interested in the resulting relationships of line and plane and the way in which each composition describes or implies space. Although my work often appears chaotic and whimsical, it is, in fact, highly ordered.” --Dee Briggs
Purchase price: $125,000. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
Steel and glass
Artist: Steven Durow
Steven Durow’s arc-shaped large-scale work infers a celestial context, while the individual recycled cast glass elements reflect, redirect and absorb the sun, resulting in a dynamic and changing character over the course of each day. Currently the head of the glass program at Salisbury University, Durow has work included in numerous permanent collections, including the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
“I love the presence and dichotomy created through the use of glass, as a material that is at once visually light but physically dense.” --Steven Durow
Purchase price: $27,000. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
I’m Dreaming with My Brain Awake
Artist: Sandy Friedman
Colorado Springs, CO
Influenced by Southwest themes and landscape, I’m Dreaming with My Brain Awake translates Sandy Friedman’s sculptural ceramic forms into a large-scale steel work. A variety of elements assembled as a totem represent Colorado motifs such as “father sky, mother earth, the vastness
of the earth and the strength of the mountains.”
“The energy of totems and the interaction of the negative spaces created by the sculpture’s shapes stylize the environment in Colorado. This sculpture depicts what I feel living in Colorado Springs.” --Sandy Friedman
Purchase price: $3,900. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
Thrust from the Earth
Recycled scrap metal
Artist: Steven W. Huffman
With nearly 40 years of experience as a contractor, Steven Huffman brings an understanding of load, balance and proportion to his work. Choosing to work with recycled materials adds a specific aesthetic to Huffman’s pieces, letting the found condition of the material inform his design process.
“Recycled scrap metal is already becoming art before I even touch it–bent, twisted, cut, torn or crushed.” --Steven W. Huffman
Purchase price: $14,500. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
Artisti: Michael Shewmaker
First designed as a 1-foot wood sculpture, this large-scale interpretation of eXe exemplifies Michael Shewmaker’s minimalist style. The simple shape of eXe provides the opportunity for multiple interpretations and implications; “X represents the great unknown, X is the variable, the horizontal axis, a hug as in X’s and O’s, or to note a mistake on your homework, to cast your vote, or the simplest of signatures. X marks the spot.”
“Public sculpture is a passion. A good friend introduced me to Calder’s “stabiles” when I was in high school and they hit me hard. I was stunned that such massive and whimsical art was a possibility.” --Michael Shewmaker
Purchase price: $35,000. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
Artist: James Alan Murray
South Portland, ME
James Murray’s Result series looks at different objects and how time is relevant to the humans that interact with them. Theoretical physics, astrophysics, and quantum mechanics inspire the creation of sculpture that couples whimsy with the concept of time central to Murray’s work. Result (Bomb) is cast in aluminum, using bones from a model (plastic) human skeleton welded into the shape of a bomb.
“I think of my surroundings as they transition from atomic to molecular through the cosmic scale. My artistic goal is to depict time, space, and how all of the smaller parts around us make up the bigger picture.” --James Murray
Purchase price: $6,120.11. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
Wood and raffia rope
Artists: Adina Ana Vomisescu and Juliana Morar
Toronto and Montreal, Canada
Created as a “reminder of the vastness and rich diversity of Canada and the United States,” Inclusive intends to bring thoughts of the Arctic to Colorado Springs. Incorporating reclaimed and recycled materials, the artists use both storytelling cut-outs and structural form to suggest inclusiveness and acceptance. Inclusive marks artist team Adina Vomisescu and Juliana Morar’s third collaborative project.
“We invite visitors to take a moment and reflect upon the way water and land are connecting our society from the far North to the urban dwellings, making us equals in the face of the Nature.” --Adina Ana Vomisescu and Juliana Morar
Purchase price: $15,000. Photo by Bryan Oller, 2014.
About the exhibit
Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, turning the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs into a year-long outdoor sculpture gallery.
Currently on exhibit is the 16th Annual Art on the Streets, featuring 11 new works by artists from across the country and Canada. A photo gallery of the exhibit is below. This year’s jury included Blake Milteer, Museum Director and Chief Curator for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; local architect Michael Collins; and award-winning visual artist Jimmy Descant. Entries from four countries, 21 states, and 16 Colorado cities were submitted for the 2014-15 Art on the Streets exhibit.
Art on the Streets was created by Community Ventures, Inc. and is presented as a program of Downtown Colorado Springs. Founding support was provided by U.S. Bank, and Art on the Streets is pleased to partner this year with generous sponsors U.S. Bank, G.E. Johnson, H. Chase Stone Trust, Murphy Constructors, Nor’Wood Development Group, and nearly 100 individual donors.
Since the first Art on the Streets exhibit in 1999, more than 200 works of art have been displayed throughout downtown. More than 50 additional public art sculptures are located throughout downtown. Descriptions of those works are available in the Public Art Directory on PeakRadar.com. To see photos of last year's exhibit, click here.
Art on the Streets is managed by Community Ventures, a 501c3 organization that accepts tax deductible contributions. In 2014, Community Ventures established the Judy Noyes Memorial Acquisition Fund, with an initial commitment of $12,000, to purchase permanently installed public artworks for downtown. Please call us at 719-886-0088 to support Art on the Streets or the Judy Noyes Memorial Purchase Fund.
Community Ventures also has a process for selecting donated artwork. See the donation policy and guidelines here.
Pictured: Hydrostatic, by Suzanne Kane (top). All photos of 2014-15 exhibit by Bryan Oller except for The Art Officials in Empty Space, photo by artist Atomic Elroy.