Amber Cobb is a Colorado based artist, living and working in the Denver area. In 2011 she received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since graduating she has created a diverse body of work that explores the duality of the attractive and the abject. Cobb has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions both nationally and internationally. This includes xiao shan xiao at the Hunan Province Art Museum in Kaifeng, China, Sweat Baby Sweat in Los Angeles, and Direct Connect in Berlin. She has shown in numerous exhibitions and institutions in the Colorado region including the Arvada Center, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and at RedLine where she is currently participating in a two-year artist residency.
In 2013 Cobb participated in an artist residency at Demiurge Design where she created her most monumental sculpture to date. Her full size concrete mattress, As I Adapt was included in RedLine’s Not Exactly exhibition. During this year she had her first solo show at the Gildar Gallery and was included in The Biennial of Americas. She has a forthcoming installation as well as an artist residency at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2014.
Tobias Fike is an interdisciplinary, contemporary artist who lives and works outside of Denver, Colorado. The form of his work is incredibly varied and he approaches a range of concepts, from his personal experiences of family, place, and grief, to our temporal relationship with the universe and observations of time.
Fike was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, moved to Kansas City when he was ten, then later returned to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska, where he earned a BFA in 2000. He earned his MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. In addition to national tours showcasing his rich performance and collaboration-based projects, including sound performances with the Flinching Eye Collective, Fike's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in cities Berlin, Germany; Coimbra, Portugal; Houston, TX; and Tucson, AZ, among others.
Donald Fodness earned a BA degree in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and an MFA in Painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since graduating with an MFA in 2010, Fodness has shown at San Juan Street Art, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at Hunan Province Art Museum in KaiFeng, China, The Biennial of the Americas, and was commissioned to create a site specific installation for the Blink! exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
In addition to his individual work Fodness collaborates with fellow artist Alvin Gregorio. Working as the Flying O.H.N.O Twins, Gregorio and Fodness showed Shut Your Face Off, a site specific installation, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. They have participated in Incognito at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Sightline in the Denver Theatre District, and High Tech, Low Tech and Who Cares at Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Fodness is currently teaching at the University of Denver. He is a resident artist at Redline and is represented by Plus Gallery.
In the Ringworm
ink, fake gold, on paper
Up Chuck Mountain
Called to the Great Principal's Office in the Sky
mixed media on paper
I <3 My Chainsaw
mixed media on paper
Abort Mission Hail Mary
ink, graphite, colored pencil, spray paint, on paper
Laura Shill is a maximalist artist who makes work that is a collision of collecting, costuming, performance, installation and photography. Using reclaimed textiles and laborious craftwork, and drawing upon early photographic practices and the hidden mother tintypes of the 19th Century, Shill reimagines the photographer’s studio as a feminine, domestic, bodily space where subjects reveal and conceal themselves for the camera.
“Outside and inside are both intimate -- they are always ready to be reversed … If there exists a border-line surface between such an inside and outside, this surface is painful on both sides” -Gaston Bachelard, “The Poetics of Space”
Our lives consist of internal and external landscapes. My work examines the ways in which these landscapes intersect and are altered by such intersections. Paper becomes Bachelard’s “border-line surface,” the membrane that both divides and connects what is inside us and what is outside.
Landscape consists not only of the physical realities of our surroundings, but of our relationship to those realities. As J. Douglas Porteous states in “Landscapes of the Mind,” landscape is “a visual construct [that] does not exist without an observer.” In observing, we project ourselves onto the landscape. Individual landscapes, however, also dictate our observations of them. The landscape is inside us as much as we are inside it. It is this interplay of outer and inner space that I attempt to represent in my work.
The resulting prints are representations and embodiments of this communication between inside and outside. Often, ink transfers from the block to the paper, as in a traditional woodcut, but the residue of previous impressions also transfers from the paper back to the block and then onto subsequent prints. Through this exchange, the prints document a conversation, the way we are changed by contact with new environments and ideas. When the prints become books and installations, this conversation expands to form its own environment.
In these pieces, I represent relationships and the spaces that contain and create them abstractly to allow the viewer to use the space of the landscape as a site for meditation on the relationships and spaces in their own lives.
Ashley Eliza Williams grew up in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains and she now lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains at an altitude of 8,300 feet above sea level. Much of her work concerns the fragility, ephemerality, and strange beauty of the natural world.
She received her undergraduate degree in studio art and art history at The University of Virginia in 2009 where she was also an Aunspaugh Fellow. In 2013, she completed her MFA degree in painting at The University of Colorado. She has taught at The University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and Metropolitan State University, Denver.
Kathryn Wingard is an artist residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who is currently a Master of Science candidate in the Art Therapy department at Mount Mary University. Though she now works in several different media, Kathryn has a fine arts background in sculptural ceramics. In 2008 she graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in fine arts 3-D, with a concentration in ceramics. After graduating, she left Boston and went on to continue studying fine arts with the graduate department of ceramics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While in Colorado, Kathryn was a resident artist at the Paukune Wanner Art Hause in Severance, Colorado, and the Showpen Residency in Denver, Colorado. Kathryn has shown in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Illinois, as well as internationally.
Xi Zhang, was born in 1984 in China and lives and works in U.S and China. Zhang’s work had notable shows including Song Zhuang Multimedia Art Exhibition at Song Zhuang Art Museum in Beijing (2006) URRA in Argentina (Buenos Aires 2012) Ornaments at White House (2012) and Biennale of America in U.S. (2013). His work was featured on media as CNN (2011), Art ltd Magazine(2012), PBS (2013), NPR (2013), and Juxtapoz Magazine (2014). Zhang also was awarded emerging artist of year (2008), The Pathmaker (2011), Top twelve artists under age 35 (2012), The Catherine Doctorow Prize in Contemporary painting (Nominated 2015), and The John Moores Painting Prize (China, Finalist 2016).
My recent series Metallic Leaf Garden explores the way individuals’ minds reshape their physical environment. Contemporary psychological theory allows that our consciousness, emotions, and subconscious can be akin to the “paint” that consistently colors our reality. My investigation incorporates a variety of individual psychological realms, depicting them in fictionalized surroundings that confuse the relationship between perception and reality. I utilize a mixture of expressionist/abstract aesthetics in a subtle, theatrical way to construct the characters’ environments, reflecting on their internal thoughts, struggles, personality, and/or problems.