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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States

719-520-1899

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FIRST FRIDAY

FIRST FRIDAY
MARCH 1, 2019 | 5 PM TO 8 PM

DRIP, DRIBBLE, SPLASH | WORKS INSPIRED BY ABSTRACTION

Abstract art references an object, figure, or landscape, where forms have been simplified or schematised. Many artists apply this technique to geometric shapes or gestural marks, which have no source at all in an external visual reality.

Some artists practicing ‘pure’ abstraction have preferred terms such as "concrete art" or "non-objective art" but in practice the word abstract is used across the board. In many ways, abstract art is often seen as carrying a moral dimension, in that it exemplifies virtues such as order, purity, simplicity, and spirituality. Since the early 1900s, abstract art has formed a central stream of modern art.

PIKES PEAK WRITERS

Featuring written work by the Pikes Peak Writers, paired and displayed alongside art work by Cottonwood Artists.

RICHARD RISELY

Richard has been taking photos throughout his life. His work displays natural beauty. His current photo print technique is centered around physical indentations that create an outward effect with the intent to immerse the viewer.

JANELLE GROSSER

I am investigating the contemporary simulacra of womanhood generated by the media, the irresistible seduction it creates, and the real ways in which it shapes everyday life. My work is an exploration of my experiences with this simulacra, through self-portraits and representations of commonplace objects, presented in a format that recalls a social media feed. Permeating the work are my experiences of feeling uncomfortable, insecure, anxious and longing or grasping for things I desperately desire. Inevitable is the sensation of stagnation when reality falls short of the artificial values prescribed for women. There is tension present between progress and regression, momentum and lethargy, joy and agitation. All of this is refined and filtered through a seductive lens that mimics the reframing of life on social media.

COTTONWOOD UPSTAIRS

Cottonwood Upstairs has a constant rotation of artwork. The many hallways are broken up into several small galleries exhibiting the work of artists who reside in our studios upstairs. The work ranges from large, colorful paintings, to textile art, to repurposed sculptures, and other media that showcases the diversity of art throughout Cottonwood.

COTTONWOOD’S PARKING LOT
The First Friday Shuttle Bus is not running but until it is, Cottonwood’s parking lot is free!