Art Gym Denver is proud to present Black and White on the Surface in the Common Space Gallery with an opening reception August 9 from 5 – 8PM. Black and White on the Surface combines Hannah Leathers’s ink drawings of genderless creatures of her own making with Peter Stevinson’s charcoal drawings depicting human lust and passion.
On the surface, Leathers’s and Stevinson’s work is seen in a similar light. Both are producing black and white drawings which incorporate patterns to create very visually graphic pieces. More importantly however, each artist uses their respective medium, composition and subjects to lead to further conversation and exploration that go beyond the images in the work.
Hannah Leathers, a Denver transplant from Atlanta, will be exhibiting a series of ink drawings on paper, installed on a mural, exploring ideas about gender and race. Her drawings of other-worldly creatures evoke the idea of a world where gender and race are neutral and nonexistent. The black and white, graphic style of the drawings bring people in to allow for further discussion and conversation. She employs her drawings as a tool for activism. She frequently uses an image of an Eye throughout her whole practice, including in these drawings. Quoting Hannah Leathers:
“The eye motif represents a lot of different things for me. It represents an outlook in which our social awareness and activism is constant. It represents combatting the male gaze. It represents inadequacy/blankness of white identity, and how this affects our/my perception of the world. It represents the fear of judgement, and what happens when that is overridden.”
Peter Stevinson’s new series of drawings focuses on human sensuality and passion. He combines very rendered charcoal drawings of tightly cropped figures with graphic red and white geometric patterns. The contrast of the sexually focused human figure with the stark geometry painstakingly painted invoke a sense of concentrated passion that is so often present with human lust. Stevinson’s drawings aren’t focused on a blatant sexuality, but rather the fuller emotional side of sensuality.
Stevinson graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Metropolitan State University of Denver with an emphasis in drawing. He grew up drawing and has always had a passion for the medium. In his artist statement, Peter Stevinson said about drawing, “I enjoy the process–the preliminary drawing/planning to the final product; I enjoy working through the hardships and seeing the final product.”
Also opening in the Art Gym Gallery is a traveling exhibit titled Keeping House. Created by Austin, TX based artist Veronica Ceci, Keeping House consists of printmaking, installation and sculpture exploring the issues with labor in our country. Join us for an opening reception on August 9 from 5 – 8PM, as well as an artist demo on August 10 from 4 – 6PM where she will demonstrate the polyester lithography process.
Both exhibits are free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9AM – 6PM. They will be on display from August 9 through August 31, 2018. Veronica Ceci’s artist demonstration is also a free event.