Art Gym Denver presents The Way I See It featuring Julia Kuster, Maxwell Roath, MacKenzie Schmidt and Brady Smith. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, June 14, 5-8pm to meet the artists. There will be a live dance performance presented by Phannie Haver at 6:15pm. Free and open to the public. On display June 14 to July 6, 2018.
Julia Kuster’s series, Afterimages, visualizes the brief images she sees after closing her eyes on a bright sunny day. On leave from her work as an illustrator, sketch artist and drawing instructor in Zurich, Switzerland, Kuster was unaccustomed to the bright blue sky and hard shadows of the Colorado landscape. “First you see the after image behind the eyes, then it turns opposite. Parts disappear and come back later… I do this often and always see the same sequence after closing my eyes.” Kuster’s prints are made using stone lithography.
Maxwell Roath’s etchings illuminate the inherent humor in language. His works are composed of everyday objects juxtaposed with a pun or idiom that suggests an inappropriate meaning when combined. To relieve stress during his BFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Roath began sketching conversations between muffins. “I was doing it as a kind of mocking, but enjoyed it too much to stop.” He continued to perfect his style at the Art Students League of New York, studying under illustrator Peter Cox. Roath will be teaching an etching class in July at Art Gym Denver. He will begin an MFA program at the New York Academy of Art this fall.
MacKenzie Schmidt’s charcoal series, Structure and Chaos, illustrates her feelings during moments of pain, joy, grief and confusion. “Up close things can feel chaotic, but from a distance there’s more of an inside message or vision,” she says. “When you’re in the middle of hard seasons or good seasons, you can’t see the big picture. But as you reflect back on the journey, you see the beauty in it.” Schmidt earned a degree in journalism from Colorado State University and worked in the Denver and Portland markets before completing a certificate in graphic design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. When not creating her own art, she owns MacKenzie Studios and creates artfor her clients.
Brady Smith’s acrylics present exactly what he sees in a still life composition objects that aren’t normally seen together. He enjoys “the process of tying, taping, composing and manipulating how I see it,” he says, “…making [the composition] work in the actual physical world, so I can paint that exactly rather than making things up.” Smith studied painting and printmaking during his BFA program at Brigham Young University-Idaho, then completed a master’s in contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Featured in The Way I See It will be works from his series, Sticks and Stones, acrylics painted on panel.