(Denver) Emerging from an enlightening two-month residency last year in La Napoule, France, Michael Gadlin has created a new series of mixed-media abstracts that examine a primitive and evocative fusion of expressive mark-making and tonal shifts. By combining painting and drawing elements, disassembled and reassembled, Michael re-imagines the interplay of raw elements that act as a deep vista of an imaginary landscape in his new show “Raw Marks”. The works are delivered on large paper surfaces, carrying a very thick, impasto like textural quality. The public is invited to view and purchase work and meet the artist at an opening reception on September 6, 6-9 pm at ArtHaus, 3343 Larimer St. Denver 80205.
In addition to the opening event, Michael will also be offering artist lectures throughout the run of the exhibit. The first, on Saturday September 21, Noon-2pm will cover his process and include a live demonstration. Attendees are asked to RSVP to this event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 303-292-1965. There is a $5.00 suggested donation. Another lecture on First Friday October 4th, 6-7 pm, is free and open to the public. In this series, Michael will discuss his inspirations and what has been the driving force in creating this new body of work.
Gadlin describes his new series in the following way: "Beneath an image, lies the raw marks of an artist’s truest thoughts and inspiration. In my work, they are the beginning of everything that pushes the boundaries of my visual culture. The exploration process of creating these works has taken me back to my curious drawing and mark-making roots. Raw Marks, for me, is an ardent and exuberant meeting of deconstruction and reconstruction, past and present.” Rimmed in spontaneity, Gadlin’s 18-year repertoire expresses a singular uninterrupted brush stroke of Mediterranean, European and Western influences, pushing the boundaries of contemporary art form.
As a very young artist, Gadlin studied drawing and painting at the Art Students League of Denver, and then went on to study at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York where he advanced his skills in art. In 1999 Gadlin was the youngest artist ever to win “Best Of Show” at Denver’s nationally renowned Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Exhibiting in select galleries and museums nationwide, Michael has been commissioned by governments, Fortune 100 corporations and private collectors. In addition to receiving numerous awards, most recently, Gadlin was invited to work in France, through La Napoule Arts Foundation where he found new inspiration for this body of work.
Fellow artist and business partner Aliki McCain, expresses the power and enduring nature of his work. “To collect Michael's work is to capture what will sure be an important part of Colorado’s Contemporary Art History. He is one of the young movers in the community that has proved to remain a constant staple as an artist.”
As a co-director and visionary of ArtHaus, Gadlin’s goal is to make an impact in Denver’s art scene by providing a platform for contemporary, high-caliber exhibits and art education. As with many artists, the business of art is not always a welcome distraction from creating. Managing a business larger than himself allows him to partner with, and learn from other artists, allowing everyone to up their business “game” and reach personal career goals. Combined with his role as savvy co-owner of ArtHaus in the RINO Art District, he is creating a definitive legacy in the Denver area and beyond.
ArtHaus is a funky, modern flexible gallery space located in the up and coming RiNo district at 3343 Larimer Street. For more information visit www.arthausdenver.com. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday 10:00 to 4:00 and by appointment.