The Loveland Museum is a quiet respite during and after the bustle of the holidays. Whether utilizing an opportunity to showcase the cultural offerings of the Front Range or escape for a little personal time, the museum’s current shows, “The Artist’s Gesture” and “Jose Guadalupe Posada” are both a delight.
Located in the downstairs Fotte Gallery, small selected works on loan from the University of Wyoming present a delicate window into the works of Political Printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada. The Mexican printmaker is an excellent example of an artist who embraced the etching and woodcut mediums to produce imagery that was both culturally specific and relevant to the issues and challenges of his generation. Posada’s work went beyond the conventions of more traditional subject matter and explored and incorporated the ideas and mythologies of the Latino people of the late 19th century. His work, depicting Calaveras, an artistic representation of a skull, was used in satirical and political commentary of the times but is most associated today with the celebration Dios De La Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. His work ventures into illustrations of timely events that impacted the working class of the time. Showing through Jan. 13.
Also not to be missed are the prints curated from the Polly and Mark Addison Collection in the Green Room Gallery. The display begins with two lithographs from the 1971 Sol LeWitt portfolio, “Works.” Venturing into ideas of process being the foundation of art-making, the LeWitt prints are an intricate study of mark-making to excess. Created from a precise formula of drafting 10,000 lines and then printing in multiple colors on a rotational axis, the density and delicacy of these prints are exquisite in their execution. Also shown are works from Hollis Sigler and several others. Sigler’s work depicts the intimate space of an unseen protagonist that permeates through much of her work exploring the battle with breast cancer she endured until her death in 2001. A dramatically emotional piece in comparison with the LeWitt works shown, “The Artist’s Gesture,” curated by Ailie Pankonien, is a delightful exploration of selected artists and their approaches to visual communication. The prints are on view until Feb. 10.
Opening Jan. 11 in the main gallery is the beautiful collaboration, “Renascence,” between artists Robert Campagna and Sylvia Eichmann. The entwined work of this pair originates from a delicate dance of response to each other’s creations, Campagna works in traditional film-based photography and Eichmann responds in intaglio prints and paintings. The set of 22 pairings incorporates not only photos and prints but also the writings of the artists as they create a unique dialog between mediums. “We started with Bob’s photos of abandoned spaces, created as a way of working through his mother’s passing. Losing loved ones, leaving a way of life behind and reinventing, relocating myself is a familiar situation, one which I’ve learned to master somewhat after many life upheavals. Indeed, looking back, after the initial pain of disintegration, each transition has enhanced my life, and this is the main theme of our work together: Renewal, rebirth, and what remains after leaving the old behind,” says Sylvia of the Loveland-based artists’ themes. The partnership began as Bob and Sylvia found themselves down the hall from one another in the Loveland Artworks a few years ago. Bob curated images from work that spans 35 years and locations across the country. In return, Sylvia spent time with these images and reflected not only on their visual abstraction but their emotional. Weaving in linework and handwritten “ghost” messages, Sylvia sought to give voice to the places and spirits that lingered in Campagna’s photos of abandoned places utilizing abstracted reductions to engage both the visual and the heart of Campagna’s imagery. This final collaboration is an extension of the book released earlier this year of the same title. Both artists aso will be debuting solo pieces that further the continued explorations of broader spirit themes.
Robert Campagna and Sylvia Eichmann
Jan. 12 – March 3, 2019
6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11
Exhibit Admission: $7; free for Museum members
EXHIBIT FREE DAY: Wednesday, Feb. 20. The exhibit also will be free during Night on the Town: 5-9 p.m., Feb. 8.
Members Only Gallery Talk with the Artists
7-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24
One guest per adult member. Call (970) 962-2410 to RSVP
Guided Meditation in the Gallery With Sylvia Eichmann
12-1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25
Friday, February 15, 12 – 1 pm
Tour for Teens With Robert Campagna
4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21