Exhibitions

Us

Opening Reception

Oct 18 2019

6:00 pm

Us

Oct 18 2019 - Nov 7 2019

A group exhibition featuring the work of:

Carlos Flores
Jeremy Patlen
Clint Ramstetter
Kenzie Sitterud
Louis Trujillo

Opening Reception:October 18, 2019 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

LGBTQ+ artists have been, and always will be active in the art world but are underrepresented in galleries and exhibits. In keeping with Bitfactory Gallery’s goal to showcase emerging artists, they proudly present Us, an art exhibit by Denver local queer artists, on view October 18 through November 7, 2019. While the show is comprised entirely of artists that identify as something other than straight, the intention is not to further segregate and separate one community from another. Us is intended to demonstrate that, regardless of the pronoun one uses, art enriches all our lives. The public is invited to celebrate the fact that we are all part of Us at an opening reception on October 18, 6-9 pm at Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe and to view and purchase work during regular gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment.

Carlos Flores is a writer, cinematographer, painter and composer. Born in Puerto Rico and raised partial there and partially in the United States, as well as being bisexual, his work often explores the dualities and challenges in his queerness and cultural/linguistic diaspora. It seeks social relevance and respect for our ancestors, our community and our future. He lives in Denver, CO with his wife Connie and their watch-eyed dog, Nutmeg.

Jeremy Patlen is a Denver-based landscape and portrait photographer who has been shooting professionally since 2003. Whether traveling, documenting weddings or photographing people, he constantly seeks out the beauty that gives a place or person its intrinsic character.

Clint Ramstetter was born and raised in southern Colorado and has resided in and around Denver for the past 30 years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 1999. In addition to working in many areas of the fine art industry, he has exhibited his paintings in bars and delicatessens in the Denver area.

Kenzie Sitterud works as a multimedia artist and designer, primarily producing immersive large-scale installations and designed experiences. Sitterud graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Communication design from Metropolitan State University of Denver and began their second year as an Artist-in-Residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center located in Denver. They are a Colorado Creative Industries and NEAA recipient for the 2017 Career Advancement Grant and most recently received a 2019 P.S. You are Here Grant through Denver Arts & Venues to complete a commissioned public project for Design Workshop Foundation. In May 2019, Sitterud will produce a series of experimental works in collaboration with other Denver creatives for Denver Art Museum’s Untitled Event series, developing new explorations of queerness in public spaces.

Louis Trujillo is a Denver native, creating works in his private studio and a shared studio at Art Gym Denver. His artwork is inspired by his dreams, his family, and his identity as a gay male. He received his B.F.A in drawing at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he was awarded the Nagel Art Thesis Grant and the Nagel Directed Studies Scholarship. He is a former member and PR Director of SYNC Gallery located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. His artwork is part of national private collections. He currently works at Art Gym Denver assisting the Gallery Curator and Membership/Program Director.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

Dark Side of Sage

Opening Reception

Sep 20 2019

6:00 pm

Dark Side of Sage

Sep 20 2019 - Oct 10 2019

A group exhibition featuring the work of:

Milo Alfring
Melis Fusco
Brian Henry
Sharon Healy

Opening Reception: September 20, 2019  | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Whether your body is covered in “tats”, or you would never think of getting ink, the level of skill and talent behind the original artwork that inspires body art is undeniable. Four of these dedicated tattoo artists from Black Sage Studio in Evergreen, Colorado are featured in the new exhibit The Dark Side of Sage at Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Melis Fusco, Brian Henry, Milo Alfring, and Sharon Healy will showcase the diverse styles that they co-create within their studio and the ways they influence and push one another while still maintaining their personal artistic identity. The show includes watercolor, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, wood sculptures, photography and more, ranging from a super small, delicate watercolor on paper to mural size oil paintings on wood. Some of the works in the show have been made into tattoos, some are available as ideas and some are personal works that would be hard to translate onto skin.

Melis Fusco, founder of Black Sage Studio, has been creating art since 1994 and tattoo art more specifically since 2003, with her art evolving to become more illustrative. For her, painting and tattoo art offers two different experiences. Her tattooing career has brought her all over the world as an award-winning published artist and she creates multiple pieces every week—some larger works taking a year to complete—working within the client’s requested subject matter. Painting, however, brings her freedom of self-expression where subject matter will come and go like visions. Always interesting, always evolving.

Brian Henry is based in Evergreen making a living as a tattoo artist. He expresses his career trajectory in this way “Brian started creating as a young lad, he got it from his dad. He started drawing with a crayon and now he’s successfully tattooing as a man.”

Milo Alfring has been a tattoo artist since 2006, taking a break in 2010 to earn a BA in painting at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He returned to the craft, opening two tattoo studios in four years. The primary focus in his art evolved from his practice of tattooing—simplicity and contrast in order to accomplish a clean, readable composition.

Sharon Healy combines a variety of traditional painting techniques in a non-traditional way; many of her pieces use a black-and-white acrylic under-painting and an oil over-painting. By engaging with a broad palette of cultural symbolism, she revives myths in a contemporary context. Particularly, Healy evokes the female figures of our collective unconscious to return the human image to the world of art.  Jazmin Montano of Jazmin Arts once said that: “Healy’s work will transport you into the hallucinogenic dreamworld of your archetypal subconscious [sic].” Healy received her BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 2007 and actively participates in the Denver art scene. Her work is regularly exhibited locally and nationally and has been published in multiple magazines.

Bitfactory Gallery, located in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national and international visual artists. Owner/artist/curator Bill Thomason strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, he hosts one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses Bitfactory Studios, artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others. As well as the Garage at Bitfactory, a pop-up space available for rent 7 days a week. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367 or visit www.bitfactory.net

 

Viewpoints

Opening Reception

Aug 16 2019

6:00 pm

Viewpoints

Aug 16 2019 - Sep 12 2019

A Two-artist Multimedia Installation Exhibition featuring:
Brigitte Moeckli  & Andreas Schmid

Bitfactory Gallery is proud to present Viewpoints, a multimedia installation by Swiss artist Brigitte Moeckli and Denver drummer Andreas Schmid. Once a month, over a period of one year, the artists exchanged photographs of scenes they each came across in their daily lives. These images were the source for improvised drum compositions, later mixed together as a soundtrack for the photographs that are partially redirected and projected as an animated time sequence, inviting the viewer to travel through a dream world where different themes create space for personal interpretations and reflections. The public is invited to an opening reception on August 16, 2019, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. and to view the exhibit from August 16 – September 12, 2019 during regular gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. The individual photographs, presented as dye sublimation on aluminum, will be available for sale, as well as the CD soundtrack of the installation

The goal of Viewpoints is to create an awareness of time and space as a visual flow where actual physical locality loses its significance. The exhibit has been shown twice in Zurich, Switzerland and in the South of France.

Brigitte Moeckli lives and works near Zurich, Switzerland. After completing her studies in art history, history and German at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, she worked as a research assistant at the Art Institute in Chicago. She enhanced her technical skills as an artist with formal training in Zurich, graduating as an art teacher. Her additional trainings in dance and movement therapy led her most recently to receive a diploma in process-oriented psychology. Moeckli’s work is a direct result of this background. She is curious about her inner world, manifesting itself in thoughts, dreaming, daydreaming, body experiences, altered states of consciousness and interactions with people from various worlds. Her work including installations and photographs have been on display in various art institutions throughout Switzerland.

Andreas Schmid is a professional drummer based in Denver, CO. He has developed a versatile and open drum sound, leading him to successful artistic collaboration with various notable artists coming from many different stylistic backgrounds. Schmid developed his individual sound through studies at New York’s Drummers’ Collective, graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston and receiving a Master’s in music education at the Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland. He also studied the cajón at the Taller Flamenco in Seville. He has performed throughout Europe and the US at different acclaimed jazz and rock clubs, as well as at festivals. He currently teaches music at Steele Elementary School and drums at MSU’s DIME Denver program.

 

Hardcore Chastity Couture

Opening Reception

Jul 19 2019

6:00 pm

Hardcore Chastity Couture

Jul 19 2019 - Aug 8 2019

A Solo Exhibition featuring the works of:

 Ira Sherman

Opening Reception:
July 19, 2019
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bitfactory Gallery is thrilled to announce a solo sculpture exhibition by veteran Denver artist Ira Sherman. This current body of work beautifully melds Sherman’s skills as a metalsmith and jeweler with his technical prowess and moral commitments. Sherman’s artistic project is inspired by a desire to create dialogue around the subject of sexual assault, and his ingenious mechanized works enlist humor and opulence to engage viewers with this issue. Sherman’s elegant steel undergarments relate to historical chastity belts worn to guard women’s virtue, which he reinterprets as sophisticated fashion that provides safe and sexy armored protection. The resulting metal couture transforms wearers into tangible and symbolic guardians of their own bodies. While others can look, they can’t touch, unless granted consensual access. Designed for both men and women they generously allow one to be both inviting and invincible. Sherman’s Hardcore Chastity Couture is closely aligned with Alexander McQueen’s bold conceptual fashions, and both artists share a desire to empower the wearer through their adventurous work.

“Sherman’s chastity couture has been riveting audiences on runways and catwalks at fashion shows across the nation. These kinetic, and kinky, wearable sculptures become the ideal costumes for performative art; like a steampunk Victoria’s Secret lingerie show. When encountered in a gallery context, off the semi-nude bodies of models, these elaborate fashion statements are no less provoking or sexually charged. And the absent model makes it easier to imagine oneself wearing these daring fashions, allowing for greater vicarious experience and understanding.” – Suzanne Ramljak, Author & Curator

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Thing(s) of Beauty

Opening Reception

Jun 21 2019

6:00 pm

Thing(s) of Beauty

Jun 21 2019 - Jul 6 2019

A Group Exhibition featuring the works of:

Rebecca Barra
David Eichler
Braden Fichter
Daniela Hichak
Jeremy Patlen
Amy Rieg
Lea Wagner

Opening Reception:
June 21, 2019
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

On Friday, June 21, 2019 Bitfactory Gallery presents Thing(s) of Beauty, a group exhibition with a focus on Photography. All the artists have been handpicked and their collections curated for this exhibition. The photographic styles range from contemporary landscape to surrealism, black & white to color, and everything in between.

Rebecca Barra – works in a variety of styles that reflect her many moods and changes in her life. Using her gift to give back is her passion, priority and purpose.  Barra comes from a long line of artists going back many generations to Italy. She uses styles and techniques she created with help from her Grandfather, an artist, antique restorer and her best friend.

David Eichler – Like many photographers, I look at the world a little differently than most people. Imagine having that photo crop tool from Instagram in your head, 24/7. When you view the world through a frame, as I always have, you realize beauty and pictures are everywhere, surrounding all of us. Having battled bi-polar disorder my whole life, it is, nevertheless, challenging to believe that beauty is there for me. To be nourished by it. To enjoy it. Composing an image, adjusting the camera and pressing the shutter accomplishes just that.  It’s as magical to me today as when I took my first pictures, at eight years old.

Braden Fichter – is a self-taught photographer who first picked up a camera out of curiosity during his difficult medical school training in Miami, Florida. He found the immediate joy and peace found in creative photography a sustaining force as he continued his training through residency in New York City. Photography started as a welcome diversion and contrast from the sometimes sterile and scientific world of medicine but has evolved into much more.

Daniela Hichak – I love that as soon as I click the shutter, everything keeps pressing forward without looking back. That is why I find so much value in photographing people. We are never the same as we were yesterday; what an exciting gift. I do not believe in living in the past, for how precious every day, every moment is. Yet, there is some magic to never living the same moment twice.

Jeremy Patlen – My goal is to make you smile and feel great about yourself via my camera. I try to connect with my clients on a personal level and bring your character and vibrancy into my images. I love finding beauty in unexpected places. I can shoot in an alley, on a hike, Rome, Sydney, in your home — anywhere.

Amy Rieg – Light surrounds us, and as a photographer I capture that light and interpret it in different ways. I love presenting my art on traditional prints and canvases. But I was able to elevate my art to a new level when I found encaustic photography. Adding wax to an image can create a sense of mystery, romanticize the light, or produce excitement through the texture. My hope is to give my audience something they’ve never seen before and instill an appreciation of things that often go overlooked in addition to observing our world in a different way.

Lea Wagner – I strive to make the ordinary extraordinary and to look at the mundane realities of life with a sense of wonder.  Since I make photos and paintings, I tend to create work that is more painterly with soft light and a shallow depth of field.

 Opening Reception will be on Third Friday, June 21st from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and the exhibition runs through Monday, July 6th.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

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Beyond Worlds

Opening Reception

May 17 2019

6:00 pm

Beyond Worlds

May 17 2019 - Jun 13 2019

A Group Exhibition featuring the works of:
Annamarie Mead
Lydia Riegle
Janet Rundquist
Cyncie Winter

On Friday, May 17, 2019 Bitfactory Gallery presents Beyond Worlds, an all-female, group exhibition with a focus on Abstract Art.

Brought together by the desire to reach beyond the boundaries of our mundane, material existence, four established artists, Annamarie Mead, Lydia Riegle, Janet Rundquist, and Cyncie Winter explore through paint, line, brush and color the other side. The result, Beyond Worlds, reaches both outward and inward: outward to the edge of our imagination and inward to the rich depth of our collective soul. The artists invite you to set aside the limitations of the familiar and join them on a journey to a place where boundaries become permeable and the imaginary becomes real.

Annamarie Mead – I love to blend colors with the freshness and freedom of natural scenes, and with an abstract interpretation. What is difficult to say in words comes through color, light, shape and movement in paint. Painting is how I speak from the soul.

Lydia Riegle – I am fascinated with outcomes from using different materials and tools. I believe that the creative process is an encounter with the unknown, opening a door to intimacy with new ways of seeing to make something both beautiful and challenging.  Stepping into a process of discovery, I know that chance, confidence, the imprint of tools and materials, and maintaining an open mind will lead me into new territory – something beyond what is known. Each piece of work embodies an open question, living into the answer of this moment.  Throughout it all, I am intimate with the discovery process and the beauty of the outcome.

Janet Rundquist – As each layer of paint is applied, my work transforms itself. I’m painting instinctively, intuitively and emotionally. I’m painting my remembrances of my time with the wind, water, sky and earth.  I surrender to motion, joy and the surprises that lie ahead…just as when I’m alone and free in the natural world.

Cyncie Winter – To capture the connection I feel with nature, I work intuitively, through thoughtful selection of color and gestural movement in applying paint.  I pour liquid acrylics on gallery-wrap canvas with deep edges, coaxing paint to form intentional pools of color, juxtaposing light and dark areas, to invoke an appreciation for the beauty of our world, and all that is luminous and hopeful. The many expressions of these experiences can be found in my multiple series: How the Light Gets In; Fire in the Heart; Shining Earth; and Presence.

The Opening Reception will be on Third Friday, May 17th from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and the exhibition runs through Thursday, May 9th.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

Remix

Opening Reception:

Apr 19 2019

6:00 pm

Remix

Apr 19 2019 - May 9 2019

On Friday, March 15, 2019 Bitfactory Gallery presents Remix, a group exhibition with a focus on Digital Art. Remix is an opportunity for the Firm Graphics’ artists, current and past, to show their work with an emphasis on the art instead of the advertising aspect. On display are personal pieces of art from the designers along with artistic “remixes” of some of the Firm’s most well-known commercial pieces from iconic festivals and nightclubs. Nightlife culture has been responsible for opening the world to some forward pushing digital design styles and this show will display that spirit.

The Firm Graphics is a Denver based graphic design company founded in 1998 by Steve Blakley. It began in his friend’s basement as a simple “rave” flyer design service. Over the past 20 years the company has evolved into a home for creative designers focusing primarily on art in the music industry. The Firm has worked on many major festivals, record labels, and other brands around the world.

Featured Artists:
Steve Blakley
Chuck Emit
Lucas DeGraw
Thomas Weaver
Seth Broman
Jake Martin
Dylan Wood
Stephen Mancha
Shawn Astrom
Robbie Maestas
Steve Berumen
Joey Mazzotta

The Opening Reception will be on Third Friday, April 19th and the exhibition runs through Thursday, May 9th.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

Mystery Achievements

Opening Reception

Mar 15 2019

6:00 pm

Mystery Achievements

Mar 15 2019 - Apr 11 2019

A Two-artist Exhibition featuring the works of:
Jason Cope
Mark Risius

Opening Reception:
March 15, 2019
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

On Friday, March 15, 2019 Bitfactory Gallery presents Mystery Achievements, a two-artist exhibition with a focus on Assemblage Art. Both artist paint and work in an assemblage/collage environment. Cope works primarily with found objects and paints said found objects into his collages. Risius is on a journey of painting canvases, cutting them up, and then weaving them back together for a completely unique and non-traditional approach to painting.

Jason Cope – work is influenced by the unknown, the unseen, and this strange phenomenon we call existence. Working somewhere between collage and assemblage, he creates scenes of complex systems that drive and destroy this vast ecology of nature and ourselves.

Mark Risius – woven canvas collages explore assemblage, the imaginative process, and transforming paintings into a unique genre of art. Mark’s creative desire for distinctive aesthetics is evident in every aspect of these works from his choice of color and style to the crafting of the handmade wooden frames.

Opening Reception will be on Third Friday, March 15th and the exhibition runs through Thursday, April 11th.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.netor (303) 862-9367.

No Show (Third Annual)

Opening Reception

Jan 18 2019

6:00 pm

No Show (Third Annual)

Jan 18 2019 - Mar 7 2019

A Group Exhibition featuring the work of:
Amy Lee Lummus
Art by 13
Charly Fasano
Dan Drossman
Elaine Wendt
Emit
Gracey Ripa
Henry Esparza
Jennifer Bobola
Keri Bell
Michelle Tomes
Perle
Sharon Healy
Topher Straus
Vincent Cheap
Max Thomason

Opening Reception:
January 18, 2019 – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bitfactory Gallery is pleased to present the third annual No Show group exhibition. The exhibition will run from January 18, 2019 through March 7, 2019 with the opening reception on Third Friday, January 18th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

No Show is an annual group exhibition, now in its third year, put on by Bitfactory Gallery. All artist have been carefully selected and invited to display their work by gallery owner and curator Bill Thomason. This year’s exhibition will feature work from fifteen local artists. Each artist will exhibit one to three pieces each. The exhibit will cover genres from natural realism to abstract expressionism and everything in between. No Show is an opportunity for artists who have shown and artists that have not shown, at Bitfactory Gallery, to display their work for the public to view. It is also a chance for people who may have missed a previous exhibition or may be curious about future exhibitions, to familiarize themselves with the artists and their work.

The No Show exhibition will run through March 7, 2019. The artists’ will be present at the opening reception Friday, January 18th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

Up Close

Opening Reception

Nov 16 2018

6:00 pm

Up Close

Nov 16 2018 - Jan 10 2019

A Two Person Exhibition featuring the work of:
Tommy Nahulu
W. Max Thomason

Nov 16, 2018 – Jan 10, 2019

Opening Reception:
November 16, 2018
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Up Close is a two-artist exhibition with a focus on Figurative Art. Both artist paint from imagery and experiences in their lives.Nahulu is making the transition from doing large murals as a street artist to the realm of canvas and fine art. Being heavily influence by his Hawaiian roots and his love of nature. Thomason tends to paint almost vignettes of daily life, what he sees and experiences, with, at times, a tongue in cheek sense of humor.

Tommy Nahulu – is best known for his significant murals that can be found from Hawai’i to Colorado. Musicians, writers, a love for nature, and his Hawaiian roots are the inspiration for many of the subjects in his paintings. His Student Mural Workshops, a special art project he helped create, began with his passion for making sure young hearts and minds had access to art. They have become lasting works of art with a permanent home in schools around Denver and on Maui. As Tommy continues to drive his artistic spirit forward to create work that celebrates his lust for life in a beautiful world, he brings with him all he learned, all he loves, and all his hopes to make our days ahead better.

W. Max Thomason – is a Denver based artist that works in the natural-realism, abstract and sometimes pop genres. Max studied at Community College of Denver/Metropolitan State University/University of Colorado Denver from 1990-1997 under Amy Métier and Robert Mangold.

He has participated in multiple group and solo exhibits to date across the US, Austria and Germany. His artwork has also been used as album covers for the Carolyn’s Mother album Fridays and Other Small Tragedies, and for the upcoming single Boys Like Me and two albums Recovered and Recovering by Mike River.

Opening Reception will be on Third Friday, November 16th and the exhibition runs through Thursday, January 10th.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.