Exhibitions

Opening – First Friday

Dec 1 2017

6:00 pm

Dec 1 2017 - Jan 5 2018

A group exhibit featuring the work of Jason Cope, Perle and Art by 13

Opening – First Friday
December 1, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
December 15, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bitfactory Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works. The Some Assembly Required exhibit will run from December 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018 with an artist reception Third Friday, December 15th from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Three artists will be featured in the exhibit: Art by 13, Jason Cope, and Perle. All three, in some sense, are assembling their pieces for this show. Cope works painting found objects, Art by 13 assembling the ideas and images of her paintings, and Perle is building acrylic shadow boxes for a completely original display of her digital imagery. There is a commonality of abstraction that runs through all three artist works with pop art overtones included by Art by 13. Yet at the same time, the glaring difference in the works styles actually creates an easy to follow thread throughout the exhibit. Cope, working with a very dark, melancholy palette, paints and molds pieces of found, everyday objects into fantastic 2D and 3D paintings is beautifully offset by Perle’s bright, vivid palette which moves and twists her manipulated and painted on digital imagery into surrealistic, technology driven statements about society as a whole. Art by 13 stands as a kind of bridge between the two as she spans the palette gap by using both dark and bright colors in every painting giving her the keen ability to mix imagery from Pop, Modern and Abstract art into paintings that tell poignant, socially relevant stories.

Jason Cope is a self taught artist based in Denver, Colorado. His 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.

Cope – ” I do believe society and it’s relation to the natural world is becoming more and more polarized. We live within a system of reoccurring patterns that are sometimes predictable, but mostly chaotic. Our thoughts are trained to believe nature revolves around us. Which leads society to behave in a way that is unreasonable and unacceptable towards this planet we all live on.”

Art by 13 uses a vast array of mediums and techniques to achieve an unending variety of visual effects. Mediums explored include but not limited to acrylic, watercolor, oil sticks, spray paint, and ink. Music, icons, history, literature, painters, and Jungian psychology set the tone of the project. These works exist between tragedy and humor, truth and fiction, insecurity and self validation. This artistic endeavor seeks to nonverbally question the artist and the audience.

Art by 13 – ” my artwork is highly influenced by current events, social matters, and my unique outlook on the internal and external world as I see it.  Jungian psychology has been the most recent inspiration for the work and it is my belief that these concepts will be recognized either consciously or subconsciously by the audience, therefore creating a connection that is further proof of a collective unconscious.  These concepts transcend time and place.  Until we further invest our energies into understanding the human mind, we are in grave danger.  I believe that society as a whole is a sort of conglomerate representing the contents of the human psyche, and not to be discarded, the shared human DNA that is genetically passed through the generations.  The zeitgeist of our time is a direct product of the environment and evolution of man.  One cannot exclude religious influences and ancient ideas.  I have come to the conclusion that at the center of life is a game littered with irony and humor.  I intend to act this out in my work and allow others to take in their own unique ideas.  My artwork is simply an attempt to reach out and challenge long held beliefs by creating a visual world that is both whimsical and recognizable as a deviation from traditional art. ”

Perle has learned from local fine artist Ravi Zupa and world renown digital artist Android Jones and has studied art and design for a decade. She looks for inspiration in the natural world, in feelings, in touch, in sound, in emotion, and in sight. She integrates emotions & nature with the technological world into images that evoke something ethereal & otherworldly.

Perle – ” All of the pieces I’ll be showing were originally photographs of nature that I digitally distorted and painted, exploring the relationship between technology and nature and how their relationship is changing the eyes and habits of society.”

The Some Assembly Required exhibit will run through January 5, 2018. The artists will be present at the artist reception Friday, December 15th from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please or a viewing appointment contact Bill Thomason info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

TALES OF ANY EVERY

Opening – First Friday

Nov 3 2017

6:00 pm

TALES OF ANY EVERY

Nov 3 2017 - Nov 21 2017

Twin Art by Charly Fasano and Vincent Cheap

Opening – First Friday
November 3, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
November 17, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Denver artists and identical twins Charly Fasano and Vincent Cheap Fasano are excited to announce the exhibition of a collection of their paintings and illustrations called Tales of Any Every at Bitfactory Gallery beginning on First Friday, November 3, 2017 from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Tales of Any Every is a multimedia collaboration of short films, music, poetry and paintings created by the Fasano twins. Installments of the project will roll out in a series of short films, art shows, poetry performances, books and records. Any Every is a small world trapped in the twin’s brains which incorporates a joint aesthetic based on personal experiences and observations of everyday life in Denver, Colorado. Any Every is an evolving cast of characters with skewed and selective memories of old, down and brown Denver. Any Every is a tribute to people stuck in old habits surrounded by cranes building a new city. Any Every is a place where characters are caged by progress in an evolving city they refuse to leave.

The first episode of Tales of Any Every is a short animated film built by Charly Fasano accompanied by a soundtrack by Vincent Cheap. The short film, entitled Cranes and Cages, will debut on the twin’s website on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Here is the link to the film – Tales of Any Every Episode 1: Cranes and Cages by Charly Fasano

On Friday, November 17, 2017 from 6 pm to 10 pm Bitfactory Gallery will host a special artist reception event where the Fasano’s will screen a handful of short films and perform a live rendition of their new poetry EP called

Tales of Any Every: Dead Granny’s Reading Glasses. The screening and performance will begin at 8 pm. The event is free and open to art fans of all ages.

Charly “the city mouse” Fasano is a poet, filmmaker, painter and block printer from Denver, CO. He has released two spoken word records accompanied by the music of Memphis’ Lucero. His short animated films have appeared at the No Budget Film Festival, Blackbird Film Festival and won a jury prize at Machinimo Expo 2014. Books of his poems have been published by Sunnyoutside Press (Buffalo NY), Spartan Press (Kansas City) and he continues to be a regular contributor to Suspect Press Magazine. His paintings and drawings have been included in shows at Bitfactory Gallery (Denver), The Matchbox (Denver), The Shop (Ithaca, NY) and Phoenix Gallery (Denver).

Vincent “Cheap” Fasano is a painter, filmmaker and musician from Denver, CO. His art has appeared on album covers for bands like Ol Hickory and Charly Fasano’s multimedia release with Lucero called Retrospected, among others. His paintings have adorned the walls of Bitfactory Gallery, Cabal Gallery and an array of businesses throughout Denver. The abstract soundscapes produced by his band Malamadre and his solo performances continue to complement multimedia poetry and short film projects produced by his twin brother and lifetime collaborator Charly “the city mouse” Fasano.

www.fasanotwinart.com

BRUNO D’ANNA

Opening – First Friday

Oct 6 2017

6:00 pm

BRUNO D’ANNA

Oct 6 2017 - Oct 28 2017

A solo exhibit featuring the paintings of Italian artist Bruno D’Anna

Opening – First Friday
October 6, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
October 20, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

In D’Anna’s work it becomes very apparent, very quickly that capturing the light is an essential aspect. Its elusive quality can transform a cityscape or a landscape , daytime or nighttime, in just a matter of a few brush strokes. D’Anna seems to effortlessly capture the light perfectly in every composition. Working with a palette knife, expressing the cityscapes and landscapes he paints in bright, vivid colors. Making bold choices in perspective, light and focus. Every canvas tells a distinct story and has a life entirely its own. The rich flashes of color D’Anna uses, make the viewer feel warm and welcomed into the vast expanse of the story he is trying to tell with every canvas. D’Anna makes even the nighttime cityscapes he paints seem airy and inviting. To paraphrase Matisse “…art should be like a good armchair to rest from physical fatigue”. D’Anna’s work is just that; an accessible, familiar place in which to take a respite if only for a few fleeting moments.

www.artistabruno.com

ARBITRARY REVISION

Opening First Friday

Sep 1 2017

6:00 pm

ARBITRARY REVISION

Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017

Opening – First Friday
September 1, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
September 15, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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 19 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.

Arbitrary Revision 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.

Featured artists are:
Steve Blakley
Chuck “Emit”
Thomas Weaver
Seth Broman
Jake Martin
Stephen Mancha
Dylan Wood
Shawn Astrom
Eric Halborg
Robbie Maestas
Steve Berumen
Kenneth “Pepper” Macy

www.thefirmgraphics.com

BEATLES CARTOON POP ART SHOW

A pop-up show featuring the animation works of Ron Campbell

Aug 11 2017

4:00 pm

BEATLES CARTOON POP ART SHOW

Aug 11 2017 - Aug 13 2017

A pop-up show featuring the animation works of Ron Campbell

August 11th
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

August 12th
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

August 13th
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show is a three day pop-up art show featuring the works of Ron Campbell. Ron, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado, Friday, August 11th through Sunday, August 13th. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created especially for the show and create new Beatles pop art paintings at the exhibit. Ron will also feature other artwork based on his 50-year career in cartoons including Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons and more. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase.

Campbell – The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot….a 67 share! The cartoon series debuted on ABC on September 25th 1965. It continually fueled new music to the young kids of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.”
Yellow Submarine, recently celebrating its 49th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. In his book, Up Periscope, Yellow Submarine Producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy Yogi Bear and dozens more. Campbell’s former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television. Since retiring after a 50-year career, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.

www.beatlescartoonartshow.com

FOCUS AND COLOR

Opening – First Friday

Aug 4 2017

6:00 pm

FOCUS AND COLOR

Aug 4 2017 - Aug 31 2017

Opening – First Friday
August 4, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
August 18, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Focus and Color a two artist exhibit featuring the paintings of Bruno D’Anna and W. Max Thomason. Two artists working in very different styles yet still seeming to have a very similar purpose in pushing the focus and color of a canvas as far as they can.

Bruno D’Anna, working with a palette knife, expresses the cityscapes and landscapes he paints in bright, vivid colors. Making bold choices in perspective, light and focus, Bruno makes even the nighttime street scenes he paints seem airy and inviting. Every canvas tells a distinct story and has a life entirely its own. The rich flashes of color Bruno uses make the viewer feel warm and welcomed into the vast expanse of the story he is trying to tell with every canvas.

W. Max Thomason twists focus into pushing the female form out of focus in each piece. Moving it closer and closer to the unrecognizable yet somehow never crossing the threshold of completely abstracting the form. Max uses color to push the story of each painting even further. Trying to tap into a palette that attempts to pull the strongest emotions to the surface for the viewer.

D’Anna – Born 1951 in Naples, Italy, Bruno has shown an exceptional inclination for art since childhood. As a teenager, Bruno enrolled in the Artistic Lyceum of Naples, a vocational school in which he had the opportunity to learn from some of Italy’s most respected artists, including Armando De Stefano. While in school, Bruno learned numerous painting techniques and the importance of art’s influence on people’s lives. He participated in numerous art exhibitions and galleries throughout the country, and earned his Master of Arts degree in 1971. Afterward, Bruno enrolled at the Naples Academia delle Belle Arti with an emphasis on Scenography. After enhancing his artistic creativity and gaining full control of various techniques at the prestigious Academy, Bruno dedicated himself fully to painting. A remarkably expressive, figurative, vocational scenographer and painter at heart, Bruno merges various techniques to encompass his own emotions, the exaltation of nature, and the purity of poetry.

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. The greatest influence on his early painting years were the Fauvists of the early 1900’s and the realists of the 1960’s and 70’s.

He’s participated in multiple group and solo exhibits to date in Colorado, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri, New York and Austria.

His artwork has been used for the album cover Fridays and Other Small Tragedies by Carolyn’s Mother, released in 1995. His artwork will also be used for the upcoming single “Boys Like Me” and two albums “Recovered” & “Recovering” by Mike River, to be release in late 2017.

www.artistabruno.com

www.wmaxthomason.com

The Wild Backroads

Opening First Friday

Jul 7 2017

6:00 pm

The Wild Backroads

Jul 7 2017 - Jul 29 2017

A Two Person Exhibition Featuring the photography of Curtis Ghent and Linda Ghent

Opening – First Friday
July 7, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
July 21, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Wild Backroads – Curtis and Linda Ghent are brother and sister with a shared passion for photography. Curtis loves photographing landscapes and Linda pursues her photography passion by photographing the wild  horses of the west.

Curt’s first love is Rocky Mountain National Park with its varied terrain from alpine meadows to the  open tundra. He never thinks twice about hiking for hours in the dark just to photograph a sunrise  or the milky way. His dedication to his craft is reflected in his stunning images.  Curtis doesn’t stop at pressing the shutter button and capturing the image but he completes his  images by mounting them onto natural slate or oxidized porcelain tile. Some of his newest images are mounted onto a dye infused aluminum float plaque. All of his images will make for a stunning addition to your home or office.

Linda has an intense passion for both the domestic horse and the wild horses of the West. Most  people would love to vacation in Europe or some exotic place but the ideal vacation for Linda is  tracking wild horses through dusty sage brush to muddy watering holes. Linda doesn’t just capture  images of wild horses but embeds herself among them, absorbing their energy, watching their social  interactions and mingling her breath with theirs on a frosty morning. Wild horses will let you rest in their stillness as they exist in a state of deep listening, and that can be mesmerizing and rewarding. Each image Linda shares is a glimpse into that stillness, their wild freedom, and the soul of the horse.

www.curtisghentphotography.com
www.lindaghentphoto.com

DUAL INSPIRATION

Opening – First Friday

Jun 2 2017

6:00 pm

DUAL INSPIRATION

Jun 2 2017 - May 30 2017

A Two Person Exhibition Featuring the art of Anna Marie Mead and Julie Sims

Opening – First Friday
June 2, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
June 16, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Dual Inspiration is a two artist exhibit featuring the work of Anna Marie Mead and Julie Sims.  Artists roam the world seeking inspiration in nature, architecture, poetry, and science. Although they seldom work side by side, artists do always look to each other to find their muse. In the case of jewelry artist, Julie Sims, her muse appeared in the paintings of abstract artist Anna Marie Mead. Working at a local gallery one day, Sims noticed a similarity between the colors and flow of her Australian opal ring and the abstract canvas “Cascade” of Mead.

Dual Inspiration was born. Sims and Mead set out to create a unique show in which they reimagine each other’s work in their own medium. Mead’s paintings draw inspiration from the metal and gemstones in Sims lovingly created heirloom jewelry pieces. Stylistically and chromatically, the movement and color of Mead’s bright bold paintings inspire Sims’ earrings, bracelets and necklaces for the show.
Dual Inspiration is a joint venture of abstract painter Anna Marie Mead and jewelry designer Julie Sims.

Mead – “Composition gives form to purely intuitive expression coming from deep inside.  Color, mark, and shape are influenced by a constant wonder for nature, aligning the work and inherent essence of my soul. Nature has always been the inspiration for my work: cloudscapes, ocean scenes, wind-swept hillsides and glorious sunsets.  I love to blend colors with the freshness and freedom of natural scenes, but often with an abstract interpretation. The process employs raw, intuitive energy to guide paint application while thick and thin layers of color and texture create rhythms of pattern, line and shape for abstract expressions to emerge.  When painting, it feels like I’m riding a beautiful wave.”

Sims – ”As an art student at Indiana University, jewelry and metalsmithing became my passion. My love for jewelry began long before this. As my grandparents traveled the world, they brought me unconventional pieces of jewelry and sometimes rough stones as gifts. Little did I know these gifts would create a lifelong love of gemstones and metals. The point in college in which I realized I could create my own jewelry changed my life.

My jewelry consists of elegant geometric shapes, lines and the uncommon forms of common stones. After creating one piece of jewelry I watch as other works unfold from this single idea. Although the process to create jewelry in gold and silver is complex, I like to create simple, uncluttered pieces of jewelry to remind us that beauty can be found in the simplest forms.

As I take my work into the future, I will continue this passion for metal and the endless array of uncommon gemstones available by pursuing a Graduate Gemologist degree through the Gemological Institute of America.”

www.annamariemead.com

www. juliesimsdesigns.bigcartel.com

BETWEEN THIS AND NEXT

Opening First Friday

May 5 2017

6:00 pm

BETWEEN THIS AND NEXT

May 5 2017 - May 31 2017

A Solo Exhibition Featuring the art of  Sharon Healy

Opening – First Friday
May 5, 2016
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception Party – Third Friday
May 19, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Between This and Next is a solo exhibit featuring the artistic endeavors of Sharon Healy. These paintings explore the concept of what lies between worlds, consciousnesses, symbols, cultures and concepts. Between what is and could be. Many of the pieces involve principles of Hermeticism, Mysticism, geometry, Kabbalah, Jungian archetypes and myths. Some are visions, dreams, or reoccurring symbolic references that are researched obsessively and over analyzed.

Sharon Healy believes that myths and archetypes convey universal messages about what it means to be human. She sees symbols and icons as ubiquitous tools to transcend the limitations of words.  Jazmin Montano of Jazmin Arts once said that: “Healy’s work will transport you into the hallucinogenic dream world of your archetypal subconscious [sic].” Using the power of cultural iconography and the materials of her craft, Healy weaves in the power of mythology to encapsulate the human experience in art.  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 on display at galleries in the Santa Fe Art District and the RiNo Art District, and also seen nationally, recently in the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art’s Surreal Salon Six Show. She has contributed various pieces of art to local charities like Progressive Veterans, Dream Project, Yoga Rocks the Park, and many more. Her work has been in multiple publications including “Vain Magazine,” “Contango Magazine,” “303 Magazine,” and featured on the cover of the book, God Heavy.  In December of 2011, when Healy had a painting stolen from a local gallery by a criminal admirer, the community helped her track down the thief and return the painting back to her collection.

Healy combines a variety of traditional painting techniques in a nontraditional 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.  Healy‘s work vividly depicts overlapping incarnations of myths and their presences in our everyday lives.  As Jazmin Montano put it, “To be near Sharon’s work is to be tapped into the universal messages of life and humanity.” She is continually experimenting with new ways of painting, and is inspired by artists such as Alex Grey, Clyfford Still, Audrey Kawasaki, Francis Bacon, Marina Abramovic, Jenny Saville, Mark Rothko and Chiara Bautista

” I see art as the leader in cultural movements and the remaining traces of past civilizations.  It is the most powerful tool we have to understand and communicate the quotidian occurrences of life and the monumental experiences that shape the very core of us as humans.  Art offers a medium to converse with the future and the past, and my art comes from my desire to understand the ancient stories that I see embodied in the world around me.  The archetypes of myths, from the story of Odysseus to the dance of Shiva, are alive and present from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you kiss your loved one goodnight.  I want to bridge the gap that our culture has made between symbols and what they communicate about universal questions of existence.  I believe that symbols of the past magnify our connectedness and our desires to transcend and evolve.  If we can explore the power of symbols and stories through art we can synthesize cultures and see that we are all participating in much larger patterns of creation.  I want to place the viewer of my art on the seams of these universal patterns so that they feel the power of archetypes resonating within.  I want my paintings to stand as a mirror reflecting to the audience the truest and most captivating parts of themselves, so that he/she feels the awe of co-creating the future.” Sharon Healy

www.sharonhealy.com

FESTUS DIES ANNIVERSA

Opening – First Friday

Apr 7 2017

6:00 pm

FESTUS DIES ANNIVERSA

Apr 7 2017 - Apr 29 2017

A Solo Exhibition Featuring the art of  W. Max Thomason

Opening – First Friday
April 7, 2016
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception Party – Third Friday
April 21, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Festus Dies Anniversa is a solo exhibit featuring the artistic endeavors of W. Max Thomason, put together to celebrate the two year anniversary of Bitfactory Gallery. This spring exhibit features Max’s dive into a blurry dream world that centers on the out of focus human form. Max effectively captures a given moment in time and encourages the viewer to allow the paintings to pull emotions and thoughts of their own past and experience. The out of focus nature of his art leaves interpretation to the viewer and encourages introspection.

Max’s work has been featured on a national scale in Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, and New York

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