I hope you all survived Queen’s Day over here - I am barely back on earth from a mis-mash of events, but here’s the last post from our last tour, yep, that’s a whole 10 days ago now… geeze lady.
Andenken was the last stop we made Saturday 20th, 5 Openings in 5 Hours … okay, I wanted to post this before now but I had to make time to get back into the gallery for better pictures. By the time we showed up at the end of our tour it was late and crowded. The opening went way over the ending time and included plenty of beer and DJ’s, so my pictures were crap, but Jeremy Fish is totally funny.
I was referred to Andenken Gallery from three completely independent sources, none of them related. As collective brain child of Hyland Mather and his wife Malia know what they’re doing, you can check out their site at MatherKunst.com. They started selling art in Denver back in 1997 according to the site, which also has tons of links built in for Cialis and Viagra. Husband Dave thought this was some kind of art thing, but I think it’s been hacked. Regardless, the Mather team has great experience finding great art and I was happy to find that their new space is conveniently located right down the street from our house. When I walked into their space, I immediately felt like I was back in San Francisco. That made me very happy - here’s a somewhat decent shot of that night:
Especially finding this little guy, which totally reminded me of Super 7
Much like a couple of the other artists we saw on the 20th, Schuurmans’ work was nothing like what I saw online. With an illustrative an animation background, I did not expect to walk into this:
I did read that Shuurmans was working on wood lately, but the interactive element of his work in this exhibit was awesome. No, you’re probably not allowed to touch it, but I asked really nice and my hands were clean. It’s lovely to be able to rearrange your art to your liking.
His other more static work, also on wood, is below - which is also a good shot of the space - just don’t mind Husband Dave, pretending he’s sleeping.
Olivier Vrancken’s work has a tell-tale signature, but what I saw on his website for earlier years seemed lighter and more whimsicle than what we saw in Battalion:
Now compare that to this one which is on his Flickr website:
His earlier work seems more dynamic in composition and pallet - and the use of figures and characters in his earlier work is also more intriguing than what I saw at the gallery, however, transitions in an artists work are fantastic regardless of my personal preferences. Vrancken, much like Ciou from earlier in the day, has a solid and consistent style that will take his work very far. I am looking forward to seeing where he goes with it. I also loved the fact that he worked in acrylic instead of oil paint, you can see the layers of wash underneath some of his forms that gave a bit of hint of how he paints.
I was thrilled by Andenkens space, but as you might have been able to tell from the earlier photos, there’s a shit-ton going on in their space. Their inventory is vast and takes a LOT to sort through, so let me start you off here, so when you go in, which you should as soon as possible, you’ll know where you might want to focus:
That’s Topie O’Latis, looking quite London sheik, sitting in front of Amanda Marie’s grid of work.
And all this feels like it’s less than 20% of what is there…and I didn’t even take pictures of the jewelry - like the recycled skateboard earrings from MapleXO - holy cow.