Architecture as art |

Architecture as art

John Stroudjstroud@postindependent.comGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
John Stroud Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado The architectural design process can be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating to those who practice the trade.It can also be very artful.Thats the concept behind the Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) shop gallerys new exhibit for April, called Before It Was Pretty, which opens Friday as part of the Carbondale First Fridays art gallery walk.SAW is unique in its marriage with architecture. The gallery and artists studios share space with the offices of Land + Shelter Architects at 978 Euclid Ave. in Carbondale.We have been thinking of ways to make one of our exhibits architecture-related the art of architecture, said Andi Korber, one of the resident architect-artists.This show is dedicated to the design process, she said. And, while it is a process, theres so much rich thought that goes on behind the scenes, and so many permeations that dont make it into the final forms.The exhibit invites architects and designers of various professions to create art from their raw materials sketches, sketch models, late-night head-scratching doodles all the stuff that happens before those final drawings are handed over to clients and building officials.It can be a tear sheet from a magazine, or maybe just a single color, something that they drew inspiration from, Korber said. Its more than just architectural drawings and models, its all the ingredients that go into it.There will be an opening reception for the artists from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Adding to the evenings fun will be a Shake Your Model Maker free-for-all design competition starting at 8 p.m.Its just for fun, Korber said. Well have cereal boxes and other odds and ends, and glue guns.Teams of three will receive a secret brief on what they are to design, and then take the next hour to work on their interpretations.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Gallery, 645 Main St., will feature new works by Diane Kenney (ceramics) and Lynette OKane (multi-media), with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Kenney will display her functional, electric-kiln fired, terra cotta pieces.Diane has spent the past year exploring color and using brushes to create images inspired by music, nature, and animals on her textured, clay surfaces, according to a CCAH press release. She brings text into her artwork by creating poetry tiles.Lynette OKanes work consists of wall pieces with a surface texture fabricated out of colored plasters. The plasters are troweled onto the surface of the canvas in successive layers and then are sanded to reveal the underlying textures and colors. Carbondale Clay Center Gallery, 135 Main St., opening reception 6-8 p.m., showing the work of nine-month resident artists Mark Harro, Lauren Mabry and Alex Watson. Majid Kahhak will paint live from 6-8 p.m., at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St. The painting will be inspired by Easter and spring renewal.

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