Goodwin Fine Art presents two women artists from Colorado whose work interprets the seen and unseen beauty of the natural universe.
Martha Russo’s mysteriously perceptive ceramic sculptures are ravishing and monstrous in equal parts. In 2016, her retrospective at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art both dazzled and disturbed audiences. circumvolo, at Goodwin Fine Art November 3 – December 29, promises more of the same. The show will include variations of several pieces shown at BMoCA; of those, klynge is an epic wall sculpture resembling a massive cluster of seashells, seeds, and pods, made from porcelain, wood, Styrofoam and other materials. Similarly evocative of tidal pools or seabeds, Russo’s vast circular spill entitled nomos appears to be formed from hundreds of tiny anemone-like suckers. In contrast to those densely formed pieces, lightness of being is an airy installation that trellises along the wall with pieces suspended from above. The sculpture is comprised of 40-50 found objects dipped in porcelain. Russo states that her intention is to induce contemplation and reflection about our basic humanness. Denver Post reviewer Ray Mark RInaldi described her BMoCA show as “brain-hurting, ego shredding, naked stuff,” while also being “relatable” and “viscerally appealing” – metaphors, perhaps, for some of the essential human characteristics that Russo compulsively strives to capture.
Martha Russo began studying studio arts in Florence, Italy in 1983. In 1995, she earned her MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder. Russo’s sculptures and installation have been exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include: coalescere at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (2016), cavities and clumps at the Santa Fe Art Institute (2013), nomos (cube) at the Saratoga Art Center, Schuylerville, CO (2012), Swell at Spark Gallery, Denver (with Katie Caron, 2012), and Oxytocin at Ice Cube Gallery, Denver (with Katie Caron, 2012). Group shows include Cabinet at David B. Smith, Denver (2017), Globalocation at RedLine, Denver (2016), Colorado Women in Abstraction, Center for Visual Art, Denver (2016), Identity, Place, and Memory at Bogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Colombia (2015), Engendered at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (2015), and Overthrown at the Denver Art Museum (2011). Russo is a member of the international Art Collective, Artnauts. In addition to her studio practice she is an instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder who also taught Fine Arts at Denver’s Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for 19 years. She lives near Boulder, CO, with her husband and two children.
In her second solo show at Goodwin Fine Art, Kimberlee Sullivan exhibits a new collection of abstracted works inspired by atmospheric conditions. As with her earlier paintings, Sullivan’s visual distillation of weather patterns is rendered through pigment overlaid with gestural arcs or spirals. The application of resin to the surface creates depth along with surface variation that modulates between slick-glossy to matte. The current exhibition also offers a series of sketch-like works on paper installed in a grid pattern. The pieces are a continuation of her close-up observations of nature and her long-term interest in the great plains of Colorado and North America. Sullivan's ongoing preoccupation with cloud formations, atmospheric color shifts, and severe weather conditions are implicit in her approach to these intimately-scaled, notational works on paper.
Kimberlee Sullivan received an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1994. She has exhibited extensively in Colorado since 1991, and also in Mexico at the Governors Palace, Tlaxcala, and at the Casa de La Cultura, Oaxaca, Mexico. Her most recent exhibition at Goodwin Fine Arts was Weather Occlusion in 2014. A long-term member of Edge Gallery in Denver, she was included in the 2009 Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute: 1976-2009 exhibition at RedLine, Denver. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. Kim Sullivan lives in Denver with her husband and daughter.