Erick's award winning public sculptures can be seen throughout the city of Denver. RTD, Coors Field, Denver Permit building (The first commission granted under Fredrico Pena’s Percent For The Arts Commission: DCCA now the DOCA). His work also graces the locations within the Lowry Foundation and many Public art Installations sponsored by Museum of Outdoor Arts, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, The SNAG Conference and The Smoky Hill Arts Festival in Kansas. Johnson's numerous public Sculpture commissions include those for "Coors Field", the "Colorado Convention Center", and the "Palm Harbor," Florida City Gates. Most recently, Johnson has finished a large sculpture (“Prairie Reef”) for the new Central Park Avenue that traverses the north/south corridor of Stapleton community. The large stainless steel sculpture straddles the traffic medium with five kinetic forms with curvilinear loop de loop lines.
Mr. Johnson's prolific career has spanned many areas of art education, public art, art installations and gallery and museum exhibits. In all, these indications clearly show that he will continue his multiple venues and support the arts in the west and in the nation.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and John Madden Company.
Sculpture on the Green
May 2017 - April 2018
Located around Fiddler's Green Circle
About the Exhibition
MOA presents Sculpture on the Green, an exhibition featuring the work of four Colorado artists. Artworks are placed around Fiddler’s Green Circle and will remain on exhibit from May 2017 through April 2018. The exhibition was assembled in collaboration with John Madden Company and MOA’s Design and Build Public Art Education Program.
An artist reception will be held on The Green at Palazzo Verdi on June 29th from 4-6:30pm. This will include music, pop-up art, drinks, and a food truck. Self-guided walking tours will be available and artists will be present.
More information about each sculpture and artist can be found below.
Patricia Aaron is award winning contemporary abstract painter and sculptor. Her distinctive work has deep roots: much of her signature style painting was inspired by her childhood home near Ohio’s busy steel mills. Youngstown’s heavily industrialized environment left an indelible impression, one that catalyzed Aaron’s interest in integrating cultural landscape into her artwork.
Aaron’s work has evolved to draw direct inspiration from her travels through the culture, language and customs of the environment and habitat in which she resides as an artist resident. Aaron has held artist residency fellowships in France, Iceland, Hawaii, Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming.
Aaron’s work has been featured in solo museum and airport exhibitions as well as invitational gallery exhibits throughout the United States, and featured in both regional and national publications. Her work is held in numerous US, UK, European and Asian private, museum and corporate collections. Gallery Representation includes Space Gallery, Denver, CO and Globe Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
I often take rigid, man-made, industrial materials, cut them up and reassemble them to make organic forms that could very easily be seen in nature. . This sculpture, Shelter, began with rigid aluminum mesh which I cut into small rectangles. As I wired the cut pieces of mesh together, spheres were intuitively formed. The labor intensive, repetitive hands-on reconnection of the material gave me time to think about the conceptual connection. The process of changing the man-made material into these spheres satisfied my continuing interest in bridging the gap between myself and nature.
Aluminum mesh, hardware cloth, wire, thermoplastic, dry pigment, and steel
The spheres have both a physical and conceptual history. They were first shown in a pristine state as the Installation, Drift, in a gallery setting where a static but visually flowing, thick line of spheres reached across the gallery floor.
The spheres returned to my studio after the exhibit and after five years, they became the creative spark for a full-length contemporary dance, choreographed by Sarah Tallman of Wonderbound. The spheres were animated by the dancers who during the dance threw them, moved them with their mouths and pushed them across the floor with hands and feet. From their static beginning, they became kinetic. After many rehearsals and several performances, the spheres took on a wonderful patina of use. Another 4 years have passed with the spheres in my studio where I have looked at them every day wondering what their next layer would be. This time they are outdoors, clustered together, maybe as protection... the next layer will be provided by the elements.
An early career as an award-winning fiber artist led Virginia to complete her BFA with honors from Metropolitan State University Denver. As a young adult, Virginia had been inspired by the very few women sculptors in evidence: Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson. In college she was introduced to and influenced by contemporary sculptors such as David Ireland and Ann Hamilton. Those influences combined with an innate interest in a large variety of materials led her to embark upon a career as a sculptor specializing in Installation Art. Her fascination with materials and weaving is still evident in her current work.
She is a two-time recipient of the Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts Grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts and was featured on the Art on TV production, Living Treasures of Colorado. She has been awarded residencies at Dorland Art Colony in California, the Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute and most recently a 3 year artist-in-residence at RedLine, Denver.
Her work is represented in the Denver Public Art collection by Current a light Installation on the historic Wynkoop Bridge, Denver and is also included in the Kaiser Permanente Collection, the Peter Kudla, Metropolitan Homes collection and many private collections.
Virginia's work has been featured in solo exhibitions at ARC Gallery, Chicago; Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver; Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities; ArtYard, Denver; OZ Architecture, Denver; Carson Gallery, Denver and Keller Project Space, Denver. It has been widely shown by invitation at numerous venues in Denver: Denver International Airport (DIA), Republic Plaza Building, University of Colorado, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Denver Center for Performing Arts, Metropolitan Center for Visual Arts (CVA) and locations throughout Colorado including Boulder, Pueblo, Glenwood Springs, Fort Collins, Golden. Nationally, her work has been shown in Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, Montana, Pennsylvania, Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico; Carmel and Monterey, California; Louisiana, Missouri and New York City.
In 2003 Folkestad was invited to exhibit in the Slovak Republic at the Andy Warhol Museum in Medzilaborce, the Sarisska Gallery, Presov and the Vychodoslovenska Gallery, Kosice, made possible by grants from U.S. Steel Corporation, the U.S. State Department and the Slovak Republic Ministry of Culture.
She is active in the Denver art community, serving on many boards of directors. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Denver Art Museum Contemporaries (DAMContemporaries) and on the Denver Public Art Committee.