This exhibition features recent and new works in painting and installation by artist Melissa Furness. These works explore the life of the art object and the environments that they inhabit, working to build a visual dialog that extends from the internal to the external by testing the limits of narrative that exists within the work and beyond it through process and intervention. The exhibition features indoor and outdoor works, as the artist pushes the viewers’ expectations of painting as an illusion of space, its objectness and presentation as a precious gallery object or historic museum artifact or monument.

There is a paradox that occurs when confronted with ruins. Our thinking splits into two paths–one that leads backward in time and another that travels forward, paths that are wandered upon simultaneously. The result is the creation of a complex alternative present. We are pointed toward a distorted world in which even what is now new will outlive us in some form of odd decay for other generations to translate.

These fragments are leftovers of a public history, which we then make personal through contemporary experience. They are sites from which life has departed, but the discourse surrounding their former occupation remains.

 

Furness’ work explores the life of the art object and the environments that they inhabit, building a visual dialog that extends from the internal to the external by testing the limits of narrative that exists within and beyond it through process and intervention. Artifacts are created and eroded as weather, time and human interaction raise questions regarding the nature of external forces upon the object in the formation of its present history.

Melissa Furness received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa with minors in both sculpture and printmaking. Furness’ work has been most influenced by her experiences of travel, which have included artist’s residencies in China, Mexico, Ireland, Poland and Hungary, as well as those in the U.S. at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and the Corporation of Yaddo in upstate New York. These experiences have inspired the strain of her current work in painting and installation, which is influenced by history and infused with personal narrative. Furness regularly exhibits her work both nationally and internationally, with international group exhibitions and open studios in Beijing, Mexico City, Budapest, Swansea, Florence, Lecce, Zurich, Cape Town and Sarajevo, amongst others. She was selected to participate in the 2015 Biennial of the Americas, through which she resided in Mexico City for 10 weeks as an art ambassador, and recently showed work in the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India.

The artist’s 1, 2 and 3-person U.S. exhibitions have among them those with various galleries and arts institutions in the Denver area, as well as those throughout the nation. Furness is currently a member of the Artnauts Collective, which uses the visual arts as a tool for addressing global issues. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, such as Studio Visit and New American Paintings Magazines through the Open Studios Press, the Manifest Creative Research Gallery’s International Painting and Drawing Annuals, the Creative Quarterly Journal of Art and Design, and the ArtWorld Digest.

Museum Admission and 3D Film tickets are only available for purchase in person.

Event Details

October 8, 2017 – March 1, 2018

Hours:

9:30am – 5:00pm

Age Restriction:

All Ages