“Celebrating the Best Contemporary Art of the State” : 808 Projects and Emmanuel Gallery in downtown Denver
It is an honour to have my painting included in this stand out two-venue exhibit, Made In Colorado. The exhibit features art from artists who have a working studio in the state. Pictured here on opening night is internationally renowned curator, Olga Viso, and Artist/Publisher Cameron Keith Gainer, in front of my painting, ‘TMI with Red Edits’. The two co-led the project that celebrates “the best contemporary art in the state”. My gratitude goes to Olga and Cameron, as well as Jeff Lambson of Emmanuel Gallery, and Wayne Rogers of 808 Projects, the directors of the participating venues respectively. My work is installed at 808 Projects. The show runs from June 7th – July 31st, 2018 at 808 Projects in the arts district downtown.
Pictured above: Opening night with Olga Viso and Cameron Keith Gainer with Margaret Pettee Olsen’s, painting, ‘TMI with Red Edits’ installed on the north wall of the gallery.
Art New England
From the artist interview:
“Pettee Olsen’s series of large scale canvases mimic the vacancy of digital overlays using only paint and the incredibly emotive hands of the painter herself. ”
Elizabeth Lee, Arts writer, Art New England November, 2016
“Women artists, long victims of the grip of critical subjugation, are beginning to get their due, thanks in part to groundbreaking exhibitions like Gwen Chanzit’s Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum. With a national show of that scope on the local lineup, Cecily Cullen of Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Art decided to do something similar for Colorado’s healthy contingent of female abstractionists, and Westword critic Michael Paglia, a scholar of abstract art with a unique knowledge of who’s who in the state, was the clear choice to curate the CVA’s satellite exhibit. The result, Colorado Women in Abstraction, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. on July 15.”
Susan Froyd, Art critic, WestWord –A Village Voice magazine that covers the western United States http://www.westword.com/event/colorado-women-in-abstraction-7923758
“Pettee Olsen is an accomplished painter whose brushwork offers much to contemplate and absorb. Her large canvases are blatantly abstract but so rich in color, texture and gesture that one finds traces of the figurative. Her mark-making evokes image-editing software with graphic overlays, howling blank space, and chaotic trails of paint that weave sometimes fluidly, sometimes jarringly, through one another…. Pettee Olsen layers paint until it achieves a kind of controlled chaos, eventually approximating the feeling of what she calls a “media-driven version of experience.”
… In this intriguing show, Kane and Pettee Olsen search for new forms to host the wild hordes of zeroes and ones we encounter in our daily lives.”
Alexander Castro- Alexander Castro is a freelance journalist and arts writer living in Attleboro, Mass.
“Margaret seems to draw from art history itslef…from the caves of Lascaux to the canvases of Pollock. You can also trace her roots as a one-time dancer and print maker (for the likes of Motherwell, De Kooning and Stella). She builds intriguing surfaces by impregnating the work with metal pigment, creating pieces that are deep, light reactive, lush and rich, with a commanding scale and color range.”
Patrick J Hamilton, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th Street, New York, New York
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