1136 North Speer Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80204
phone: +1 303.298.8432
"Randy Roberts is a bohemian's bohemian, so it's surprising to some that he's also clearly an art connoisseur. A couple of years ago, he added z|art department to his mini-modernist shopping center on Speer Boulevard that also includes Zeitgeist and z|modern, shops devoted to vintage and contemporary design, respectively. As can be inferred by its name, z|art department sells art — but the name doesn't hint at the broad range of Colorado artists you can find here. The gallery has devoted solos to Al Wynne, Herbert Bayer, Dale Chisman, Edward Marecak, Roland Detre, Winter Prather and others. And while shows at places like the Kirkland feature works that have already been snatched up by somebody else, at z|art department you can still snag some masterpieces for yourself."
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Z Art Department
September 25th-October 19th
Opening Reception 5-7pm
Charles Parson’s new series “Still and Centered Point” will be shown this Fall in a trilogy of exhibits, each presenting a phrase from this body of work. Opening on Friday, September 26th at z|art dept. new small and large-scale sculptures, wall constructions and drawings will fill the space addressing the theme of a specific individual place on today’s western horizon. Inspired by the Parson family’s Southern Colorado Art Retreat, Sisu, this body of work searches for the poetic place of a sense of calm that time and place have recently presented to him. This reflective series presents a combination of the artist’s sight observation studies of the panoramic 360 degree vista, transposed to the abstracted interpretations in human and intimate scaled works. Celebrating his 70th one person exhibit with this series, Charles Parson’s work has been seen throughout the United States for the past four decades, utilizing his vocabulary of industrial and architectural forms to address the individual place on the contemporary landscape.
Opening the next exhibit in the trilogy , Parson will be presenting a One Person Exhibit in concurrent with a One Person Exhibit by his artist/curator son Collin Parson, Opening October 25th at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. This show will include dance performances & original music as well as lectures and gallery walks by both artists during its October-February run. Charles will include in this exhibit a large-scale installation “Still and Centered Point” inspired by the writing of Ram Dass, amongst others. This blend of drawings and steel & Plexiglas components will again address an individual centered point in a built interior landscape spanning 2000 sq. feet. Adjoining exhibition spaces will be presenting additional wall constructions , large drawings and sculptures and contextual sketchbooks and renderings, further addressing the poetics of this theme.
Opening November 21 at Mai Wyn Gallery, on 7th and Santa Fe Street in Denver will be a two person exhibit of Charles and Collin Parson’s additional works within their representative series. This third part of Charles’ series will again present additional small abstract sculptures and a major floor sculpture of the “Still and Centered point” series. These particular works will be subtly enhanced with a small grouping of some of the blended representational and abstracted dimensional drawings from this series, building upon his longtime skill as a draftsman, including working for 25 years as a contract muralist and illustrator for such places as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Still teaching at an urban-based Denver College, this longtime, award-winning teacher will be presenting, along with his Curator/artist son Collin, evenings of gallery talks and a dialogue of the continuance of art making and creativity in this family.
This coming summer Charles Parson will be exhibiting additional works from this series at the Denver International Airport.
Save the Date!
Still and Centered Point runs September 25th to October 19th, with an Opening Reception at z|art dept.
on September 26th from 5-7pm.
z|art dept. is located at 1136 N. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204. Please call 303.298.8432 for more information.