Opening Reception: "Blue Note: Vacant and Suffused"


DENVER - New pop-up gallery, Peralta Projects, today announced their first exhibition, Blue Note: Vacant and Suffused. The show brings together six artists of varying backgrounds and practices for the introductory show at the new gallery in Denver's La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood. Featuring works by three Denver artists (Theresa Anderson, Amber Cobb and Dustin Young) and three Texas-based artists (Hector Hernandez, Cruz Ortiz and Kristy Perez), the exhibition explores physical and temporal form and consciousness with an emphasis on disparity and the human need for it.

The exhibition opens on July 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Peralta Projects, 747 Elati St. in Denver. The exhibition will be on view on Sundays from 1 - 5 p.m. and by appointment through July.

Sponsored by The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project.

Peralta Projects is a pop-up contemporary art space in Denver's La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood.


About the artists in image order (left to right, top to bottom):

Theresa Anderson
b. 1967 | St. Paul, Minnesota

Lives and works in Denver, CO. She is alum of artist residencies at Redline Denver, PlatteForum, and Vermont Studio Center where she received fellowship funding for her sculpture. Her work centers around concepts dealing with conflict, and/ or, oppositional categories, and recitations on agency and inadequacy. Anderson exhibits nationally and internationally at such venues as the 2013 and 2015 Biennial of the Americas, Neurotitan Berlin, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Soo Visual Art Center Minneapolis, Pirate Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Gray Contemporary Houston where she is represented.

Amber Cobb
b. 1979 | St. Louis, Missouri

Amber Cobb investigates both the primal and sensual nature of sexuality. She begins with the body as a point of departure by gathering materials associated with psychological and physical intimacy. The materials she employs have undeniable and unapologetic flairs of feminine, yet they do not align with traditional norms associated with the domestic. Here the sexualized body has spread to consume. Mattresses, stuffed animals, and bedding go through a process of layering and subtracting. The layers are embedded with hair, skin, and corporeal fluids. The surfaces at once grotesque and decorative notions of abjection and attraction find themselves challenged within the same form. These transformations reconstruct and reshape both the physical object and physiological relationships.

Hector Hernandez
b. 1979 | Laredo, Texas

Hector Hernandez's current work is an exploration of how form is determined by, and conversely determines, space. His work references the figure, though more recently it has explored similar figure/space relationships utilizing basic geometric shapes. He is interested in the tension that exists between a form such as human legs or cylinders and the space which it both occupies and in which it is contained.

Cruz Ortiz
b. 1972 | Houston, Texas

Thoroughly grounded in the history of art, contemporary art practices, and social-political cultural movements Cruz Ortiz’s unique language fuses classical icons with symbols of contemporary pop culture such as taco trucks and tire shop signage. He has engaged the public with interactive works such as wheat paste murals, communal art events, guerilla AM radio broadcasts, and ephemeral street sculptures. His recent works include field research into the historical frameworks of easel oil painting and its relationship to documenting Texas landscapes while weaving in the regional language juxtapositions of TEX-MEX.

Kristy Perez
b. 1971 | San Antonio, Texas

Kristy Perez toys with suspension and pull as it relates to desire and explores the notion of beauty in relation to volatility.

Dustin Young
b. 1985 | Dumont, Minnesota

Dustin Young reworks emotionally charged images of daily headlines and pop-culture avoiding shock and specificity and turning depictions into mnemonic symbols that stir the mind with associations. His work flows between moments of clarity and confusion by employing a combination of abstracted and figurative drawings. Each drawing reflects the influence of shared memories of Americana that help define an American experience through personal history. ■


Esteban Peralta