Denver’s Contemporary Art Gallery in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe
Hosts in Gallery East a Solo Exhibition by Carrie MaKenna, “Open For Discussion: Stories From A Woman’s Perspective”.
Gallery East, located at 900 Santa Fe Drive, and part of D’art Gallery hosts a solo exhibition by Carrie MaKenna, “Open For Discussion: Stories From A Woman’s Perspective”. The exhibition runs from Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, November 8, 2020. Art appreciators are encouraged to visit the gallery to see the work in person. Visitors are required to practice social distancing and wear a mask.
D’art Gallery is participating in Denver Arts Week with an Artists Talk by the artists on Saturday, November 7, from 2 – 3:30 pm.
Carrie MaKenna: “Open For Discussion: Stories From A Woman’s Perspective”
“Open For Discussion: Stories From A Woman’s Perspective” presents a series of black and white vignettes by Carrie MaKenna created on a regular office photocopier. Using the copier bed as a giant camera, she places her face, hands and props to photograph an array of imagined characters in various contexts to tell stories about women’s experience in America today. The exhibition is especially pertinent this year during the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment affirming that the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Using insight and humor, MaKenna addresses some common business, personal and spiritual situations through the unique imagery. The series moves through many realms of emotion from quiet introspection, to smart humor, to dramatic exclamation, inviting the viewer to connect with the characters and reflect on their own lives. Each photograph is enhanced with a four-line story, written by MaKenna, from the point of view of the character in the scene. These perspectives arise out of her life as well as observations of other women’s experiences.
Even though the photographs are black and white the message comes across in full color.
MaKenna graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA in Graphic Design and from Naropa University with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy. Her work has evolved over three decades as she developed a specialized pallet of sixteen colors of liquid acrylic. Building up texture on her canvas she sculpts and paints with an array of implements, brushes, her hands and found objects to remind the viewer of their interconnection with the natural world, cycles of time, through memories, thoughts, and feelings. Her work can be viewed at: https://www.artscarriemakenna.com
Gallery Hours: Thursday Noon to 5 pm, Friday Noon to 7 pm, Saturday Noon to 5 pm,
Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm.