Last week, I was fortunate enough to visit the city of Boulder in Colorado. Not so fortunate was the weather as it was unbelievably cold (-20 degrees) which usually never happens. However, the sun was still shining and me and my numerous layers of clothes, could explore a little bit the city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
One of this exploration trip included of course a visit to the Modern Art Museum of Boulder. It’s located in Central Park and the walk to get there is nothing but lovely.
At the entrance door, I was warmly greeted by one of the employee and she asked me if I could share my postal code with her as they collect them from every visitor. I thought the idea was really cool. During my visit there were 2 exhibitions going on, both curated by Ann Daley.
The first exhibition was about Don Coen’s work and his migrant series. I absolutely loved his larger-than-life portraits that show migrants working in the American fields. They were very photo-realistic and showed a lot of humanity, emotion and pride.
They were 15 portraits in total painted by the Colorado Artist. They were inspired by photographs he has taken over the last 10 years. When taking these pictures, the artist got to know the life of these farmers, their personal stories and he has painted that so well. The paintings are very human and emotional. By painting such large scales, he emphasises the existence of these migrant farmers often invisible to the eyes of the American society, but yet essential to it. These workers supply much of the products found in supermarkets and restaurants in the country and no connection (or very little) exists between consumers and these workers.
Although the portraits are very photo realistic, the finishing details by hand with pencil gives a non-traditional approach to this technique. I totally recommend anyone in the area to check it out. The portraits are a 100% worth the trip!
The second exhibition running at the moment is about Karen Kitchel’s work around grass and plants and is called ‘Grasselands’. I was very curious, because I don’t think I have ever paid that close attention to grass before and I didn’t know someone could paint it so well. I sat for a while and just observed her small meticulous paintings.
If in the first place the work seems to be about grass, the real topic is about our environment and the changes taking place in the world around us. And just like that, by capturing our interest with her sensitive art work, she highlights these concerning issues.
I was mainly impressed by her technique. It’s very sharp and there is a crazy depth happening. I truly felt as if I was laying in the grass fields..
Both exhibitions are very different and fascinating in their own ways. I would definitely put this on the list of things to do when you’re in Boulder. The admission fee is also very low, only 2 dollars, so no excuses not to go 🙂
Alice, Founder of SIGNED
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Tuesday – Sunday
11am – 5pm