Opening May 3rd, 2019
Kim Mirus weaves pieces embedded with data about topics ranging from youth incarceration to the environment in order to draw attention to important yet often overlooked subjects. Arctic Threads is focused on retreating glaciers, declining ice masses, and the changing Arctic as visual symbols of our impact on the world around us. After traveling to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard for an artist residency to research our changing climate firsthand, Kim was struck by the amount of plastic and garbage from all over the world that washes up on these extremely remote islands near the North Pole, and by how quickly the Arctic is transforming. This new body of entirely handwoven work created with sustainable fibers is inspired by data about our changing environment and imagery from remote places directly impacted by these changes. One weaving incorporates plastic collected from the Arctic shores, a place never inhabited by humans. Hoping to explore potential solutions for the preservation of these critically important parts of our planet, Kim has also incorporated information about conservation efforts that have had a positive impact.
Kim is an artist, educator, and craftsperson currently weaving visualizations of environmental and human rights statistics using traditional craft techniques. Working at the intersection of art and science, Kim strives to subtly embed scientific data in new visual contexts. Kim earned a BFA in Crafts, a BA in Art Education, and a National Board Certification for teaching art. Kim has had the privilege to teach art to youth who were incarcerated and on probation, and is grateful for experiences teaching courses at The Crucible and Penland School of Craft. Kim has received various climate and fiber awards and has attended artist residencies across the US and internationally to inform the research-based woven work.
About the Exhibition:
Based on source images from the artist’s personal photo archive, Granitto’s paintings are intrinsically and necessarily rooted in real moments of lived experience; however glorious or mundane. His primary aim in meditating on these images is to isolate the electrified instance of direct and total experience wherein one's whole self becomes fully aware of the tremendous and awful (awe full) weight of being. The works shown here continue to probe this inexhaustible idea by placing particular attention on the interwoven nature of being: namely that no incident or moment stands in isolation. All things connect and Meaning is.
My work explores our relationship to the natural world and technology. Themes in my work are also influenced by spiritual traditions and history. I think of each body of work as distinct, with its own images and approaches. Recent exhibitions have included drawings, paintings, sculptural forms, and sound. For this group of drawings I was inspired by the movement of the central two deer in the piece titled “Reaching”. That served as a jumping off point for the rest of works.
About the Artists:
Daniel M. Granitto returned to his hometown of Lakewood, Colorado in 2016 after living and working in Chicago, Illinois for six years where he received his BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working across various scales and media, Granitto’s paintings are meditations on the subtle magic that stealthily seeps into daily life and gently whispers “eternity”. Daniel currently works out of his home studio in Lakewood where he lives with his wife and two kids.
Nathan Abels has been an active member in the Denver area arts scene since his arrival in 2007 from Indiana- showing in numerous solo and group shows. The Denver Post named him the “Emerging Artist of the Year” for 2009 and one of the “12 Best Colorado Artists 35 and Under” in 2011. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art featured his exhibit "History of the Future" in 2018. In 2019 he will have another solo museum exhibition at the Littleton Museum. He is represented by Rule Gallery in Denver, Colorado. His work can be found in the Telfair Art Museum, Savannah, GA; Fort Wayne Art Museum, Ft Wayne, IN; and at the Savannah College of Art and Design among others.