By Raymundo Muñoz
Nina Elder with her piece “Pile”
Another recent opening in Denver: Nina Elder’s “Overlook” at Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery. Actually a pop-up exhibition presented by Rule Gallery, “Overlook” is a collection of drawings and paintings depicting in minimalist fashion post-industrial landscapes of the West. Muted tones and simple outlines on first glance seem banal–easy to overlook, as it were–but a good sit with the works ultimately reveals how well this style underscores the show’s theme. Depicting electrical towers, aerial views of bombing ranges, defunct machinery, and mountains of mine waste, Elder’s work is vast and unsettling in what it reveals about the cycles of human production, consumption, and waste, particularly in how such processes affect the natural landscape.
In tandem with Elder’s work, Carmen W. also has a photography show on display: Evan Anderman’s “Imposition.” Known for his aerial landscape photography, Anderman’s command of composition is impressive. Any of his pieces work well as gorgeous abstracts: dynamically geometric, textural, strong of line, beautifully colored. Contextually, though, the artist’s work attains a heavy dimension: all that great “line work” is human-made, essentially forced onto the landscape. Together Elder’s “Overlook” and Anderman’s “Imposition” make for a cleverly curated exhibition that through their shared way of looking at the world from a distance may, hopefully, help us gain a closer view of our impact on it. On display Sept. 12 – Oct. 18. Pictures are from the opening reception.
By Nina Elder
In background, “El Huerfano (The Orphan)” by Nina Elder
By Evan Anderman
“Meandering Impressions, Anton, CO” by Evan Anderman
“Farmer Palette, Yuma, CO” by Evan Anderman