Susan Blake and Bruce Price
September 20 - November 16, 2019
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Parallel Shift is the latest collaboration between Boulder’s Mr. Pool and Denver’s RULE Gallery. It brings together two Colorado artists with strong geometric and patterning practices. For Bruce Price, his work straddles the boundary within patterned work that some use to separate geometric abstraction from ornamentation. Skillfully shifting back and forth between the two; asking the viewer to take the work on its own merit and not some arbitrary line or definition. Susan Blake creates abstract paintings that both play with the world of pattern and investigate the act of seeing. Her work draws upon her study of art history and geology, work in digital design and love of domestic sources of decoration such as fabric and wallpaper. Both artists like to create pieces that challenge the viewer’s preconceptions, following similar lines as they shift between abstraction and ornamentation.
about the artists:
Susan Blake lives and works in Denver, CO. She obtained a BA and a MA in Art History at Northern Illinois University. Postgraduate studies in painting followed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in photography at Columbia College in Chicago, IL. Blake’s work has been exhibited throughout Colorado in various exhibitions; most recently her work has been selected for The Art of the State 2019, at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Other regional exhibitions include RULE Gallery, RedLine, Colorado Center for Fine Art Photography, Pattern Shop Studio, Mai Wynn Fine Art and Evan Anderman Photography as well as nationally in the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, IL and San Diego Art Institute in San Diego, CA.
Bruce Price received his BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 1997 and his MFA in 2006 from the Maine College of Art, Portland ME. He has exhibited extensively in the Front Range, including in the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. He has also shown in several galleries in New York City and participated in group exhibitions in Miami, FL, Cambridge, MA, Savannah, GA and Kai Feng, China. Price has been awarded numerous residencies including RedLine in Denver, Idea Forge at CU Boulder and Epic Decade Artist in Residence, Jamestown, RI and most recently the Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT. His work is in private collections ranging from Denver and New York City to London and Sweden.