Elements at Walker Fine Art
Walker Fine Art is a spacious, loft-style gallery specializing in contemporary art. Their artist list includes regional and national artists at all stages of their careers. Their rotating exhibitions showcase the latest trends in Abstraction and Realism through Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media, and Installation. Currently on display is a group exhibition titled Elements. This series features works from six artists and focuses on the elements of nature through various elements of photography. The selected works range from silver gelatin prints to a 3D augmented reality installation. These artists come together to conceptualize the forces of nature and their dramatic effects.
Russell Brown is an Emmy Award-winning photographer and Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems inc. He has always found inspiration and a sense of wonder in the natural textures and recurring patterns created by the elements. His 3D augmented reality installation is interactive, and focuses on the power of wind, rain, and fire. Also included are some of his photos depicting dendritic drainage patterns, taken from a bird’s eye view.
Robert Buelterman is an artist and photographer with an illustrious career spanning more than four decades. His focus is on transcendence, and our connection to the living universe and the complexities therein. Buelterman’s works typically involve nature, and the flora native to his home state of California. He often experiments with various lighting techniques like back-lighting, overlap, and shadow to accentuate colors naturally present in his subjects. His contribution to this series is a set of prints honoring the tradition of black and white landscape photography. These are made without a camera, using a photogram method. This involves exposing film in an analog process and mixing chemical baths by hand. Buelterman has published 15 photographic portfolios and his work is part of numerous private and public collections worldwide.
Conor King is a new addition to the Walker Fine Art roster. He has an experimental style, photographing landscapes, people and animals, but also branching off into narrative and conceptual series. His featured works are from his “Eagle Island” series, and focus on the awesome power of water. They depict an 1861 encounter between a lighthouse and a rogue wave. The resulting impact crippled the lighthouse, shattering windows, smashing parts of the Fresnel lens, and flooding the structure. King uses sculpture, photography, and digital video clips to illustrate the catastrophic force unleashed that day.
Bonny Lhotka is an author, photographer, inventor, and artist. Her style seamlessly blends traditional photography methods with cutting edge digital technology. Lhotka is a member of the HP Experts and Mentors group and a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award. Her work has been featured in hundreds of solo and group shows nationwide, including at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, multiple American Embassies, and the Albuquerque Art Museum. Elements includes works from her series “Air Above: Air Below” depicting landscapes distorted by cloud cover. Lhotka strategically obscures parts of the landscape, while simultaneously capturing the movement of the wind through the clouds.
Jane Fulton Alt is an author and photographer based in Illinois. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. Alt is a three time winner of Photolucida’s Critical Mass Award, among many other honors. Her work has been featured in more than 175 solo and group shows all over the world. Her experience is obvious in her selected works. They center around interactions between fire and water. The photos were taken during controlled burns and highlight the destructive and regenerative properties of these elements.
Kevin Hoth is a Boulder-based photographer and instructor at the Atlas Institute at CU Boulder. He holds a B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Washington. Hoth’s recent work focuses on expanding the perspectives that can be included in one frame. For this series, he uses a mirror to join the space behind the camera with the space in the foreground. He then manipulates the horizons in the image, creating unnatural, temporary landscapes. He’s found a way to circumvent the limits of our natural field of vision. Hoth’s work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions nationwide and abroad.
Walker Fine Art is located at 300 W. 11th Avenue in Denver. Hours are 11-5, Tuesday thru Saturday. You can see Elements for yourself until Saturday, April 20th . For more information visit their website at walkerfineart.com.