Brent Green, Paulina Hollars (film still), 2006 Brent Green,
Jill Hadley Hooper,
James Surls
January 4 – February 23, 2008

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 10, 7-9pm

Art Talk with Brent Green:
Wednesday, January 30, 6:30 pm

Live Performance – Brent Green with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand and Brendan Canty of Fugazi.
Check back soon for more details on this event.

Jill Hadley Hooper, Gretchen Insofar, 2005All events are free and open to the public.

Metro State Center for Visual Art presents
STORY with New York artist Brent Green and Colorado artists Jill Hadley Hooper and James Surls.

STORY brings together three artists whose artwork has a tale to tell. The exhibition is a profound collection of works that delve into created realities and visually realized narratives of the strange and familiar. The works are all inspired by the written word, allegory and the paradoxes of the human condition. Each artist’s work is infused with symbolism and a complexity that requires time and thought to unlock. The three artists share a raw aesthetic, though the manner in which it manifests is unique to each.

Brent Green’s roughhewn yet poetic animated films are influenced by music and books. His stories feature bittersweet and fragmented narratives populated with human pathos and a palette of visual metaphors. Melancholy characters dwell within Green’s handmade films. Projected films along with storyboard sketches and murals will be presented.

James Surls, Seven and Seven Flower, 1998The context of Jill Hadley Hooper’s work hovers between dreams and reality. Figures in animal or human form inhabit the indifferent environments. Muted colors inspire a pensive mood in her simple, elegant paintings. Influenced by the written word and ideas from literature, the complexity of Hadley Hooper’s work is wrapped into the scene that she sets and the story it implies.

James Surls’ graceful wood sculptures, drawings and prints ultimately embrace nature. The gentle yet menacing forms are ambiguous in their journey towards understanding the human condition. Together the works demonstrate a juxtaposition of worlds both light and dark, whimsical in their playful, energetic execution while referencing issues of transcendence. Surls injects humor into imagery or forms that are symbolic and dualistic interpretations of nature.

Admission to the Center for Visual Art is free and open to the public.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday 12 - 5pm. Admission is free.

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