Marcia Weese (curator)
Marcia Weese was trained as a sculptor, painter and printmaker. Her work hangs in private and public collections throughout the US and in Germany. She currently lives in Carbondale. Weese’s favored medium is works on paper—monotypes, collages and drawings. She is attracted to the ephemeral quality of this medium and its inherent spontaneity. Monotypes are difficult to control and therefore one has to be flexible and open to work with the happy accidents and mysteries that occur throughout the process. Moku Hanga, an ancient Japanese woodblock technique, has been recently added to her repertoire.
Weese’s approach to the monotype reflects her background in site-specific sculpture. Using the printing process of building layers of color, she ‘carves’ into the color field to reveal the hidden image. Dualities are highlighted in her work by the vivid contrast between light/dark and abstract/representational in the format of diptychs, triptychs and multi panel assemblages. Her monoprints can be seen as intimate, enigmatic portraits of elusive moments that land somewhere between shadow and memory.
Gordon Baym is a theoretical physicist, a part-time Aspen resident and regular participant in the Aspen Center for Physics, and a Professor at the University of Illinois. His research interests are wide -- spanning the physics of ordinary matter, astrophysics, nuclear physics, and the history of physics.
Born in New York City, educated at Brooklyn Technical High School, Cornell University, and Harvard University, he went as a postdoctoral fellow to Copenhagen, where he continues to do research. His research was recognized with the Hans Bethe Prize and the Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, as well as the Feenberg Medal.
In addition to enjoying the mountains around Aspen, Gordon holds a fourth degree black belt and is an instructor in Tae Kwon Do. In pursuing physics he combines mathematics with a very visual sense, as his blackboard sketches well illustrate.
I grew up in Colorado with parents who took us all over the place in one of the first VW beetles in the State. We camped and hiked and skied and were taught to observe nature closely.
After more exhibition work in Silver Plume, Colorado and New York City and couple of years at a big Madison Avenue ad agency, I dove into architecture at Yale University. Michael Hassig and I were married after I graduated and became founding members of an artists’ cooperative in Somerville, Massachusetts. We went broke in a Boston recession, however—a misfortune that gave us the great luck of being able to move back to Colorado to practice architecture. Michael and I both worked for Harry Teague for about seven years and then formed A4 Architects with Brad Zeigel and Mark Mahoney.
As an architect, I’ve designed about a dozen buildings at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and houses for many friends, including Marcia Weese and Julia Marshall in this show: cross pollination at work!
Jody Guralnick has lived in Aspen for 30 years. She is currently represented in Aspen by the Skye Gallery, and has shown work nationally and internationally, including the Flomenhaft Gallery in New York, the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, and closer to home, the Aspen Art Museum, the Denver Contemporary Biennial, the Boulder Art Museum, as well as a visiting Artists residency at the American Academy in Rome, and a Bio Art residency at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She holds degrees from St. Martin’s School of Art in London and Pratt Institute in New York.
Sam Harvey is a ceramic artist who maintains a studio practice in Aspen, Co. He first fell in love with clay in High School while attending the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He then attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has taught and lectured for many universities and community organizations across the globe including Taiwan, Jamaica, Canada, Chile and in the US in Colorado, New York, Texas, California, and Wyoming.
Feeling the call of the mountains, he moved back to Aspen, Colorado where he completed numerous artist’s residencies and where he currently resides. He is a co-owner of the Harvey/Meadows Gallery, focusing on contemporary ceramics and works on paper. He currently serves on the Boards of both the Anderson Ranch Art Center and the Carbondale Clay Center. His work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is included in many public and private collections including the American Museum of Ceramic Art, CA and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY.
Sculptor and painter
From my background in psychology comes an interest in portraying human behavior and motivations in a visual format, translated through an art lens so that you can read my sense of human life through visual symbols. Artists are generally given credit for re-awakening us to our surroundings, giving us a fresh look at everyday people and places, objects and events. Sculpture, 3 dimensional representations of humans and habitats, and architecture, I’ve found is a great vehicle to express my perceptions.
The other equally important component of viewing art is the psyche of the viewer. The artist has an idea they are conveying that will be interpreted in different lights depending on the psychological landscape of the person “reading” the artist’s creation.
Born and raised in this valley, I journeyed away from home to schools located in the chaparral country of Arizona, the plains of the Midwest, and the hard wood forests of the east. In each territory, I found myself taking in the environment by either criss- crossing the countryside in my running shoes or capturing the natural elements with a pencil or pen, then through watercolor painting. Interacting with nature anchors me and led me to become a landscape architect. I find I am forever on Third Street in this rocky mountain town of Carbondale.
James Surls is an internationally known artist and one of the most preeminent sculptors in the United States. James was born in Terrell, Texas in 1943. He graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1966 and from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1968. He taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX from 1968 to 1976. He then moved to Splendora, TX with his wife and artist-Charmaine Locke. He lived in Splendora a little over 20 years. While there he founded the Lawndale Alternative Arts Space at the University of Houston in the late 70’s. Lawndale was a thriving artist community where he continued to teach and encourage and, where he produced a large body of work. His wood, steel and bronze sculptures, drawings and prints, which reflect his unique sensibility to natural forms, are in major art museums and public and private collections throughout the world.
Surls currently resides and has his studio in Carbondale, CO. He has lived Carbondale, CO since 1997.
Brad Zeigel is a proud father of three, a grand father of two spectacular boys, a husband and an architect. He is a Colorado native with deep roots in the Western Slope. His family originally homesteaded in Rangely and over the years moved to Grand Junction, Collbran, Olathe, and Montrose. Brad was born and raised in Boulder, studied architecture at CU Boulder, spent 3 years in Los Angeles at SCI-Arc and in 1990 found his way to Carbondale after joining Harry Teague Architects in Aspen. In 2000, he cofounded A4 Architects with Michael Hassig, Olivia Emery and Mark Mahoney and is a practicing architect and partner with that firm. He lives in Carbondale on Lincoln Avenue with his wife Nancy and dogs Mia and Kali.