Line Of Thought: New Works By Jason Thielke & Rafa Jenn

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Please join us on Saturday, May 21st from 6pm-10pm for the Opening Reception of Line of Thought: New Works by Jason Thielke & Rafa Jenn.

*Artists will be in attendance
*Free Event

About Jason Thielke
Thielke grew up in Tempe, Arizona, taking summer art classes with adults at Arizona State University. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.F.A. in 2000, then worked for several years as a graphic designer, relocating with his wife to Denver “because we didnʼt like the Chicago area and wanted to live somewhere between Arizona and Illinois.” They like to snowboard, so Denver was a natural choice. Heʼs been with the David B. Smith Gallery since 2008.

Whatever the motivation, the subtle shift is powerful. Thielkeʼs work continues to stand out among contemporary figurative artists as original. What is coming into focus for the artist is the importance of human touch to art-making. His works echo a bit the drawings of George Condo, particularly the Constructed Female Portrait, recently displayed at the Denver Art Museum in Face to Face. The architectural elements used to construct a drawing or a figure in Thielkeʼs hand seem less dark, less angry, less cartoon-like than Condoʼs Pollock-esque faces.The contrast of loose wash and tight lines, angles, shapes, and forms that make up his compositions allow the mystery and the power of the figure to stand on its own. The artist professes that his work is about “being in awe of what we take for granted in life.” This is evident in the complex forms and shapes that make up a shadow on a knee, while the curve of a back is hinted at by the loose stroke of a brush. Nothing in a Thielke work can be taken for granted.

About Rafa Jenn
Rafa Jenn’s emergence into the subculture-contemporary art scene begins with “You Know What I Mean”– a geometrical rendition of the Mona Lisa that spread ubiquitously throughout the art-and-design blogosphere. With most of his print-editions sold out, Rafa Jenn continues to garner collectors from around the world. With a penchant for design he draws upon primordial themes such as death and Eros, without foregoing his embellishments upon fashionable motifs. Many of his works seem to articulate a “wink of the eye”—a codified acknowledgement of a shared awareness between artist and viewer.

In what some might call his signature style, Rafa Jenn reconstructs iconic imagery such as DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Warhol’s Marilyn, and Lucas’ Darth Vader by implementing rhythmic patterns and penetrating color schemes. Ultimately, however, Rafa Jenn preserves his artistic freedom by exploring many styles and techniques; from playful geometry, to minimalist deconstruction, to expressive line-work, allowing fruition to arrive in its most proper form.

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