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FORMAL ELEMENTS explores some fundamental (and formal) aspects of visual art including line, form, space, color and texture through the work of two Colorado artists, Patrick Marold and Pard Morrison. While these artists work with a familiar vocabulary, their work is a unique interpretation of fundamental concepts. The work is strangely human and alive, despite the inherent abstraction and industrial materiality; there is palpable life in Marold's string installation and Morrison's sculptures.
Morrison has described his work as "an exploration of a hypothetical conversation between Donald Judd and Agnes Martin." His sculptures and wall-based works are experiments in color and shape, all featuring pristine surfaces. Morrison's photographs juxtapose his bold, minimalist sculptures with the natural landscape in Colorado - offering connections between the formal elements of art with the unpredictability of nature.
Marold's site-specific installations address the architecture of a space. Using string and cable, Marold builds new form from the existing infrastructure. These ethereal shapes hover and breathe in the gallery, creating the allusion of life in simple materials.
PARD MORRISON | Born in 1975, Pard Morrison lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Morrison graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture. His work is recognized nationally having shown in Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Dallas, New Orleans, as well as Denver. His work is in the collections of the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, The Colorado State University Art Museum, The University of Wyoming Art Museum, The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, as well as Public and Private Collections. www.pardmorrison.com
PATRICK MAROLD | Marold, a native of Denver, has been working for over 10 years as an artist and primarily as a sculptor. Marold studied at Rhode Island School of Design and later established a studio in Denver after working abroad for several years. Since he began working as an artist, Marold has been awarded grants and recognition including the Fulbright Fellowship, which afforded him a year of sculptural and photographic exploration in Iceland. He has completed several public art commissions within Colorado and the United States and has been widely exhibited in recent years. His temporary landscape installation, The Windmill Project, garnered international attention when it was installed in Vail, and is now planned for Nova Scotia later this year. Other current projects include a sculpture commemorating the mission of Rex Morgan and the establishment of the SCFD, as well as another commission with the city of Denver that will be sited near the confluence of the Platte River and Cherry Creek. Marold maintains a studio in Denver, creating works that continue to explore relationships within the land and sky and our habitation as communities. Many of his smaller works and temporary installations respond to our spatial orientation, and a visceral awareness of materials that he has nurtured as an artist. www.patrickmarold.com