Floyd D. Tunson

FLOYD D. TUNSON: JANUS  | Feb 1 - Apr 15, 2018

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 1- 8 pm / Sunday 1 - 5 pm

Spring Break Holiday Hours week of March 26 - April 1, 2018 | Thursday, 3/29 & Friday, 3/30 - 1 - 6 pm / CLOSED Saturday, 3/31 and Sunday, 4/1/18

OPENING RECEPTION | Thursday, February 1, 5 - 8 pm @Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art in the Ent Center for the Arts (REGISTER NOW)
GALLERY CONVERSATION: Floyd D. Tunson in Conversation with Curator Daisy McGowan | Friday, February 2, 1 - 2 pm (REGISTER NOW)
TOWN HALL: Race, Class & the American Stage | Kevin Landis, Idris Goodwin + panelists TBA | 
Monday, February 26, 7 pm

Floyd D. Tunson declares in his artist statement: "I have become a Janus." Depicted with two faces - one looking to the future and one to the past - Janus is, in ancient Roman myth, the god of beginnings, transitions, time, duality, passages and endings. A new body of large-scale abstract work by this critically acclaimed, multi-dimensional and influential artist auspiciously inaugurates GOCA's new Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art site, in the Ent Center for the Arts. 

The exhibition features a range of programs, including a public conversation between Floyd D. Tunson and curator Daisy McGowan, as well as an event in collaboration with UCCS Theatre/Dance featuring readings by playwrights on the topic of Race and the American Theater and designed to create a rich learning experience and promote discovery and conversation addressing topics such as historical racism, African-American culture and American culture, art history, economics, class struggle and colonialism.

About the Exhibition

Floyd D. Tunson is one of Colorado's most important contemporary artists. Over the past 50 years he has prodigiously, fearlessly and innovatively created art from his keen cultural perspective, taking on identity, race, and history in a number of series and across a range of art media. He has spent most of those decades in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado, following formative years in Denver. An incredibly influential educator over 30 years in the public school system, Tunson's impact extends beyond the art world to the students fortunate to work with the artist in that context.

Tunson shares in his artist statement:  

"My work reflects my journey to acquire knowledge. Along the way I have become a Janus. Looking at life from one direction, I see the terror of chaos, man's inhumanity to man, mortality, and the vastness of the unknown. From another direction, the human condition seems like a magnificent, orderly evolution of extraordinary beauty. The totality of my work reflects my quest to comprehend and express these forces and their interconnectedness. Even my non-objective painting is based on this dialectic, where uninhibited strokes play against geometric order."  

In his statement, Tunson hones in on his ability to perceive and process multiple aspects of the human experience, specifically speaking to his lived experience as an artist and as an African American man. Coming of age during the Civil Rights era in Denver, Colorado, the artist was influenced as much by the March on Washington as the magazines his mother brought home from the doctor offices she cleaned and which provided rich pop culture fodder for his young artist mind. Nearly 50 years later, Tunson has not slowed his progression nor output; as Denver Post fine arts critic Ray Rinaldi stated about a recent major retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center : "Tunson's more recent works, made in his 60s, are among his strongest."  

As the first exhibition in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art space, Floyd D. Tunson: Janus auspiciously and powerfully inaugurates a space devoted to the highest critical levels of engagement through the lens of contemporary art and artists.

Generously supported by the CU President's Fund for the Humanities. 

Image: Floyd D. Tunson, Fragments from Abstract in Progress (DETAIL), acrylic on canvas, 2017

Part of the 2017 - 18 Bernstein Festival 

Bernstein 100 years



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