Armstrong & Elm

ASCA GALLERY
"Solivagant"
 

Jeremy Armstrong & Laura Elm
"Solivagant"
March 13 - May 15
 

Jeremy Armstrong & Laura Cooper Elm
On Display: March 13 - May 15
Artists Reception: Friday & Saturday March 17 & 18 during ArtWalk, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

     
     Inspired by Iceland based landscape photographer Iurie Belegurschi and travel/adventure photographer Chris Burkard, Jeremy’s photography focuses on landscapes, long exposures, and waterfalls. Jeremy’s work celebrates light and shadow and the contrast of symmetry and chaos found in vertical landscapes and captures still images of the natural world. 
    “Solivagant,” Jeremy’s second photography exhibit through the Center for the Arts, features HD metal print photography and scenes from his adventures in Crested Butte and beyond in Colorado, Washington, Iceland, and Norway. “Solivagant,” which means solitary wanderer, captures Jeremy's travels and experiences as a solo explorer, inspires wonder and curiosity, and pays tribute to the power of the natural world. 
   Laura’s clay work encompasses functional vessels and sculptural forms overlaid with painterly content like tattoos on skin. The Tattoo Foo Series imparts inherent luck, often blind; sometimes dumb; to traditional tomb figures which she calls Guardians of Soul. These figures are the domain of Heaven and Hell and based on the metaphorical fine line humans tend to walk. Inspired by classic literature and romantic poetry, common features in her work include a strong graphic use of black and white, the sun and moon, and time.  The subject matter ties in nicely with the Creatures of Habit series where vaguely familiar characters are cursed with cuteness and display playful quirks and mannerisms.

About Jeremy & Laura

  Jeremy Armstrong is a world traveler, adventurer, and a self-taught photographer. A Crested Butte local, Jeremy has spent years exploring the Elk Mountains from two wheels and one track. It was after an unfortunate accident that Jeremy picked up a camera, and when standing still behind the lens, he found his true calling as a landscape, travel and adventure photographer. Sweeping panoramic views, vivid colors, contrasting landscapes, and solo traveling photography all describe Jeremy’s style of work. Jeremy’s photography has been featured locally at Teocalli Tamale, Brick Oven Pizzeria, and at his first exhibit, “Fire and Ice” at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. His images can be viewed and purchased on his website, jarmstrongphotography.org 

    Contact Info:  Jeremy Armstrong, jarmstrongphotography78@gmail.com
 

  Laura Elm is a typical renaissance artist - a master potter and painter whose expressive work is brilliantly detailed and multifaceted. Her openness to experience and theoretical temperament are integral to a passionate pursuit of a wide variety of art forms. She possesses the rare combination of being incredibly focused and detail-oriented while retaining optimism, idealism and vision.

   A prolific maker of lyrical things; searching for sublime and hidden meaning; she uses a painterly palette of high key color – difficult to achieve in studio ceramics, that segues seamlessly with her painting and works on paper. Elegant forms and expert drawing are developed from analytical observation of the natural world and then re-tooled, tweaked and intensified imaginatively.

   The graphic quality of her work stems from a love of anything beautifully designed and well crafted; especially calligraphy, typography and the printed page. Book arts and textiles form a cohesive connection with pattern and repetition.

   Laura’s clay work encompasses functional vessels and sculptural forms overlaid with painterly content like tattoos on skin. The Tattoo Foo Series imparts inherent luck, often blind; sometimes dumb, to traditional tomb figures aka Guardians of Soul. These figures are the domain of Heaven and Hell based on the metaphorical fine line humans tend to walk. Inspired by classic literature and romantic poetry, common features in her work include a strong graphic use of black and white, the sun and moon, and time.  The progression of this subject matter ties in nicely with charming Creatures of Habit showing off familiar quirks and playful mannerisms.

   During more than a few paradisiacal island years, while living in Micronesia, Elm traveled extensively embracing and incorporating the history, mythology, archeology and art of many cultures including her own oddly American heritage. The overlapping spheres of influence are evident.

   Bringing over 30 years of artistic and teaching experience, she thoroughly enjoys the process of learning and quickly draws parallels and cross references ideas that translate intuitively and connect with people young and old.

 

   Contact Info: Laura Elm, 970.209.8085, laura@lcelm.com