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Robert Hawkins: Scenes from the Wax Museum

Shawna Slavinski

Villians   (Jack the Ripper, Jimmy Savile, Charles Manson, Pol Pot)

Villians (Jack the Ripper, Jimmy Savile, Charles Manson, Pol Pot)

Respected as a true rebel in the art world, Hawkins had no formal art education aside from 50 years of self-taught painting experience. His natural gift for manual dexterity and hyperactive imaginative and visualization skills carried him through the heady NYC art world of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and led him to London, where he currently resides. Due to his limited proper training, his style can be called “pseudo-realism”, as it imitates technique and other academic precision, like proportion and anatomy, lending an askew aspect to a generally surreal picture narrative.

Rene Ricard, an artist and poet, once said, “You cannot name one painter of his generation comparison with whom Basquiat would not find laughable. The exception would be Robert Hawkins, whose work Jean admired and collected.”

Showing May 27 - May 29


Jeromie Lawrence Dorrance // LTF, LTD.

Shawna Slavinski

Locally-known artist and curator Jeromie Lawrence Dorrance brings a solo exhibition to Buffalo Exchange's Gallery51 called LTF, LTD. The installation will showcase three separate mediums: video, painting and digital collage (in the form of a full-color zine). This work was inspired by hypnagogic, psychedelic, non-sensical dreams Dorrance has had, including flying or dying--all dreams likely influenced by the anxieties adults face day-to-day. The result has led to a collection of gestural shapes, color and patterns that you'll find comfort in experiencing. 

OWEN GORDON: Asphyxiate- release

Shawna Slavinski

Local artist, Owen Gordon, has converted Gallery 51 into an experimental space to showcase a project he's never had a chance to create at full scale. The installation, called Asphyxiate - release, uses a colorful and eclectic assortment of collected and donated ties that Gordon has applied to the gallery wall, using a wire foundation to give each tie a presence of its own. The ties powerfully symbolize stress, tension and gender roles in society. The sporadic and spiral-like placement of the ties represents the release of this relatable tension. This not-to-be-missed, thought provoking show uncovers an emotionally symbolic relationship between an everyday accessory and the viewer.

A RMCAD graduate, Gordon strongly believes in a direct correlation between humanities and arts. "Ideas, concepts, and physical, tangible objects are the product of where we stand as a culture and as a human race. The capacity of what our minds are capable of--that's something to be appreciated," says Gordon.

When it comes to his work, it starts with basic elements and principles of art--rhythm, line, space, color, form and balance. The materials Gordon chooses to work with are always recycled or upcycled and are often a materials representation of items used in Owen's everyday life. However, the objects are thoughtfully chosen to ensure they bring sentimental, emotional, societal or humanistic meaning to many.

Gordon’s show is open until May 6, 2016 at 51 Broadway, Denver, Colo. 80203. A closing reception will be held  from 6pm - 9pm on May 6, 2016. 

BRUCE PRICE: Body Baroque

Gregory Maronde

Join us at Gallery 51 (inside Buffalo Exchange) February 12th for the opening of Body Baroque, a new venture from TheFancyReal.

The show features mirrored images with a play on Instagram's app layout.  "It's fun (and necessary) to fuck with serious ideas," says the creative mind behind TheFancyReal, adding, "It's an excuse to look at what I want to look at; men & repitition." 

In a world where images and information are instant, TheFancyReal pushes us to question, is it more important to appear intelligent than to be intelligent? 

Join us February 12th from 6-9 to explore these concepts.


Sweet Talk w/ Dirty Teeth

Brooke Sargent

First Friday was a huge success here at Buffalo Exchange this month. We had the pleasure of hosting the work of Boulder fine artist Sarah Colbert, and Matthew Reyer, up and coming local fashion powerhouse behind the label Black/Tuesday. Their respective works perfectly complemented each other in simplicity and minimalism, and Deep Eddy Vodka topped the night off with cocktails. We had a chance to sit down and chat with the artists about their respective displays. 

Matthew Reyer and Sarah Colbert.

Matthew Reyer and Sarah Colbert.

Sarah Colbert got her artistic start at age twelve, and her strong background in craft work has begun to play a major part in her work as of late.  Initially more of a 2D artist and painter, the works of Sheila Pepe and Ron Nagle in particular were significant in her switch to 3D sculptures.  This series is all about "creating an interesting [relationship] between soft materials and hard materials", or creating a play on how we aesthetically perceive certain things.  Organic materials such as dirt, moss, fur, and even dryer lint are handles in a very intricate and intentional way, combined in various ways with wood, ceramic, and other hard materials gives the delicate, miniature sculptures an excitingly eclectic and creature-like feel.  Ms. Colbert says that she would like to start moving more into installation pieces, "playing more with the space the art is in rather than the pieces themselves."  As for inspiration outside of her are of expertise? "Bjork is one of my favorite musicians, she's an artist in a lot of different ways that I'm not...she's very true to herself, and her fashion sense is amazing."  Sarah's work will be in our gallery for the month of November, and you can see more of her work on her website

Matthew Reyer created Black/Tuesday, a very minimal high fashion men's line. He lists Daniel Patrick, Stampd, and Rick Owens as his major aesthetic influences, as well as a hint of Goth. Reyer's minimal lifestyle in general also has a lot of influence on the work he produces. Black/Tuesday blends the simplicity of both east and west coast style; black and white basics with a touch of androgyny makes the label stand out among the Denver fashion scene.  Steadbrook, men's streetwear boutique, is on Reyer's list of local favorites. If you missed the pop-up shop but still want to purchase Black/Tuesday merchandise, visit 


Shawna Slavinski

Join Us! 

October 9th - 6 PM - Gallery 51 (51 Broadway, Denver)


"As an artist, I work hard to develop pieces that are both physically aesthetic and mentally stimulating. The process begins with found carcasses and bones. Once the bones have been through a rigorous cleaning process and are lacquered, I lay them out and begin to imagine new creatures. Through hours of assembly and disassembly, I reach a finality that satiates me and what I feel the original owners of the bones would appreciate as well. Once a creature is born, I take into consideration the feelings I am trying to convey to the viewer and attempt to mount and paint said creature appropriately.

My goal is to breathe new life into the deceased animals as we go through this metamorphosis together, and give them a chance to live again through art."

- Beth Medanich


OtterJ: dirty / flirty

Gregory Maronde

Lions and tigers and bears-- Oh my! They may have had Dorothy frightened, but we all know what the fiercest critter in the animal kingdom is: the otter!

Join us Friday, June 5th as we kick off our fabulous Pride season at Gallery 51 inside Buffalo Exchange. Local artist Josh Olsen brings us a new look at his recent documentary-style photography, as well as the release of his new tank tops and enticing zine, "dirty/flirty.' 

Show opening June 5th, 6pm - 9pm. (Show up all month.)