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Propagation: New work by Phillip Faulkner

What is is it that drives art forward? Why is it that we never settle for the the present perspective in the pursuit of the artistic? How does one move the art canon forward, and how does that forward momentum dictate what is on the horizon for art?

Omaha native and long time Denver resident Phillip Faulkner seeks to answer these questions as he marries the contemporary painted mark with the mark of technology in his new show “Propagation”, a collection of paintings and collage with a heavy dollop of the digital to top it off.

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Faulkner creates an artistic narrative that evokes a sense of the sublime. In an effort to constantly gather inspiration to him Faulkner uses the internet as well as his collection of vintage periodicals and books to create a treasure trove of inspiration. Taking bits and pieces of these inspiring images he removes them from their original context and places new emphasis on what was once mundane. Through the use of this found imagery, bold line and color, he creates environments that entice the viewer to step into scenes of Americana juxtaposed with hard lined geometric shapes, bold color and layering of media, in order to create a world that is strictly his own.

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No stranger to the use of technology Faulkner employs it to set his paintings into motion. Using ghostly time lapse video projected onto a finished painting, we watch as the painting process unfolds. Multiple compositions appear and disappear as the digital manifestation of the artist hurries around a constant metamorphosis of the canvas. Melding contemporary painting and technology Faulkner has literally peeled away the borders of the two, allowing them to spill into one another in this collection of work.

“Propagation” can be seen at Anthology Fine Art Gallery, 635 Santa Fe Dr. Denver Colorado
The work will hang from July 19, through August 31, 2013.
Artist receptions on Friday July 19 6pm – 10pm and Friday August 2nd 6pm -10pm

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Profile Photos

Anyone who’s read a marketing book in the last fifty years can tell you the value of a first impression.  Whether you’re dating, running a business or job searching, in today’s social media driven world, chances are you’ve made an impression before knowing you were in the running.

Your profile pic can say, “I drink too much in LoDo on the weekends”, “this photo was clearly taken with someone else, and I cropped them”,or “GO BRONCOS!!!!”.

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Part of the Family

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Pet portrait sessions have been among my favorites this past year.  For a couple with no “human” kids to a family whose dog has become the oldest sibling, a pet is a central figure in the dynamics of any household.  Whatever role they play in your family, celebrate this member with their own portrait photography session or accompanied by the rest.

 

 

 

Ready Made Frames

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We’re frugal too!  The “buy one get one for a penny” sale on ready made frames is a great deal and awfully tempting.  The only problem is the frames are often made of pressed cardboard, have a few scratches and all look the same.

The alternative, photo frames from Anthology.  The same high end frames that you’ve come to expect on your custom work, but made in standard sizes.  We have frames with acid free mats already cut and included, or we’ll be happy to find a more suitable color and custom cut it for you.  You can also email us your files and we’ll be happy to make the photo print for you in any size.  They make great gifts!

For the month of June, all our Ready Made frames are Buy One, Get One Half Off!

Are you on Pinterest?

I don’t say no to a pregnant woman.  I love hearing ideas they have and seeing inspiration they find for their photo session.  When this mom-to-be showed me her idea, that she’d found on Pinterest,  I was a bit intimidated.  In part, because I wasn’t on Pinterest (the shame!).  Luckily she was super patient and able to sit very still while adjusting only her arms.  The family portrait business has been busy this last year, but I haven’t had a maternity session for a while.  Now I have four booked over the next month and I’m so excited to see what we come up with!Maternity

Framed wedding photograph

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I first heard the term “previsualization” at 19 years-old in a large format photography class.  The idea of “the ability to anticipate a finished image before making the exposure”.  I’ll be honest, the zone system eludes me to this day and I don’t see the print in my minds eye the moment I snap it.  But, when I’m photographing dogs, kids or weddings, as the session progresses I get an idea in my head of how these moments will looked displayed on the wall.  To me, having that finished product to enjoy in a tangible way, everyday, is the most rewarding part of my job.

We’ll be displaying my portrait photography for the month of April.  Stop in to see samples of the finished product that Anthology can make for your home.  Even if it’s not a photo I took, bring us the images, art or objects you want displayed in your home and we’ll design custom framing that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

Your life, on your walls.

We recently had the pleasure of working with a new client who was updating her home in Cherry Creek.  She had many pieces that took the majority of the afternoon to work through. Each piece had a great story behind it and a lot of time was spent laughing and exchanging stories back and forth.   It was a great collection of art including originals that had hung in her parents’ home, two photos of her finishing the New York City Marathon, and posters she’d collected while studying abroad.

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Resurrecting frames from the past.

Custom framing has changed a lot in the past 50 years and even more in the last 20 years. Conservation technology in both materials and methods has greatly improved and art preservation has never been better. However, there is something to be said about the frames of the past. Intricately made and uniquely shaped in the style of the time period, they work perfectly for old photos and art alike.

We recently had a client who wanted to frame an old family photo in a beautiful period frame she had found at an antique shop. We gutted the old frame and updated the backing but kept the domed glass that made it so unique.  She also wanted an oval frame for a grouping of photos from roughly the same time.  We had a new frame made by Inline Ovals for the group of photos using the same style of domed glass. Even though one is nearly a century old and the other is new they work very well together. Bring us your antique frames you have displayed in your home and we will be happy to upgrade the inside without changing that that beautiful period look that you love. Remember framing consultations are always free and encouraged!

Wedding Season!

I have nothing against gift registries, everyone needs new towels and dishes when they get married. However, the $60 wooden spoon from William Sonoma might not express the way you truly feel about the new couple. May we suggest having that beautiful and sometimes very expensive invitation or announcement framed. It is the perfect gift on so many levels:

1. People usually don’t expect it so its a huge surprise.

2. The bride, who has usually been the person who put so much effort into every little detail, will be blown away that you noticed.

3. The groom will have a framed, visual reminder of the anniversary date.

4. It will stay fashionable and last longer than the decorative zebra pillow set.

5. Its also a great idea for baby announcements, house warming, and wedding anniversaries to name a few.

A Real Fan.

It’s March, and with it comes some of the best sports drama the U.S. has to offer. People are frantically filling out their NCAA tournament brackets all over the country. The NBA trade deadline is here and teams are making their final push to earn a spot in the playoffs. I am a huge basketball fan but I do not compare to Andy Smith.

I grew up in a small, rural hamlet in the western mountains of Colorado. There was a lot for a kid to do in the summers growing up like Tom Sawyer, bare foot and with all of nature  practically out your back door. However, sports was the one thing that every kid I knew was obsessed with. For me it was basketball, my dad bolted a hoop and backboard to the garage in the back of our house and I spent countless hours imagining I was Michael Jordan, dribbling awkwardly  in the gravel alley. I progressed this way for years working on my shot and ball handling until I was in Middle School and could actually play on a team and then later, High School, which seemed no less than the NBA at the time. My freshman year of basketball was a nerve racking experience. I hadn’t really grown into myself  (like most 15 year olds) and was tall, skinny and awkward.

Andy Smith was a senior, and the starting  point guard, for the varsity team. He was good, real good. He was fast, a proficient ball handler, and could drive the lane like nobodies business. I knew Andy of course from summer pick up games at the park and the church camp his parents ran, that I attended every year. I didn’t really think that Andy liked me, so during our first practice when Andy and I where paired up to run drills together I was nervous. He was faster than me, stronger than me, but I was determined to keep up, what ever it took. Durring conditioning Andy would always be the first to cross the line every time we ran the lung busting pyramid drills. I made it a point to try and beat him. When the Varsity would scrimmage the Junior Varsity, I always wanted to guard him. He pushed me and I hope I pushed him. In the end I won his respect and friendship as well as a bench warming spot on the Varsity team.

On the long bus rides to the other small towns in our 1A division we would talk about basketball of course. I was huge Michael Jordan fan and he was a huge Scotty Pippen fan. I would tell him that Michael Jordan was the best player to ever play the game and he would argue that Michael wouldn’t be nearly as good if weren’t for Scotty Pippen, and that Pippen was the most underrated superstar to ever play the game. This was how Andy was ever since I was snotty nosed kid trying to get in the game at church camp with the older kids. Everyone else was, of course, singing about how they’d “wanna’ be like Mike” while Andy would shake his head and say “Nah’ Pippen is the man.”

Throughout that year, and afterward, we kept in touch and when he was back home from college we would play ball at the park and hang out. These times became less and less frequent until all of a sudden it had been the better part of a decade since we had seen one another. I reconnected with Andy not long ago and he invited me over to his place in Southwest Denver to watch some basketball. We sat in his Chicago Bulls themed “man cave” and watched his Bulls play and then my Nuggets play. It was great hanging out just talking basketball and Andy was just as passionate a fan as ever. He told me he had bought some tickets and and was going to travel to Chicago to watch his first Bulls game at the United Center. He was pumped, and had every right to be.

I got a text from Andy early one morning when I was getting my son ready for school: “Pippen signed my jersey and I got to shoot lay-ups during a time out at the game!!!”

People in Chicago go to countless games and don’t get that lucky. I believe it was the basketball gods rewarding an ardent, lifelong, Bulls fan with a chance to meet his hero and step on that hallowed court where his one and only favorite team played. How awesome it must have felt to take a run at the basket and watch a ball, that just left his hand, run through the net just like all those amazing shots that had made him stand up and cheer for all those years.

Needless to say I framed the jersey for him and I hope he likes it!

I am a junkie for sports, and sports drama in general. If you have some sports memorabilia bring it to me and I will frame it for you. Its one of my favorite things to do at work, and I have done a lot in ten years. While you’re here we can exchange stories and talk about sports.  Visit our website for more samples:  anthologyfineart.com

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Denver Custom Framing

Zach and Kendra Custer have been custom framing for a combined 30 years in the Denver area. In addition to offering picture framing and portrait photography, their large gallery features local, emerging artists. Whether you're looking for affordable custom framing with superior customer service, a family portrait or a new piece of art, Anthology Fine Art is your one stop shop.

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