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Sharon Feder

The October show at Telluride Arts’ Gallery 81435 features a solo exhibition of contemporary industrial, urban landscape paintings by Denver artist Sharon Feder. The exhibit at Gallery 81435 explores Feder’s interest in urban archeology and the tension between abstraction and representation. Contemplating the visual and metaphorical geometry and emptiness of society’s commercial structures guides Feder toward a sense of understanding and unity with other humans. Feder's current paintings have evolved from studies of geometry and urban visual choreography toward an edge, as described by Michael Paglia (Westword): "a reconciling of opposites... the tension between representation and abstraction, with the resulting paintings flipping between the two." Further describing her work, Corrine Joy Brown wrote (Colorado Expressions): "Through line and shape, color and texture, she renders a new reality so sublime as to leave the viewer spell-bound at its beauty. We sense what is beyond, or far beneath. We stand at the edge of the experience and then, suddenly, are immersed in it." "Her work reveals nothing less than the hidden tensions of contemporary life", writes Peter Illig, referencing buildings and urban architecture that "...stand in for human relationships… the constant contradictions of appearance versus truth." Sharon Feder is a third generation Denverite. She has studied painting since early childhood, initially learning from Colorado Modernists Ed Marecak and Mark Zamantakis. Feder continued her studies under Norman Lundin, Michael Spafford and Patty Warashina at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her experiences culminated in a prolonged mentorship with Robert Froese in Ouray in the 1980’s. She graduated from Regis University in Denver in 1996. In addition to her academic endeavors, Feder’s work is influenced by a life richly lived as a mother, mate, and student of nature. Her work is further informed by decades of technical experience as set designer, muralist and sign artist. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Boulder, and extensively in the metropolitan Denver area and are included in numerous private and corporate collections. Join Gallery 81435 for First Thursday Art Walk and Opening Reception Thursday, October 2nd (5-8pm).

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