Galleries of Contemporary Art
Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things

August 3–September 14, 2012

GOCA Downtown

Eleanor Anderson, Tyler Beard, Angela Eastman, Aaron Graves, Sarah Rockett, Laura Shill, and Taylor Stamp


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ELEANOR ANDERSON hails from Cleveland, Ohio, and is a recent graduate of Colorado college, where she studied printmaking and book arts. Her work is inspired by everyday forms around her, abstracted just out of reach of recognition. She has only recently discovered working with fiber but is excited by the potential for traditional crafts to be applied in a contemporary way.

TYLER BEARD was born in Olathe, KS. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art. In the summer of 2008 he was a resident artist at the Ceramic Center in Berlin. His work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in February 2013. He is represented by Robischon Gallery and currently lives and works in Denver, CO.

Born in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1987, Angela Eastman spent her early childhood exploring the deep forests and high mountain meadows of the Pacific Northwest. After receiving her BA in Studio Art with a sculpture concentration from Colorado College, Angela moved to Asheville, North Carolina to continue pursuing her studio practice. She has worked with steel, ceramic, cut paper, and encaustic to explore issues surrounding the idea of beauty in our society, examining decorative and simplistic patterns as they relate to our natural and made environments.

AARON GRAVES was born and raised in Colorado Springs. He is a photographer and fashion designer and learned both of these arts in his teenage years. Many people in Graves’s family were tailors so sewing is in his blood. Graves frequent scanning of fashion magazines for inspiration fueled his interest in photography. After high school he trained as a darkroom lab tech and continued honing his skills on his own work. In 2003 Graves presented his first exhibition and has since been featured in 12 exhibitions. He returned to school in 2006 to work towards his degree in visual art.

SARAH ROCKETT, an emerging artist in Denver, Colorado, investigates social interaction and expectations in contemporary American culture through her work in the field of expanded drawing. Merging the principals of two and three dimensional media, Rockett's work simultaneously questions both approaches to artistic process as well as methods of socialization. Sarah Rockett received her BFA with high honors from the University of New Mexico, and her MFA in Drawing from Colorado State University. Her work is exhibited nationally; most recently at Northwest Missouri State University, the Ice Cube Gallery in Denver, and soon at Wabash College in Indiana. Rockett currently teaches at Metropolitan State College of Denver and Front Range Community College.

LAURA SHILL is a maximalist artist who makes work that is a collision of collecting, costuming, performance, installation and photography. Using reclaimed textiles and laborious craftwork, and drawing upon early photographic practices and the hidden mother tintypes of the 19th Century, Shill reimagines the photographer’s studio as a feminine, domestic, bodily space where subjects reveal and conceal themselves for the camera. Shill was awarded her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012.

TAYLOR STAMP has been experimenting for several years with installations and sculptures that are focused on the phenomena of color and light. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Stamp completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in Visual and Performing Art with an emphasis in Visual Art in 2011. Stamp's work has been exhibited in Brilliant in 2012, Moan: Pleasure and Pain in 2010 and Rectify in 2011 at GOCA 1420 / UCCS. He also is currently installing a permanent sculpture "Seeing Secondaries" at the University Village in Colorado Springs.