Galleries of Contemporary Art
Bright Young Things

Daisy Patton, Untitled (Blondie) - detail, oil-painted photo print, 2014

Bright Young Things

July 10–August 29, 2015

GOCA Downtown

BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS includes eight artists living and working along the Front Range of Colorado: Tobias Fike (Denver), Megan Gafford (Boulder), Caitlin Goebel (Colorado Springs), Matthew Harris (Denver), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Daisy Patton (Denver), George P. Perez (Boulder), and Kristin Stransky (Denver).


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Tobias Fike is an interdisciplinary, contemporary artist who lives and works outside of Denver, Colorado. The form of his work is incredibly varied and he approaches a range of concepts, from his personal experiences of family, place, and grief, to our temporal relationship with the universe and observations of time.

Fike was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, moved to Kansas City when he was ten, then later returned to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska, where he earned a BFA in 2000. He earned his MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. In addition to national tours showcasing his rich performance and collaboration-based projects, including sound performances with the Flinching Eye Collective, Fike's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in cities Berlin, Germany; Coimbra, Portugal; Houston, TX; and Tucson, AZ, among others.

Megan Gafford | Sometimes I wish that I had become an astronomer instead of an artist. I look up at the moon every night to contemplate another world, endlessly in awe that the topography of an alien landscape is accessible to my naked eyes. Longing fills my heart for an observatory instead of a studio. But then I remind myself how necessary artists are; without our celebration of curiosity and questions, could humanity appreciate scientific investigation? Is art not the sister of science?

It seems to me that each pursuit needs the other. And if I had become an astronomer, I would wish to be an artist instead. While gazing up at the moon I would long for the freedom to make new wonders in lieu of studying existing ones. Fantasizing about an alternative life reaffirms my artistic pursuits. I am grateful for the privilege to create. Rather than become an astronomer I collaborate with them. While pursuing my MFA at the University of Colorado in Boulder, my research draws me out of the art complex and into the astrophysics tower. Through conversations with research scientists my practice is influenced by their perspectives. When I return to the studio I create within the intersection of art and science. My work is inspired by my wonder, and I hope my curiosity is contagious.

Caitlin Goebel layers transparent color and clear polymer to explore the situational interactions between light, chroma, and depth. Goebel has shown frequently in group exhibitions across the Front Range of Colorado, including the Modbo's 2011 Young Hotshots 2, and solo with her exhibit Horror Vacui in 2013 at Modbo. She was a co-owner both of Rubbish Gallery (now S.P.Q.R.) in Colorado Springs and CLOSED gallery in Denver, Colorado. Goebel is currently pursuing a degree in Visual Art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Matthew Harris received his MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder (2011) and is currently the Head of 3D Fine Arts at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, CO. In 2013 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and was a resident artist at Demiurge Design. He recently exhibited a sculpture at the Denver International Airport and in previous years, has been shot at with a musket in Mexico, pushed off a cobblestone wall by a horse in Spain's Sierra Nevada, and survived an earthquake in Peru.

Dmitri Obergfell (b. 1986, Palisade, CO, USA) obtained a BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in 2010. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and been featured in publications such as: Flash Art (IT), Veine (FR), and Lvl 3. He recently completed a solo exhibition, Yinfinity, at Gildar Gallery (Denver, CO). In 2014, Obergfell exhibited at the Terrance Art Museum (Terrance, CA) Montoro12 (Rome, IT) and Gray Contemporary (Houston, TX). He is a current studio resident at Redline and Chateau de la Napoule (Mandelieu-La Napoule, FR). Prior exhibitions include a solo show at Galleria Upp (Venice, IT) and Draft Urbanism as part of the Biennial of the Americas.

Daisy Patton From Los Angeles, California, Daisy Patton moved back and forth between Oklahoma and California during her childhood. Inquisitive and an avid reader, she spent much of her early years perusing adventure and detective tales, history and art history books, and ghost stories. The effects of this youth soaked in such specific cultural landscapes continue today. Patton scrutinizes the lines between history and mythology, between memory and perceived experience, and between intrinsic behavior and learned tendencies. Her work explores the meaning and social conventions of families, little discussed or hidden histories, and what it is to be a person living in our contemporary world. Deeply inspired by these subjects, Patton has many long-term projects either currently in progress or in research. One such series is Forgetting is so long, reviewed in Art LTD and featured on art blog Artistic Moods.

Currently residing in Denver, Colorado Patton has a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History and Art History and an Honors degree. Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, a multi-disciplinary program. Patton received the Montague Travel Grant for research in Dresden, Germany for an upcoming project, and she was also awarded a position as an exchange student at the University of Hertfordshire, UK while an undergraduate. Patton has completed two artist residencies at the Anythink Libraries in Colorado, and she is currently in a two-year residency at RedLine, an arts organization focused on community, social justice, and arts education in Denver, Colorado. Exhibiting in solo and group shows nationally, Michael Warren Contemporary represents Patton in Denver.

George P. Perez is an artist that creates photographic works through impractical techniquessuch as long exposure, digital screen shot appropriation, and/or scanography. Perez's work is based on banal, mundane or quotidian environments he interacts with on a day-to-day basis and/or his interpretation of present day society, either in real life or the digital realm, exploring the history of portraiture along side. Images are documented and manipulated to alter the meaning into another perception of a particular common narrative.

Perez' work explores environments with controlled lighting emphasizing narrative beneath the everyday, shining light on specific areas of the setting/situation, presenting imagery that tend to be crude mishaps of daily life. Seemingly mundane images are twisted to show other perceptions of a particular event, often a dark and harsh reality. Scenes such as, a mother relieving herself of urine on the floor while sewing blankets, or the moments before a blind man is hit by a car while searching for his white cane amongst the street in the dead of night. In process he utilizes a technique of long or extended exposures by combining digital photography and a handheld light source to expose and capture the subjects or objects in complete darkness. When creating these events or scenes, he's physically in front of the camera during the length of the exposure. These images are only made possible when light is present and reflected off the exterior of a surface. Though not visibly present in the images, his physical existence is embedded in the document.

Kristin Stransky creates engaging and often playful artworks focused on social interaction, gender socialization and cultural expectations. Her artworks range from wearables and 3D printing to interactive art and installations. She is featured as a Westword "100 Colorado Creatives" and has participated in multiple interviews and articles. She has presented and moderated panels at New Media Caucus, ISEA 2011, an artist's talk at ISEA 2012, and an upcoming talk at ISEA 2015. Her work has been featured on the Creator's Project, the Ars Electronica blog, Adafruit, and Instructables. Her work has been exhibited at Plus Gallery, as part of the CultureHaus Banner Event, in the National Conference for Media Reform, Denver International Airport, the COBO Center, A/NT Gallery, and PlatteForum. She has had exhibitions at Curfman Gallery at Colorado State University as part of Colorado Contemporaries, Utah Valley University as part of the iDMMa conference, Wright State University, and Purdue University.

Stransky completed her BFA in Sculpture and Fibers from Saint Mary's College in 2007 and received her MFA in 2014 from the University of Denver in Emergent Digital Practices. Stransky is currently an adjunct professor in the Emergent Digital Practices program and worked in New York at Blue Stamp Engineering last summer. She has recently led a session of four art workshops for teen failure lab at the Denver MCA.

Tobias Fike & Matthew Harris | Collaborative Bio

Collaborating since 2010, Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris have dragged each other across the desert, wrestled each other's shadows, and tried to catch glass objects while blindfolded. Their work addresses the everyday difficulties of human relationships, often using humor and irony to highlight the real struggles involved in negotiating difficult situations. They have exhibited widely, including the Fonlad Digital Arts Festival (Coimbra, Portugal), the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder, CO), and the David B. Smith Gallery (Denver,CO). In 2013, they performed live for the opening of Denver's Biennial of the Americas Frist Draft exhibition where they tested the collision of beach balls at high speeds.