K Contemporary Presents Hundreds of Hunt Slonem’s Works in Artist’s First Solo Exhibition in Denver, “Curiouser and Curiouser”
The show, opening on September 10, is co-curated by Doug Kacena and Jonathan Saiz
DENVER (Aug. 11, 2021) – K Contemporary, an art gallery located in lower downtown Denver, presents Hunt Slonem’s first solo exhibition in Denver, “Curiouser and Curiouser,” co-curated by gallery owner Doug Kacena and Denver-based artist Jonathan Saiz, running Sept. 10 through Nov. 6.
Since 1977, Hunt Slonem has had more than 350 exhibitions at prestigious galleries and museums internationally. Globally, more than 250 museums include his work in their collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
The K Contemporary exhibition will include more than 200 of Slonem’s iconic pieces, including neon, glass, painting, bronze and outdoor sculptures. Drawing inspiration from the spiritual and natural worlds, Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. His prolific “maximalist” paintings of wildlife, most notably bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, are often repeated on a large scale, as a meditative visual mantra.
“Hunt’s work creates a temple of extreme materiality that reminds us of our abundant natural potential. The repetition of painted and sculptural forms activates a larger, spiritual process infused by Hunt and felt by the viewer, and his primal colors vibrate and inspire,” said co-curator Jonathan Saiz. “We’re curating this exhibition as an immersively decadent experience, providing context to Slonem’s work and serving as a colorfully lush, extroverted counterpoint to the insular feeling that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ will be a spectacle of an exhibition,” said Doug Kacena, co-curator and K Contemporary gallery owner. “The exhibit will immerse viewers in Slonem’s world of abundance to better tell his story. Using wallpaper, paint, vintage furniture and object suspension, we’re creating an environment where the artist’s artwork is corresponding with itself, presenting something so big and loud that we hope people will feel quiet enough to interact with it.”
The exhibition’s opening event will take place on Friday, Sept. 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at K Contemporary, located at 1412 Wazee St., Denver, CO 80202.