Hank built lumpy, organic furniture in the 60’s with a little company called Home Hewn. Chairs and tables had walking legs and a sense of movement. At that time his political interest was in opposing the Vietnam war. By the 1980’s he got an MFA at the University of Colorado and began painting more seriously and making artists books, many of which were about Central American solidarity with the folks getting bombed by the U.S. Lately his painting is about our bellicose foreign policy, Standing Rock, and the threat of fascism.
Stephen Parlato is an Artist and Educator whose unique collage-illustrated books have earned him a devoted following around the world. His books have been carried in many art museum shops including The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Walters Art Museum, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. Simply Read Books will publish Stephen’s forthcoming book ‘Dragons Love Art,’ in the Fall of 2017. The posters on this site feature Stephen’s drawings, paintings, and collages along with his accompanying texts. Stephen has recently relocated from Baltimore, MD to Boulder, CO where he now resides.
George Peters has a thirty year history of working with aerial forms from gallery works to installation sculpture, kites, mobiles, wind sculpture and banner works. He has completed over seventy national and international commissioned works for private, corporate and public institutions. He attended Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles and has worked in various art fields as a visual artist, sculptor, craftsman, fiber artist, environmental and installation sculpture, graphic arts, illustration, photography, film animation, digital imaging, architectural modeling, theater set and costume design. Since creating Airworks Studio, Inc. with artist Melanie Walker in 1999, their joint works have won national and international public art commission awards
Melanie Walker has an exhibition history that spans more than thirty years. She received a BA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Florida State University. She is a mixed media artist and is invested in ideas. Her approach to materials includes photographic media, digital art, sculpture, installation, fiber art, printmaking, costume design and public art. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has work in a number of permanent collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. She is presently a professor of art and teaches photography and alternative photographic processes at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone could feel what everyone else felt? The true essence of what it means… to be alive… singularly… in a collective kind of way. Transporting what you are, who you are, and most profoundly, what that seems to mean; for in reality you are as far away from yourself as everyone else is, a stranger who is constantly translating every new action that occurs into what you are…becoming… at this point in time. Being an artist, starts with a feeling that you want to convey those feelings that you are feeling, in order to connect to others… what they are feeling themselves, by offering your perspective, whether it be good, bad or indifferent, because that changes too, just like who you are. The abstract quality of life leads an artist to want to clarify this obscurity, to gain the attention of others in attempt to say, ” I don’t know what you know, you don’t know what I know, but the journey that we are sharing, although vague and uncommunicable is all we have, and this is what I am feeling, this is what I am making, this is my point in time, does it coincide with yours?” If not, that is okay too, because I am not you, and you are not me, we are only roommates here on Earth, a strange place where we can try to make something real, or simply exchange our feelings about how unreal that is.
Paula Gillen is part of the Pictures Generation of artists, whose approach to art is shaped by mass media and advertising. Her work appropriates the techniques of the mainstream in order to its subvert social-politics. Her influences are linked to a few different post-modern trajectories of art history, such as concept art, identity art, and feminist art. She is primarily a photographer who also incorporates collage or digitally montage to create compositions that focus on psychology, social commentary, and humorous disruptions of original and found imagery.
—Paula Gillen 2018