Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Break at Museo de las Americas...

Today we had planned on a wonderful day the mountains skiing - but alas not to be. Yes, in Denver we are also experiencing crazy weather conditions, March so far has been the hottest and driest on record - hello slushy snow. The snow is sooo bad that Garry will not even venture to the mountains!

We have decided instead to take advantage of our time together and explore some of the great attractions in Denver. We went to Museo de las Americas today which is downtown. The small museum featured an exhibition by local artist Daniel Luna. It was fabulous, the colours and humour had us all entranced.

The image above is titled "Very Strong Coffee"and was one of my favourite paintings at the exhibition.

 When asked about the intent behind his work, he says, "what I want is for a moment to share the beautiful magic of dreaming while awake." All of his paintings have a story behind them, and capture a moment in time, an experience. Daniel  Luna presents his visions to us in a way that juxtaposes the everyday with imagination, and forces the viewer to accept the possibility of existence.

His artwork reminded me very much of Australian artist Reg Mombasa's artwork, (see right).

"The Horror of Breakfast" is a painting of chickens crying over a frying pan full of eggs. In this painting Daniel Luna attempts to remind us of a magic that reality holds within our dreams. We had a great time experiencing some great artwork by a local artist.

I want more days like this......

Read more: Artist Dan Luna's surreal life, surreal art - The Denver Post
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