2nd Annual ‘Edge of Realism’ @ Abend Gallery

For many, the concept of the ‘edge’ can suggest a pushing of boundaries, balancing at a point before being tipped over and falling into something new. Similarly, it can cause a reflection on ideals or goals not quite reached. But what about the very edge of realism? We all may share the same earth, but as individuals our lives take different paths – one person’s reality may not belong to another. This August, Abend Gallery is bringing forth 27 artists who are exploring this concept. Beginning with their personal experiences, each artist has created truly masterful paintings in which they push right up to the edge of their own worlds.

“To be on the edge of realism suggests a position that lies somewhere in the grey area in between…It is crucial to note the varying degree of impossibility of depicting something with complete realism and highlight the fact that it is for this reason that art falls within the grey area. As humans we are imperfect, bound to be influenced by our surroundings…There will always be bias, a part of the self that gets projected.” – Abend Gallery

Edge of Realism

Exhibition Dates:  

August 7, 2015 – August 28, 2015

Opening night:

August 7, 2015 | 6-9pm

Abend Gallery

2260 E Colfax Ave | Denver, CO | 80206
303-355-0950 | 800-288-3726

Participating Artists:

Jaclyn Alderete, Daliah Ammar, Erin Anderson, Jennifer Balkan, David Cheifetz, Jacob Dhein, Michael Dowling, Michael Gadlin + Ron Hicks, Benjamin Garcia, Justin Hopkins, Meghan Howland, Kelly Houghton, Megan Jaster, Jason Avery, Dougan Khim, Zin Lim, JeanPaul MallozziMatthew Paoletti, Jane Radstrom, Matthew Saba, C.E. SchreinDaniel Segrove, Britt Snyder, Dorian Vallejo, Emilio Villalba, John WentzWendelin Wohlgemuth


Coda – Jason Avery


Nowhere – Daliah Ammar

After they’re first ever Edge of Realism group exhibition last year, it is clear to see why they have developed this into an annual event. The Edge of Realism provides a fascinating harmony using multiple personal reflections, each slowly unraveling reality to create something new yet equally as truthful. There are many lives to explore within Abend’s latest exhibition: distorted faces display alongside whispering smoke hovering on edges of dreams, overlapping images, illusory backgrounds, and insightful self reflections.

Abend Gallery’s carefully selected artists provide a wonderful array of painting styles, juxtaposing eloquently against each other to the point where they create a singular equilibrium in which to explore the exhibition’s overlaying concept. Whether you lean towards more abstract reflection or feel a connection a softer fine art, Edge of Realism is definitely an exhibition to visit if you are in or near Denver this August.

Marigold – Jaclyn Alderete


Horizon Decay – Megan Jaster


Like Brand New Shoes – Benjamin Garcia


No New Wave (Self-Mutilation) – Justin Hopkins


Willpower – Jason Avery


Canary 1 – Kelly Houghton


Loran – Meghan Howland


Psyche – Daniel Segrove


Lola – Matthew Paoletti


Imprint No.48 – John Wentz


Mittens – Britt Snyder

VallejoDorian_BeautifulBizarre001Imminent Awakening – Dorian Vallejo

About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk enjoys a life surrounded by art, nature, and curious trinkets. As Deputy Editor, she's worked closely with the Editor-in-Chief for over a decade, supporting with the design and growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the maintenance of the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. Natalia also oversees sponsor partnerships for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, and distribution of the magazine, so drop her an email if you know someone who would like to sponsor or stock! She also writes for both the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and print publication. One of her favourite perks is getting to know artists, gallery owners and their teams personally, so feel free to email her if there is anything she can help you with – or just to connect.


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