September 2013


On view at Division September 4th – October 20th

MA: A Meaningful Absence
refers to a Japanese term used in Taiko drumming that defines a void. The voids in the MA series are areas where paint has been torn and physically removed, revealing the painting’s substrate. The shapes created by the black stained wood combine with the surrounding painted areas to create a positive/negative spatial shift, and also calls attention to the physical, material properties of the painting.

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storm series 4.1

On view at Belmont September 5th – October 15th
Reception 4-6pm Sunday, September 15th

“Storm Series continues to investigate my creative interest in the structure of the natural world. Much like my previous body of work, Imaginary Landscapes, which consist of large, highly-textured and abstracted paintings on canvas, these new works delve into how artistic process and naturally occurring phenomena share visual and tactile properties, including patterning, layering, additive and subtractive elements.

These new works begin primarily in a black, white and gray palette, beginning to recreate sweeping terrestrial and atmospheric formations and abstractions; they follow with layers of pigment and ink washes, technical gouache and acrylic applications. They attempt to map both the sky below and the space beyond, whether cosmic or geographic, creating an expanse between and an extension above. The viewer looks upward with some, or repositions as a satellite looking down upon land and sea in others, or yet other times is caught between. Collectively, they follow, document and forecast their own dynamic weather system. From pigment clouds to frenzied electric line-work to the nightly shadows of star clouds, they create their own story of their storm.”

Nadia Fay, 2013

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gesha_map4No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well, maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion.

- Hunter S. Thompson

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It was sort of a psychedelic Johnny Appleseed expedition with our fearless founder Duane Sorenson at the helm of a beater station wagon, traversing Latin America with his two young kids and a camera in tow, smuggling sacks of mythical coffee seedstock through jungles, across borders, and to prime plots on two pristine farms–Guatemala Finca El Injerto and Honduras Finca El Puente. Amid literal and figurative highs and lows–including sleepless nights, Duane’s daughter Ava barfing peach juice all over her brother, agricultural laws and border patrol run-ins–a renegade coffee smuggler introduced a finicky, low yielding, Ethiopian heirloom variety called Gesha from Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda to a new world, planting it in new earth. The terroir extracts delicate bursts of citrus, refined by an intensely floral aroma, with deeper notes of bergamot tea, orange blossom and sweet clover honey.

Doing something great takes time and we’ve had to wait seven long years for this first reveal. We present to you a tasting tour of this well-traveled, storied coffee grown on three of the world’s finest coffee farms.

We are offering this limited trio for presale – we’ll roast this small batch in one day and will ship it to order. It won’t last long.

So here’s to bumpy rides, rocky roads and tangled jungles, true stories and ones that are mostly true, holler mountains and little corners of the treasured wild that still exist for us and you and everyone we know. Pre-Order Gesha Road Trip.gesha_map3

Download and read the full Gesha Road Trip Map

jothraftWe know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.

- Henry Rollins

Take a tip from Henry Rollins and Stumptown president Joth Ricci and make a splash these last days of summer with a healthy heap of heart-pumping, adrenaline-doling exploits.

exhaustwebIf you happen to be in Denver this month, hightail it to Ryan McClennan’s new painting show Fabrications at David B. Smith Gallery.

Ryan works as the lead driver out of our Red Hook, Brooklyn Roastery and makes arresting, tangled paintings rife with themes of renewal and decay, ecology and evolution, and the order (or disorder) of the natural world. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Juxtapoz Magazine,and The Boston Globe, and he’s won several awards for his work including the Dave Bown Projects Competition Finalist award, and the 2010 West Prize, Grand Prize. See more of his striking work here.

Fabrications opens on Friday, September 6 and runs through October 5.