Art Collections at DEN, BNA Expand

Two airports – Denver International (DEN) and Nashville International (BNA) – are giving artists a chance to show their work.

“Cloudscape,” the newest addition to DEN’s public art collection, is blowing through the airport.

The new outdoor sculpture by Christopher Lavery, part of the airport’s rotating temporary art collection, consists of hollow structures made of corrugated metal and cellular plastic. They range in size from 16 to 40 feet and are mounted on a steel base along the western side of Peé±a Boulevard to welcome people to the city.

Lavery says he was inspired by the city’s sky and sunsets.

“Cloudscape” is joined by two other recent additions to the collection. “Infinite Horizon” features large-scale, digitally manipulated photos and a video installation by Natascha Seideneck referring to the travel experience. Located on Concourse B near the regional jet gate area, the exhibit shows the texture and color of viewing the world through the glass of a windshield or airplane window.

“Are We There Yet?” by Ethan Jantzer uses projected silhouettes to tell a suburban story. Imagines include someone on a bike, at a picnic or walking a dog as they cross a grassy stage.

All three are temporary installations in DEN’s program for emerging artists and are expected to be on display for at least a year.

At BNA, the summer installment of its art showcase opened June 13 and will go through Sept. 6.

“The Flying Solo series is an important part of what we call the Nashville Airports Experience, reflecting the tastes and talents of the community we serve,” says Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. “We are pleased to have another fantastic set of artists’ works to share with the passengers and visitors of our airport.”

The summer 2010 Flying Solo series artists are Duncan McDaniel, Carol LeBaron, Kimberly Winkle, Mike Andrews, Bob Delevante and the Zuri Quilting Guild.

McDaniel’s work , which can be found in Ticketing Lobby North, covers a broad range from large oil paintings and drawings to playful balloon installations that fill entire rooms.

In Ticketing Lobby South, travelers can find LeBaron’s clamped wool and jacquard work, which has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has won several awards.

Winkle’s work mixes furniture and sculptural elements and involves the scrutiny of form, color and line. It is in the art case at the Concourse C/D Meeter-Greeter Area.
Andrews says his work is “typically modern with clean lines carved from stone or cast in metals. For this exhibit, however, I have taken wooden foundry patterns crafted by old-world craftsmen and changed their function from industrial parts to artistic abstractions.” It is in the art case at Concourse A/B Meeter-Greeter Area.

Delevante, a photographer, singer-songwriter and graphic designer, balances music with the demands of running his full-service art, photography and graphic design studio in Concourse C.

The Zuri Quilting Guild is open to quilters committed to preserving the African-American quilting tradition and those who believe in an African-American aesthetic. The Concourse A cases hold members’ work.