Colorado Contemporary Museums Galleries

Sticks & Stones in Steel and Paper

RiNo Denver - October 1-15, 2016

Sculpture and Drawings by Steuart Bremnershadow-2016-3

Bremner has been making sculpture for 40 years, often in metal (various metals) and sometimes carved wood – in addition to making conceptual and more ephemeral art. He avoid mixing materials in these tangible works in order to make the clearest image possible. In order to fine tune his concrete sculptures, he makes drawings. Early and undeveloped ideas fill sketchbooks drawn over these same decades. These are a source for sculpture as well as several series of more formal drawings (and sometimes paintings).

This pop-up show in the RiNo district is a collection of steel sculpture made in the recent decade in steel. The include works he calls “Drawing Illusions” which are 3-dimensional drawings of ordinary objects like clothespins, washers and string. Another series are Readymade Installations – these  are a play on Duchamp’s ‘Readymade’ which were ordinary objects set in unusual contexts, and the contemporary sculptural form of installation, which is a collection of things. These are assembled so they could be an ‘installaton’ but they are of one material and so a whole.

Drawing Illusions

Steel sculpture representing a drawing on paper pinned on a clothes line I can see the drawings

on a page in a book.

finger to the cut,

hands in opposition,

pull down the screen –

clothes-pinnednc-2016-2We’re going to watch a filmstrip.



The exact stick

the distance between

in actual incrementsSteel sculpture called Standing Wave

is irrelevant to the eye’s

task of placing each in order.

Help perspective; don’t deceive me.


The black marks tell tales

of texture, solid materials

graphite, steel, flecks of ferrous oxide.

Light changes the color of the lines,

sticks there just to be lines,red-washers-2016-3

washers for circles, string suspends.


Some simulate painted stroke,

others a freely drawn line,

others struggle with marching

in step down the page

purposely not as straight as they

left the mill.

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