In the boundless realm of art, where personal expression can be practiced virtually without restraint, there still exist boundaries rarely crossed. With “Crossover,” a groundbreaking exhibit at Mike Wright Gallery in Denver, visionary artist Doug Kacena planed to tear down one of the creative landscape’s most stubborn remaining walls and open a channel between studios too long peacefully, but persistently, opposed. To this end, abstract expressionist Kacena painted over completed works by 12 of Colorado's most talented, representational painters, and allowing them to do the same.
Conceptual non-objective Abstraction and Traditional Representational Art coexist yet most often are deemed as worlds apart. With the former, artists utilize their feelings, ideas, and emotions; and with the latter they employ what’s in front of them as their muse. Those artists, galleries and collectors that live in those separate worlds rarely, if ever, acknowledge venturing into the others.
The recent exhibit "Crossover"at Mike Wright Gallery continues to stimulate exciting conversation on both the local and National level and is featured in numerous publications including the Denver Post, Westword, Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, 303 Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, 5280 Magazine and 1/1 Magazine.
David and Beverly Schler, of Schler Productions created the exhibition video that sets the context for deeper exploration of the work. They are currently working with Colorado Public Television (CPT 12) our local PBS Station, as the Fiscal Sponsor to bring you, "Crossover, Realism /Abstraction" a feature length documentary exploring creativity and the arts. We are seeking funding, which will enable additional filming, editing and completion of this exciting documentary.
The feature length documentary will begin where the exhibition video left off. It will lead the viewer into larger questions such as how each of us – artists or otherwise create our own perception of reality and how we might find common ground with each other, who at first glance seem to be worlds apart. How poignant this is given today’s societal environment.
Please consider us in your gifting plans to help support the project. You will be acknowledged in the credit roll of the documentary and will receive a letter for tax purposes from CPT12, a 501(c)3
Please make check payable to “Colorado Public TV - Crossover Documentary” and mail to:
“Crossover” Documentary Fund
Schler Productions, LLC
975 Lincoln Street #11C