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Don’t miss ‘Down To The Bone’ at SHY RABBIT

You don’t want to miss experiencing “Down To The Bone” at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, on display through Sunday, July 31.

This popular two-person show features 24 unique sculptures by Colorado artists Chris Haas and Amy K. Wendland.

By combining found objects and natural materials, Haas and Wendland get “Down To the Bone,” breathing new life into the previously abandoned and long forgotten, and creating a vibrant new world without rules.

Using wood, bone, hair, dried plants and discarded mechanical parts, Wendland enters into a dialog of discovery and recognition, addressing human foibles and fears with humor and integrity.

Incorporating mixed media, Haas infuses a mystical aura into reclaimed animal skulls, meticulously reanimating them back into a different dimension and character.

These artworks are intended to attract and disquiet. To seduce and repel. To bring harmony and imbalance. They are foreign and odd, yet curiously familiar.

Born in 1973 in Hays, Kan., Chris Haas’s earliest artistic influence came from his grandmother and his mother’s continued encouragement. The middle of three talented brothers, Haas’s art developed a personal style unhindered by sibling pressure or the inclination to emulate.

Haas was never without a drawing tablet as a child. In contrast to the simple Kansas environment, the characters he drew came from a wholly imagined distortion of reality and an innate compulsion to create.

Haas moved to southwest Colorado after graduating from high school, and continued to solidify his own signature style.

His use of illuminating auras and prismatic colors seem to glow from a childlike dream world, a vibrant land with no rules. Haas often employs text to convey the emotions inherent in a painting.

Be it harmony or imbalance, the purpose of his art is clearly defined.

Haas’s passion for art has now turned a preoccupation with collecting animal skulls. Using clay and mixed media, the skulls are given the same mystical aura found in his earlier creations.

Haas provides the skulls a second lease on life, meticulously reanimating them back into a new dimension.

Realistic lion eyes shine out of a deer skull, resplendent on a scrolled mount with a jeweled third eye.

Haas believes that each piece that he creates is an apex in his lifetime journey to adorn all facets of life, even death.

Additional information about Haas and Wendland will appear in future PREVIEW articles.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio AND Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard, west of the City Market complex.

The 4,000 square-Foot art complex houses a fine art gallery AND working ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition spaces.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.

SHY RABBIT is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4: p.m. at no charge, and evenings by appointment. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.

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