Aspen ART AT THE NELL

Explore the hotel and you’ll find original abstract works of art by internationally recognized painters, sculptors and photographers. Our main restaurant, element 47, was designed to include an important collection of contemporary Aspen art, in addition to other global artwork, as integral to the fine dining experience. And in many of our Holly Hunt-designed suites, original Aspen artworks play a central role in defining each room’s mood.

EXPLORING IDEAS THROUGH REPETITION AND BOREDOM

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“A ‘conceptual’ label gives me objective distance from the language. For example, I consider my silverpoint work ‘paintings,’ because they explore painting’s purchase on flatness and spatial illusion. Besides, it is much more difficult to be a conceptual artist. All really good painters are.”

Michelle Grabner

- Untitled, 2012. Silverpoint on panel.

Michelle Grabner

Untitled, 2012. Silverpoint on panel.

“A ‘conceptual’ label gives me objective distance from the language. For example, I consider my silverpoint work ‘paintings,’ because they explore painting’s purchase on flatness and spatial illusion. Besides, it is much more difficult to be a conceptual artist. All really good painters are.”

the meeting of art and technology

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“I see something, it captures my attention, and then my brain sees it rolling out in many different media, a sort of rhythm and movement pulsing back and forth among different applications…”

Paula Crown

- Bomber (Side View), 2012. Inkjet on mirror polished stainless steel.

Paula Crown

Bomber (Side View), 2012. Inkjet on mirror polished stainless steel.

“I see something, it captures my attention, and then my brain sees it rolling out in many different media, a sort of rhythm and movement pulsing back and forth among different applications…”

art as currency for active engagement

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“Reimagining how we measure value, and realizing how currencies can be transformative, that feels like the core of my artistic practice: that it is not about this or that object, that it is not about having to use this or that way to make ‘art.’ What matters is that people have the capacity to transform an environment with a room, with a hammer, with a song; and that these acts of transformation are my currency.”

Theaster Gates

- Vertical Flag, 2013. Decommissioned fire hose and wood.

Theaster Gates

Vertical Flag, 2013. Decommissioned fire hose and wood.

“Reimagining how we measure value, and realizing how currencies can be transformative, that feels like the core of my artistic practice: that it is not about this or that object, that it is not about having to use this or that way to make ‘art.’ What matters is that people have the capacity to transform an environment with a room, with a hammer, with a song; and that these acts of transformation are my currency.”

using humor to signify meaning

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“Humor is part of (my art) but probably absurdity is more what I like. It doesn’t have to be ‘ha ha,’ but it can be strange or beautiful; and interesting processes that move between images and pure abstraction.”

Scott Reeder

- Untitled, 2012. Enamel on canvas.

Scott Reeder

Untitled, 2012. Enamel on canvas.

“Humor is part of (my art) but probably absurdity is more what I like. It doesn’t have to be ‘ha ha,’ but it can be strange or beautiful; and interesting processes that move between images and pure abstraction.”

The unexpected physicality of paint

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“I am not really trying to tell stories at all. I know there are things that can cause you to read something into a painting, but I like people to see the process and see that as beautiful.”

Angel Otero

- Untitled SK - HH, 2012. Oil paint and oil paint skins collaged on canvas.

Angel Otero

Untitled SK - HH, 2012. Oil paint and oil paint skins collaged on canvas.

“I am not really trying to tell stories at all. I know there are things that can cause you to read something into a painting, but I like people to see the process and see that as beautiful.”

analog imagery using digital media

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“I really want to continue to think about making paintings where the picture itself is the subject as much or more than what is depicted.”

Cameron Martin

- Trees (Bracket) 2012. Acrylic on canvas.

Cameron Martin

Trees (Bracket) 2012. Acrylic on canvas.

“I really want to continue to think about making paintings where the picture itself is the subject as much or more than what is depicted.”

structuring an art life

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“I believe the way you make your work is the way you live; through repetition. The attitude and way you see things in your personal life must be in the work so that the work is responding to you by constantly making small changes in values.”

Rafael Vega

- Untitled #4, 2012. Acrylic on Masonite.

Rafael Vega

Untitled #4, 2012. Acrylic on Masonite.

“I believe the way you make your work is the way you live; through repetition. The attitude and way you see things in your personal life must be in the work so that the work is responding to you by constantly making small changes in values.”

reinterpreting figurative painting

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“I make paintings and works about paintings, which attempt to collapse the historical and the autobiographical within a single frame.”

José Lerma

- Untitled, 2012. Paint on carpet.

José Lerma

Untitled, 2012. Paint on carpet.

“I make paintings and works about paintings, which attempt to collapse the historical and the autobiographical within a single frame.”

meaningful absences

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“When people look at a monochrome painting, they put in their minds what they are supposed to be; but I make pictures and they are not just abstractions but they are totally images… I believe all great paintings are also physical things as well as images.”

Philip Vanderhyden

- Untitled (Self-Similar), 2012. Oil on burlap.

Philip Vanderhyden

Untitled (Self-Similar), 2012. Oil on burlap.

“When people look at a monochrome painting, they put in their minds what they are supposed to be; but I make pictures and they are not just abstractions but they are totally images… I believe all great paintings are also physical things as well as images.”

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