Sometimes art draws its power from simplicity. For years, Denver artist Phil Bender—who founded the artist co-op Pirate in east Highland decades ago—has created works that are strikingly spare yet also completely engaging. Bender takes seemingly mundane objects (rolling pins, wood pallets, tennis rackets) and arranges them repetitively, sometimes in vertical or horizontal lines, sometimes in grids. The result is a commanding, almost hypnotic recontextualization of everyday items. It's a rare gift to find beauty in the ordinary. Bender has it.
Kennett turns out scores of wonderfully cute, realistic paintings of your furry friends.