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Bryce Widom: Works of the Soul Liberating Everything

May 6, 2023 - May 27, 2023

Works of the Soul: Liberating Everything 

My experience of creativity is as a rising force from the unconscious – powerful, vital,  unending. And my biggest aspiration as an artist is trusting myself to freely express the  nature of it. 

Over the course of this past year and a half, every painting I’ve made has been a  moment of reckoning: How free am I willing to be? How uncontained in subject matter  and theme? How unmanaged in my relationship with the “rules of art” and color and  technique? How bold in my brushstrokes, splashes, and pourings? 

In this body of work, I meet this challenge straight on. With every brushstroke, every  figure, every wash of ink, I am choosing freedom over closure and self-consciousness. 

This show is simply me over the past six months – facing my fears, doing my work,  letting go of self-consciousness, and painting a bridge between my unconscious world  and my conscious works.

Open Gallery Hours 

Saturday May 6 11-5pm
Monday May 8 9am-1pm
Tuesday May 9 10am-2pm (2:30-5pm will be closed for private art lesson)
Thursday May 11, 9am-1pm
Friday May 12, 3-7pm
Saturday May 13 11-5pm
Monday May 15, 1pm-5pm
Tuesday May 16, 9am-1pm  (2:30-5pm will be closed for private art lesson)
Wednesday May 17, 9am-1pm
Saturday May 20 9-10:30am
Sunday May 21, 2-4pm
Tuesday May 23, 10am-2pm  (2:30-5pm will be closed for private art lesson)
Wednesday May 24, 9am-1pm
Thursday May 25, 1-5pm
Friday May 26, 3-7pm
Saturday May 27 11-5pm

About Bryce Widom

We all drew when we were kids – and making images is one of the most universal things
we as humans do, whether it’s handprints in a cave or crayons on a kitchen wall.
Which has me feeling that the most compelling question is not “Why do we create
pictures?” but instead “Why do most of us stop?” And I did come to a full stop, in my early teens. Crippling perfectionism soured what once was an act of joy and self-possession into a painful self-implosion and truly gnarly inner-breakdown.

Following a sequence of entirely unplanned-for events, I bloomed a career in drawing
and painting in my mid-twenties. And for the past twenty-ish years, I’ve been findingmoments of freedom in my art-making, in between big squeezes of poisonous self-critique and collapse.I am now in the midst of a creative uprising. A way of approaching art free of the thoughts “will it be good enough” and “what will they think of me”. I am approaching my sketchbook as I feel my five-year-old self did: brimming with an unselfconscious
confidence and a supercharged vitality.
I am finding my way following the compass of my heart and – more than anything – my
Aliveness. This is what my soul is here for, regardless of what the images look like: to
honor the eruptive creative force coursing through me, whether I’m making pictures,
making pasta, or making love.

Details

Start:
May 6, 2023
End:
May 27, 2023
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Organizer

NoBo Art District
Email
info@noboartdistrict.org
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Venue

Bus Stop Gallery
4895 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304 United States
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