Denver Post article - posted on: 01/10/2013 12:18:53 PM MST
"Denver artist Tim McKay explores the violence of Aurora shootings"
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"Any guy could tell you, it's not easy to be a good boy or a decent man. You do what you're supposed to, and there's always more to do. Virtue has a way of raising the bar on itself.This is one of the thoughts that occurred to Tim McKay as he reflected on the stacks of comic books he'd been saving since childhood. Even there, in the colorful stories of caped crusaders and heroes with special powers, was a certain pressure for a kid to be all that he can be and then some. Superman as a role model? Who can live up to that? Even deeper in that genre though, were the advertisements, for muscle-building programs and money-making hobbies. The best boys weren't just made of steel, the ads implied, they had to be hard-workers, too, junior businessmen."
Westword article -By Susan Froyd: Thursday, Aug 22 2013
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"For its dead-of-summer August show, Sync Gallery, a 21-member collective in the Art District on Santa Fe, will present a fresh juxtaposition of wood-and-metal sculpture and surrealistic oil paintings in Unexpected and Impulse, a pair of shows by members Gary Manuel and Jen Zielinski, respectively. Manuel, notes Sync member and spokeswoman Pat Isaacs, is a relatively new member who comes from a background in carpentry, which both informs and is contrary to his well-crafted sculptural work. "When I worked as a cabinetmaker, I built furniture to specifications, leaving out any defects in the wood," he says in a statement. But now I display these flaws as beauty streaks. I expose the cracks, defects and bark in ways that are both decorative and thoughtful." And of Zielinski's work, also currently showcased in the Best of the Santa Fe Art District Show, at Niza Knoll Gallery, Isaacs says it's becoming "freer and looser," offering directional similarities and a counterpoint to Manuel's wood works. "It's just the flow of how the gallery runs," Isaacs says of the chance pairing. "There's often some kind of thread that comes through in concurrent shows, even if the artists aren't talking about it."