January 29, 2023
Michael Wein: The Grass is Greener
Michael Wein
Alexis Ahrling

It’s usually stated folks come to Aspen for the winter, however keep for summer season. In artist Michael Wein’s case, the alternative is true. Wein, a Houston born, Aspen-based artist, was fortunate sufficient to spend his summers right here whereas rising up, and it deeply influenced his life and his work.

“Spending a big time in Aspen makes you notice that nature and changing into one with it’s crucial. You may’t take nature as a right,” he stated.

His present, “The Grass is Greener” on the One Hour Forward Gallery, is a testomony to that philosophy. His work is a kaleidoscope of coloration and texture that performs tips on the eyes. He’s self-taught and revels in not being sure by a conventional artwork background.



‘Blue Iris.’ Fluid acrylic, latex, spray paint on canvas.
Alexis Ahrling

Wein describes his work as an “eclectic, post-abstract fashion that marries an unconventional and complex layered acrylic approach that includes maneuvering a canvas to create a prismatic circulation.”

Each bit within the assortment takes the viewer on a journey into a unique side of nature, each in coloration and texture. Lots of his items are paying homage to the within of a geode or geological striations and have a tendency to encourage a psychedelic expertise, whether or not figurative or literal.



‘Scream Shade Examine.’ Fluid acrylic, latex, spray paint on canvas.
Alexis Ahrling

The work is well-placed within the One Hour Forward Gallery, a contemporary, second-floor gallery that’s flooded with pure mild, boasting a view of each Pink Mountain and Aspen Mountain. The partitions are white, the flooring concrete. That is necessary to the artist as a result of he was in search of an area that will “show his work in a transparent, clear, open manner that will not distract from the artwork itself,” he stated.

‘Darkish Matter.’ Michael Wein, One Hour Forward Gallery
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He credit the love and assist of his beloved grandparents, well-known Houston philanthropists and avid modern artwork collectors, Minnette and Jerome Robinson, for his appreciation of the facility of artwork and his life philosophy.

“I need folks to be productive with their life. I need them to do issues and assume exterior the field and never be prohibited by societal norms,” he stated.

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