The word “wanderlust” is defined as “a strong desire to travel.” This adventurous sentiment is the underlying theme of Artwork Network’s first exhibit in 2017. Photographer Bruce Zander and abstract painter Silvana LaCreta Ravena both travel extensively around the world, and while their mediums may be different, both artists are inspired by the variety of cultures and landscapes they encounter.

Bruce Zander captures the literal beauty of nature, cities, and people with a large format camera. As described by the artist, “Using such a camera is more contemplative than photographing with a smaller, hand-held camera. It is more akin to a painter setting up an easel and studying the imagery because of the need to study the light, set up the camera, adjust the view, and make the final exposure.” This display of Zander’s works includes two different printing processes. Many are limited edition photographs hand printed on gelatin silver paper using traditional darkroom methods. Others are intaglio prints with chine-colle, which are created with an etched plate, a hand-cranked printing press, and colored rice paper.

Silvana Ravena translates her experience of the emotional essence of her destinations through a use of colors, forms, and texture. “Every landscape I create is a way to pay homage to special places I have been to, transforming them into a journey of storytelling and memoir.” As an artist and former practicing clinical psychologist, Ravena is fascinated by the connections between art and memory. Capturing her travel memories in this unique way plays an important role in the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.

The contrast between photography and painting, literal and abstract, explores how two people with a shared enthusiasm for globetrotting can create works of art equally honest to the location. Wanderlust will be on exhibit from February 3rd – April 3rd and will coincide with Denver’s Month of Photography.

The Artwork Network Gallery is located at 878 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, and is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, and Saturday 12 - 4pm, with special hours for First & Third Friday Artwalks.


Exhibit Dates: 2/3/2017 - 4/3/2017

The exhibit is free to the public.


Browse Artwork from the Exhibit