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Returning the Gaze, a review

The Logan School for Creative Learning alumna Jordan Casteel has a show at the Denver Art Museum. It's a collection of paintings you will need to see. It's also a collection that will see you.

In a room full of admirers and art goers, it was remarkably easy to ignore them. My attention was solely occupied by the larger than life portraits that were looking back at me. Breaking from their gaze seemed an act of rudeness. They demanded my attention through deep connection and not ego or neediness. Black and brown faces that were both windows and mirrors into my own world were an invitation to reflect on my experiences growing up in The United States of America. Both the soft and powerful moods of each portrait were rendered with careful brush stroke. The sheer size of the canvases and rich colors had the same effect that Rothko has on me— you feel the paintings as much as you view them. While art can sometimes be difficult to access, Jordan Casteel, still a young artist, has managed to capture years of the human experience and has generously shared her point of view with us. I am not an art critic, so I don't pretend to know much about technique, but I am a lover of life. Returning the Gaze is a celebration of life itself.

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