Night Cream

Hardly Soft
May 9 - 25, 2019

Night Cream

Hardly Soft

USA 2019

Hardly Soft presents Night Cream, an exhibition that explores a balance of contrasts by examining methods of adaptation, friction, and collaboration. Hard lines saturated with soft hues transform through a series of constraints as they face odd angles and weight that is both physical and symbolic. When opposites attract tension expands then folds as the other becomes more familiar.

Hardly Soft, started in 2018, is a collaboration featuring Amber Cobb and Mario Zoots. While young in its inception Hardly Soft is seasoned well with ripened immaturity.

“Night Cream” will open at Understudy on May 9th, 2019, with a reception on May 11th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

Open installation hours are Thursday through Saturday 12:00 – 5:00pm May 9th – May 25th, unless otherwise noted below:

Thursday, 5/9 12 – 5pm

Friday, 5/10 12 –  5pm

Saturday, 5/11 6 – 10pm*

Wednesday, 5/15 6 – 8pm*

Thursday, 5/16 12 – 5pm

Friday, 5/17 12 – 5pm

Saturday, 5/18 12 – 5pm

Thursday, 5/23 12 – 5pm

Friday, 5/24 12 – 5pm

Saturday, 5/25 4 – 8pm*

Understudy is free-to-visit.


Amber Cobb is an artist working in sculpture, installation, painting, and drawing. Her current practice examines the primal and sensual nature of sexuality by addressing the intertwined relationship to the physical and psychological through abjection, attraction, and humor. Cobb has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in China (Hunan Province Art Museum in Kaifeng), Mexico (Galeria Hilario Galgura, Zona Maco, Dedazo Artist Residency), and in the United States (Untitled Miami, MCA Denver, Western Exhibitions Chicago, and Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX). Cobb’s mattress paintings were highlighted in New American Paintings, #114 and her solo show Solace was reviewed in Sculpture Magazine their May 2016 issue. Cobb is represented by Gray Contemporary in Houston, TX and by Gildar Gallery in Denver, CO.

Mario Zoots (b.1981) lives and works in Denver, Colorado and received his Masters of Art from the University of Denver. Zoots’ work has been exhibited throughout the US, including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Scope Art Fair Miami Beach. Since 2010 he has exhibited internationally including a site specific installation at the Museum of Image + Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Zoots has exhibited at Preteen Gallery in Mexico City and at Arcadia Missa in London. In August of 2013 Mario participated in the Biennial of the Americas.

Instagram: @hardlyeversoft & @amberdcobb & @zoots

Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the B-Cycle station next to the light rail tracks or Shantell Martin’s art bench.

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