Amber Cobb and Mario Zoots are engaged in all the right ways. In the traditional sense, for starters: The pair are set to get married in July at Denver’s RedLine studios, where they were both once part of the art center’s prestigious residency program. But also in the creative sense: They’re engaged with each other’s art making, merging their significant solo practices from time to time into the duo Hardly Soft, which has a show right now at the experimental Understudy gallery downtown. It coincides with an independent exhibition by Zoots at K Contemporary gallery. The two galleries are only a 15-minute walk apart, making the offerings a nice window into the talents of two of the city’s visual arts standard bearers at strategic points in their careers — and in their personal lives, as well. Viewers get to see them sorting things out as a pair, and that adds a rich layer to already interesting work. Cobb and Zoots put it all out there — the work is conflicted, sexy, personal, confessional and, buried somewhere in all of that, kind of sweet. And while their relationship is on the cute side, their collaborative art definitely is not. The Understudy show, titled “Night Cream,” is a...