I was recently asked to contribute a few pieces of work to a group show being curated by Andrew Hoffman in collaboration with Bomb Snow Magazine and PBR. Unfortunately the paint was still drying on my pieces when I turned them in so I wasn’t able to peel off any snaps before handing them over. A huge shout out and a healthy thank you is in order to Mr. Hoffman for allowing me to show alongside some of my favorite artists from Denver, but more importantly for putting in extra hours in order to make the show happen.
Denver artists: Amanda Marie, Andrew Hoffman, Chris Huth, Josh Wills, John Fellows, Max Kauffman, Melanie Pruitt, Matt Scobey, Rob Mack, Sandra Fettingis, Scot Lefavor
Bozeman artists: Adam Schwankl, Dalton Brink, John ‘Dizmal’ Warren Jonathan Raney, Rachel Driscoll, Tanner Billis, Wilson Raska
Vast Gallery : March 24th : 410 N. Broadway. Bozeman, MT
Armed with a fresh body of work Mario Zoots has a new show opening March 9th at Super Ordinary Gallery appropriately titled New Gothic. New Gothic will mark a shift in Mario’s approach to creating his collaged work, reflecting a transition away from appropriation and moving towards creating pieces that are assembled using original content: photography, artwork, etc.
Though Mario’s approach towards shifted his works has changed, his intent still remains intact. Through his collage work Zoot’s exploits the human belief in the photographic image to make his surreal assemblages plausible on a certain level. Photographic snippets of the real world are extracted from their original contexts and rebuilt into a dream-scape of absurd juxtaposition. By doing so Zoot’s photo-collages have an authority and power that challenges perception in a way that would be difficult to achieve in traditional painting.
Mario Zoots : New Gothic
March 9th : Super Ordinary Gallery : 6PM – 10PM
3126 Larimer Street. Denver, CO
A little over a year ago I was given the opportunity to create an identity and plant the seeds of brand for Proper Barber Shop based here in Denver. The shop is ran by master barber, craftsmen, and good friend Jordan Weinstein. Recently Sailor Jerry featured Jordan in an installment of their Hold Fast series. In the video Jordan discusses his take on tradition and dedication to craft. Taken from personal experience Jordan is an extremely skilled craftsmen and a very passionate one at that. Jordan broadcasts ‘barber shop banter’ over twitter and facebook, though nothing replaces spending a half hour or so at Proper talking shop with the boys.
Denver based artist, tattooist, and all around rad maker Sandi Calistro will be showing new work at Super Ordinary gallery, the show entitled ‘Times are Hard for Dreamers’ will open on January 14th. Her work has been recognized nationally by juxtapoz and high fructose both online and in print. Keep tabs on Sandi and her daily doings via twitter and tumblr… she will be in attendance the night of the opening, drop by for a chance to see Sandi’s work in person and also possibly talk a little shop.
SANDI CALISTRO : TIMES ARE HARD FOR DREAMERS
Super Ordinary gallery : January 14th : 7pm – 11pm
3126 Larimer Street : Denver : Colorado
A little over a year ago I had the opportunity to work with the LA based photographer Michael Muller. Muller is one of the most intense people I’ve met, not only as a photographer but in general, his flame definitely burns a little hotter than most. While on the shoot Muller gave me a little sneak peek at a series he had been working on focussed around great white sharks. He built special under water strobe lights and a propelled one man water-craft to bring the series to life. His site has more images from the series along with a handful of other iconic photography.
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MATTER : 12th Annual Printsale & Party
2134 Market St, Denver, CO 80205 USA
December 9th 2011 : 5PM – 2AM
10 Years ago Ray Young Chu quit his day job to pursue what he felt he was put on earth to do… Create. 10 years before that I met Ray in elementary school and then was later reintroduced to him in High school. Over the years we’ve shared many things including graffiti crews, bourbon, and a love of art. Like many friends it was sad to see him leave Denver, but it has been even more fulfilling watching him flourish and crush new opportunities that wouldn’t have presented themselves had he not done so. I try to catch Ray every time I’m out in his hood, but am even more excited to have him back in ours.
December 3rd at Super Ordinary Gallery, Ray will be opening his first solo show in Denver since moving west. The show entitled ‘Beginning Before’ will be filled with work that spans a ten year career as a professional rad maker. Work from his early days created in Denver, after making a transition from being a fairly prominent graffiti artist. Work that was made in collaboration with others under ‘The Yummies’ moniker. Work from his design art collective ‘Chule’. And newer pieces created while the oceans breeze blew threw his magnificent hair along the coasts of southern Cali. Ray’s work has always made me laugh, made others laugh, and in a few rare but highly calculated instances pissed a few people off. Ray’s work is created with his heart, using his head and hands. His art is witty and sarcastic while still being fun or more often humorous. Beginning Before is just as much a visual journal as it is an artshow. Many of the pieces have not been exhibited publicly before, including photographs and other odds and ends that document his travels, adventures, and pursuits of the last ten years.
Beginning Before : Compilation artwork by : Ray Young Chu
Official Opening : December 3rd 7:00pm – 11:54pm
Super Ordinary Gallery : 3126 Larimer Street Denver, CO
I recently stumbled upon The Ridebook from Harley Davidson produced in collaboration with handful of guest curators: Relic, The Selvedge Yard, The Fader, Urbandaddy, Scot Toepfer, and a A Time To Get. The ridebook is made up of short films, music, photography, and short essays all of which speak to the profound impact this iconic brand has had on culture in America and abroad from 1900 up to present day.
Proper Barber Shop has joined forces with PBR to bring all of the best art from the PBR Colorado art shows under one roof. This Friday night join the gents from Proper along with DJ Ginger Perry and buckets of free PBR for the opening reception highlighting the best of the best. Featuring artwork by Josh Holland, Jouvelt, Absinthe Photography, and more.
Proper Barber Shop : Friday November 4th : 7pm – 10pm : 3923 Tennyson Street
“Lemonade: Detroit” is a film about the disarming resilience of a city that can no longer rely on a single industry for its livelihood, and the entrepreneurial strengths of those who are reinventing themselves and their communities.
Instead of sensationalizing blight, “Lemonade, Detroit” will sensationalize hope, told through the intensely personal stories of those who are turning the city into what it will become.