100 Colorado Creatives: Derrick Velasquez

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Derrick Velasquez, Measured Out/Carried Out (Nine Step Dance).
#28: Derrick Velasquez

Denver artist Derrick Velasquez seems to be everywhere in the arts world, and not just as an observer. Behind the scenes, he's helping wheels turn -- as a co-founder and manager of TANK Studios, as well as a booster of fellow artists who looks for ways to help them be more productive -- while also teaching and furthering his own career. Velasquez is a little obsessed with putting Denver on the map as an arts community, but he backs up his concern by giving that cause a voice and making positive moves, rather than just talking about it. We asked Velasquez to join the 100CC club by answering the questionnaire; read on to see where he's at.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Donald Fodness

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Derrick Velasquez, Thinking In Circles.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Derrick Velasquez: Frank Lloyd Wright. His architectural creations were so varied and ambitious -- his brain must have been running at full speed at all times. I really appreciate his ability to think about larger concepts on a macro and micro physical scale. Ideas of extreme balance, gravity and communion with natural forces are exemplified in poetic and sometimes brash ways. Collaborating with him would be an intense journey through materials, cantilevers, and nature.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

I've always been a big Gordon Ramsay fan as I love to cook. He is relentless in his ambition and pursuit of perfection. I want a studio critique from him! (I would probably cry...)

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

Painters making non-paintings and calling other artists' work that aren't paintings, paintings. If that makes sense.

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