100 Colorado Creatives: Chandler Romeo and Reed Weimer
#18: Chandler Romeo and Reed Weimer
Artists Chandler Romeo and Reed Weimer have been fixtures of the local scene since co-ops first began to pop up around 1980, building their Denver art careers first at Pirate gallery and later starting up Zip 37 just across Navajo Street. Over the years, they've also stretched their artists' lives to include community-building projects and new experiments in the co-op life, to the point of eventually buying and managing the buildings that have come to house the galleries of the insular Navajo Street Art District in northwest Denver. In addition to her work as an artist, Romeo serves on a variety of arts boards and neighborhood committees; Weimer doubles as a musician, playing guitar in retro, rootsy and more experimental solos and collaborations.
What does it take to be so many things in one place for such a long time, and still be creative -- together and apart? We asked Romeo and Weimer to share their thoughts by taking on the 100CC questionnaire as a couple; learn more from their answers, which follow.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Chandler Romeo, "Sections," detail.
We would probably choose Elisie Gusdorf Weimer, Reed's great-grandmother. Elsie was the first Anglo born in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico (in 1879). She spent much of her life in Taos, befriended many of the Taos Society of Artists, was a friend and collector of the San Ildefonso Pueblo potters, and studied and became an expert on Native American basketry. She had a dream to build "artist's apartments" in Taos. We've thought how wonderful it would be to carry out Elsie's wishes, and how amazing it would be to have a chance to work alongside someone so fascinating.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Chandler: I keep thinking about Nick Cave's soundsuits -- gorgeous and amazing objects, exquisite craftsmanship, profound concepts, multimedia applications -- it's all there. Very provocative work.
Reed: I would refer to the people listed in my favorite Colorado Creatives answer below.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
Having to promote oneself on Facebook.
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