DADA Art Bar pours out High Fructose Porn Syrup show tomorrow

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Alex Brown
Iain Chisholm, Maximilian Shiffman and Thai Massey gear up to open DADA Art Bar with a trippy bang.
DADA Art Bar occupies a prime corner of Denver. This space at 2470 Broadway used to be in the middle of nowhere -- dada, indeed! -- but these days the Ballpark neighborhood is popping. After months of meticulous planning by Ian Chisholm, who also owns Amerigo right around the corner, Denver will soon have a new place to guzzle drinks and check out an emerging art scene. This Friday was supposed to mark the opening of DADA, but thanks to a paperwork mix-up with the city, DADA's official debut has been pushed to the following week. But the show will go on with a private party this weekend, featuring psychedelic pop artists who are eager to be the first to display art in the brand-new space.

See also: Amerigo's Iain Chisholm opening DADA Art Bar, a gallery, bar and java joint

High Fructose Porn Syrup, a local art collective, will be the first to showcase at DADA; the group plans to set the bar high with its first presentation, Infinite Illusions. "We've been busting ass to get ready," says Maximillian Schiffman, one of three members of the collective.

Whether these three are hustling their art in the parking lot at Red Rocks or creating posters for their friend's band, they're itching to get the show started at DADA. Despite the delay of opening their spirits remain high and they still plan to deal their art streetstyle. "The Rockies opening game is April 4," says Schiffman, "and the area promises to be busy, and we plan to draw attention to the show that will be hanging behind locked doors, and sell our artwork at sidewalk prices."

Their psychedelic style represents connectivity to identity in the vast continuum that is life. "I call it psychedelic pop," says Schiffman. "Pictures within pictures. Like this mantis is made up of bird skulls, baby toes and elephants. The elephants' part of this baby's butt, and they're both twins in the mantis. So the idea in the art is that life is infinitely connected. That ties into the problem of identity: If I am who I am today, will I be who I am tomorrow and beyond that?"

Chisholm hopes DADA can serve as a place to showcase unknown artists working in all mediums while also serving up drinks to passersby and entertain patrons of Amerigo, his restaurant just a few doors over. "Amerigo is so small, every weekend we're turning people away because there's an hour wait," he says. "So the idea is to get them to come over here, have a drink, have a cheese plate -- and we'll call you when your table's ready."

For DADA, no art is off limits. Not only does Chisholm plan to hang art here, but he also wants to host live performances and create a film series in conjunction with the Denver Film Society. "We're just trying to get as many local artists to show here as possible," he says. "Basically, nothing is off limits. We're game to make it a platform for everybody, and it will evolve and take shape however it takes shape."

Courtesy of Maximilian Shiffman
High Fructose Porn Syrup's art is very distinct, colorful and downright trippy. While mostly made digitally, it has a handcrafted aesthetic. The artists play with glow-in-the-dark inks, 3D and dye sublimation. And the artists' eyes lit up while looking at the barren, unfinished walls at DADA, thinking of the possible places to hang their vast array of paintings, giant banners and blankets. They, too, are interested in performance art.

While the members of this DIY collective all have day jobs, they hope exposure at DADA can help get their collective off the ground. They look forward to building up a community around DADA, and getting their foot in the door of the RINO scene. And since their pieces will sell for anywhere from a dollar to $500, collective member Thai Massey says, "Tell me a good joke, and you get to take home some art."

The artists promise that the art-show kickoff on Thursday, April 3 will not be a stiff, stand- around-and-look-at-art-on-a-wall event, but a giant party, complete with music and a Grand Art Battle. "We feel really fortunate to be the first artists here and we want to make a stamp on being the first artists here," says Massey. "We want to fill up the place and make our mark here, hopefully be invited again, and set the bar."

The official opening of DADA is now set for Friday, April 11; Infinite Illusions will be up through April 25, with several related events throughout the month. Check for details here.

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DADA Art Bar

2470 Broadway, Denver, CO

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For the so called "SECOND" Attempt at opening your "Art Bar" I am disappointed to say I was turned away a AGAIN. I was SCHEDULED to perform at your Grand Opening and you cancelled because your "Liquor License" was not obtained. I then was SCHEDULED to Perform the following week for you. and PROMISED that things would be in order.

As I arrived, for your SECOND attempt at opening the DADA Art Bar, t
he following weekend, I was denied access, and told by your RUDE ASIAN BITCH BARTENDER to go away. 
I wanted to say THANK YOU for Wasting my time yet again. THANK YOU for making me spend weeks of my precious time and money preparing for a UNPAID performance that would only benefit your establishment. THANK YOU for NOT letting my performance group know ahead of time you cancelled our scheduled performance a SECOND fucking time. THANK YOU for allowing us to expend our energy packing our equipment in our vehicles only to be turned away.  But Most of all, THANK YOU for your Staff's unprofessional and rude attitude last night. THANK YOU for showing me where NEVER TO PERFORM or take my patronage.

When you decide to make an "Art Bar" you are intentionally placing yourselves into the Denver art Community. It would be wise NOT to tun away the Artists and Performers in the Art community you are supposedly catering to. You pissed off a lot of folks last night. I will be sharing this story with the Westword. I have decided NOT to be involved with your so called "ART BAR", and will be suggesting to many others in the Denver Art Community to do the same.

High Fructose Porn Syrup's art was fantastic and had nothing to do with this rant.  
DADA Art Bar however, will be forever on my black list.  Welcome to DENVER…..

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