Valkarie Gallery's "Community, Create, Converse" is an open house for art-making

Categories: Art, Events

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Valkarie Gallery.
When veteran artists Frank Farrar, Valerie Savarie and Karrie York opened Valkarie Fine Art Gallery and Studio last fall, they wanted to create a place not just where they could show and make art, but make connections with other local creatives. This Thursday evening, April 17, the space will host "Community, Create, Converse," the first in what the trio hopes will become a weekly meet-up for artists to get together and work.

See also: Valkarie Gallery opens tomorrow -- just in time for Denver Arts Week

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Andrew Elijah Edwards on his new stereoscopic installation, The Deep Novelty Harvest Colony

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Ineffable is a dirty word for a writer. It means something like, "A concept you just can't put into words." Discussing The Deep Novelty Harvest Colony -- a stereoscopic art installation that makes its debut tonight at Hinterland Gallery -- with artist Andrew Elijah Edwards, you enter a philosophical wrestling match with the ineffable nature of his art. After all, his images are trying to create a visceral experience that he believes cannot be captured in language. In advance of the show's opening, Westword spoke with Edwards about the ideas behind his work.

See also: Christina Battle and Adán De La Garza on video art and the quasi-imperialistic nature of sound

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Video: Meet Westword MasterMind Eric Dallimore

Categories: Art, MasterMinds

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From sculpture to photography to printmaking, Leon Gallery co-owner Eric Dallimore doesn't limit himself to one medium. "That may be a good thing or a bad thing, but it's just the way I create art," he told Westword in an interview earlier this year. That wide-ranging skill certainly impressed us, enough so that we named Dallimore one of our 2014 MasterMinds.

Bailey Geoghan paid a visit to Dallimore in his 17th Avenue space, where he talked about bringing music into Leon and fighting the urge to give up the fine art ghost.

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Photos: Modern Masters is a can't miss at the Denver Art Museum

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Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear and Gift of George F. Goodyear, 1964. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome.
Giacomo Balla, Dinamismo di un Cane al Guinzaglio (Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash), 1912. Oil on canvas; 37-5/8 x 45-1/2 x 2-5/8 in.
Michael Paglia visits the Denver Art Museum in this week's review, taking in the exhibit that features work from such revered artists as Rousseau, van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso, among many other heavy hitters. Continue reading for photos from the exhibit.

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Twin artists Jazzmyn and Taylor Barbosa on their new show, You Made Me Different

Categories: Art

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"We just want to get famous enough to meet Lena Dunham," say twin artists Taylor and Jazzmyn Barbosa. They may be joking, but it doesn't seem like too fantastic a dream; the Barbosa sisters' art is cut from the same vulnerable, whip-smart cloth as the star and creator HBO's Girls.

Individually, the twins create art that feels both deeply personal and widely universal, exploring the female form and emotional landscapes through their drawings, dioramas and animations. Their newest works will be on display in a collaborative show called You Made Me Different, which opens Saturday night with a reception that starts at 8 p.m. at Forest Room 5.

See also: Alley Cats: An All Women Art Show opens Friday at new DIY gallery The Inca House

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Andrew Novick's Unstill Life captures people in spontaneous moments

Categories: Art, Photography

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Whether he's stuffing his subjects' faces with food or taking pictures of them covered in their own blood, Andrew Novick takes photographs that document an always interesting and often delightfully weird time. This time around, the artist, collector, Peeps expert, Stanley Film Festival collaborator and Warlock Pincher looked to his vast archives of photos to put together a show of lively portraits titled Unstill Life, which opens with a reception (complete with sushi, drinks and music from DJ Gatsby) at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4 at Crimson Hilt Tattoo. "I didn't want to call it portraits, because that sounds either kind of professional or like you're at a mall," says Novick. "To me, a portrait is almost like a still life because someone's posing. Even though it's a live person it's a still life, whereas these picture are more off-the-cuff. Something was happening and I was just capturing it."

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrew Novick

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DADA Art Bar pours out High Fructose Porn Syrup show tomorrow

Categories: Art, Bars, Openings

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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


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First Annual March for Absurdity brings weirdness to the streets

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All photos by Byron Graham
The First Annual March for Absurdity
Denver's First Annual March for Absurdity convened at RTD's Market Street Station on Sunday afternoon. Whimsical accoutrements abounded at this small but dedicated gathering of weirdos, united in a defiantly pointless exercise for the sake of spectacle. But oh, what a spectacle.

While the costumes were all decidedly bizarre, the real show was on the baffled faces of passersby as they tried to figure out just what the hell was going on. Westword briefly spoke to March organizer Esther Hz (pictured above with a bunny head on) and took a several photos of what amounted to a pretty weird afternoon.

See also: People of Anomalycon 2014

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Enter the future-past through artist Katrin Davis's diorama world of miniatures

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You may not know artist Katrin Davis by name, but you've definitely seen her work around Denver. The artist's collages have been used on posters and fliers for shows for years, pieces that incorporate vintage photographs with vibrant, retro-feeling colors like turquoise and coral. Late last year, Davis moved into the three-dimensional realm of dioramas, incorporating her throwback aesthetic into miniature worlds created through assembling model train pieces together with beads and other objects. As part of show opening tonight at the new artist-run space DATELINE, Davis will be showing Hypotheticals, forty of her dioramas, alongside the work of other local and national artists.

In advance of the opening, Westword spoke with about Davis about her change in medium and how she sources the pieces for work she says is inspired by "the past's concepts of the future."

See also: Artist-run DATELINE gallery launches tonight in RiNo

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Favianna Rodriguez talks sexual liberation, immigration, racial justice and art

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Courtesy of Favianna Rodriguez
For Favianna Rodriguez, the monarch butterfly's wings signify the beauty and resilience of migration.

When she was in high school, Favianna Rodriguez's parents wanted her to study to become a doctor. They supported her creativity, but subjected her to a string of math and science camps that monopolized her time. As an A+, super-star student, she went to college, found herself pregnant, had an abortion and decided to quit letting other people tell her what to do. So she dropped out, invested in herself as an artist and an entrepreneur, and worked tirelessly. Now 35 years old, she has become an internationally renowned political artist whose iconic work is synonymous with the food justice, immigrant rights and sexual liberation movements. This weekend, Rodriguez will be in town participating in the theatrical extravaganza Dreaming Sin Fronteras, at North High School. In advance of her appearance here, Westword spoke with Rodriguez about her creative practice, social justice and sexual liberation.

See also: Queer undocumented artist Julio Salgado speaks out

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