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

Katrin Davis
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."

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

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.

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Artists explore ancient and modern body art in Tattoos in Contemporary Art

Categories: Art, Openings

Juli Morsella is presenting her and other artists' interpretations of the art of tattoos.
Tattoos have become a popular modern art form, but Juli Morsella is exploring tattooing's ancient, sacred roots and has put together an exhibition with works by artists from all over Europe and the U.S., examining tattoos from around the world. The show, Tattoo in Contemporary Art, opens Friday, March 21, at 910 Arts.

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Photos: Celebrating 25 Years of Printmaking at Open Press

Open Press
Mark A Lunning, Zinc plate etching with colle, "Urban Garden 3 plate"
Michael Paglia visits Open Press in this week's review, taking in an exhibit made up of 125 pieces by 50 different artists. Much of the focus is on Mark Lunning, printmaster and owner of Open Press, celebrating his work from the last 25 years. Continue reading for photos from the exhibits.

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DIY gallery space Inca House closes up shop

Categories: Art, DIY

Molly Bounds
American Culture playing at the Inca House last winter.
When artists Taylor Boylston and Chelsea Bashford recently decided to officially "close" Inca House, their home gallery and show space, it was for reasons all too common to a DIY spot: the rent got to be too much and people weren't respecting the venue. "We felt like people were taking advantage of our space and things were getting stolen and broken and mistreated," says Boylston, who acknowledges that these issues are perils inherent to opening your home to the public and insists they won't stop her from trying again in the future. But for now, Inca House is no more.

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Mizel Museum wants your charms and sacred objects for a new display

Categories: Art, Events, Museums

Gronk and Spronk from local gallery owner Ivar Zeile's personal collection.
Does your family have a special charm that gets passed down from generation to generation? Do you keep a rabbit's foot keychain in your pocket for good luck? If you have jewelry or an object that means something to you, the Mizel Museum would love to display it. As part of its permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, the museum is looking for cultural objects that symbolize protection or carry special meaning for people in the community to display in an upcoming companion exhibit.

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Queer undocumented artist Julio Salgado speaks out

Categories: Activism, Art

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Julio Salgado's art bridges issues of immigration and queer identity.

Artists often choose to take big risks: In 1971, Chris Burden made art history when he had his assistant shoot him in the arm; just last November, Petr Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to Moscow's Red Square cobblestones. These artists' transgressions were aesthetic choices; when Julio Salgado, who migrated to the United States from Mexico when he was eleven, creates art, his choices go further. When he dares to illustrate his experience as an undocumented, queer person living in the United States, he risks arrest and deportation for existing on this side of the border without state-sanctioned papers. To Salgado, the risk is worth it. The very same activists who inspired him to come out of the closet as both queer and undocumented have used his posters in migrant justice campaigns across the United States. Westword spoke with Salgado about his story, his art and his free workshop, Undocuqueer Voices: Stories of Growing Up Queer and Undocumented, which he will lead with with poet Yosimar Reyes on March 18 in Boulder.

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Aether Ceremony opens tomorrow at Black Book Gallery

Work by Max Kauffman, a former Denver resident, will be featured in a new show opening Saturday, March 15, at Black Book Gallery in the Denver's Art District on Santa Fe. Aether Ceremony "is a look at the interconnectedness of all things, the magic of every day and the sanctuaries we have from our day-to-day lives," explains Kauffman.

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DIA now has "Dog Diety" -- "Blucifer" be damned!

Denver International Airport seems to have a thing for demons and devils. First "Mustang" earned the nickname "Blucifer" after it killed its creator, Luis Jimenez, and now a canine god has shown up in the middle of the Jeppeson Terminal.

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Photos: Constructivism takes center stage at William Havu Gallery

William Havu Gallery
Emilio Lobato, Metric System

Michael Paglia visits William Havu Gallery in this week's review, taking in two different exhibits. The main show, Emilio Lobato: The Measure of a Man, includes more than sixty works, most of them new,. The smaller show features new work from Emmett Culligan. Continue reading for photos from both exhibits.

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