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Celebrate the closing of SIX exhibitions on November 10th with The Dairy Arts Center! As we welcome a new slate of shows for winter, we want to give the public one final chance to explore the works on view and celebrate with artists in attendance! Including live music from Cipriano, in the main lobby, from 5:00-7:00 pm, more information below.
These mediated images reveal chaotic systems and uncanny beauty. Hauntingly, we observe the brain’s familiar branching fractals in roots, electricity, rivers, and especially biology (passages in the lungs, network of arteries, the nervous system). Intriguingly, in the body, these neural fractals exist between dimensions. They can be considered objects with a dimensionality that is not an integer, meaning they are not three-dimensional like a cube or two-dimensional like a square. By existing between dimensions the fractal networks can reach throughout the body’s volume without filling it up. I investigate these dimensions between through formal exploration and material practice. I seek to give form and understanding to human consciousness using new scanning technologies from neuroscience and the world of design.
El año del coyote
The coyote is an animal regularly typecast as a threatening predator with violent intentions. Communities all over the country have attempted to eradicate them, spending millions on coyote mitigation, some states still offering bounties for their death. From trapping and hunting to mass Strychnine poisoning, this animal has faced centuries of persecution. Despite their struggles, this animal has proven its adaptability and resilience, thriving in both rural areas and large cities all across North and Central America. Coyotes often appear in Mexican and indigenous folklore, mostly described as a cunning trickster, and the “coyotes” are also those who guide immigrants across the Mexico and U.S. border. This obvious ability to outsmart others to survive is what draws me to this creature and all that it stands for. I regularly try to draw lines between my own experiences with those of animals, and through a variety of projects, mediums and ideations, I have continued to use the coyote as a recurring subject in my work this year.
In El año del coyote, the emotions and experiences of the coyote are highlighted, seemingly mirroring the experiences of humans, particularly those who find themselves in perpetual survival mode or marginalized by others or certain institutions. I started 2023 completing a pair of paintings in response to the overturning of Roe vs. Wade and the subsequent uproar. I had collected imagery of trapped or hunted coyotes and felt these images captured the paralyzing fear I felt for the future of women and families. While the coyotes in Bound are shown tied, beaten and bloodied, the budding flora serves as a reminder of growth and our ability to adapt and remain resilient. El año del coyote reveals the affinity we have to the coyote and serves as a reminder to become impossible to eradicate, just as the coyote has.
Denver’s Art Seen: Selections
This selection of linocut prints from my Art Seen series is part documentation of the Denver art scene as I experienced it over the last ten years or so and part creative interpretations of those memories. While the works are all photo-based, the compositions are anything but faithful reproductions of past events. Through drawing, carving, and printing, the works attain a dreamlike quality that is more true to my thoughts and feelings about my time in this creative community. These works are part of a long and growing love letter to the art scene.
With the exception of my special collaboration with Anthony Garcia, Sr., all the works are based on a red ink that I mixed just for this body of work. Bloody, rich, and vibrant, the ink is inspired by the love and passion I feel for this community and all the different ways that I have been privileged to support and be a part of it, as an artist, gallerist, curator, writer, and photographer.
As well, the red is a reference to the phenomenon of red-shifting. As our universe expands, all the light sources we see from Earth move farther and farther away from us. Light waves take longer to reach us, losing energy and stretching out in their journey through space-time, which in turn appears to us as more reddish in color. Thus, much like the stars that move farther away from us, these events – my memories of this community and these places – move further away from me, becoming red-shifted, in a way, through the printing process.
After years of working together, my collaboration with Anthony Garcia, Sr. was long overdue. Based on a photo I took of Anthony the day he was pulling tape from his massive mural project on 6th and Federal Blvd, I created a monochromatic key print soon
after. However, my intention was always to do a full-color version with Anthony. Years later, with expert aid from printmaker Emily Moyer of Little Drop Print Shop, we were finally able to realize a collective vision that surpassed my hopes, nodded to our past accomplishments, and hinted at future endeavors.
‘Cuauhtémoczin’ – inside the process
This exhibition includes props, documentation of the process, digital animations, and paintings made by the artist throughout the process of Cuauhtémoczin, a new play by Diego Florez-Arroyo.
Cuauhtémoczin, a Mythological impressionist work that explores liberation in the setting of prison, recently premiered and was co-presented by MCA Denver at the Holiday Theater. This was the first original theatrical production by Diego Florez-Arroyo, a multi-disciplinary artist – poet, visual artist, musician – and a newcomer to the theater community. He came to playwriting through the expansion of an epic poem, now turned into a full-length multi-media theater performance with the help of Control Group Productions.
To create Cuauhtémoczin, Florez-Arroyo has gathered an ensemble of emerging theatre voices unified by their love and dedication to many disciplines. Veteran director and award-winning actor Phil Luna, brought the core vision to life alongside a brilliant and vibrant cast of published authors, internationally presented musicians, professors, veteran producers, and a crew of multi-hyphenate artists. The show debuted on October 6th, 2023 and was followed by three more performances on October 7th, 13th, and 14th.
This work is inspired by capturing the process of storytelling, a combination of new and old stories that were created to encourage conversation around communal ancestral healing, and acknowledge and honor history: past, present, and future. Cuauhtémoczin has been a cathartic expression through multimedia collaboration to bring a unique vision to life.
Artists involved include: Jesse Lee Pacheco, Charlie Apple, Anthony Maes, and Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Whitman Lindstrom’s latest exhibition ‘Flat Space’ at the Dairy Arts Center, offers a fresh perspective on the iconic Flatirons through an imaginative exploration of pictorial space. With his recognizable use of color and form, Whitman’s solo show ‘Flat Space’ invites us to reconsider the familiar as he navigates the interplay between simplicity and complexity in his interpretations of this natural landmark.
Walt Pourier and Eddie Running Wolf
The Raven is seen as a messenger. “SKAN SKAN” is a Lakota word, interpreted as something that moves spiritual vitality, the force of life itself, something each of us and all of life posses within. It is believed the black birds fly to warn of the approaching storm, of hard times to come… but it is not to create fear, it is to create compassion, togetherness and hope among the people, to gather together at the Stronghold and ride out the storm, for once the storm passes, we get renewal, rebirth, a cleansing… a new out look on life… this is the “Raven Cry” message.
About The Dairy Arts Center:
The Dairy Arts Center is a non-profit organization that connects a dynamic and diverse community to create inspiring and engaging experiences in the performing, cinematic, and visual arts. The Dairy is open to the public from 12:00 – 6:00 pm daily. The galleries are free and open to the public always, with a suggested donation of $5 when you visit. Parking is available in the front of the building, as well as in our NW parking lot behind the building, access available in both locations.
About Creative Nations:
Creative Nations Collective is a permanent establishment for Indigenous Artists at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado. Our goals at Creative Nations are to create a space for creation and collaboration, as well as foster opportunities for all Indigenous artists to thrive.
The reception is an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists and curators. Refreshments available for purchase. All receptions are free and open to the public.
Live music provided by Cipriano from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Brief remarks will be made at 6:00pm by the Curator and artists on view. This event will take place in the Dairy Arts Center Lobby, McMahon Gallery, Creative Nations Sacred Space, and Locals Only Gallery in the Caruso Lounge. Free and open to the public.