By Show and Tell
By Bree Davies
By Bree Davies
By Cory Casciato
By Emilie Johnson
By Robin Edwards
By Bree Davis
By Josiah M. Hesse
The RiNo district, north of downtown, is now a center for art, but it was originally one of Denver's prime industrial areas. Among the landmarks in the funky neighborhood is the old Dry Ice Factory, a handsome and substantial brick structure from the 1920s that looks like a misplaced element from LoDo.
Last year, the Ice Cube Gallery (3320 Walnut Street, 303-292-1822, www.icecubegallery.com) opened on the structure's first floor and, in the process, turned the place into Denver's newest and most impressive artist cooperative, featuring a stunning set of exhibition spaces that resemble an interior you'd expect to find in a fancy downtown gallery. The current shows comprise two installations by a pair of Ice Cube's founding members: On the north side of the main space is Kathy Knaus: Meat Market, and on the south side is Theresa Anderson: Coliseum.
Knaus, who has lived in Colorado since she was a child, created an autobiographical piece that refers to her life as a butcher's daughter. Her father opened Edwards Meats in Wheat Ridge back in the '60s, and Knaus worked behind the counter when she was a teenager. For the show, she had a meat cooler made using the metal door her father built (detail above) and brought in his old sausage maker and other elements of the store. On the walls are a row of soiled butcher's jackets and sheets of butcher paper; on one, Knaus has made a wallpaper-like pattern using bloody liver prints.
On the opposite side of the space, Anderson has lined the walls with smallish mixed-media works that include nude photos of herself that were taken during a private performance. These have been combined with found and drawn imagery along with passages of writing. The Anderson show is anchored by a pair of large boxes sitting in the middle of the floor that viewers may enter; one is lined in paintings done in her unique style, while the other has a smaller box inside with a peephole in it.
These two quirky shows run through March 20 at Ice Cube.