We've seen a lot of punk this spring since MCA Denver and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center rolled out their double-barreled Search & Destroy series of exhibits and events referencing the West Coast Punk ethos. But tonight's Appropriate Punk at Hinterland will swing that exploration into an unknown, multi-disciplinary territory that might surprise even the participating artists. Curated by Cortney Stell of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and Adam Gildar of Gildar Gallery, the one-night experience is "totally unbound by any one medium," Gildar says. Even his and Stell's curatorial roles were untraditionally laissez-faire. In the spirit of Art-Plant, the artist-empowering organization Gildar helps run, the idea was to hand artists the reins instead of the other way around.
"The purpose of the event is to investigate punk in its historical sense through contemporary art practices," Gildar explains further. "We invited a number of artists to participate, but the 'appropriation' of punk is the only consistent practice required of them. The artists were charged with how that will be presented, promoted and laid out, and we created a community forum for them to discuss decisions, both in person and through social media, on how to direct Appropriate Punk. Things were being discussed that I don't even know -- that's part of the excitement."
What happens this evening, beginning at 7 p.m. at Hinterland -- itself another cog in the freewheeling aspect of Appropriate Punk, deliberately chosen by the curators as the perfect fit for its own visionary way of presenting art -- will be privy only to those who experience it firsthand. "This will be an event that breaks expectations, even for people involved," Gildar promises.