100 Colorado Creatives: Kim Shively
#5: Kim Shively
One of Westword's newest crop of MasterMinds (all of whom will be honored this Saturday at Artopia 2014), Kim Shively expresses herself in images, rather than words, as a video artist and technician who'll take on any subject matter, from Wesley Willis to Lucha Libre wrestling, not to mention Denver's own Warlock Pinchers. And she is her own production studio, both behind the camera and behind the scenes as K.A.S.H. Unlimited, whether the work is experimental, narrative or documentary in nature. Her answers to the 100CC questionnaire follow, but really, Shively's work speaks for itself.
See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Christina Battle
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
I'd have to say the French filmmaker Claire Denis. She is constantly challenging the ideas of traditional narrative storytelling in her films.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic, because they're sending people into space. I know commercial space flight is only for rich people, but maybe someday they'll have a space lottery.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
If there's something out there you don't like, move on.
Kim Shively and Chris Bagley, "Codename: Pronghorn," video installation for Denver Night, Biennial of the Americas.
What's your day job?
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?
I'd buy up some islands and make a living art project where senior citizens and orphaned dogs hang out on the beach together.
Kim Shively at work.
Photo by Justin Beard.
What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?
Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?
Katrin Davis. She's an amazingly talented and versatile artist/designer who makes awesome art. And she always does it with a sense of humor. Also, John Golter, who runs the music/performance space GLOB, has always been super-supportive of people wanting to do crazy shit. His contribution to the art/music scene has been really important in terms of giving people a space to create.
Kim Shively, "Travelogue," video still.
What's on your agenda in the coming year?
Finish up my short movie, The Horror of the Cave Painting. It's a re-staging of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Make more episodes of my experimental talk show, The Existential Beaver. Finish my movie about Lucha Libre. And make a movie about tumbleweeds.
Kim Shively, "Horror of the Cave," video still.
Who do you think will get noticed in the local arts community in 2014?
Stefan Herrera and Colin Ward are doing amazing stuff -- videos, music, paintings.
Learn more about Kim Shively online.
Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.
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