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RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Pavel Matela, "Parasites," 2010. RedLine Gallery.

It wasn't First Friday or even Second Saturday, for that matter, but last Friday night was still art-heavy with receptions as the Month of Photography progresses. A lot of people, I found out, were over at Belmar, ringing in Feminine Influence, a woman-centric show curated by Katie Taft at Flash Gallery (see it through April 23). But I found myself celebrating me some RiNo diversity, checking in first at sleek and sophisticated RedLine for the official opening for three of MOP's most central exhibits.

One showcases series by ten artists from the Houston FotoFest, one is a diverse show curated by MOP mastermind Mark Sink and another focuses on modern uses of vintage techniques, including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, collodion wet-plate images and more. All of it was beautiful, brimming with creativity and a lot to take in at once.

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!

FotoFest photographer Dona Schwartz contributed a lovely series of diverse parents posed in the nursery.

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Dona Schwartz
RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Dona Schwartz

Viviane Le Courtois contributed an ode to potato peels, featuring video footage of a potato peeler at work, embedded in a nest of dried peels.

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Viviane Le Courtois

 

An invitation to touch from Denver photographer Liz Greene:

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Liz Greene

Art up in the air:

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Melanie Walker, Kite.
RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Melanie Walker, Kite.

And haunting style revivals:

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Tina Kazakhishvili
RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!

See these and more at RedLine, through mid-April.

Afterward, I opted for an experience of completely different kind - the grand opening show at Super Ordinary, which is, in a way, the complete opposite of RedLine: a downtown, underground, funky garage gallery that's attached to the dream loft of local design and fashion movers Tran and Josh Wills.

 

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!

The show featured work by Matt Scobey, Tony Farfalla, and Tuyet Nguyen, the three-person Bored of Directors collective, and gallery-goers were treated to Twinkies, beer, spins by DJ Tonyo and, if they were lucky, a tour of of the Wills's new design-savvy digs.

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Matt Scobey

The work was rough, partly street and generally satirical: Scobey offered his trademark patterns painted across a neat grid of street signs, as well as a funny row of "designer" barf bags. Pure sight gag!

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Matt Scobey
RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!

And Farfalla displayed sad animal skulls gunked up with chewing gum and Haiku Box, a collection box strewn with meaty marrow bones and dollar bills.

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Tony Farfalla, "Haiku Box."
RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Tony Farfalla, "Communion."

I was especially enamored of Nguyen's poetic origami trash pile, What Am I Going To Do with Myself Now, which cleanly shot off its wistful message right in my direction, even if it was offset by a giant wooden sign on the wall behind it, reading "UNFUCKINGSINKABLE."

RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Tuyet Nguyen
RedLine and Super Ordinary: Yeah! That's what I like about Denver!
Tuyet Nguyen

The title on that one? My Dick is Bigger Than Yours.

Keep it up: We're expecting big things in the future from both Super Ordinary and the Bored of Directors.

Super Ordinary's garage door is anything but.
Super Ordinary's garage door is anything but.

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