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Love is Strange

Artist Tracy Tomko thinks Michael Benninghoven’s little Love Gallery could use some extra attention, but she still couldn’t believe that the February slot was actually open there when Benninghoven — who even works under the tagger’s name “Love” — invited her to curate a show. “When I heard it was the February slot, I said, ‘We have to do a love show at the Love Gallery!’ It just made perfect sense.” But it also had to fit the venue, which specializes in artists working in the pop-surreal and lowbrow niches. That’s no stretch, either, for dyed-in-the-wool pop-surrealist Tomko, who went right to work putting together Succulents and Savages, a Valentine's show that explores love a wee bit differently than most.

“We didn’t want to restrict it just to depictions of romantic love,” Tomko explains, “but from a palette of whatever one might expect from their experiences with relationships — how some of that can be brutal and some of it can be luscious and awesome. It’s going to be more of a surreal take on love, not your typical hearts and teddy bears.” Instead, expect human hybrids swinging together like jungle plants and the like, occupying a sci-fi version of the universe.

Celebrate Succulents and Savages, which opened yesterday, at tonight’s First Friday reception from 5 to 10 p.m. at Love Gallery, 570 Inca Street. The show continues through February 24; visit or call 303-800-2900.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 31. Continues through Feb. 24, 2013


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