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On the opening night of Residency): Process to Consumption back in May, the city’s arts arm, Create Denver, handed out empty four-by-four-foot wooden boxes to a group of selected artists. They were asked to use the back as a canvas and the inside to build something. “That’s why the word ‘residency’ is in parentheses,” explains Create Denver’s Lisa Gedgaudas. “They’re limited boxes. You’re working in a limited space. Through a number of conversations, we picked up a few artists that we knew had some exciting processes and whom you might not normally see working.”
Tonight, the residency culminates in an exhibition of the completed vessels coupled with wine selections curated by local wine aesthete and scholar Simone Spinner, who has been observing the creative process and engaging in a dialogue with the artists in order to create the perfect pairing of art and wine, the subject of her recent dissertation.
From the beginning of the residency, the artists were forced into the unusual position of speaking with audiences before and during the creative process. “It was a great opening, but leading up to the event, some of the artists were not very comfortable talking about themselves,” Gedgaudas notes. Painter Lu Cong, for instance, has a stand-in from Buntport Theater showing up in his place, hoping to avoid the direct-communication process entirely. Gedgaudas is uncertain if the real Lu Cong will show up tonight.
Check out the artwork while sipping wine, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue; admission is free. The show runs through July 27. For more information, go to artsandvenuesdenver.com or call 720-865-4220.