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Local artists’ Boom truck has a blast during DNC

Lauri Lynnx Murphy, Rodney Wallace and Brian Robertson go Boom.

The key to grabbing a bit of the spotlight during the convention is to ride on the VIPs’ coattails, as anyone who’s crashed a party or two can attest. Turns out local contemporary artists are using the same strategy to ensure their work gets a little attention.

A perfect example of this is Boom, a nomadic Denver gallery housed temporarily in the back of a 26-foot Penske truck. Boom, a collective effort featuring the work of local artists like Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Brian Robertson and Rodney Wallace, has been making the rounds over the past few days, setting up shop on the street right where the action is. “We wanted to be the cultural ambassadors for Denver,” says Murphy. “To show that Denver has a great, vibrant art scene.” Many of the official convention art shows, like the Dialogue: City events presented by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, focus on non-Denver artists.

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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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