More risk-taking in public art. Stop playing it safe, and let's really put Denver on the map with provocative, intelligent large-scale works of art by local artists. Look at what Seattle and Chicago have been able to accomplish through their public art programs. These massive projects can attract the world's attention and bring more buyers and investors onto the scene and help show off how incredible this arts community is.
There are a number of smaller, riskier projects proposed by local emerging artists for each of the RFQs and RFPs; however, these committees tend to go with something safe that the general public will enjoy. I get it, though -- this is a program funded through tax dollars (and the 1 percent for the arts initiative), so they need to keep it safe so that the public doesn't get offended. Well, I say the public is barely even noticing the public art that exists in Denver right now, save for a select few pieces.Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?
Derrick Valasquez is my favorite contemporary Colorado Creative. His work is extraordinary, from conception to final product. I am mesmerized by the way he uses a simple substrate like vinyl so well. I used to work as a production artist at a graphic design company and we used a lot of vinyl...I have always been interested in it as a fine-art medium and Derrick has been able to elevate it to a status that is truly elegant. I really enjoy his installations too, like "Thinking in Circles"... just brilliant! His work has that minimalist charm that I am so drawn to, is just enough conceptual to make you really consider what is the truth of the piece, but also plays art's most important role: to simply be beautiful and moving.Continue reading for more from Eric Dallimore.