Ten Know Your Arts First Friday Hot Spots for Denver Arts Week 2017

Sharon Brown, "Donald Trump II," oil on canvas.
Sharon Brown, "Donald Trump II," oil on canvas. Pattern Shop Gallery

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Ravi Zupa, courtesy of Black Book Gallery
Ravi Zupa: The Place Where There Is No Darkness
November 3 through 24
Black Book Gallery, 304 Elati Street
Opening Reception: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 3

A new solo from self-taught Denver artist Ravi Zupa is always a reason to celebrate. Zupa’s skilled cross-cultural image mash-ups both borrow from and break the boundaries of art history’s annals and world civilizations in a compelling and sometimes delightfully weird way.

Indyink/Abstract, 84 South Broadway
Reception: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, November 3

Indyink hosts a show of works inspired by favorite book covers at its retail store Abstract in collaboration with the Ross-Broadway branch library. Seventeen local artists pitched in literary-minded artworks, which will be up for sale; while you’re there, you can can sign up for a library card — if, by chance, you don’t have one — at the Denver Public Library’s Wheelie the Book Bike, or make pinback buttons of your favorite artist’s work in the show.

click to enlarge ALTO GALLERY
Alto Gallery
Showed Up
Alto Gallery, 4345 West 41st Avenue
Opening Reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 3

You don’t have to have a theme to hang a group show, but you do have to have talent to work with. Curator Joseph Martinez found plenty of that in selecting the lineup for Showed Up at Alto Gallery, which is split down the middle between a local and international selection of artists making the leap from the street to the gallery walls. From these parts, you’ll see new work from locals Pedro Barrios, Victor Escobedo, Anthony Garcia, Travis Hetman, Rafa Jenn, Jaime Molina, Strange Dirt, Ravi Zupa, Joseph Martinez and Max Kauffman, while the show’s jet-setters hail from New York, California and beyond.

click to enlarge RENE FARKASS
Rene Farkass
Rene Farkass, The Lone Tree Art Project
Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery
1400 Dallas Street, Aurora
November 3 through 10
Receptions: 5 p.m. November 3, 4 and 10

Longtime Aurora artist Rene Farkass now lives in L.A., but he isn’t above a return engagement at his old haunt in the ACAD Gallery. Farkass takes on a whole forest of individual trees in the show, which is up for only one week, with evening hours from 5 p.m. on November 3, 4 and 10.

click to enlarge Koko Bayer dresses up Megafauna. - KOKO BAYER
Koko Bayer dresses up Megafauna.
Koko Bayer
Koko Bayer: Artifacts & Fragments
Megafauna, 3102 Blake Street
6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 3

Koko Bayer’s familiar and iconographic wheat-pasted mirages of ghostly hands and eyes have turned up on empty walls all over town. Now, MegaFauna has given over its newly renovated office and showroom to Bayer, who works enigmatic design magic on the space, with help from curator Duncan Dash.

click to enlarge Scott Young, "Love Bomb,” neon, Tibetan curly lamb, birch and electronics. - K CONTEMPORARY
Scott Young, "Love Bomb,” neon, Tibetan curly lamb, birch and electronics.
K Contemporary
Scott Young, Gas Light Love Bomb
K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee Street
November 4 through December 2
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

SDK: #fourthworld

Leon, 1112 East 17th Avenue
November 4 through December 16
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

The First Friday fantastic spills over into Saturday this weekend, as it would be remiss not to mention at least a couple of Saturday openings. K Contemporary, a new art venue sharing space on Wazee Street in LoDo with Abend and 1261 galleries, makes a big, grand-opening splash with contemporary neon artist Scott Young, while Leon reopens for a new season with a rare show of found-object readymades and more from Denver artist Stephen Karpik. Saturday night’s all right!

click to enlarge Enter SDK: #fourthworld at Leon - Gallery. - STEPHEN DANIEL KARPILK
Enter SDK: #fourthworld at Leon Gallery.
Stephen Daniel Karpilk
See Westword’s calendar listings for more art events and openings.

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