When artists Adam Milner and Jeromie Dorrance decided to open an exhibit space in what's essentially their living room, they did so in a spirit that's both DIY and not DIY, by putting together a well-crafted show that covers a national gamut of contemporary work by five colleagues in the art world. DATELINE 001 sets the space's adventurous mood right from the start, with works by Katrin Davis, Ann Hamilton, Jeanne Liotta, Nate Hess and Gato Karatoyote -- a fascinating collection of artists working in interesting mediums in Colorado, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio. We caught up with Milner and Dorrance to learn more about their venture and what makes it a new and different model for Denver.
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Westword: How and why, DATELINE? How is it different from other galleries in town?
Adam Milner: We want to show energetic and experimental work from people we admire. We had been thinking about starting exhibition spaces for a while and last year decided to put something together. It's a simple space to showcase ideas of artists at various levels in their careers.
Jeromie Dorrance: I wanted to have a gallery that brought local, national and international artists together under one entity. Adam and myself live in the back in a dormitory-style living space, and the gallery is in the front.
What are the advantages of an artist-run gallery?
A.M.: I think the art community and infrastructure in Denver is really blossoming and I can't see a problem with more opportunities to view and exhibit projects. Because it's a small operation, hopefully we will get to take risks that other institutions might not be able to. We also are fortunate to have a wide network of amazing artists and are always finding new work that interests us.
Continue reading for more about DATELINE. How are shows curated at DATELINE?
A.M.: Jeromie and I curated this show together, letting it grow organically under a loose idea. I'm really happy with the exhibit. In the future, we may try different models, including taking on exhibitions individually, inviting outside curators to participate and collaborating with other institutions. We are open to what can be and the possibilities are exciting.
Goals for the gallery?
A.M.: I hope we can show exciting projects that might not be seen at any other venue in the area. I also hope we can make interesting juxtapositions that challenge viewers' norms and expectations. I want to give people a chance to see different types of art and ideas, as well as give various artists an opportunity to exhibit in a different context.
First show, interesting group. How'd that come together and what should people expect?
A.M.: These five artists are really incredible. The works range from the tiny but complex worlds by Katrin Davis, which have previously never been exhibited but have gained popularity via social media, to photographs by the renowned Ann Hamilton graciously on loan from Robischon, to a drawing/installation by Jeanne Liotta that is something we haven't previously seen from her before. We have been lucky to have been so supported by artists and institutions that want to collaborate and see what DATELINE can become.
Anything else you'd like to share?
J.D.: We will have limited edition zines for sale featuring the works of the five artists from the first show.
DATELINE 001 opens with a reception from 7 p.m. to midnight tonight at the new exhibit space and will be open by appointment through April 20. Learn more about DATELINE online on Facebook and Instagram.
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