Stickers are not just for stationary. Ink Monstr, a graphic design and print shop, will be taking over Cluster Studios for Sticky Situation, a one-night-only elite art show and competition on Saturday, October 18. And you can help choose the artist who moves on to the national contest.
With the competition now in its fifth year, the stakes are high for the Denver artists. The prizes are bigger -- $1,000 for first place, and the chance to move on and win $5,000 at the national Sticky Situation, which will take place in Miami during the Art Basel festival in December. The New York edition of Sticky Situation was on July 12, and the winning artist from that show will be in Denver and then proceed to Miami.
"My favorite part is working with so many talented artists who want to be involved in the show, and meeting new artists and attendees. We meet a lot of great people," says Reed Silberman, owner of Ink Monstr. "Each piece is an amazing work of art in its own right. We then go one step bigger and make it into a giant sticker. Once each artist's submission is turned into a huge vinyl masterpiece, they are applied to brick panels. We hang the panels for one night only at Cluster for a one-of-a-kind art show."
Denver's Sticky Situation will include new work from Mike Graves, Scot LeFavor, Michael Coriano, Nick Hughes, Loren Lujan, Kal Urso, Jaime Molina, Sandi Calistro, Zachary Kuhlman, Reno Msad, Sweyda, Axel Geittmann, Chris Bjors, Andrew Hoffman, Shiro and Greg Mishka. Silberman has been keeping most of the pieces under wraps in order to build anticipation for Sticky Situation.
There are four judges on the official panel and, in the event of a tie, public voting via Instagram will be used to decide a winner. In order to cast a vote, show attendees will snap a pic of their favorite artwork along with the #StickyVoteDenver hash-tag.
The free show (with some free drinks) runs from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, October 18; voting ends at 10:30 p.m. on Instagram. A donation is required to enter the raffle to win artwork. Visit Ink Monstr's Facebook page to see videos of the artwork being produced; for more information, check Ink Monstr's website.
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