One artist in the RiNo Art District helped continue the recent wave of creativity coming out of River North on Friday night.Megafauna
, a newish boutique shop that caters to local artists,opened just shy of four months ago
at 27th and Larimer streets just above theMeadowlark
. On Friday, artist Travis Conklin held his first showing of a clothing line and art installation that has been in the works since 2007:The Anthropomorphic Collective
Conklin started designing shirts in 2007 because, quite simply, he was tired of seeing other people's graphics on shirts. What started as a backroom idea quickly turned into a profitable and expanding business model -- aptly named "Conkwear" -- it now sells both nationally and internationally.
He creates his own graphics using his own photography, then applies his creative eye through post-editing with graphics software. The installation Friday at Megafauna was the first canvas prints he has produced with his images, all of which are for sale with prices ranging from $300 ("Rhino," a rhinoceros head atop the torso of a tuxedo-wearing socialite; see below) all the way up to $975 (Think of the Mona Lisa crossed with an elephant," see above)
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Those shirts are available at his website, www.Conkwear.com and Conklin says 10 percent of the profits are donated to charity.
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