The Butcher’s Daughter

Kathy Knaus grew up in Wheat Ridge, where her father owned a meat market — Edwards Meats — that’s still a going concern now run by her nephew. When she was a teenager, she worked behind the counter during summer breaks from school. And since 2006, she’s created works of art about the experience — the latest being the brand-new installation Meat Market.

“Lots of it is about re-creating the memories I have,” says Knaus. “I’ve had a meat cooler built using the door my father made, with sawdust on the floor like he used to do; I have butcher paper hanging down on the wall with a video of my paintings projected on it; the sausage machine my father used; meat hooks and his scale.” This total environment now fills one half of Ice Cube, the new artist co-op at 3320 Walnut Street. In the other half is Coliseum, a show devoted to a selection of neo-expressionist paintings and other mixed-media works by Theresa Anderson.

Both shows will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight; for more information, call 303-292-1822 or go to www.icecubegallery.com.
Feb. 26-March 20, 2010

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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