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Ten Things for Art Lovers to Do on First Friday Weekend in Denver

Michael Dowling's experiments with drawings on books go on display Saturday in the Project Space at K Contemporary.
Michael Dowling's experiments with drawings on books go on display Saturday in the Project Space at K Contemporary. Michael Dowling, K Contemporary
Get your First Friday on in style in May: The pickings are sweet, with a full roster of exhibits spotlighting sculpture, street art and think pieces. Here are ten suggestions to send you on your way.
click to enlarge A length of fencing in Mackenzie Urban's installation “To all of my neighbors” at Georgia Art Space. - MACKENZIE URBAN
A length of fencing in Mackenzie Urban's installation “To all of my neighbors” at Georgia Art Space.
Mackenzie Urban
Mackenzie Urban, To all of my neighbors
Georgia Art Space, 952 Mariposa Street
Open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m, May 4 through 26
Opening reception, Friday, May 3, 6 to 10 p.m.

Mackenzie Urban — a young artist/scientist studying an odd mix of molecular, cellular and developmental biology and sculpture at the University of Colorado Boulder — accessed her scientific views to build a bridge out of a fence for To all of my neighbors. Urban notes how humans are all genetically similar beings, yet they fence themselves off from their neighbors as a society. Another local scientist/artist, Megan Gafford, curated the show in Sommer Browning’s garage gallery, where performance artist Esther Hernandez will pitch in with an exquisite- corpse poem created with help from folks in Georgia Art Space’s neighborhood on opening night.
click to enlarge Urban artists Rumtum and Rather Severe team up for Escape to Nowhere at Dateline. - COURTESY OF DATELINE GALLERY
Urban artists Rumtum and Rather Severe team up for Escape to Nowhere at Dateline.
Courtesy of Dateline Gallery
Escape to Nowhere: New Works by Rather Severe and Rumtum
Dateline, 3004 Larimer Street
May 3 through 31
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 6 to 11 p.m.

Urban artists John Hastings, aka Rumtum, and the team of Jon Stommel and Travis Czekalski, who go by the moniker of Rather Severe, are known for their large-scale street murals bursting with color. But Dateline reveals a more minimal side of the work by showing black-and-white ink drawings. Give them a look, and see what crawls out from between the lines.
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