Stop the press! What news! There’s finally urban contemporary art in Denver! There’s only one problem with MacMillan’s article: such work has been around this town for a long, long time. While many are excited about Limited Addiction Gallery, the space follows in the footsteps of other local galleries that have embraced this artistic movement, such as Plastic Chapel, Andenken Gallery and Design, Capsule Gallery, Joy Engine in Boulder, and now-defunct facilities like Revoluciones Collective Art Space and DC Gallery.
MacMillan’s article also implies all this funky creativity is being supplied by out-of-towners. He mentions big shots in the national scene like Justin Bua and Christian Strike, but fails to note a single Colorado artist dabbling in urban contemporary art. That’s a major oversight, a slight to local talent including Ray Young Chu (whose work is pictured to the right), Markham Maes, Scot Lefavor, Jason Thielke, Matthew Doubek, Evan Hecox, and the late Brandon Borchert, among others.
“It’s a shame that the locals who have been doing all this work for years aren’t included in the article, and while I think Limited Addiction is an awesome addition to the scene, it’s a shame the galleries that have been showing this work before Limited Addiction haven’t been given any credit,” says local artist and gallery owner Lauri Lynnxe Murphy.
The Denver Post acting like Denver doesn’t have an urban-art scene? Talk about surreal. – Joel Warner