Urbanscapes provide a centrally-located space for people to coalesce: a place where we can exchange ideas, experiences, intimacies, and aesthetics. At its best, such spaces provide us with the ability to express our identities and beliefs, while simultaneously better understanding those of others. At its worst, these spaces become an echo-chamber for dominant modes of thought that reinforce traditional hierarchies. As such, urbanscapes can be thought of as contested zones that possess the ability to promote social and cultural diversity or, conversely, limit the scope of human imagination and intelligence. To this end, residents of (and visitors to) a particular urbanscape determine its social, cultural, aesthetic, and economic mores.
If the residents of an urbanscape truly do determine, or at very least, shape social and cultural relationships, aesthetics, and economics, then it is the hope of URBAN AGGREGATE that forward-thinking and socially-minded artists living in Denver can discover new ways of constructing them. In doing so, alternative solutions to your city’s civic problems, more nuanced understandings of one another’s differences, and new creative realities can develop in order to positively affect Denver’s complex milieu of socioeconomic and demographic contingencies.
URBAN AGGREGATE will be open 12:00pm – 5:00pm daily December 4th through December 31st (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Additionally, there will be special events on the following days:
December 8, 2018, 5pm: Opening reception
December 8, 2018, 7pm: Death Horse ft. Alyse Knorr, Natalie Sharp, and Mathias Svalina
December 13, 2018, 6pm: Tedious ft. Moe Gram, Robyn Frances, Susan Sahab, Kaitlyn Tucek, Eriko Tsogo
December 15, 2018, 7pm: Mother Ghosting, a film triptych by Serena Chopra
December 20, 2018, 7pm: At Root: The String Music of Joe Hay ft. Joe Hay, Brittany Hensley, Karli Rhind, Alyssa Maunders and Elizabeth Gergel
December 22, 2018, 6pm: Surface Tension ft. SDK and Esther Hernandez
Joshua Ware is an artist, writer, and art installer who was born and raised in Cleveland, OH; he has lived in Denver, CO since 2002. Ware’s artwork has shown in Denver, Boulder, Marfa, Santa Ana, and Norway. He is also the author of the books Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley, Unwanted Invention, and Vargtimmen. His art criticism and reviews appear online at Entropy magazine.
Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the B-Cycle station next to the light rail tracks or Shantell Martin’s art bench.