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Saving The 1960’s

Recently renovated 1960’s era apartment building in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s refreshing to see an older building undergo renovation instead of being torn down and replaced with an architecturally insignificant new building.

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Jessica’s opening was a huge success. The gallery was packed. It was great to see a large crowd turn out for an artist who hasn’t exhibited since 2006.

Jessica’s art is very biographical. She opened the book of her life and put everything out there for the world to see. I’m guessing it was therapeutic for her. Jessica’s art explored her DUI arrest, the resuting court case which she won and the loss of a son, along with almost every aspect of her life. Her collages are expertly executed. There are hundreds of images in each piece which mesmerizes the viewer. Jessica appears nude in almost all of the works. She has nothing to hide. Jessica’s nude images are tasteful, as opposed the being pornographic, even though some pornographic images are used in her works. There are countless ways to interpret these powerful works. Every viewer will take away something different given their life experiences.

I applaud Jessica for putting it out there. It was a courageous move to bare her soul. Jessica has had some difficult times in her life yet she picks herself up and forges ahead. Everyone can learn a lesson from her experiences.

Jessica Loredo, Lunacy Essay, collage on board, $3,500

Jessica Loredo, Idiotic Soul, collage on board, $8,000

Jessica Loredo, Fuckun Loser, collage on board, $8,000

Jessica Loredo, Death of a Son, collage on board, $4,000

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A Pic A Day 23

Hens and chicks in the garden.

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I took this picture in Five Points while hanging out Mike on Sunday.

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Remember These?

Some of you may be too young to remember these. Six Gay activists started the movement in New York in 1987. About eighteen months later ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was formed. Silence = Death may need to be revived and repurposed given the current political climate in the United States.


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Art Therapy

This painting represents the angst I feel given the current political turmoil in the United States.
Vrba, Devil Dare, oil on wood, $300. Image was rotated forty-five degrees.

I have never seem so much political unrest in the United States. And I’ve been around for a while. I protested with Act-Up in the 1980s. I attended the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. I marched in Gay pride parades. I attended rallies for same-sex marriage. I’ve been pretty calm until recently. Hilly lost the election. I was shocked and saddened like most people I know. The country was turned over to another white man. Look what has happened to United Stated in the last eleven days. The people who do not support the current administration are taking to the streets.

The President fired Sally Yates last night. The White House statement said she betrayed the Department of Justice and was weak on borders and illegal immigration. Really? Were harsh words really needed given she spent almost three decades in the Justice Department? The most respected government office has resorted to name calling, one of the most damaging forms of bullying. The statement is fueling the fires of the opposition.

I’ve had enough. I joined an Indivisible group this morning. I also emailed both Colorado senators asking them to oppose the nominations of Jeff Sessions, Rick Perry and Betsy DeVos. I’m not sure my message will make a difference but I expressed my opinion. I will resist. And I will also look to art for comfort.

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