Sculptural installation at 24 Hour Fitness, mixed media on gym floor, 20,000 sq. ft., priceless

My gym should be renamed 24 Hour Filthy. The gym is disgustingly dirty. Allegedly, they have a cleaning crew. How does a cleaning crew miss dust bunnies in plain view? They probably need remedial training with a vacuum. Also disturbing is the fact that the personal trainers use the equipment on a daily basis. One would think the personal trainers would advise that management on the filth. How could the management be so clueless as to not recognize the issue?

Mask 6

I bought this mask in Todos Santos, Mexico a number of years ago. Todos Santos is on the Pacific side of the Baja and is better known as the home to the legendary Hotel California.

Out With The Old

This two bedroom, 2,000 sq. ft. house, sitting on a quarter acre lot recently sold for $980,000. The house, built in 1953, has been diagnosed with numerous code issues. The house will be scraped. The new owners have submitted two sets of off-the-shelf plans to the architectural review committee. Both sets of plans have been rejected for not being compatible with the other houses and architectural styles on the street. One would think that if the owners had nearly a million in cash to buy the house, and are planning to spend another three million on the new house, they could afford to hire an architect to design a house that will meet the architectural guidelines. Why would one skimp on architecture when one is building a high-end home?

Even though the population of the Denver metropolitan area is approximately 3.5 million, it can be a small town at times.

One of Cindi’s employees had an accident in one of her company’s trucks. As a result, Cindi’s company is being sued by a local notorious ambulance chaser, FA (if you live in Denver you’ve seen his commercials). Oddly, FA lives in a palatial mansion down the street from Mike. FA’s house makes Mike’s house look like the servant’s quarters. Clearly, ambulance chasing has made FA very rich. In another strange twist, Paddy tends to the tresses of FA’s wife.

It’s like six degrees of FA. How strange is that?

Art & Socializing

Art night turned out to be more about socializing than seeing new offerings. Paddy, JP (the boyfriend) and I headed over to Santa Fe for the First Friday Art Walk. After a quick dinner at El Taco de Mexico, we headed to Mai Wyn Fine Art. We spent a good amount of time talking with Mai Wyn. She’s letting Paddy hold his birthday party at her gallery in a few weeks. It’s always a pleasure spending time with Mai Wyn. We also spent time at Artzer-Shaw talking with Matthew who recently made a custom coffee table for Paddy’s living room. Matthew is a very talented and creative woodworker. He’s also warm and welcoming.

The best art of the night was found at Rule and Artwork Network. Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures at Rule but I did snap a few at Artwork Network. Two paintings at Artwork Network were our favorites:

Silvana Ravena, Alpine Variations II, mixed media on paper, 36″ x 46″, $2,400

Silvana Ravena, Incursions to the Mind, encaustic on wood, 47″ x 63″, $5,300

I’ve been watching When We Rise which chronicles the modern gay rights movement. Last night’s episode covered the beginning of the AIDS crisis. It was gut-wrenching to watch. Memories of my life, my diagnosis and the loss of many friends were dredged up from suppression. I found myself in tears several times. Even though it was tough to watch, I highly recommend the series. It tells the story of my generation. A story that many younger people may not know. A story of the struggles and victories that produced freedoms so many enjoy today.

Coincidentally, I read some alarming statistics in the local gay newspaper. Globally, 78 million people are infected with HIV while 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses. The war is being won but there still is a lot of work to do.

Void II

Charles Livingston is one of the treasures of the local art scene. His paintings, drawings and multi-media installations are always fresh and thought provoking. Charles is a member of Pirate: Contemporary Art.

Void II, 30″ x 37.5″, acrylic, pencil and mixed media on canvas

Charles also owns Apeiron Design which produces high-quality custom rugs.