Dont say you werent warned.
When & opened its doors in February, the member-owners of the Main Avenue arts collective promised to deliver an infusion of energy into the local art scene on a regular basis, and so they have.
Not a month has gone by without one or more of the resident artists putting on a show of some sort and there are lots of sorts with that bunch.
This time, however, things are a bit different. The & folks have a lot of friends, and theyve invited six of them in for a one-night show on Saturday night. And the shows so big that &s walls cant hold it all, but even in borrowing a second venue theyll be keeping it in the family. More than half of the show will take place across the street at Serving Life Chiropractic, which is owned by Nick and Rachel Kapustka. Kapustkas brother, Tim, runs his graphic design company Cabbage Creative from the & studios.
Chiropractic is a philosophy, art and science, Nick Kapustka said.
We have an art show in our environment every day that we adjust. Life is our creation. The people are our canvas, and the adjustment is our paintbrush. For us, collaborating with studio & and six other artists is a synchronistic match that allows more life to be expressed in our community.
Oh, yes the artists.
Theyre a varied bunch, artistically speaking, who also happen to be a great bunch of friends. The roster is Jeff Madeen, Shay Lopez, Tess Corrinne Jordan and Bradley Kachnowicz, who all will show at Serving Life, and Kristen Smith and Charlie Camacho (whose sister, Tirzah, is one of the & members) will be over at &. All are painters, Camachos primarily an alternative-process photographer, Lopez does a little of everything and then theres Madeen. Maybe you noticed the 20-foot missile he rolled in on Thursday that now stands in the parking lot at 1027 Main Ave.
How many nuclear warheads are there in the U.S., 5,000? Madeen asked.
So whats one more for all of Durango to see? Its my first anti-war piece.
Madeens one of those guys whos on another level, intellectually speaking. So much so, in fact, that his work often defies description, even when youre looking at it. The missile is just one of Madeens many entries in the show, which includes a roomful of three- and two-dimensional pieces of varying technical wonder. But its hard not to focus on the steel tower, which will best be viewed at night, as its capped with a red LED and illuminated with a halogen lamp. The piece is for sale, but if there are no takers Saturday night it will stand guard at & indefinitely.
I love it, Tim Kapustka said of his new tenant after the missile was bolted into the asphalt of the parking lot Thursday morning.
As for the rest of the stars of Saturdays show, one need only read the evenings program to get an idea of just how brilliant and delightfully insane this group is. What cant be accomplished in words must be seen to be appreciated. Theres humor, both dark and overt, political commentary, innocence, rage, sex and beauty. No one artist embodies any one description, and each long ago dismissed any notion of artistic boundaries.
Not for the first time nor the last, & has pushed the envelope when it comes to the face of art in Durango. Saturdays show is only the latest cant-miss event with many more to come, and loyal fans and newcomers alike will leave wanting more. Bravo, and encore.