The Design Council of the Denver Art Museum has put on Design After Dark for 9 years. Every year they have a one-word theme. Two years ago, it was LIGHT. Last year it was BESPOKE (which means 'custom made') and this year it was CIRQUE. Each art piece had to represent one of these three themes within the broader vision: CONTORTION, TENSION, or ILLUSION.
It 'underscores our community's creative talent. Leading design firms, emerging architects and artists, and a wide range of creative individuals and teams construct innovative one-of-a-kind objects to be auctioned off during the night.'
There is a silent auction on all the pieces displayed, great food, and a chance to dress up! I went out of personal interest in the event (I miss going to art events regularly like I did in Seattle) and in an effort to continually form connections within the art world and multi-generationally, they discounted tickets to almost half price for anyone under 30-perfect!
My friend Brooke's husband, Pat was one of the solo artists selected; such a big opportunity for him and it was great to be there to celebrate! Room and Board also donated an Edwin Chair to be auctioned off.
Last, I happened to run into my church's youth pastor and his wife there. She works for a local design, build firm and contributed to two pieces up for auction. Pretty cool!
Here are some of my favorites!
Here is Pat's piece. It is reflective of the safety nets they use during circus trapeze acts. It's as if someone has just bounced down and then back up and out of it. Very cool!
Here are Brooke, Heather and I representing Room and Board (what's with the sign?! ha!).
There were big swaths of fabric on the ceiling to create the tent atmosphere (forgot to get a picture) and these brave ladies were wandering around. You couldn't pay me to walk around a crowded room filled with expensive art pieces on those things! Yikes!
Such a great event; I am already looking forward to next year!