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First Friday featuring The Optical Alchemist: Fraternization Series
March 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
For this series, I wanted to develop a collaboration with local artists that would combine creative mediums which are not generally thought of together to fashion an imaginative mixed media series that would merge photography and painting into a unique interpretation. My idea was to photograph models in a high fashion style in various parts of the city that either suffered from some type of urban decay or were known landmarks of the city. I printed these photos on large canvas panels and then forwarded them to each individual artist to paint them and “do with them as they will” with no stipulations whatsoever, making each version of the artwork distinctive and fresh. I was especially interested in observing how the meaning of each piece changed as it was transformed from simply a photograph to a mixed media presentation, and what each artist created using their own personal vision to enhance the outcome of the example thus creating a distinctive “fraternization.”
-Dave Gochis, The Optical Alchemist Photography and Print Studio
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The Colorado Springs Community Cultural Collective believes that we are a diverse community, with a cultural landscape that tells a very rich story with deep roots in the arts. This story, both past and present reflect our times, question our biases and bring us together by creating common ground. We wholeheartedly embrace equal opportunity and full inclusion in the arts for all people, including people of color, of all genders and any gender identity, of every sexual orientation, for people with different abilities, those of every ethnicity, and every opinion.