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David Stillman Meyer | August 2, 2017 | Culture
In Hill People, Darrow Contemporary mixes art with fashion… with hills. The pop-up art show at Performance Ski closes Sunday, August 6th.
If you want to sell your art, you have to get it hung on a wall – or set on a plinth – and there are a lot of walls between the art school cork board and the gallery. Cafés, coffee shops, pizza parlors, hookah parlors… if it’s a wall and it’s in public, it’ll just have to do until finally one day you make it inside to those quiet, white rooms. So perhaps it would feel slightly unsettling, after having worked so hard to get inside the gallery to be suddenly downgraded to a–gasp!–ski shop.
Alas, these 21 artists will be just fine as they are under the trusted protection of the art advisory firm Darrow Contemporary and former New Museum curator Benjamin Godsill. This is the second year owner Meredith Darrow has nestled a selection of contemporary works amongst the fripperies of Performance Ski. "Don't ask me why. It just works,” New York magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz commented last year on the pop-up venue while speaking at Anderson Ranch.
On the wall: photographs by Roe Ethridge
The title of this year’s show, Hill People, refers to those who live on the outskirts of society. ”You think of a hill person as a crazy hermit,” explains curator Benjamin Godsill. “These artists aren't actual hermits. They mostly live in cities, but they are something like hermits, isolated in their own head space, which they sort of have to be.”
Artwork by Ricci Albenda
Hill People is a mix of familiar names and a few fresh faces with painted, sculpted, cast, thrown and photographed works ranging in price from six figures to “starter” pieces. Animal lovers may find something for their collection. A friendly slug-like form by Alma Allen greets you at the door. A Rashid Johnson Anxious painting hangs just past the cashmere sweaters, which has a Donny-Darko-bunny-ear thing happening. A trio of triple-entendre flamingos by Joel Mesler hangs adjacent to glittered trucker hats.... and perched high above it all, a word piece by Ricci Albenda reads unemphatically, “Sasquatch.”
If Aspen’s unofficial town creed is, “Relax, It's Aspen,” then Darrow Contemporary has taken this to heart. Relax, it’s art, no matter what wall it happens to be hanging on; just enjoy it.
Hill People is up through August 6, 2017 at Performance Ski, 614 E Durant Ave.
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