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My name is : Colorado Crush

       

By Vincent Morgan |  Published on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Back to the live painting event called “Colorado Crush” which happens yearly in the Rhino Arts District in Denver. True writers !

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Viewing street art and graffiti in a gallery will not give you the same sense of excitement as it does when you stumble upon it in public. In the street, these works are raw, powerful, fleeting, and at home. They’re gifts, generously left behind by artists, that can’t be bought or sold - only discovered. Just as you would visit a gallery, take time to explore the streets. Appreciate the art that already belongs to you.  

With that being said, a place worth exploring, if you are completely in awe of art and enjoy graffiti, is located right on the streets of the Rhino Arts District in Denver, Colorado where a true treasure of graffiti has unfolded and become a community landmark for everyone to enjoy. This landmark was as a result from a live painting event called “Colorado Crush” which happens yearly in the Rhino Arts District. Colorado Crush is an event started by Dread (ICR / KD), a graffiti artist from Denver whose vision was to share a group of talented artists with his community by showcasing their art in a public space. This showcase has now become an urban backdrop for photography and music videos and is also complimentary to the everyday life for those residing or visiting the Rhino Arts District in Denver, Colorado.  


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Now on display for public viewing and the main feature of “Colorado Crush” is a 40 foot tall wall titled “Hello My Name Is” painted by Dread (ICR / KD), Else, 4sakn, Gamma and Path One. The Hello My Name is Sticker “marks the beginning for a lot of graffiti artists and is a basic foundation for many still today” says Dread, and was the inspiration behind this magnificent production. Bursting out of the sticker, Dread, Else and 4sakn’s names popping in a different angle and with a different letter style. Bringing extra flavor, a brown haired hipster chick with a white shirt hanging off her shoulders holding an All City spray can (who was one of the events sponsors) was painted by local artist, Gamma. Included in the background of the production ; a helicopter outlined by Path One and finished by Dread. Bees, flowers and other city elements are also incorporated into the piece. To the side of the “Hello My Name Is” production is an entire wall that was canvas to a diverse group of graffiti artists ; Masivo, Culpa (PFE), Jero, Taste, Hoacs and Sebs who collectively showcased their own West Coast, East Coast styles. Each style was painted and stacked, one on top of the other and three rows down making a 6 man aerosol collaboration.


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In addition to the main feature wall, is a long alley with a comprehensive array of graffiti art presented by dozens of artists. Taking you through a visual tour of this urban gallery and beginning on one side of the alley, is a beautiful, luscious and bold piece painted by Crayone, a graffiti artist from San Francisco. This piece by Crayone is a real looker and is of 2 robots with no gender fighting one another, painted only in pink and red.  This piece’s true definition is within the careful and methodical lines that the artist cut and faded using his aerosol. Next to this, Vogey and Jher, came in with the flames creating two burners that perfectly complimented one another and joined together smoothly with Crayone’s piece. Graffiti runs like fluid all the way down the alley and alongside an additional bonus wall with pieces painted and showcased by Kools, Thrives, Reps, Reks, Kite, Path, Nspire, Nice, Koze, Swek, Beazt, Pulp, Jolt, Omni, Bimmer, Taste, Suave, Zeb, Pisto and more. Various techniques, styles, colors and vision intertwine with one another and form a wall of urban expression, which expands across an entire block and for the public to enjoy.  

Colorado Crush will be in full force again with another release of brand new art the weekend of September 7th, 2013. Although this year’s artists have not been revealed, expect some new surprises. It has been announced that workshops and more wall space are just of the few additions to this year’s Colorado Crush. Please note, all are welcome to attend and to engage in the creation process as the artists create live during the Colorado Crush live painting event 2013.  Definitely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. 

For more info please visit : Colorado Crush website.


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