Diane Martonis and Suchitra Mattai in “What if…”

What if …, reflects on the “call and response” nature of the artistic process where the artist initiates a work by manipulating material and then influenced by the material, follows through accordingly. This dance is repeated in a series of steps until completion. Often times the unknown variables in this process are what excites or motivates an artist. This project ensures unknown variables by pairing a Denver artist with an Artist from Berlin and asking each artist to initiate a work via the linguistic question, “What if…?” responding to that question visually, then allowing a visual follow up to complete the work. Thus begins the chance relationship.The work created by artists from Berlin will be completed by Denver artists and shown throughout three venues, GroundSwell Gallery, Hinterland, and Showpen.The work by Denver artists will be completed in Berlin and exhibited at Neurotitan, a gallery in Berlin.There is no thematic curation involved. Instead the exchange process is seen as more of a cultural event.Rather than isolate the destination and focus on the exhibition as a crescendo, we are interested in exploring the whole exchange as a quasi “happening.”

HINTERLAND:  3254 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205, is Sabin Aell and Randy Rushton and is part of the RiNo Art District. Together, they opened the art space in 2008, and hence Sabin curates and exhibits adventurous contemporary art in a variety of mediums.The term HINTERLAND is derived from German and means: beyond what is visible or known.With that in mind, they focus on artists with extravagant yet coherent vision.            www.hinterlandartspace.com
Showpen:  809 W. 9th Ave., Denver, CO 80204, is an artist residency in Denver, Colorado’s Santa Fe Art District. Each Showpen resident has a personal studio, a private bedroom, shared use of the gallery, and the opportunity to engage with the artist community.           www.donaldfodness.com/showpen
GroundSwell Gallery:  3121 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206, is located in the Bluebird District along East Colfax Avenue. Its mission is to support emerging professional artists, provide exhibition opportunities and promote the growth of the Denver art community. www.groundswellgallery.com
Neurotitan: Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany, is a gallery and shop in the heart of the German capital. It has been active for over 15 years and is recognized as an institution for street art an unconventional artistic formswww.neurotitan.de

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HINTERLAND artists
Libby Barbee/Pura Kauf
Mike Bernhardt/Wurstbande
Mindy Bray/Doro Huber
Beau Carey/Ian Lidde
Amber Cobb/Felix Bork
Lanny DeVuono/Johannes Mundinger
Amanda Gordan Dunn/John Reaktor
Sandra Fettingis/Lisa Smith
Donald Fodness/Tom Eingenhufe
Matt Harris/Sophia Hirsch
Sean Hudson/RYLSEE
Diane Martonis/Jimmy Draht/Marion
Suchitra Mattai/Claudia Bernhardt
Jaime Molina/Milla
Jonathon Nicklow/Marie Jacobi
Gabriel Otto/Kathi Käppel
Rebecca Peebles/Xueh Magrini
Thomas Robertson/acidfarm
Dylan Scholinski/anef
Sarah Scott/Tine Fetz
Stacey Steers/Julia Benz
Bruce Price/Anne Grön
Chinn Wang/44 flavours
Jacqueline Sophia Cordova/Stephen Hiam

Showpen artists
Katie Caron/Katharina Salzbrunn
Amber Farnell/Simon Becker
Tobias Fike/Klub7
Alvin Gregorio/Monkey & Aargh
Johanna Mueller/Hendrik Berends
Kelly Monico/Andrea Wan
John McEnroe/Romy Blümel
Zach Reini/Uta Kalthoff
Rebecca Vaughan/Phillip Janta

GroundSwell Gallery artists
Nathan Abels/Natsuyo Kolzumi
Sabin Aell/Jim Avignon
Theresa Anderson/Rebecca Blöcher
Tyler Beard/Andres Villareal
Tonia Bonnell/Maik Hasenbank
Sara Guindon/Sophia Martineck
Caleb Hahne/Nettmann
Andrew Haley/Parastu
Katy Havens/Sabine Rollnik
Travis Hetman/Johan Büsen
Andrew Huffman/Vela
Jeffrey King/SLANG
Susan Meyer/Adeline Meilliez
Laurie Lynnxe Murphy/Nina Pagalles
Jeff Page/Ann M Cazal (caz.l)
Jason Reno/Francesco Cassi
Gretchen Marie Schaefer/Breeda CC
Jeff Starr/Olivia Pils
Derrick Velasquez/Mike Friedrich
Danette Montoya/Julienne Jattiot

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