Where: Ink Lounge
When: Now – Nov. 30
Nestled between an industrial supply lot and a family home hides the new location of Ink Lounge: a shop, event and gallery space designed, pressed and printed into one artsy entity.
Ink Lounge moved to the Baker Neighborhood (located between I-25 and W 6th Avenue) just over a year ago, and although the space is seemingly random, it is twice the size of their previous location.
“Sketchy,” their only exhibit in November, features art prints from two artists: Marty Gregg and Stuart Alden, the owner of Ink Lounge. It’s no surprise that the exhibit was curated specifically for Ink Lounge.
Marty Gregg is a graphic designer by trade and his pencil sketches presented at the exhibit give a small glimpse into the earliest stage of his work: prints before they are digitized and technologically-mutilated. His featured work embodies this transition—each print takes human-operated objects and gives them mechanical characteristics. A wine opener is decked out in wires, control panels and electrical cords, transforming the smooth metal body of the opener into a machine. Gregg relies on the finite color of the pencil and an additional color to give his prints depth. The wine opener print has dark red details that give it a 3D feel, almost as if one can grab it off the page.
Alden brings a more childlike feel to the exhibit. His prints feature robot monsters living within the human world or performing human tasks. In “Mixabot,” a robot, complete with all of a bartender’s tools, serves party-goers. The bar setting, including the humans huddled around tables, is shrunken, almost as an afterthought, as the Mixabot towers above them. Alden’s work creates playful scenes and an intertwined world of fiction and reality.
The artists made 30 copies of each print, which are available for viewing in-house only. Visit Ink Lounge to see “Sketchy” while you can, or sign up for one of the screen printing classes offered there.