ARTIST TALK: BARRY BROWN CREATIVE
DateFriday, March 29th, 6-9PM
About the Event
Venue: The ART, a Hotel MAP
Denver, CO 80203
Location: Portico Gallery, First Floor
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, Please RSVP
Barry Brown creates astonishing masterpieces out of paper (as well as pumpkins, but that’s another story). Hear how he dreamed up and assembled his many extraordinary Paper Fashion Show designs, which have captured first place four consecutive times. His engaging and inspiring talk will include a demonstration of his current design that you won’t want to miss.
Afterward, head on over to the Denver Art Museum’s Untitled Final Fridays, a late-night program featuring unconventional experiences developed in collaboration with local creatives and community members.
March's Untitled Final Friday highlights the practice of featured artist Suchitra Mattai with the theme "Homeward Unbound." Deconstructed post-colonial narratives will inspire visitors to investigate the meaning of home and challenge the identity of place, inspired by the exhibition Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection.
Barry BrownArtist and Paper Crafter, Barry Brown Creative | Paper Fashion Show Award Winner
Barry Brown has been making things out of paper ever since origami was introduced in the elementary school math pod. As a teen, he learned the art of Scherenschnitte by watching artist Judith Meyers in a Greeley art gallery. Studying music and theater at UNC, he discovered a 1940's blank-and-white book on department store window displays made entirely of paper while researching ways to pay for tuition at Michener Library. He learned the techniques, and produced theatrical window displays and posters for the theater program for several years. Later, in Denver he worked as a featured graphic artist at a prominent event decorating company. At that time, Barry was researching dresses made of magazine covers when he stumbled across The One Club for Creativity Denver's Paper Fashion Show. He has never studied fashion, but loves to play with paper, so he joined team "pulp function" to create his first design entitled "caged beauty." The following year, he created "the butterfly effect." Each design won first place awards. The following two years, he competed solo, winning consecutive first place awards with his designs "Gloria Deo" and "Sprit of the Golden Wind." One of his favorite paper projects was folding 1400 paper airplanes with kids from Denver Children's Home, which was installed in a downtown Denver atrium, to celebrate Amelia Rose Earhart's record-setting flight around the world in a single engine airplane. Barry's most recent Paper Fashion design was a tea-length wedding dress, stunningly covered with intricately cut paper "thistle lace." His current work is part of his "cardboard kingdom," which includes cardboard automata: winged jungle animals made entirely from cardboard, which "fly" by turning a cardboard crank. He teaches summer camps and school enrichment programs focusing on paper art, the most popular of which is entitled "cardboard destructo camp."