Stop by to see @JaimeMolina show at SVPER ORDINARY before it comes down on Wednesday or view the exhibit online .
Here is a great interview our SVPER Writer River Wharton did a few weeks back witn Jaime.
"Sometimes there is real beauty in the opportunity to interview artists. I wasn’t able to make it over to Jaime’s before the show, so I read all about his recent work. I realized his work had been an important part of my early Denver experience. He had a mural on Larimer I walked by on my way home from writing at Crema. I fell in love with Denver street art. The mural no longer exists, but I love to watch his progr (in many different forms: fashion, graffiti, street art, furniture, etc.) now, there are so many different pockets in the city, each containing their own unique shops, studios and communities that i can reflect on and be amazed at the bloom."
Favorite working artist in Denver right now?
psssh. fortunately, i have a hard time answering that question.
What's next for you? What do you hope to achieve in the next year? Five years?
Art opening saturdays / menudo sundays. ess across the city.
Talk to me about the inspiration for your current show. Incorporating your already developed world, what is at play here?
The Title "The Lonely Limner" came from me stumbling upon the word, limner. the definition is:
In early 19th-century America, a limner artist was one who had little if any formal training and would travel from place to place to solicit commissions. Among colonial America's rising mercantile class, a limner was an unattributed portrait commissioned as a status symbol. the local landowners and merchants who commissioned these portraits posed in their finest clothes, in well-appointed interiors, or in landscapes that identified their position, property, good taste, and sophistication.
I was drawn to it because these artists had such an anonymous quality to their work. they didn't sign their pieces. they weren't formally trained. they were basically hired to document someone else's achievements and got paid and moved on.
it was easy for me to create my own story because it fits so well with the world and the characters that i already create. characters that have been ignored and kicked in the teeth so many times that they are forced to create their own world free of obligations or formalities. independent in the purest sense. living outside of the common flow of society can be lonely though. when you don't conform to the rules of society it can be hard to relate to the ordinary citizen. or maybe it's hard for them to relate to you.
the story i imagined was a modern limner. pouring his heart and soul into every work of art and leaving a piece of himself behind in each work. so much so that after traveling to so many great places, he hardly has anything left of himself. over time he's spread himself thin over so many different places that he is only living as a fleeting memory of what he had made in the past. it's an appealing rebellion to our self obsessed culture.
Describe your ideal day making art.
Not too hot. not too cold. good music on loud. maybe kendrick lamar. painting all day on a mural, or painting all day in my studio. make it home in time to make dinner for my wife and kids. ice cream for dessert? read harry potter to harry potter fans before bed. that's perfect for me.
Talk to me about your studio. What could make your space better? What has worked well for you?
I really can't complain. for forever i was in the kitchen. now i have a room in the basement. it would be nice to have a separate woodshop and studio, but i'm happy.
What is it like being an artist in Denver? What do you love about it?
For me, being an artist in denver right now is really good. there's a lot of creative energy and i think that there's finally a means of supporting that. i really appreciate the vast number of outlets for creative pursuits. I definitely remember, in the not so distant past, when there were only a handful of places to see really fresh art.