About The Space
Five years ago, Illiterate began as an arts and literary student group and publication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Two years later, after it and many of the staff graduated, Illiterate grew to include an interactive online community of creative individuals submitting content for a chance to get published. As of October 2009, Illiterate now occupies a multifunctional two-story facility. That’s right, we have a zip code!
Located in Denver, Colorado’s historic Baker district at 82 S. Broadway (click for map), Illiterate’s new HQ serves a number of creative uses: as an art gallery, artists’ studio, and the center of operations for Illiterate’s interactive website and publication. Stop by and we’ll give you the grand tour.
About The Show
Illiterate’s debut exhibit, Where The Wild Things Art, is a themed show originally proposed to Illiterate by artist, Max Kauffman. The theme resonates as both playfully simple and open to subtle complexities, much like Illiterate.
Max, whose name happens to coincide with the protagonist in Maurice Sendak’s book, Where The Wild Things Are, worked in conjunction with the Illiterate staff to corral 30 ferociously talented artists from throughout Colorado and beyond to participate in this group exploration. With a title as their sole conceptual limitation, the artists were free to explore their own paths towards interpreting this challenge. A number of artists drew inspiration directly from Sendak’s book and film, pushing and playing with its underlying dark moral tones and psychological angst. Other artists traveled well beyond the familiar imagery to create landscapes inhabited by more personal fantasies and creatures from within their own rampant imaginations. Still, some artists completely forwent this particular narrative approach, evaluating the meaning of the words themselves within the title to inform their work.
Where The Wild Things Artists:
Adam Reker, Alicia Ordal, Allie Pohl, Andi Todaro, Andrew Hoffman, Brittany Gould, Chris Huth, David Sheets, Deadly Daisy, Delton, Gumby, Ian Millard, Karen Watkins, Katherine Rutter, Markham Maes, Matt Doubek, Matt Furie, Max Kauffman, Mike Gallegos, Mike Graves, Milton Milvon Croissant III, Moeh, Rachel Paton, THINKMULE, Sander Lindeke, Sandi Callistro, Scot Lefavor, Whitney Wells, Yancy Crawford and more…