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Local tagger highlights up-and-comers in BAC show

click to enlarge Colorado Golds works are ripe for - interpretation, through March 3 at the BAC.
  • Colorado Golds works are ripe for interpretation, through March 3 at the BAC.

When I call Gerry Riggs, he's stepping out of a snow cave.

"It was an igloo, but it got covered in a snow drift," says the former curator of the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art. Riggs built the igloo himself; he likes to end his day, he says, by watching the sun fall. Relaxing as that sounds, Riggs has been doing more in retirement than just chilling on the side of a mountain.

The curator has returned to the Springs from his new home in Pagosa Springs to put on Colorado Gold, a show featuring 13 up-and-coming in-state artists.

Riggs, who worked with OpticalReverb Gallery curator Jason Zacharias to select the artists, is particularly excited about Denver's Andres "Adept" Guzman.

Riggs first met Guzman two years ago at an art show featuring the work of graffiti artists. He immediately purchased the young man's work. "These other taggers from the show they were good but he was phenomenal," Riggs recalls.

He adds, "[Adept] can say things with images that a lot of people can spend many words on and not be as effective."

Considering that many artists said they worked too slowly to submit work to Colorado Gold, Riggs was thrilled to learn that Adept can knock out up to five paintings in just 48 hours.

When I ask Guzman about his ability to paint engaging pieces in such short time, he says he "paints in [his] head a lot." He's also rarely caught without a pencil and paper.

"I'll think about something for a long time before I put it down."


Colorado Gold: Tapping Colorado's Creative Mother Lode

Business of Art Center's Hagnauer Gallery, 515 Manitou Ave.

Opening reception with the artists: Friday, Jan. 19, 5-7 p.m. Runs through March 3, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free admission; call 685-1861 or visit thebac.org for more.

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