NOW ON VIEW | September 5 - 30, 2018
If It Makes You Happy
Alaina Mulawka has done work for some of the biggest names in the Music Industry. Justin Vernon, Grammy winner with his band Bon Iver called her up after his first Grammy sweep of Best Album of the Year and asked her to create his music video from his favorite song on the album "Beth/Rest." He co-directed it while she had her art and designed the sets. She had already been the artist behind "Panache" at Theatre in the Round in Minneapolis, and came highly recommend for her work in the fashion, art and advertising industry. She's now done her live art creations and set designs for Snoop Dogg, Skrillex, Chromeo, Wiz Kalifa, Girl Talk etc.
"If It Makes You Happy" is about the people of the Roaring Fork Valley. Being in a ski town in the mountains, Mulawka focuses on the locals there and the restaurants that have become locally owned and loved. Although it is a hard place to make it, it's the people and restaurants that keep her in this place where the turn around is frequent and people continually come and go. She wants her audience in Denver and around the world to see this place from the locals' eyes and what makes them happy. She will be doing her live art for Denver for the first time for Art Crush and will be introducing her Roaring Fork Valley team of happiness.
Bethani Wells (United States, 1995) recieved a B.F.A. in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2017. She has exhibited her work in Savannah, GA as well as internationally in the Dominican Republic and Lacoste, France.
Installation by local artist, Bethani Wells, explores the symbiotic relationship between nature and synthetic materiality. Using a contrast of materials such as dirt,plastic and video projection Wells portrays them as a metaphor for the dual natures that coactively dwell in us in mutually beneficial ways and make up who we are. Synthetic material represents corruptive, sinful nature and natural material represents untainted, spiritual nature. Together, they are a reflection of our humanity and the beauty of our ephemeral quality.