Auntie Graffiti at Telluride's Sapsucker Studios for Art Walk, 9/2

Auntie Graffiti at Telluride's Sapsucker Studios for Art Walk, 9/2

[click “Play”, Susan speaks to “Auntie Graffiti” (Jane Goren)]

Janegorencardhoriz-3 Think of Auntie Graffiti as Telluride’s answer to Auntie Mame: madcap, irreverent, fun-loving, funny, and free-spirited. Her thing is traveling the world painting portraits on paper toilet seat covers, though, like Mame, she is a scandalizer, not a vandalizer.

Part-time Telluride local Auntie Graffiti has presented her bathroom art at renegade exhibitions in the toilets and WCs of renowned museums and galleries around the world. Now she returns to town with her offbeat body of work.

Sapsucker Studios, 299 South Spruce, opens the first exhibit of works by Auntie Graffiti September 2, 5 – 8 p.m., in conjunction with the Telluride Council for the Arts & Humanities’ First Thursday Art Walk, a walkabout to show off Telluride’s art scene, when local galleries, studios and retail shops stay open late until 8 p.m.

Jane Auntie Graffiti is artist Jane Goren’s evil twin. Goren was born in New York. In the corner of Brooklyn where she grew up, no one ever threw anything away. In 1974, Goren moved to Los Angeles. Years later, in this landscape of insecurity both real and imagined, an earthquake struck. The artist began collecting discarded windows, which she painted on the reverse side of the glass in an offbeat attempt to restore order to a disoriented city. These images also allowed Goren to examine issues of voyeurism, surveillance, and the deceitful nature of appearances. The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Goren’s local gallery, has examples of that work in its stable. Look for other pieces on display at La Marmotte, one of Telluride’s favorite watering holes.

Auntie Graffiti sez: “You will never forget a face you’ve sat on.”

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to Auntie Graffiti/Jane Goren’s podcast.

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