I contacted ceramic artist Jonathan Kaplan, founder and owner of Plinth gallery, to see if he would meet with me and show me his favorite Denver place. He agreed, and told me to bring a bike, as we would be riding around Denver's River North, or, RiNo District and seeing the sights. Jonathan's ceramics-centered Plinth Gallery, (get it? ceramics-centered?), is located in the RiNo District on Brighton Boulevard, surrounded by auto shops and other industrial-type businesses. I walked over to Denver Bcycle, also in the RiNo district, in order to grab a bike for the adventure.
With the sun shining down on us and the mid-morning traffic in full swing, we ride down Brighton and behind some buildings. Jonathan wants to show me all of the development that is happening in the district. We ride through alleys, up and down side streets, he shows me up-and-comers and established businesses of all types; art studios, galleries, architects and development firms. The buildings are for the most part renovated old warehouses. They are bold and bright and call attention in this industrial urban landscape.
|Junky and beautiful all at once.|
We ride by an old warehouse with beautiful early twentieth century limos sitting inside, then we go by a yard with ginormous tires in it. Evidently the man who owns the yard fixes these tires and sells them back to people who need them. At one point, I mention to Jonathan that I had earned a BFA in craft at OCAC. He asks if I am planning on getting an MFA, and I tell him that I have an MBA. As expected, he recoils in disgust. It is much easier to approve of people who are going to travel the path you have traveled. Either way, the damage is done. I was once a business major. There is really nothing I can do about that now.
|Down by the River.|