Creators and creators will present Cheyenne’s first immersive art installation To do

Fantastic space in Cheyenne is currently in ruins.

All walls are painted and some furniture and decorations fill the entrance. The rest is in the midst of repairs.

One part of the wall was cut very recently, there is wood, plaster and other materials scattered on the floor, and half of the building of 150 W. 15th St. it is still equipped for the needs of the ceramic studio, which used to occupy the space.

Although each has a day job, the four main members of Cheyenne Makers and Creatives gather here and give up their free time to create the first physical space the art group has taken on since its inception in 2019.

It was these four who, when they first created Makers, knew they wanted a physical space to host seminars and classes, but events like this would only take about 20% of their time.

The remaining 80% will be absorbed by a concept that is not unfounded in the art world, but has the potential to be a revolutionary addition to Cheyenne – an immersive art installation.

On Tuesday, Desiree Brother, Caitlin Argyle, Michael Loner and John Hill met with the Wyoming Tribune Eagle to discuss the transformation the building will undergo in the months leading up to its full opening in October.

“What was interesting was trying to describe what an immersive art exhibition is for people,” Argyle said. “I think we’ve all used the term ‘immersive art installation,’ which helps most people understand it. But I said this to someone, and they said, “So, like a ghost house?”

“I said ‘yes, somehow'”

Denver

Meow Wolf, the massive art installation in Denver, is a large-scale and well-funded example of the interactive art concept. In many ways, it serves as an unfair comparison to what the concept actually is.

A more accurate place to compare – one that the Makers consulted in the process of designing their idea – is Prismajic in Denver. This is one of the few smaller, local spaces in the city that highlights local artists, inviting them to contribute to an art style that continues to gain popularity around the world.

Interactive art exhibits may be the future of art tourism. They are similar to art museums in that they present art, but instead of walking through a simple space and admiring individual works, the entire space is used and equipped to entertain visitors.

It not only revives and makes an art more unique, but also allows artists to let their work move freely. This is a freedom that has proved relatively discouraging to creators.

Sometimes a blank canvas is a scary place to start. The decision of the creators and creators is to let their ideas run wild in an attempt to fight the complaint that “there is nothing to do in Cheyenne.”

With this physical space, a major self-funded venture with a $ 25,000 grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, Makers expects to counter this complaint with a loud, visible rebuttal to MC Wonder’s Fantastic Traveling Treasures.

“We’re disappointed because it’s just not true,” Hill said. “We’re not trying to fix a ‘broken art scene’ because our art scene is great. We’re just trying to make a part of it that we think can stand out a little bit to a group that hasn’t usually participated. “

The key to achieving this, at least in theory, is finding success in the plot and concept that Makers has been developing since the beginning of the year.

Rotating history

Although each room will be unique, their immersive space is designed to represent the workshop of a mysterious, unearthly art collector named MC Wonder, designed to resemble the Makers and Creatives rabbit logo.

“MC Wonder is a collector of experiences – objects of people, things, etc. “Over time,” Brothe said. “Each individual room will be an experience based on his collection. You will travel in time to parts of his collection. ”

They hope that by turning the story around, the exhibits will resonate with visitors on a personal level.

“We want it to be able to tell a story without having to sit there and tell a story,” Launer said. “As you explore and open doors, books and other things, you learn more and more about this character.”

Like Prismajic and similar locations, Makers will bring a variety of local and regional artists to contribute with artwork in a variety of rooms. The manufacturers plan to change each room regularly, making each iteration something that can only be experienced for a short period of time.

Throughout all this, there will be a common thread that captures the evolving theme of the West, as interpreted by the participating artists.

“There will be some very familiar Western themes, but we hope to update them,” Argyle said. “What we really want to do is look at it through the prism of what we all love about Wyoming and what inspired us to be here.”

Expect it to be beyond the world, given that it was invented curated by an alien being. Regardless of who designs the respective rooms, there will always be a plot through them, where visitors can explore the origins of MC Wonder on their own.

“It’s almost like a local lawyer or dentist lets us into their office and we’re allowed to look at their stuff, what are we going to learn about them?” Launer said. “This is his workspace.”

As much as it is an exercise in bringing a new style of art to Cheyenne, it is just as adventurous in understanding how a creative unit can be marketed to those who do not normally invest in the city’s art community.

When it came to planning such a complex storyline, the experience was almost childish. The creators gathered and presented complex ideas, emphasizing each other’s skills to see where they could succeed.

Hill works independently, Argyle is excellent in interior design, Launer is a web developer with extensive experience in technology and art, and Brothe is one of the prominent visual artists in the city.

“We’ve found that when we’re interested in something, we chase it and find an audience,” Hill said. “I think there will be such an audience here. I think Caitlin carries that energy to “If anyone is complaining about something, then do something about it.”

CFD

Manufacturers will hold a soft opening in mid-July to take advantage of the population surge during the Cheyenne Frontier Days.

If a month and a half seems like a quick turnaround to portray your vision in the front room, it’s because it is. The beauty of their business is that they have the freedom to do whatever they want with the space.

If that means they want to build an entire cardboard exhibition – an evolving idea – then they can pursue it. In the months leading up to the official launch in October, Makers plans to allow guests to enter for free.

Once the space is filled, there will be an entrance fee.

Ironically, with all the possibilities at their disposal, the founders are not quite sure what this space will look like when it is completed.

“We may not be able to go into detail about what it will look like because a lot of it is a moving target,” Argyle said. “As we go through and prioritize and change priorities, we have some key things that you are trying to achieve. We were inspired by interesting things in the office, such as the old museum style, but we were also inspired by traveling performances, circuses. ”

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