We had the good fortune of connecting with Gordon Mehterian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gordon, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I spend a lot of time validating a deep rooted insecurity. My inner voice consistently narrates a convincing story regarding the astonishing depth of my idiocy. Art-world is just another affirmation, I suppose.
What should our readers know about your business?
So, Jesse Frazier and I co-own a gallery called TALK. Yeah, I know. A bunch of your readers just rolled their eyes.
Look, I mean, I’ve been very direct with you from the beginning about my decision making abilities. Gordon laughs*
So, What makes us different? Jeez, theres a couple of things.
And these things are going to piss some people off.
Then again, some people are going to be very relieved.
Anywho, we acknowledge, scratch that, I would say we embrace the fact that teachers, professors, artists, gallerists and museums curators have done a bang-up job of cultivating a culture of EXCLUSION! Fuck them! Wait, can I say fuck?
Too late I guess.
Ive no idea how curiosity and wonder turned into judgment and elitism, but take a walk into nearly any art-space and you can fucking feel it.
It’s so gross!
So, that’s not us.
You are welcome here.
I will probably start talking about what the art represents and who the artist is right away.
Which is another important distinction.
Art has meaning. I know, total shocker right?
Most galleries know that if a customer sees something in the artwork they have a potential sale.
It doesn’t matter if the patron is right or not. I’m sure the vast majority of people suspect they might be being played.
And no one wants to live with something they don’t understand. There is, of course the additional pressure of having a friend who might know exactly what they’re looking at; no one wants to feel like an idiot either.
Well, except me.
I will not allow a customer to fail! That’s animportant thing for you to realize. We are here to elevate your life, not once, but again and again. That happens when people trust your judgment and expertise.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m 100% serious about this. One of the reasons we moved here is because of Armbrust pro-gym.
Back in the day when bodybuilding magazines were a thing, Armbrust was on several covers.
I drew a circle around Armbrust, a circle around Denver and the lovely Mrs.Mehterian drew a straight line through the whole thing. Saying, “There hasn’t been a tornado West of this line in 100 years.”
We handed the map back to our realtor and -> go!
I would take them to see the best in the world. I love working out next to Olympians and pros.
There’s a lot of unrealized artistic representation in that gym, but I digress…
I love Biker Jim’s hot dogs.
So, that place is going to be high on my list.
The culinary scene in Colorado is outstanding, but one of the truly unique experiences is hanging with the crew at Modern Eater!
Those people are so supportive of one another, being part of a radio show/podcast/live stream is so, I dunno’ electric?
I would definitely take my friends and family to DAM.
The people at the Denver Art Museum do an outstanding job of balancing community and collection.
If you’ve traveled you know most museums are a monument to the egos past curators.
In Denver there is a palatable concern about the community they represent.
I love them.
I want to be part of it somehow in the future.
If their visit coincides with one of Denver’s many fashion weeks we would definitely get tickets. There’s a lot to see on the runway.
Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner on Colfax,Tammie knows my breakfast order by heart.
Theres something about eating at one of the last authentic diners; they call me “honey!” so that puts a check in the “go” box.
The music scene in Denver is outstanding and yeah, there’s Red Rocks.
The Englewood Tavern!
Uncle Greg, mama D! That place is like family. The music is constantly good.
If you are looking for the place some bands sneak off too after their Red Rocks show you should consider heading that way.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give you a little back story in order for you to kindov’ get a feel about how outrageous this was. I grew up in a small town in Southern Oregon, so small in fact that no one ever referred to it at all. Every single time someone asks, “Where are you from?” locals say, “Grants Pass!” we’re really from Merlin, 7 miles north.
In 1991 before the 1st Gulf war I had the opportunity to participate in a Sister City program. According to the Russian consulate we would be the 1st American teenagers in Siberia during the Winter. Yeah, you heard me right. While we were there war broke out between the United States and Iraq, we saw the whole thing from the Russian perspective.
My world got very large very quickly. …and it was beautiful.
So, in that regard I owe a lot to the people who facilitated that adventure Judo Patterson, Cindy Perry Patterson and my host family Yana Zaikova and her mother Tatiana.
Like I said, leaving leaving a small rural community in Southern Oregon for a international engagements?
I must be an idiot
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