Excerpts from Q&A with Streeter Wright
Christine: So, I know you’re not originally from Colorado…
Streeter: Yeah, I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and moved here when I was 18 to go to school at CC (Colorado College), and I stuck around ever since.
C: Why CC, why Colorado?
S: I came to CC for the block plan. I tried to do that, and I studied psychology for a long time, probably longer than I should have, and then switched to a studio art major after I’d been fighting doing art on my own. So did that, but also it’s kind of…I like the community here, too. There’s a lot of potential.
C: Do you see yourself helping the arts community develop?
S: Mhm, yeah, this is the first year I’ve kind of put myself out there for it. In a while, anyways. Kind of feel like I’m ready to start developing it again. But, yeah, it takes everybody to do stuff. I think that the art community definitely has a lot more to offer. It just needs to keep pushing itself.
C: Has art always been a part of your life?
S: Yeah, it’s always kind of been my life raft. I always knew I wanted to do it. I’ve just been stockpiling pretty much all my stuff and trying to save a bunch of raw materials, which is what the show (Great Expectations) is going to be too. I don’t know if I’m jumping ahead.
C: Oh! No, that’s fine.
S: The concept of it is going to be pretty much moving my workspace into the gallery and then keeping office hours there. So it’s gonna show a lot of the stuff I have finished, a lot of works in progress. Also it’ll be the first time I’ve gotten to see all of my raw materials and tools and source materials all in one place. It’s gonna be pretty cool. It’s going to be making an environment that’s still functional and functioning. It’s gonna change. I want the thing to change as long as it’s up, and also keep it honest to what I do. I get to push myself in a bunch of different directions, which I haven’t been able to do in a while. I’m excited but it’s really funny because I have no idea what it’s going to look like.
C: Do you have a preferred medium? I’ve seen a lot of different things from you.
S: I make a lot of strange things. I really like wood carving. I’d love to get into stone carving at some point. Construction is also really fun. One of the things that ties a lot of my work together is found materials and salvaged materials. Pretty much all of my wood carvings are just out of scrap boards. Just showing that trash has a potential. It’s not just destined for a dump.
C: That’s exciting! It’s gonna be an immersive experience.
S: Yeah! I really want it to be like walking into the garage. Well, into a garage. Not this garage. It’ll be close.
C: Do you have a subject that you usually work with? Or is it just whatever is there for you in the moment?
S: Yeah, it’s pretty much spontaneous. I try to just do ideas. Whatever’s interesting at that point.
About the Exhibition
Great Expectations @GOCA121, downtown
August 4 - November 11, 2017
Erica Day, Nathaniel Hodges, Stephanie Kantor, Suzie McMurtry, Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Elizabeth Selby, Frankie Toan, Streeter Wright, Ryan Wurst, Dustin Young
This biannual exhibition surveys emerging artists working along the Colorado Front Range corridor. Artists working in Colorado in 2017 are diverse and this exhibit at our downtown GOCA121 site aims to reflect that reality. The artists featured are working across a broad range of media - painting, drawing, sculptural installation, new media, and performance - and creating contemporary art in exciting and challenging ways. Great Expectations will introduce you to some of the brightest (art) stars from the Front Range of Colorado.