“THE VOICE OF AN
ANXIETY GENERATION”

– Shortlist

“TO CUT THROUGH OUR CYNICISM AND 

GIVE IMAGES AGAIN THE POWER TO DISTURB 

IS QUITE A FEAT; THAT SEMPLE MANAGES IT

VIA THE MEDIUM OF PAINT IS EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE”

– Modern Painters

“A MODERN-DAY ANDY WARHOL

– Independent

“SOMETIMES GHOULISH AND HARSH, SOMETIMES SACCHARINE AND FILTERED, HIS GARDEN OF FORCED PERSPECTIVES AND COMPROMISED TERTIARY PALETTES FEELS LIKE AN EXPRESSIONISTIC PORTRAIT OF THE INTERNET ITSELF”

– Art Ltd

“The offspring of Andy Warhol & Jeff Koons

as styled by MTV”

– ArtForum

“QUITE POSSIBLY

THE MOST VITAL 

PAINTER OF OUR AGE”

– New York Times

“BASQUIAT OF THE NOUGHTIES”

– Financial Times

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HAPPY CITY - COMING TO DENVER 18th May - Jun 30th

We are pleased to announce Stuart Semple’s first Happy City Project will be taking place in Denver May 18 – June 30, 2018

Happy City is a series of public art interventions and happenings orchestrated by British artist Stuart Semple. The premise for the work is simple, to test the idea that art in public space could help to connect us and make us feel happier.

For over a decade Stuart has been creating award winning public art around the world, using it as an action towards the greater public good and social change.

This May, Denver will become the first Happy City, in which Stuart will bring together some of his better known interventions, installations and brand new works in one place.  Simultaneously a full program of community led projects with local artists and colaborations with Denver organizations will take place to include talks, exhibitions and workshops.

Happy City Denver is produced in collaboration with the Denver Theatre District and the kind support of a variety of wonderful local Denver based partner organisations.


SCROLL TO EXPLORE ALL THE INTERVENTIONS, HAPPENINGS & INSTALLATIONS STUART HAS CREATED >>>>

EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE DROP

 

 

May 18 – June 10, 2018
Times: Wednesdays – Fridays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.& 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.;
Saturdays & Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Denver’s Union Station, Great Hall

Free, 18 and over, and open to the public

 

“ Emotional Baggage Drop (hello stranger)” is an audience-led art installation  that explores ways to alleviate anxiety and feelings of isolation through the social benefits of trusting strangers. The installation mimics a luggage drop that collects emotional, as opposed to physical, baggage within the great hall of Denver’s Union Station. At this private booth, people are invited to confidentially share their burdens with a stranger who, in turn, listens to and accepts their emotional baggage. By bringing strangers together, instigating intimacy, and asking participants to share personal hardships, this artwork endeavours to create trustful human interactions.

 With BIG THANKS to Black Cube Nomadic Museum for making the Emotional Baggage Drop happen! 

 

 

* Image: Stuart Semple, Emotional Baggage Drop (hello stranger), 2018, Photo: Third Dune Productions, Image courtesy of the Denver Theatre District and Black Cube

HAPPY CLOUDS

Launches from May 18 – June 30, 2018

Originally released into the sky by Stuart during London’s 2008 recession, “Happy Clouds” is composed of smiley-face bubble sculptures, that when released with helium, drift amid public spaces. This iconic artwork has exhibited outside the Tate Modern in London, as well as in Dublin, Moscow, Australia and Milan. Intended to provide viewers with a brief moment of cheer, “Happy Clouds” will be launched at over a dozen sites across the Denver-metro area from Red Rocks to Denver Public Library Branches. These fleeting, environmentally-friendly, “Happy Clouds” will float outdoors, interrupting daily life and reminding all to be mindful of the present. 

Find out where and when you can participate in a Happy Cloud performance by checking out the calendar

HUG HUDDLE

Monday 26th March

London 5.30-6.30pm  

Denver 10.30-11.30am

On Monday 26th of March thousands of members of the public across London and Denver joined together for the simple purpose of physically connecting for a Hug.

In Denver people got together at Denver performing Arts Complex whilst London’s Hug huddle took place at the iconic London Bridge. Check out the video and photos from a very special day. 

Stuart has more Hug Huddles planned so keep your eyes on this site to find out when one might be happening in a town or city near you!

JUMP

June 23 & June 24, 2018

Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

17th Street between Wynkoop Street and Wazee Street
Free, all-ages, and open to the public

JUMP is a participatory artwork  by Stuart Semple that invites the public to experience an immersive dance party, complete with an inflatable dance floor. The inflatable floor is a variation of a previous work created by Semple titled, “Jump,” which was first installed in Melbourne Australia in 2013. This unconventional art installation aspires to generate unexpected moments of joy, connection and freedom of expression.

Stuart explains “It’s impossible to Jump in the past, or the future. You can only jump in the here and now. Happiness can only live in the present moment, by connecting to our bodies in movement and in unison we are invited to uncover inner happiness.”

HAPPINESS HQ

June 1 – June 20, 2018

Tuesday through Saturday 

Time: 10.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

TOP SECRET DENVER LOCATION

For location updates call the no info line: 

720-496-1179

I SHOULD BE CRYING (BUT I JUST CAN'T LET IT SHOW)

June 15, 2018 through May of 2019
Opening Date: Friday, June 15, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: 16th Street Mall Alleys
Free, all-ages, and open to the public

I Should Be Crying But I just can’t let it show is a new piece of public sculpture by Stuart Semple imagined created as part of “Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project.”

Stuart will be joined by four other Denver artists who will each transform alleyways along 16 street mall into site-specific sculptural art installations. Other artists include Carlos Fresquez, Kelly Monico, Joel Swanson and Frankie Toan. 

By reimagining the ordinarily neglected civic spaces of alleyways, the project nurtures dialogue around social trust and human connection. Together, these artworks aim to soften public space and encourage city dwellers to explore overlooked areas of the urban realm. 

ART FOR THE PEOPLE

Happy City Denver (art for the people)

Local community projects

May 18 through June 30, 2018.

Under the artistic direction of Denver based curators Black Cube Nomadic Museum, 

the project brings together more than 10 artists’ perspectives to address ideas of happiness and community wellness, in order to imagine a more connected society. The installation sites are located throughout Denver, and include streets, alleyways, billboards, video screens, and Union Station, among others.

Additionally HCD brings together a variety of community organisations for workshops, talks and events throughout the city. For more information on the full local program check out:

HappyCityDenver.com

“THE VOICE OF AN
ANXIETY GENERATION”

– Shortlist

“A MODERN-DAY ANDY WARHOL

– Independent

“The offspring of Andy Warhol & Jeff Koons

as styled by MTV”

– ArtForum

“QUITE POSSIBLY

THE MOST VITAL 

PAINTER OF OUR AGE”

– New York Times

“BASQUIAT OF THE NOUGHTIES”

– Financial Times

StuartSemple

Stuart Semple (b. 1980) is a true artistic polymath and creative innovator. For almost two decades he has been a trailblazer for his generation. 

His work stems from an unrelenting curiosity that leads him to experiment with diverse media, methods and techniques across painting, public art, internet art, happenings, technology, chemistry and sculpture. He employs these methods to produce critically astute and sociologically engaged works that deal with the here and now, through a deep connection to cultural history. 

Despite being renowned globally for his challenging solo exhibitions in New York, Milan, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and London, Semple remains a hermetic cult figure working from a secluded studio on the south coast of England.

Join me in London for a big HUG – the Hug Huddle 🙂

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I'm really honoured to be amongst the 5 new Black Cube nomadic museum fellows for 2018. I've been a fan of what they are doing to boost emerging artist's work to firmly establishing Denver as a truly international contemporary art hub.Working with Courtney and her...

Wired magazine article: Art FIght! internet performance piece.

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XOXO MAG – the colour feud saga full unedited interview

Every now and then I get to do an interview where the journalist asks really interesting leading questions, and they make me think more about what I’m doing. The interview for XOXO was one of them. Sadly, due to the nature of magazines, space on pages and stuff they...

The world’s most glittery glitter & why I’m not giving Anish Kapoor Any!

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Now open: exhibitions in London, Miami & Hong Kong

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a lovely December 🙂 Just wanted to let you know I've got a few pieces in some group shows that are on now in Miami, London and Hong Kong, so if you're near and you would like to see some work in the flesh then you can check it out....

Secret postcards for Hepatitis C Trust

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Anish Kapoor is banned from the world’s pinkest pink paint

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LATEST INTERVIEWS / REVIEWS: 

Flaunt magazine caught up with Stuart Semple to talk about painting, politics and life in a digital world.

“I’d hate to think that what I made changed people’s minds; that’s really not my responsibility.”

If you were going to waste your life doing anything, painting pictures would be as bad an idea as anything else.”

flaunt magazine interview with Stuart SempleFlaunt magazine caught up with Stuart Semple to talk about painting, politics and life in a digital world.

“I’d hate to think that what I made changed people’s minds; that’s really not my responsibility.”

If you were going to waste your life doing anything, painting pictures would be as bad an idea as anything else.”

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