HAUSMATES: Portrait of a Member, October Edition

CultureHaus makes up the coolest community in Colorado.

Get to know your fellow art lovers as we put the spotlight on a different member each month.

 

Full Name
Ashley & Noah Geisel

Pronouns
She/her/hers & he/him/his


Where can we find you? (on the internet or in the real world)
Pre-COVID: traveling every chance we got. Current state: getting our 10,000 steps in RiNo

Tell us about your favorite CultureHaus event(s) you’ve been to?
The Pirate Disco yacht rock poolside cocktail party at the Four Seasons.  So many people went all out for something so weird and it made for great event. The private art tour of the presidential suite was a real mint on the pillow

What is your most memorable experience or exhibit at the Denver Art Museum?
The InHaus event at the Shockwave Japanese fashion exhibit was unforgettable. It was the first show that Florence curated at the DAM and she personally hosted the exclusive after hours tour for CultureHaus. She has since collaborated on a few events with CH.

What is your favorite way to experience art in Denver?
We’ve gotten familiar with various artists’ styles and, through CultureHaus, have met many of the artists. There’s a certain joy to serendipitously discovering new pieces that you instantly recognize when seeing them for the first time, whether they are outdoor murals, or pieces hanging in galleries, restaurants or other public spaces.  

Do you have a favorite local artist? What is your favorite piece or exhibit from them?

We are big fans of Jonathan Saiz.  His So Wrong It’s So Right anti-gallery show at Leon was challenging and delightful and provocative all at once. We visited the show many times and were obsessed with the 24 hour Instagram auctions. Speaking of obsessed, we met Laura Goodson at Scott Young’s Knockout show at Dairy Block and can’t get enough of her black and white cowboys. 

DENVER, CO – JUNE 16: Jonathan Saiz working on a project called “So Wrong ItÕs So right”. He works on the piece on June 16, 2017 in Denver, Colorado in the store front where he uses a wall for his canvas. The point is to put a new piece of art in the FRONT WINDOW of the Leon Gallery everyday to get people excited about art work, which they are selling super cheap. ItÕs an experiment to see if lowering the (inflated) price of art will result in greater quantity of sales which would actually make artists more money. There is a new painting every 24hrs. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

Share an experience with a piece of art or an artist that made an impression are you.
A few years ago, Oh Heck Yeah’s Brian Corrigan and CultureHaus’ Castle Searcy posted pictures from a sneak preview of an installation they got invited to see in Santa Fe, NM. It was unlike anything we’d ever seen and we knew we had to experience it, so two weeks later, we were in the Meow Wolf parking lot excited to figure out what we’d gotten ourselves into. We’ve been back a few times and continue to love how it invites us to rethink what art is, what art means, and how to interact and participate with art.

What are you reading, listening to, or watching right now? Or what are you working on?
Nothing together! Ashley is reading The Other Einstein and working on interoperability for health data. She just finished binge watching Emily in Paris. Noah is reading Cryptonomicon, and during quarantine started working on The Pod Parlour, a medium blog to review podcasts, as well as a non-foodie instagram account, @boringleftovers

What is an unusual habit or unique thing that you love?

Ashley loves clean spaces and baby bananas from Trader Joes. One of Noah’s unusual habits is creating anonymous twitter or tumblr accounts for obscure purposes like sharing nerdy memes in Spanish or curating Billy Raftery-isms during March Madness.

Why would you recommend CultureHaus?

We’ve met the most interesting people and been invited to the most exclusive and unique events.