New Colorado Springs Art Installation Inspired by ‘Queen’s Gambit’


It’s safe to say chess is at its peak thanks to the Netflix miniseries ‘The Queen’s Gambit’.

The wildly popular show was watched by 62 million households in the first 28 days after its October release, more than any scripted limited series by Netflix, the website reported in December. The show is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis.

Count Adhya Spencer and her husband, artist Diego Jaguart, are two of those fascinated by the coming-of-age drama about an orphaned chess prodigy with a drug and drug addiction. alcohol that stuns the competitive chess circuit with its daring moves. So much so that they were inspired to create an immersive, multi-month art installation, much like the iconic large-scale Meow Wolf art installation, and thematize it around the show.

Spencer lists the reasons for his worship: “The way it was filmed. The actress is Argentinian – my husband is from there. The content of the series. He took this country by storm. People are obsessed. Failures have skyrocketed. “

“UV: Queen Art Experience” will open with a free reception on Friday at the COATI Uprise downtown. The evening will feature a live artistic experience of Jaguart and projection mapping creator Mauricio Caicedo; themed food and drinks; a DJ; body painting and more. In May, the food hall will organize a chess tournament. Installation will take place until June.

Eight artists will build installations based on all facets of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, including its furniture, fashion and music from the 50s and 60s. Visitors will wander the space and have the chance to interact with each. installation, including Jodie Bliss’s 8-foot Queen of Metal, Monument blacksmith and metal maker, and Liza Tudor’s augmented reality parade.

“There is a collaboration of all artists,” says Adriana Jones Rincon, executive director of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. Smokebrush is a sponsor of the event. “Like Meow Wolf, they all come together and create multiple pieces in one space.”

Creating this kind of immersive affair is not a new endeavor for the couple, who produced “UV: Ultravision Art Experience” in 2019 at Marmalade at Smokebrush. The Arts Month event attracted 400 people.

“The art experience isn’t just looking at the art on the wall,” says Spencer. “It’s immersive or interactive, so people do things and are surrounded by art. It can encompass other senses, not just vision. “

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