By Raymundo Muñoz
Right now showing in the associate members’ space at NEXT Gallery in Denver’s Navajo Street Art District is Betsy Rudolph’s “Dolla B: A Retrospective.” Based on a fictional late ’80s/early ’90s hip hop icon created and played by Rudolph, “Dolla B” is a fun and engaging blend of mixed media and performance that works on so many levels. Given the artist’s predisposition to creating brightly colored and graphic pieces, the chosen time period was well-suited to her particular style. Her very suitable main pieces: old boomboxes painted in homage to the recently-resurfaced rap musician. As well old LP covers, posters, t-shirts, “fan”-decorated Dolla B dollar bills, and music created exclusively for the show all helped to present a convincing mythos for the character. As such along with evoking the past, the show reveals the significance/asset of caricature in art, which in turn implies the question: How much of the artist is in the character?/How much of the character is in the artist? On display Oct. 17 – Nov. 2. Photos are from opening reception.
Homage piece of “fan”-decorated Dolla B dollar bills
Betsy Rudloph a.k.a. Dolla B