Denis Zimmermann Puts A New Face On Luchadors.

Every once in a while, I get really excited about a new artist, and Dennis Zimmermann is one who has definitely sparked my interest as of late. Despite the fact that he’s been holed up on the generally fine art, mom and pop-friendly art Whidbey Island for the past three years, it’s about time to get Zimmermann’s work to the larger cities. He doesn’t seem to have one style, but does have the unique ability to do it all, from graphic design and hand-drawn works to computer rendered, multi-layered beauties. Ultra Libre VII features inkjet projections onto vellum paper, which can be a frustrating task for those of us who have ever worked with vellum. But what’s even more interesting is Zimmermann’s ability to crank computer-created works out into formats that can be accentuated by or even mistaken for a more hands-on approach.

Below is one of his newer pieces, on display now at the goforaloop Gallery in San Francisco.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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Joe Menth
15 years ago

Denis is simply awesome. He is our favorite designer here on Whidbey Island (which is not all mom and pop traditional art….there are quite a few artists here – literally in the thousands – and many are pushing the boundaries of traditional art).
Anyway, I wanted to make a tiny correction, since we are the printers that produced that piece for Denis: it wasn’t printed on vellum, it was printed on Unryu Kozo (mulberry) paper made by the Awagami papermill in Japan and sold in the US under Moab paper. Just an FYI. 🙂 However, it is an archival giclee print made with pigmented inks on archival mulberry paper. Denis did the finish work himself with the plywood and acrylic sheet over the top of it.

12 years ago

One more note: Ultra Libre VII custom, stainless “jumbo clip frame” fabricated by Tim Leonard at Heavy Metal Works on Langley, WA. Thanks. – Denis

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