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Light Up My Life on the Dairy Block

The art exhibit conveys human relationships.
Photo: Victoria Moffat · The Sentry

Scott Young’s newest exhibit on the Dairy Block, Light Up My Life, is a fiery burst of passion and life that focuses on human connection and relationships. The exhibit displays many new pieces as well as some from a series of past exhibits: “Wish You Were Here,” “Gas Light Love Bomb,” and “Love Bully,” showcasing Young’s change of direction artistically. The newer pieces are upfront and demanding, “about kind of having a temper tantrum about relationships and about being human in general,” Young clarifies. 

The art is a vivid and immersive expression of the new shift and allows for “a little more artistic freedom,” as Young summarizes. Loose neon tubing paired on top of the hand painted canvases make for a dramatic and well-paired contrast that illuminates darker themes lurking underneath when looking past all the happy-looking light. The new art reflects moving on and growing, both artistically and emotionally. When questioned why the switch happened Young laughed, “I got tired of being sad.”  

Young makes his art for himself, not for other people. Reflecting a sort of therapy that he details as, “kind of like vomiting my emotions out to everyone and being able to relieve my brain of that, and once it’s made, then it’s gone and then I can think about other things.” The artwork seems to come from such an honest place that it’s not difficult for viewers to find their own interpretation and connection to each piece, the very basis of human connection lies within each piece of work—emotion.  

With 3,400 square feet in the exhibit, Young is not only using the space for his art, but is also hosting a variety of other local artists, musicians, chefs, and Denver thinkers in the space while it’s available to him. The exhibit becomes a little bit more alive in this aspect, influencing a variety of different people to come through and check out the art as well as the other crafts, food, drinks, music, and so on. Not one’s typical art exhibit.  

Not only is Young’s work impressive, but the artist learned how to make his own neon signs at 18 years old from a little shop on Broadway. Each piece he designs, he also builds, and is entirely unique to the feel and energy surrounding the design.  

Neon plays a large part in the exhibit and much of Young’s work, creating a very particular feel to his artwork that really draws the viewer in. “I like neon because it relates to humans because it burns a body temperature,” Young explained. “It has this internal life about it like it’s friendly in some way, it glows, and it has a soul to me, and it has this durability that makes it so that you put it outside and it will withstand a lot of temperature and a lot of shit thrown at it and once it breaks, it breaks…it’s just like a human, right?” 

Six pieces of art still remain to be added in to the exhibit as it goes on, including several more interactive pieces, giving visitors more of a reason, if they needed one, to return.  

Light Up My Life is located at 1821 Blake Street and will be open until Nov. 16.

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