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benefits of an arts center

an artists community

local artist interview

con tent With the development of an arts center, Denver has potential to rise above the rest Page 3

Artists in the Denver areas have a strong sense of community and this idea can be pushed even further with the help of fellow artists and CACi Page 4

Mark Sink is a local artist who has worked with various artists throughout his career including Andy Warhol himself. Page 5

Mark Sink

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An arts center provides more than just a center for creativity An arts center has the ability to go beyond the reach of a place for artists to gather and generate creativity. When thinking in broader terms an arts center will be able to offer so much more. There has been a lot of talk about classes being held there for every level of artist, also there’s been talk of living space as well as studio space. This idea can be brought to a whole new level with the introduction of a youth center as well, not just any youth center but one where kids are introduced to forms of art that they may have not even seen or heard of. This would be an alternate youth center, most others don’t necessarily have a single focus whereas with the arts center new artists could emerge from something to that extent. The more artists that Denver produces the more credibility we gain as the creative capitol of the west. The arts center is hoping to someday be the gateway for people to dive into the world of art, it’ll be a place for creativity, communication and collaboration. The center will provide a way for people to network as well, for example there’s a beginner artist who’s working in their on-site studio and enter their piece into a weekly gallery opening and a big time artist is invited to this said gallery opening it allows the one showing their art to be introduced to bigger people and work their way into the culture itself.

Another key aspect of the center is to hold weekly gallery openings, instead of First Fridays there will be a chance for artists to expose their work on a weekly basis. One event that goes on within the community in Denver is at “The Spot” a local youth center where they invite local artists to come and spray paint a wall they set up, but this doesn’t happen too often. CACi would offer these graffiti artists a place to paint daily, risk free, and expose themselves as street artists. The arts center is focusing mainly on giving local artists a chance to get the exposure and time they need to advance their career as artists. We understand how hard it is to become a well known artist which is the basis behind on-site studios, very affordable apartments and vast amounts of creativity flowing throughout the vicinity

creating a stronger community for local artists How many chances does one have in the city of Denver to go out and explore the world of art and it’s sense of community? on most occasions only once a month is a large exhibition of various artists displayed. This one time is referred to as “First Friday” which is held on Santa Fe boulevard and it consists of hundreds of artists representing their works in various galleries along the boulevard resulting in an art walk. As said before this walk only occurs once a month but it possibly the biggest gathering for artists to place their work for viewing and other artists to simply see what everyone else is producing around them. There’s a great sense community while taking part in this walk because everyone is there for the same thing, to observe and appreciate the artists around them and the work they produce. Sadly, this doesn’t happen as often as it should, the city of Denver being such a creative city that provides endless inspiration should offer more “gallery walks”. With the development of an arts center this could become a weekly occurrence rather than monthly. With galleries being open so frequently it allows people to gain new inspiration and ideas every week thus leading to Denver becoming the most creative city in the nation. Every week could be something new and fresh, exciting ideas every week, there would never be a stale gallery where people

say, “oh we saw that last time” because that mind set causes people to become uninterested and ignore the gallery walk for two months at a time. Imagine the amount of motivation and inspiration they’re letting go within those two months. The arts center is pushing to create the most creative and inspiring community possible.

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Interview: We made a bumper sticker: “Wanted: A Contemporary Art Museum ” How and when did you begin this path as a photographer? Also, what aspects of your life led you to where you are now? My mother is a painter and I fondly remember the smells of turpentine and her paint stained smock. My dad is an architect and always had cool pencils and drafting tables around. A big one was Ruth Steele, my music teacher in elementary school. She took me aside when I was falling back because I was left handed and dyslexic. She whispered in my ear, telling me I was going to be famous one day. She gave me assignments to paint the band stands, and gave me a bolex film camera to make clay animations. She encouraged my doodling and gave me my first art show (age 8) in the school hallway. That changed my life. It gave me belief in myself during the time I was in a system which was pushing me back; a public school that didn’t understand my learning disorder. In each level of education I was lucky to have someone that believed in me. I find myself instilling inspiration in young people a lot today because of the inspiration I was given. Simple encouragement can really make a difference in a kid’s life. As for photography, I was taking art classes in print making and painting at Metro and CU Denver. I was painting from photographic images and printing photo images. One in particular I was painting was an image of a nude stretched out on a

dune by Walter Chappell (who is in the show up now at my gallery). Soon I found fine art photography. I had never really thought of using the camera to make experimental fine artwork. I was shown the pinhole camera and that is when I found my old Diana camera.

How has your vision as an artist evolved over the years? Oh .. I was hungry to make art images with the camera at first (late 1970s). Locked in the school darkrooms late at night, we experimented making work much like the Starn Twins; creating and exploring, being very irreverent, pissing on prints, scratching the emulsions off, solarizing, making images from video stills (portable video was just a couple years old in the mid 70s). Around the end of school I found my art was wanted by the commercial world and I could make a living from it. So, I headed off to into commercial land and soon moved to NY. I was making amazing money but after a while I became a bit wilted and empty creatively with commercial assignments. Plus, I put my heart and guts on the line which was so short term in longevity; meaning like an ad or fashion spread was forgotten a month later. I soon wanted to make art again; something that lasted longer, so I rented a little room

So how was it working with “He always Andy Warhol, what was the experience like? introduced me THE WAREHOUSE as a ‘ wonderful photographer ’ to really powerful people.”

Andy was an amazing jumping off point for me, like I spoke earlier about my teachers that inspired me. It opened my eyes to breaking out of my bubble in Denver. I was kind of like in a closed circle creatively, and it was a golden door out. He always introduced me as a “wonderful photographer” to really powerful people. This had a great effect on me made me believe in myself and made me see that anything is possible if you just want it. It was a great period of growth for me. It was like that music teacher in elementary school. I think that is why I really pride myself in being a inspirational teacher. I love taking kids that were locked in a hole or bubble and making them realize they can do anything. I always try and point out the things in their work that is really wonderful rather then dwell on what is not

for a darkroom. I made new work and bloomed again. I had my first one-person show at the Sharp Gallery, NY. At that time, instead of doing catalogs for fashion, I started working doing catalogs for galleries and artists. I shot for Marlboro gallery (about a dozen artists like Leg’e, Leo Castelli, Robert Tell us about the MCA and how you got Miller, Vreg Baghomian, Jean Michel Basquiat, and involved and your current activity with Warhol). This was a very exciting time meeting and the museum shooting these super star artists. During the shoots In 1994-5, I met a wonderful artist, Marina Graves, of their work I would always do a portrait of them. in a community garden. She said to me, “don’t you Many of them I became friends with. think we need a contemporary art museum? Mark you know a lot of people why don’t we start it?” So in my back yard, we had some of our first board meetings. We made a bumper sticker: “Wanted: A Contemporary Art Museum.” We then found out about a wealthy lady who was also having meetings, wanting to start a local art center, so we joined her group and carefully guided her into wanting a world class contemporary art museum. It was not an easy road.

Well Mark, thanks for sharing some of your experience with us it’s good to hear a local artist living the dream, you’re inspiration to other artists in the area. to read more visit,

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Max Sherman  

colorado arts center incorporated digital magazine