100 Colorado Creatives: Mark Sink

Westword: Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Mark Sink: I just finished a book yesterday on Edward Curtis -- Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. He's a portrait photographer -- that's what I do -- and my sister is an anthropologist who wrote several books on Southwest Native American myths and rock art. I help with the documentation, so it's all very interesting to me: an epic tale of a shadow catcher in the late nineteenth century.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

One? I have several. The fake thing -- instragram filters faking analog film, and digital filters in general -- stretches so far and wide. It's what the Reality of Fiction show [opening March 1 at REdLine Gallery as part of MoP] is all about: how we are slipping into a weird, fake world and easy art. And how about art students who want to make money from art? Or art students borrowing upward to 100k for a BA from a small state college? Pick one!

What's your day job?

I get up and commute to the living room and let a computer tell me what to do: art sales, curatorial projects, book research.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

I would build a photography and new-media center for the region.

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Stop removing art teachers and teaching art from the public schools.

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

Depends on what day it is. I like the intense, passionate strugglers: Harry Walters and Ethan Garton are tops. Today...Dale Chisman. I sorely miss him.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

2013. I'm afraid I will blink, and it will be gone. I am in a great point in my life. I am poor, but very happy -- deeply in love, producing photographs I love. My wife, Kristen, and I have a show up in NYC now. Month of Photography is three times bigger then last season, and its worldwide reach is mind-boggling. I wake up energized with all these great projects swirling around. I am a very lucky boy. 

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