Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Brad K. Evans
#79: Brad K. Evans
Brad K. Evans, "Starkiss," stencil.
Brad K. Evans is a different kind of leader, one who casts a skewed entrepreneurial light upon all his pursuits -- of which there are many. And he does it all with a sense of humor and adventure. Artist, designer, dumpster diver, realtor and bike advocate, Evans is probably best known as the mastermind of the Denver Cruiser Ride, a weekly Wednesday night bike and bar crawl with costumes that attracts as many detractors as it does diehard fans. Regardless of where you stand on the cruiser-ride issue, Evans, who works with the authorities to establish safety rules for the hundreds of riders who show up for DCR's Denver Bike Night, is someone we all ought to know. Get acquainted by way of his 100CC questionnaire.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
I really love the early twentieth-century modernists. Juan Gris, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis, Giorgio De Chirico and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This group of creative minds (among others) created the modernist movement, breaking away from the traditional mediums and images that dominated the previous century.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
I am fascinated with the cult of Banksy -- how it's become such a giant version of itself, both infamous and anonymous. What I love about the Banksy concept is how it has become commoditized and collected -- to the extent that they are cutting walls off of buildings and selling them for millions of dollars (and artists get nothing). Even more ironic are those who are getting busted for vandalizing Banksy's street art, which is technically vandalism in the first place.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
People being prosecuted and jailed for creating street art.
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