Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andy Lynes

Andy Lynes with the Ladies Fancywork Society at The Craft: An Evening of Beer, Crochet and Witchcraft.
#71: Andy LynesAndy Lynes toiled behind the scenes at MCA Denver for seven years, eventually overseeing the art museum's visitor services and managing its super-cool shop. And for the last few years, he also presided at Black Sheep Fridays, MCA's silly Friday-night series of adult activities, ranging from an annual Cosby Con sweater fest to the XXXmas Craftfair. "It's got to be weird," Lynes once told Westword about the series. "That's one of the key things: People have these weird devotions to things that are not completely mainstream, but they're not exactly not mainstream, either -- things that are just under the surface."

Alas. Now, he's left MCA. What fires up the brain behind that kind of craziness? Read his 100CC questionnaire to find out.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Nora Burnett Abrams

Andy Lynes at Black Sheep Friday's evening of sock-puppet crafting and karaoke.

If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Top of my list would be Steve Martin. He's always served as a personal inspiration to me. His combination of humor, absurdity, intelligence and appreciation of art and beauty is hugely important to me. In fact, I keep a framed photo of him in my kitchen as a reminder to bring those qualities to everything that I do.

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

I am currently obsessed with the Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers. She's a character who is 10 percent herself, no matter how strange or awkward that makes her appear. Awkwardness is another place where I find inspiration. I love to examine those moments of awkwardness and break them down and push through them.

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

Overly academic art that references obscure art history. It has its place, but I want a visceral immediate experience from art. At least for a bit, until I want something more academic.

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