Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Thomas Scharfenberg
#70: Thomas Scharfenberg
Installation by Thomas Scharfenberg, with Tokyo Drift: Latex- and acrylic-coated wire-Hung found objects, cinderblocks, trees, stumps and co-painted wall, Street Werkz, Firehouse Art Center.
As an artist, Thomas Scharfenberg isn't so interested in getting ahead. Instead, he prefers to brighten the underground with patterned murals and painted rocks placed in unexpected settings. He borrows a little from street art, the DIY movement and his one-time mentor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Clark Richert, and has shown work at venues as wildly different as the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Lowbrow Denver. You wouldn't expect his answers to the 100CC questionnaire to be run-of-the mill, and they aren't. Read on for a fresh look at artistic life.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Painted walls for Fantasia at Rhinoceropolis.
Thomas Scharfenberg: It would be cool to collaborate with a large-scale, environmentally friendly progressive paint or surface-coating company... maybe a combination of Johnny Appleseed and the Sherwin Williams Paint "Cover the Earth" advertising campaign (ha ha ha). I also would like to further Alan Turing's research into organic pattern formation.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
I find my eight-year-old neighbor Omar an inquisitive, energetic and inspiring youth. He visits my outdoor workshop frequently, and occasionally, usually successfully, acts as the salesperson of the various painted blocks and objects I am working on. Other persons of interest to me right now are such mysterious local graffiti writers as NAMY, WARCS, DINAR and ELAB.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
I don't know if it's a trend exactly, but I think I might I like to see the words "art," "artist" and "gallery" retired this year. I'd also like to see an emphasis on good food snacks at events continue.
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