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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andy Lynes

Andy Lynes with the Ladies Fancywork Society at The Craft: An Evening of Beer, Crochet and Witchcraft.
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.
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.

Continue reading for more from Andy Lynes.

Black Sheep Fridays: Debating For Guffman, comedians debate Waiting for Godot in the MCA Cafe
Black Sheep Fridays: Debating For Guffman, comedians debate Waiting for Godot in the MCA Cafe

What's your day job?

I'm currently an independent-marketing, PR and creative consultant, plus I'm laying the foundation for my next creative endeavor.

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

Start an art hostel, a combination of the Museum Hotel 21c in Louisville, Kentucky and the KEX youth hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland. It'd be an active community space that ideally would be able to host events for things like Warm Cookies of the Revolution, but would also be a much-needed affordable accommodation for young creatives from around the globe. 

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

Revamp the way that SCFD funding is distributed. From my current understanding of the distribution model, the lion's share of the funds go to the organizations at the top who tend to already have the best ability to generate income.  

Continue reading for more from Andy Lynes.

Black Sheep Fridays: A scene from Harpcore, featuring hip-hop classics performed on harp.
Black Sheep Fridays: A scene from Harpcore, featuring hip-hop classics performed on harp.

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

If I don't want to end up sleeping in the guest room for the next month, I should do the smart thing and say that it's my boyfriend, Composer Nathan Hall. He just got his doctorate, and aside from being both smartly dressed and handsome, his work always has the ability to be magical. For example, he just premiered a choral work based on Terry Gross's Fresh Air interview with Maurice Sendak, which as far as I know, is the first time anyone has turned a Public Radio Interview into a musical composition.

What's on your agenda in the coming year?

I want to do three things:

-Collaborate with as many people in Colorado as I can.

-Create unforgettable experiences. 

-Build a sense of community. 

Who do you think will get noticed in the local art  community in 2014?

Sandra Fettingis. Her public work is blowing up, and I've had the pleasure of the past seven years to see her skill and knowledge of her materials, as well as her visual vocabulary, develop and blossom.

Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.

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