Wheat-Pasting in Denver: Mark Sink

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Kenzie Bruce
A wheat-paste wall from The Big Picture at The Temple was curated by Mark Sink and installed during Crush Walls 2018.
Denver has embraced street art. There are city grants that celebrate mural-making, intended to enrich communities and prevent graffiti. Crush Walls, RiNo's annual street-art festival, documents much of that neighborhood's wall art for a year, going so far as to map out each mural or installation by intersection. With the rise in love for murals, where does that leave other, non-mural forms of street art?

Wheat-pasting, the act of using a liquid adhesive to put up artworks or posters, falls in that "other" category. The art form, largely popularized by such artists as Shepard Fairey, is accessible; the paste can be made at home, or wallpaper paste can be used. Wheat-pasting has roots in graffiti and often resides in the same gray area as that medium. Mark Sink, fine-art photographer and co-founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, uses wheat-paste for The Big Picture, a series that spans the Month of Photography and beyond. For The Big Picture, Sink takes images from local, national and international photographers and puts them up as large-scale wheat-pastes around town. Here's a look at his approach, the fifth in a series on wheat-pasting in Denver.