Saturday, August 28, 2010

Byers-Evans House Gallery presents “Mark Sink Photographs 1975- 2010: Encounters with the Past

 Byers-Evans House Gallery presents “Mark Sink Photographs 1975- 2010: Encounters with the Past

DENVER—Mark Sink Photographs 1975-2010: Encounters with the Past, will be on view in the Byers-Evans House Gallery, located at 1310 Bannock Street in Denver, September 3 through October 31.  A free opening evening reception from 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday, September 3, will be held in the gallery in conjunction with the Golden Triangle Museum District’s First Friday Art Walk.

The Byers-Evans House Gallery is pleased to present this sampling of photographs representing Sink’s 35-year career in Denver. Born in 1958, Sink’s photographic destiny was partly shaped by his family history. From a long family line of artists, Sink’s great-great-uncle was Samuel Finley Breese Morse, who is known as America’s “Father of Photography” and introduced the daguerreotype to this country in the 1850s. Sink’s great-grandfather was James L. Breese, a famous photographer who made waves in turn of the century New York. His mother is Denver painter Ann White and Sink’s father is a well known Denver architect.

Sink says when he received his first Diana camera as a child, his future was clear. After art school, the 1980s found Sink in the heady boom days of the New York art scene, experimenting with plastic toy cameras, working professionally as both a commercial and fine art photographer, and hanging out in Andy Warhol’s famous Factory scene. In the early 1990s, Sink returned to his hometown of Denver, where he worked with early digital cameras and created a series of  still life photographs inspired by Old Master Dutch paintings.

The latter half of the decade brought Sink into museum administration, as he was co-founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and formed his own community based art center, Gallery Sink. Inspired by the pictorialist traditions of his great grandfather, Sink made traditional landscapes and cyanotypes, as well as camera-less photograms. Photograms are made by laying objects directly on photographic paper and exposing it to sunlight.

With the closing of Gallery Sink, the artist returned to making photography full time in the new century. Sink embarked on a new series with his partner, Kristen Hatgi, using a 150 year old lens to create dreamy collodion wet plates with the technology of the 1860s. All of these chapters will be on view in the Gallery with techniques ranging from photo silkscreen, Polaroid’s, cyanotypes, silver prints, gravure, collodion wet plate and digital.

In Mark Sink Photographs 1975-2010: Encounters with the Past, the diverse techniques, eras and experiments come together under Sink’s unifying vision of beauty. “I am a gushy romantic,” Sink says. “The theme of this survey is to show my obsession and passion for capturing beauty.”
Sink’s work is in numerous museum collections as well as gallery solo and group shows in the US, South America and Europe. He is currently represented by G. Ray Hawkins in California, Robin Rice in New York, and Rule Gallery in Denver.

What:  Mark Sink Photographs 1975- 2010: Encounters with the Past
Opens: September 3rd, 5-9pm

Where:  The Byers-Evans House Gallery, 1310 Bannock Street, Denver
When:  Sept. 3 –­ Oct. 31. Gallery open daily, Mon.­–Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Special events: Evening receptions during the Golden Triangle Museum District’s First Friday Art Walks, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Informal gallery talk on Photography Today, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m., Sink will use his own photographic timeline and provide insight into the techniques and stories displayed in the exhibition.
Cost:  Gallery admission and all special events are Free!

Byers-Evans House Museum
Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Closed Sundays.
Guided house tours 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Admission charged.
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