We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Marold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is fundamental in what I do as an artist, as I think it is with most every artist. Inevitably it spills over into my family life and the decisions I make about how I live, and where I focus my attention. Risk is integral in my process of creative development and over time Ive grown familiar with the dynamics of making decisions that push me beyond comfortable paths of exploration and expression.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an artist working to cultivate that vital dialog of knowing ourselves within an environment. I work at a scale that engages our spatial perception and orientation, with materials specific to that context and moment. As an artist I am responding to opportunities in specific locations, and building from the familiarity I have with materials and places. This most often leads me into the landscape, where I am most fluent. I have been able to continue my career as an artist by working constantly, compelled by a momentum I maintain through routine and dedication. It has not been easy, and it has not been logical. There is a great deal of faith and conviction that pushes me through challenges, along with stubborn focus. Ultimately it is the commitment to ideas that carries me through the challenges. Those that work with me understand this, and it sometimes takes a team or communities to realize works on the scale that I pursue. I’m not interested in brands, or a story that caters to a market. Art should transcend these tendencies, and I’m fortunate to get to work without the constraints of these considerations. My intention is for people to see the art that I make, not the artist.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite spots, of course with Covid they have much less to offer. Non the less, here is a list of favorites Wooden Spoon for baked goods Port Side on Larimer for coffee Museums – Clyfford Still Museum, for the art, but almost more for the building. Children’s Museum’s Adventure Forest for the kids. The Denver Botanic Gardens, and Cheeseman Park to soak in the weather. Red Rocks, sunrise or a show. Pawnee Grasslands, day trip with a stop at Johnson’s Corner for just coffee and the memories of Kerouac. The path along South Platte and past the refineries, especially on an overcast day. Maybe Rockmount to buy something loud. Patzcuarro’s for the Michoacán. My Brothers Bar… because its still there. The Mayan Theatre for a Matinee or late night screening. The Ships Tavern The Sand Dunes, with a hike to Zapata Falls to wash the sand away. Strawberry Park for a dip after some backcountry skiing. Lakeside Amusement Park A drive along the Peak to Peak highway. Domo for lunch Eldorado Springs Swimming pool Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First I would recognize my wife and family for supporting my ongoing career as an artist. As a child, my parents gave me the room to dream and supported my convictions. Professionally I recognize the City of Denver for supporting my art and career through multiple public art commissions and exhibitions since 2007. These projects have allowed me to work at the scale I wish to explore and have given me the resources to push my vision and capabilities. While I have worked in many different cities, Denver has offered me opportunities as a home town that supported my career as a professional. While the city’s Arts and Venues Department is who I work directly with on these projects, it is the people of Denver and the region that collectively make these programs possible and I would not be the independent artist that I am without the communities that support and appreciate the art that I make.
All images are credited to – Patrick Marold