100 Colorado Creatives – Mark McCoin
by Susan Froyd
#77: Mark McCoin
Experimental musician and multimedia artist Mark McCoin has paid his dues many times over, contributing a free-thinking, collaborative style of creativity to the Front Range scene over three decades. He’s worked with a who’s-who of the local avant-garde, and in the last of those decades, he honed his explorative leanings at the University of Colorado as a grad student and instructor.
The next step for McCoin — who’s most recently been seen and heard in various collaborations at the Mercury Cafe’s Gorinto nights, as the guiding light of the student project New Directions in Digital Art and as a voice in a recent successful crowd-funding campaign to save the Tank, an acoustic wonder of the world located in Rangely, Colorado — is a bittersweet one: He’s saying goodbye to Colorado and heading to San Antonio soon for a tenure-track teaching job.
But McCoin’s not leaving without a proper goodbye. He’ll be in Denver this week for two farewell shows: The ﬁrst, “Everything Must Go,” a culminating NDiDA performance representing the end of a two-year series, goes down tomorrow (Wednesday, April 24) at 7 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe; admission is $5, and food is available for an additional $5. The second, “Sound Created the Ear,” is an evening of interdisciplinary installations and performances by McCoin and students from his Sound and Intermedia class unfolding after 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Pirate gallery; admission is free.
We’re not taking McCoin’s defection to Texas personally. As noted, he’s paid his dues. He’ll be leaving behind a solid and communal creative legacy, and there’s a community working under the radar here that will miss him dearly. Reason enough for us: We asked him to answer the 100CC questionnaire; read on for his answers.