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Urban art show features film, music, art

Autumn Phillips
What: Urban Art Show with Pete Marino and Jake Carson When: 10 p.m. Saturday Where: Levelz in Ski Time Square Cost: $2 cover before 10 p.m. Call: 870-9090.

Jake Carson lives what he calls “the coffee lifestyle.” His office is a hipster hideaway, decorated in a minimalist industrial style, tucked away in Ski Time Square in a storefront next to Lupo’s. Carson shares an office with artist Pete Marino, more widely known in Steamboat Springs as Graffiti Pete. Behind their desks, the floor is covered with art. They spend every waking hour in that office (sometimes catching naps on the floor) working on an endless stream of creative endeavors.

On Saturday, Marino and Carson will host an Urban Art Show and film premiere to share with Steamboat what they’ve been working on.

People may have seen Marino’s work in the bathrooms at Mahogany Ridge and on the walls at Levelz. Marino is best known as a graffiti writer, but he wants people to know that his art spans the spectrum from photographs to acrylic paintings to graphic design.

For the first full-blown art exhibit of Marino’s work, he chose Levelz instead of the walls of a traditional gallery.

“I was thinking about a gallery, but I don’t think that’s the venue for my work,” he said. “There are a lot of kids in town who might think that an art show just isn’t their thing, that it’s snooty and boring. But I want them to see that it is their scene. I do work I think a lot of people can enjoy.”

The show will feature photographs of New York, where Marino grew up, and Steamboat Springs, as well as more graffiti-inspired work painted on 6-inch-by-1-foot trains.

“It’s work showing the world from my perspective,” Marino said.

The first half of the evening will feature down-tempo beats by DJ Also Starring and Luchia. The lights will be brighter so people can view the artwork. Throughout the night, Marino will be on stage completing a painting so people can see his process. All Marino’s work will be for sale.

The second half of the evening will be the premiere of Carson’s latest film, the powder ski movie “Ghostriders.” The 30-minute film features local skiers Mike Doyle, Wes Nelson, Mike Barinelli and Chris Nappi skiing deep snow in the backcountry and at the ski area.

This year, Carson is working on an all-girls ski and snowboard film.


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