If you haven’t seen it yet, the folks at Concentrate posted a long article about me and my projects today. I’d like to thank Tanya Muzumdar, the writer of the piece, for attempting to make sense out of my two hours of unfocused rambling, and Dave Lewinski for the photos. For what it’s worth, I’d also like to point out that none of the projects featured in the piece, from the Shadow Art Fair to Cycle Powered Cinema, could have happened without a dedicated team of people much more bright and motivated than myself. I hope that comes through in the piece. I also hope it’s obvious that my penis isn’t out in the photo of the me standing at the Elbow Room’s urinal.


A few other things… If the photo of me standing in front of the local strip club with a sign saying “DeNiro” doesn’t make sense, just click here for the context. Also, it should be noted that the image above could not have happened without the hard work of Naia Venturi, who made Puppet Mark, and Misha Grey, who worked his little arms and legs during the photo shoot.

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  1. DRich
    Posted May 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Excellent, man, excellent!

  2. Knox
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    I knew that the urinal shot was fake due to the fact that your penis-holding hand is about a foot away from your body.

  3. Posted May 20, 2010 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    I would also like to thank Naia Venturi for the prosthetic neck-chin that she created for me to wear during this shoot. It was uncomfortable as hell, but, when I see the finished product, I’m glad that I agreed to use it.

    Oh, and I know this won’t matter to most folks, but, after the interview, I did provide the writer with the names of everyone I’ve been working with on each of these projects. Given space constraints, and the number of projects, I knew that it was unlikely that all of my collaborators would be mentioned, but I want you to know that I tried.

  4. Anonymatt
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Where was the article posted?

  5. TeacherPatti
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Mark, congratulations!!! That is so cool :) And thanks for all you do for the community.

  6. roots
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    People seem to like to take pictures of you in bathrooms. The Elbow Room and The Dreamland Theater happen to have exceptionally, er, interesting facilities, I might add.

  7. LT
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    The story is here:

    One question – why are they not allowing comments, except those that go through an editor? Are they afraid that someone will – god forbid – say something bad about Mr. Ypsi?

  8. Kim
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    What’s up with the old prison door? Is that something you have in your home?

  9. Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I wish Concentrate allowed for reader comments at the end of our features too. The company hasn’t incorporated them because of the resources it would require to moderate them. We’re a pretty lean enterprise with a small staff and monitoring such a section would add one more thing to our ridiculously overrun plates. (not to mention the Chinese spam posters we seem to already attract on our guest blogger pages). But feel free to email Issue Media Group of your concerns. Who knows? If enough readers wanted it maybe they could be talked into allocating those resources.

  10. Anonymatt
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Great article. But the urinal photo looks obviously staged. If you were actually observed while urinating (just observed, not photographed), I would think you would respond with much more agitation. Or go the opposite way, and completely avoid the gaze and try to look as inconspicuous as possible.

    Do you actually drink PBR now?

  11. Edward
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    It would have been funnier if there was a clown there, and you were urinating into his mouth.

  12. Kevin @ Home
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Is that a cat saying “TEEN SALAD” on the chalk board?

  13. Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Teen salad is the only thing on the Elbow Room menu, and it’s delicious.

  14. TeacherPatti
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting the link, LT. Mark, the picture of you looking at your puppet is truly touching…I hope someone looks at me so lovingly one day!!

  15. Robert
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Those folks at Concentrate really know how to inflate an ego, don’t they.

  16. Andy C
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    You could have stopped at “Tt would have been funnier if there was a clown there” but noooo.

  17. KLT
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Andy, I’m pretty sure that was a “Shakes the Clown” reference.

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