Mark's photographs are primarily taken in urban settings, usually somewhat off the main streets, and are often a visual representation of his emotional connection to the locations. He is drawn to patterns, textures, and juxtaposition of colors on structural surfaces that have come about through the additive or subtractive effects of nature and man. The weathered patina of a block wall, the scar of skateboard impacts on a utility box, the attempted remediation of graffiti; all becoming something different when removed from context through the composition of the image. He tries to create abstract pieces that are emotionally evocative, where the subject acquires a grace unavailable in context and thus becomes irrelevant. He names the pieces in such a way as to not stand between the viewer and the work, allowing the viewer’s fantasy to shape his or her experience of the artwork.
Mark earned a BS in Floriculture at Texas A & M University and a MS in Biology at Bowling Green State University. A mostly self-taught artist, he draws largely from a former career in landscape design.
His work has been exhibited at many galleries in the region including Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT, Agora Gallery, New York, NY, Westport Arts Center, Wesport, CT, River Street Gallery, New Haven, CT, Mill Gallery, Guilford, CT and Firehouse Art Gallery, Milford, CT.
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