As an artist who has spent many years working with old maps, I always take notice when I find other artists who do the same. It’s natural to be curious and see what others do with maps. I am especially interested when another artist has found ways to use maps that I have not seen before. And, when the work itself is good, or in Mark’s case, exceptionally good. I always appreciate labor intensive and detailed work with maps – as opposed to the sort of people who just cut up a few squares and call it art. Mark manages to cut up maps and use the pieces as if they were strokes of paint, and in some cases even adding some actual paint to his work.
And now that I have talked up Mark’s map work, I have to tell you that you won’t be seeing it in Collage meets Landscape. He had a successful show earlier this year and also shows regularly in open studio events. For this show, we are exhibiting work from a series where Mark takes old postage stamps and incorporates them into mixed media paintings. Mark will be one of two artists who will show work that incorporates postage stamps. The other artist is Molly Rausch. Their work complements each other nicely. Each artist starts with stamps and goes in a different and unique direction.
More of Mark’s work can be seen on his website.
The Collage + Landscape = Collagescape will be on view at San Francisco’s Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery at 304 Valencia Street in San Francisco.
The show runs from July 29 to September 28, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday, August 1 (7pm to 10 pm).
The exhibit will have two components:
On the main level, there will be an exhibit of my new series of work called Collagescapes.
On the upper level of Glama-Rama, I am curating a companion show of mixed media works, where the theme will be Collage meets Landscapes.