Featured Artist: Brian Mark
Brain Mark will be will be Exhibiting at Harbor Square Gallery through October 31, 2013
Harbor Square Gallery
374 Main Street
Rockland, ME. 04841
About the Artist:
Artist Brian Mark uses the ghostly and beguiling medium of precious metals bathed in acids to take viewers on a haunting search for the epiphany as a faint ghost of an idea evolves from the subconscious and merges into the conscious mind.
This unique medium defies the usual categories of art and has been described as “there’s a feeling of peacefulness and reverence for life, and the simmering quality speaks of magic, ghost, prayers, jewels”.
Brian Mark on the web: http://brianmarkart.com/
Brian Mark on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-Mark/352533329323
Curriculum Vitae and Artist Statement:
Artist Statement of Purpose
In inventing this new medium of art, I employ precious metals of gold, nickel and silver electro plated on a stainless steel panel, which is bathed in a multitude of acids. Developing this unique medium and the ghostly images it produces has taken years of experimentation with the help from several scientists and metallurgists around the country.
My complex process produces images that appear and disappear depending on the viewer’s perspective and the play of light. This allows my viewer to slowly discover layer-by-layer of images. Because the medium is intentionally subtle, it provokes viewers to examine every perspective to reveal the figure within the surrounding chaos and complexity.
With this medium, I am able to tell more complex stories, therefore some have called my work visual literature. As my viewers search for each image, I’m involving them in the overall message that the world has many meanings, truth and beauty, but you have to listen and practice the art of being awake. I’m asking my viewers to practice shutting out external noise and really try to be observant.
It is true my medium does go against much of the contemporary work being produced today, which often reminds me of trying to achieve what billboards achieve. I strongly believe when it comes to fine art you shouldn’t understand everything by driving by it at 50 mph. I have found most of the real lessons in life are that way. I have loved art that offers a slower more complex read and so in respect to my audience I wish to bring this back to today’s contemporary art.
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