Monthly Archives: August 2017

Previewed: Mark Bennett “Dream Houses – The Blueprint Drawings 1992-2017”

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Image: Home of Dr. Richard Kimble (The Fugitive), 1999 / ink on graph vellum / 24 x 36 inches

Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to present “Mark Bennett: Dream Houses – The Blueprint Drawings 1992-2017” an exclusive online ARTSY exhibition focusing on the Mark Bennett unique original “SitCom” drawings of the last two decades just recently released from the artist studio.

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Image: Home of Dr. Richard Kimble (The Fugitive), 1999 (detail)

Mark Bennett’s (b. 1956, Tennessee) whimsical works engage with pop culture and celebrity to an extreme degree. His blueprint lithographs of Baby Boom era sitcoms and popular television series depict the ultimate pairing of flight of fancy and stoical logic; the purely imaginary floor plans grounded by the dry format of an architect’s design. His works are both pleasingly nostalgic and vaguely disconcerting in their premonition of a society obsessed by television and celebrity culture.

For the past 25 years, Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bennett has made art firmly rooted in the collective American experience of television. His drawings and lithographs are “blueprints” of famous television houses from such classic sitcoms as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch, and Perry Mason. Drawing these fictional dwellings from memory, Bennett documents the minutiae of the characters’ lives by constructing their environments with a painstaking level of detail. His floor plans narrate the American Dream, charting not only the architecture, but also the subtext of our culturally accepted models for living.

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Image: Wayne Manor (Revisited), 2015 / ink & pencil on graph vellum / 24 x 36 inches

You can view this exclusive ARTSY online exhibition of these works now by clicking on the follwing link below:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-mark-bennett-dream-houses-the-blueprint-drawings-1992-2017

Born in 1956 in Chattanooga, the artist was a self-described “television addict” as a youth, watching and re-watching episodes until he had memorized the details of more than 45 situation comedies. The instant familiarity inspired in viewers who see these imagined spaces — “homes” where many Americans of the television generation, in effect, “grew up” — reflects the penetrating influence of this medium into our own private houses from the 1950s onward.

Unlike American Pop artists of the 1960s such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who appropriated images from mass media as subjects for their work, Bennett has reconstructed spaces that were intended only to flicker on the screen. In labeling his seemingly straightforward blueprints with colorful details about the interiors, architecture, and inhabitants, he reflects on the idealized and stereotyped notions of American life as perpetuated by mass culture. He also makes us realize how often that these ideas are, in turn, mirrored in our own domestic architecture.

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Image: Home of Laverne & Shirley, 1996 / ink & pencil on graph vellum / 24 x 36 inches

For additional information on this work or this artist please visit the website at www.markmoorefineart.com or contact Mark Moore Fine Art at:  info@markmoorefineart.com

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Allison Schulnik and Christian Clayton in “Figurative Futures” on view now through August 26th at 101/EXHIBIT in Los Angeles

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Image: Allison Schulnik, “Misfits (Porcelain)”, 2007, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches

Check out the works by Mark Moore Fine Art artists Allison Schulnik and Christian Clayton in “Figurative Futures” on view now through August 26th at 101/EXHIBIT in Los Angeles.

Figurative Futures, a group exhibition curated by Mark Murphy featuring 24 contemporary artists. This occasion marks Murphy’s first curated show with the 101/EXHIBIT – located at 668 North La Peer Drive, Los Angeles, located on the southeast corner of the Santa Monica Blvd and N La Peer Drive intersection.

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DETAIL IMAGE: Allison Schulnik, “Misfits”

Figurative Futures aims to explore the mythology and evolution of figural art realized through a wide-ranging collection of inventive painting, sculpture, installation, jewelry, fiber arts, drawing and mixed media. The participating artists have been chosen for their highly regarded imaginative output as they consistently introduce new materials revealing groundbreaking form, and possess an insatiable interest for creating fresh, redefining moments in figurativism. Mechanical pencil, graphite and charcoal, twisted wire, ceramic, carved wood, cut canvas, and belabored applications of paint reveals an eclectic community of fearless creators inducing a revised contemporary vernacular. Figurative Futures is a platform for artistic experimentation and unmistakable melding of categorical barriers.

The artists exhibited in Figurative Futures includes Jason Shawn Alexander, Christian Clayton, Richard Downs, Chambliss Giobbi, Hugo Crosthwaite, Joshua Hagler, Nate Harris, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Seonna Hong, Tim Hussey, Maria Kreyn, Sophia Narrett, Joakim Ojanen, Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, Robyn O’Neil, Erik Mark Sandberg, Larry Rivers, Kristen Schiele, Allison Schulnik, Rodger Stevens, Mark Whalen, Martin Wittfooth, Kent Williams and Marco Zamora. Many of the artists have been shown in museums including but not limited to the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Laguna Art Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Long Beach Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, Yokohama Art Museum, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

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Artist Mark Bennett explores the architecture of pop culture on NPR Radio

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Image: Mark Bennett, Home of Norman Bates (Psycho) / original drawing

Artist Mark Bennett has been celebrating the fictional world of TV sitcoms for decades, with painstakingly hand-drawn fantasy plans of the homes from Leave it to Beaver, The Brady Bunch and more. Check out the artist discussing his work in a recent interview on National Public Radio by clicking on the following link:

http://blogs.kcrw.com/dna/artist-mark-bennett-explores-the-architecture-of-pop-culture

Artist Mark Bennett has always had a fascination with fictional homes.

Often, when he watches a movie, he counts the number of steps a character takes inside a certain room, then approximates the room’s square footage. Afterwards, he puts it to paper, meticulously drawing fantasy architectural plans of the structure.

After seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” he drafted a seemingly real plan of the Bates Motel’s twelve cabins.

“It includes the swamp behind, and up in the left corner on the hillside is the original Norman Bates’ and his mother’s mansion, which is a Victorian, gothic two-story with a basement,” Bennett says.

“Home of Mr. Norman Bates” will be one of the many drawings on display at the Mark Moore Gallery as part of “Dream Houses – The Blueprint Drawings 1992-2017,” Bennett’s upcoming solo exhibition on ARTSY.

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Closing Soon: Meghan Smythe Exclusive ARTSY Online Exhibition “Flesh for Fantasy”

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Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels. – Francisco Goya

Mark Moore Fine Art is pleased to announce an exclusive ARTSY online exhibition of award-winning sculptor Meghan Smythe titled “Flesh For Fantasy”, on view through August 20, 2017.

This presentation on recent work can be view now at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-meghan-smythe-flesh-for-fantasy

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Jean Shin featured in exclusive online exhibition on ARTSY titled “One Place After Another: A Survey of Public Art Today” closing Sunday

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Jean Shin is currently featured in the Mark Moore Fine Art exclusive online exhibition on ARTSY titled “One Place After Another: A Survey of Public Art Today” featuring artists: Tim Bavington, Mark DiSuvero, Penelope Umbrico, Jason Salavon, Andrew Schoultz, Marton Varo, Art Collborative Okay Mountain, Daniel Canogar, Yoram Wolberger, and Jean Shin.

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Public art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. Public art is significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a working practice of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration. Public art may include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings, but often it is not that simple. Rather, the relationship between the content and audience, what the art is saying and to whom, is just as important if not more important than its physical location.

MARK MOORE FINE ART looks at a few of the best examples of what the genre of Public Art today in this online ARTSY Survey. You can view this presentation now at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-one-place-after-another-a-survey-of-public-art-today

“One Place After Another: A Survey of Public Art Today” featuring Andrew Schoultz ends August 13th

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Andrew Schoultz is currently featured in the Mark Moore Fine Art exclusive online exhibition on ARTSY titled “One Place After Another: A Survey of Public Art Today” featuring artists: Tim Bavington, Mark Di Suvero, Penelope Umbrico, Jason Salavon, Andrew Schoultz, Marton Varo, Art Collborative Okay Mountain, Daniel Canogar, Yoram Wolberger, and Jean Shin.

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Public art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. Public art is significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a working practice of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration. Public art may include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings, but often it is not that simple. Rather, the relationship between the content and audience, what the art is saying and to whom, is just as important if not more important than its physical location.

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MARK MOORE FINE ART looks at a few of the best examples of what the genre of Public Art today in this online ARTSY Survey. You can view this presentation now at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-one-place-after-another-a-survey-of-public-art-today

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Mark Moore Fine Art Takes A Look At Public Art Today In “One Place After Another”

One Place After Another: A Survey of Public Art Today

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A number of the artists working with Mark Moore Fine Art are actively engaged in the making and realization of Public Art – and number of them have won International recognition for their works. Artists like Tim Bavington, Vernon Fisher, Zemer Peled, Jason Salavon, Andrew Schoultz, Jean Shin, Penelope Umbrico, The Okay Mountain Collaborative, and Yoram Wolberger have all received critical and public acclaim for their Public Art works. In this survey of recent works created specifically for Public Spaces we hope to showcase some of these amazing works.

MARK MOORE FINE ART looks at a few of the best examples of what the genre of Public Art today in this exclusive online ARTSY Survey.

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-one-place-after-another-a-survey-of-public-art-today

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Tim Bavington sculpture installation at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

By definition, Public Art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. Public art is significant within the art world, amongst curators and major art consultants, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a working practice of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration.

Public art may include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings, but often it is not that simple. Rather, the relationship between the content and audience, what the art is saying and to whom, is just as important if not more important than its physical location.

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These types of public art projects don’t sit on pedestals: they are seamlessly integrated into the surrounding environment. When you bring one of our gallery artists into a project early in the design process, the work of art can be built into construction documents, which can save time and money from a separate art installation. In many cases, the general contractor can perform some of the fabrication or installation, with the artist or fabrication specialist needed only for specific components.

When an artist is included as a member of the design team with an architect, landscape architect, or engineer, they work together and heighten the creativity, surprise, beauty, or whimsy of a place. These types of projects work best when all members of the team are selected at the same time, they are given equal power and control over aesthetics, and each member has a clearly defined project role from the beginning.

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Additional information on our past Public Art Projects and the artists in this exhibition on our website at: http://www.markmoorefineart.com/advisory

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