MARK BENNETT, Home of Sheriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show), 2017, Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 24 x 36 inches (Edition of 10)
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.
Concurrent with this presentation, I am very pleased to announce the release of a brand new very limited print edition related to this body of work, The Home of Sheriff Andy Taylor (Aunt Bee & Opie).
The Andy Griffith Show is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968, with a total of 249 half-hour episodes spanning over eight seasons, first in black and white and then in color, which partially originated from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show. It stars Andy Griffith in the role of Andy Taylor, the widowed sheriff of the fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. Other major characters include Andy’s inept but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts); Andy’s spinster aunt and housekeeper, “Aunt” Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier), and Andy’s precocious young son, Opie (Ron Howard). Eccentric townspeople and temperamental girlfriends complete the cast. Regarding the tone of the show, Griffith said that despite a contemporary setting, the show evoked nostalgia, stating in a Today Show interview: “Well, though we never said it, and though it was shot in the ’60s, it had a feeling of the ’30s. It was, when we were doing it, of a time gone by.”
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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