In Conversation: Artist Dirk Staschke sits down with Stefano Catalani the former head curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum

Please find below a very insightful interview between MMFA Artist DIRK STASCHKE and Stefano Catalani the former head curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum.


Dirk Staschke is best known for his exploration of Dutch Vanitas still life themes in the medium of ceramics. His current body of work explores the space in between sculpture and painting. His work often uses meticulous representation as foil for examining skill and craft. It is a real pleasure to introduce you to this work at this time.

Mark Moore Fine Art recently presented an exclusive ARTSY online Exhibition of the work of Dirk Staschke, which can be viewed now at:

“I make sculptures based on paintings in what is traditionally considered a craft medium. In this translation, the sculptural representation of still life painting creates abstract forms. The results are beautifully made objects that simultaneously expose the crude structures of their creation.The pieces are both a simple exploration of residual forms derived from representation and a question regarding the merits of an Art object.” – Dirk Staschke

Staschke received his BFA from the University of Montevallo followed by an MFA from Alfred University and has maintained an ongoing studio practice and extensive exhibition record for the last twenty years. During this time, he has taught at many notable universities, including Alfred University and New York University. His work has been shown internationally and resides in the permanent collections of several museums including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington (DC); Icheon Museum, World Ceramic Center (Gwango-dong) South Korea; Portland Art Museum (OR); Birmingham Museum of Art;  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston;. He has received various artist’s grants including grants from The Virginia Groot Foundation and the Canada Council on the Arts. He Currently resides in Portland Oregon where he is a full time studio artist.

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Previewed: Meghan Smythe new work in “Praxis” at ARTex Long Beach opening July 14th


I just came from Meghan Smythe’s studio today and I was just amazed by the new work she is doing. There is truly some fantastic new works in her studio!

Meghan is preparing for a show in Long Beach and some of these works may be included. There are more pieces in progress right now that have yet to be completed. Please find attached an invitation for upcoming group exhibition at The Art Exchange titled PRAXIS she is featured in and link to their announcement on their website:

Image: “Untiled A” (2018) in the studio


July 14-August 26

ARTexchange Long Beach 

356 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802

Featuring: Julia Haft-Candell, Armando Cortes, Ben Jackel, Samuel Jernigan, Narsiso Martinez, Alexander Anderson, Anabel Juarez, Meghan Smythe, Tam Van Tran and Joakim Ojanen. Curated by Gerardo Monterrubio.

The opening for PRAXIS is July 14th, VIP Opening is 5-7pm for you and all guests you may wish to bring and invite if you think you might be in the area. The Opening for the public is from 7-9pm.

Image: “Untiled A” (2018) – detail

If you have any questions on this exhibition, contact ARTex at:

Phone:+1 (562) 999-2267


Gallery Hours:
Thursday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Second Saturdays 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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Vernon Fisher “Works on Paper” at Hiram Butler Gallery (Houston) – Closing Saturday


Through 30 JUNE 2018

4520 Blossom Street
Houston TX 77007-5502
(713) 863-7097‬

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please find a link below to the exhibition catalog for this show:


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A Sneak Peak at “First Glimpse” at the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts


First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection
September 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019
UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

University Art Gallery and Contemporary Arts Center Gallery / 200 Mesa Arts Building, Irvine, CA 92697

For more than twenty years, Newport Beach developer Gerald Buck engaged in an unexpected pastime: building an unparalleled collection of artworks in a wide variety of genres and media.

Initially collecting for pleasure, eventually Mr. Buck realized that he had in fact built something unique: more than thirty-two hundred works, most of which were bought, boxed, and stored away. Many of the works in the collection have not been seen since they were purchased and stored, though Mr. Buck lent works to exhibitions across Southern California. As an autodidact regarding artwork, Mr. Buck focused his attention on his own personal study of the works, the artists, the genres, and their cultural significance. Among his chief desires was that the works be studied and appreciated for their many values.

In order to fulfill that commitment, at his death in 2013 Gerald Buck passed the collection to UCI. We are indeed delighted that we have received this great opportunity. UCI will construct a fitting home for the Buck Collection (and others, centrally The Irvine Museum Collection, gifted to UCI in 2016). Over the next several years, UCI will build the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, the focus for the exhibition of, and research on, California Art. But we are eager to introduce this great collection to the public. Toward this goal, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts will host the first public exhibition of selected works from the Buck Collection. An accompanying exhibition catalogue with essays by the exhibition curators, Cécile Whiting, Kevin Appel, and Stephen Barker, will be available late in the fall.

The exhibition, sponsored by the UCI Office of the Provost and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, will be a unique opportunity to see some of the finest art produced in California.

Stephen Barker
Executive Director, UCI IMCA
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For media inquiries, please contact Jaime DeJong, Communications Director for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at:

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Christopher Russell in “Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists” at The Getty Center opening June 26th


Image: Christopher Russell, GRFALWKV, 2013-2014

Handmade book, carbon based fountain pen ink, pigmented fountain pen ink, spray paint, pressure sensitive adhesive, bound in cloth with collage on marbled boards
24 x 18 inches

COLLECTION OF THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM (LOS ANGELES) – Gift of the Mark & Hilarie Moore Collection

Upcoming Exhibition:

“Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists”


Upcoming, June 26 – October 28

Research Institute Galleries I and II

N Sepulveda Blvd & Getty Center Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tue–Fri, Sun 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m. / Closed Mondays

Free | No ticket required


Artists’ books occupy a creative space between traditional books and contemporary works of art, challenging what a book can be. This highly visual and experiential presentation of some of the most lively and surprising works from the Research Institute’s extensive collections focuses on artists’ books that can be unpacked, unfolded, unfurled, or disassembled. They are made to be displayed on the wall or deployed as sculptures or installations. The exhibition seeks to provoke new inquiry into the nature of art and to highlight the essential role that books play in contemporary culture.

Christopher Russell (American, born 1974) begins with inkjet prints of landscapes, into which he etches intricate patterns and figures with a razorblade, transforming the photographs into layered narratives. Rather than destroying the image, his controlled, methodical process of scratching the surface adds layers of density and mystery to already enigmatic images that may capture sun glare, dense foliage, or repetitive pattern. Russell also engages in an active practice of writing and creating unique artist books and zines with psychological, folkloric undertones; photographic works connected to these texts acquire the status of hazy memories or dreamlike landscapes.

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More Artist Videos Posted to Mark Moore Fine Art Youtube Video Channel

Check out the new MARK MOORE FINE ART VIDEO CHANNEL and subscribe at the following link HERE.


We are very pleased to announce our new video channel on Youtube and the addition of several new short video interviews that have just been added to this site for your reference. I would invite you to check out the MARK MOORE FINE ART VIDEO CHANNEL and encourage you to subscribe to future videos at the following link by clicking HERE.

The short film collection at MMFA Video Channel now features four new videos that have been just posted that include a looks inside the studios of artists: ALLISON SCHULNIK, ANDREW SCHOULTZ, VERNON FISHER, and JOHN BAUER. In total we have nearly fifty new or recent videos posted there for you to view – and that list grows weekly. Other artists featured on the MMFA Channel are: Jason Salavon, Kris Kuksi, Stephanie Washburn, Julie Oppermann, Tim Bavington, Joshua Dildine, and Julie Heffernan – just to name a few.

For additional information on all the artists featured and their work, please go to our website at or check out their artist page on ARTSY at the following link:


ARTSY Show of the Week: Joseph Rossano “Conservation From Here”

Mark Moore Fine Art is pleased to share with you that the current Joseph Rossano exhibition titled “Conservation From Here” has been selected ARTSY Show of the Week.


JOSEPH ROSSANO/ Conservation From Here (2017-2018) / Installation View at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Oyster Bay Historical Society, “Conservation From Here”, Oyster Bay, NY


Conservation From Here” features the work of Joseph Rossano in an exhibition synthesizing art and science. It remarks on historic moments in conservation in the United States and lights the way for the future conservation of all species, including our own. This exhibition is on view concurrently as an ARTSY Online Exclusive and at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Oyster Bay Historical Society, “Conservation From Here”, Oyster Bay, NY.




JOSEPH ROSSANO / North Room: Black Bear Engraving Painting (2018) / 50”H x 94”W x 5.75”D / Media – Presidential Ash, Whitewash, and Douglas Fir


“The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, October 4, 1907

“CONSERVATION FROM HERE” originates at the home of the conservation movement’s most historically recognized champion, Theodore Roosevelt. Through the visual and emotional enticement of art, and supported by ongoing programs and curricula, the exhibit leads viewers to the understanding that conservation begins, for each and every one of us, wherever “here” might be … a moment in time, a longstanding or newly formed perspective, a physical place we inhabit or otherwise hold dear. This multimedia exhibit originates at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the home of Theodore Roosevelt, and examines a more than 100 year-old promise of conservation, inspiring a new generation to revere and conserve animals and their habitats.

Photography and Media

JOSEPH ROSSANO/ North Room: Doe Deer Engraving Painting (2018) / 50”H x 88”W x 5.75”D / Media – Presidential Ash, Whitewash, and Douglas Fir

JOSEPH ROSSANO’s work uses the spectacle of art to disarm an audience, opening that audience to truths about man and nature. On the surface, it appears as though he is manufacturing representational art; the hidden reality is quite different. Rossano has made butterflies from fighter aircrafts; used whitewash and tar to tell a story of human behavior refusing to disappear; and employed 800-year-old trees as a historic reference to modern humanity. 

Through the use of contextually significant materials, the artist’s work relates an environmental truth hidden in plain sight. Engaging in intensively researched life science theory, Rossano curates a narrative of his own manufacture, which exposes the viewer to that hidden truth and the theory it supports. Through a mutual desire to protect the natural world, he enlists prominent life scientists to, together, lead viewers to poignant, of the moment theories, represented in three dimensions.


JOSEPH ROSSANO/ Conservation From Here (2017-2018) / Installation View at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Oyster Bay Historical Society, “Conservation From Here”, Oyster Bay, NY 

Until a recent shift in scale, the vast majority of what he made reflected personal toil, crafted, conceived and researched by his hand and mind alone. No longer pursuing intimate works, Rossano now continues in the same vein with large-scale installations in the homes of U.S. President’s, and more, exposing ever larger audiences to the conceptual matrix surrounding his work and our world. These new works are created in association with other artists, corporations, and individuals, all willing to donate their time and materials to the causes Rossano addresses and messages they deliver – a model of community collaborating for a cause. 

The scientist, the environmentalist, and the conservationist constantly face the challenge of convincing an audience to care about their work, cause, etc. Although artists face the same challenges, more often than not, it is an ego driven exercise. Rossano have chosen to make makes things regardless of profit, that are about something bigger than ourselves, , about individuals and creatures—whether they be human or other—that need our help. 


JOSEPH ROSSANO/ Conservation From Here (2017-2018) / Installation View at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Oyster Bay Historical Society, “Conservation From Here”, Oyster Bay, NY

Joseph Rossano, born to clinicians and research scientists, graduated from Louisiana State University as an artist. His path joined him, via mentorship, collaboration, and exhibition, with renowned artists and institutions including Dale Chihuly, Judy Pfaff, The Pilchuck Glass School, Waterford Crystal, Museum of Glass, and the South Australia Museum.

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