My artistic practice is interdisciplinary. I make sound works, drawings, paintings, installations, performances, and text-works which explore thought, language, systems, and cataloging. The unifying factor in a majority of my work is the phenomena of language as a mediator of experience. I am interested in the human voice, not only what we say aloud, but also the ignored impulses, ideas, and fleeting jokes that we voice within ourselves.
My drawings often incorporate fragmented texts contained within diagrammatic and biomorphic forms, often situated on, within, or in response to abstract fields. These drawings piece together cryptic conglomerations of speech that don’t quite dovetail seamlessly into linear fictions yet inhabit the same structural formations. These humorous, profane, banal, unsettling statements and proto-narratives, embedded in their enclosing forms, can be read as un-scientific illustrations of sensations and thoughts blooming in the mind, as memorials to passing thought, as maps of cognitive cul-de-sacs, or charts of unstable memory.
My art begins with the investigation of simple questions, questions that ultimately invite further possibility and produce additional directions for inquiry. I believe that the work reflects a wry humor that, combined with the deceptive simplicity of the visual and sonic forms, allows entry into larger more complex issues of consciousness.
Artist Bio / CV
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 Schalter, Berlin. (Upcoming)
2009 The stinging tentacles of anxiety that constrict the heart are dissolved by the healing light of an inner sun, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.
2008 Spanish Still Life (or a large list of merged animals), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
Endless (Perverted by Language/Delay 1968), UBS 12x12, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL.
I Have Not Yet Read, KoCA - Weimar, Weimar, Germany.
2007 Suddenly one of the carrots asked "what is crime", Hudson Franklin Gallery, NY, NY.
2005 Panda Bear Insemination Team Picnic and Other Thought Formations, Tony Wight/Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1997 Euphemisms. RX Gallery (Daniel Hug), Chicago IL.
1996 Putrid, Bees, and Sea Foam. RX Gallery (Daniel Hug), Chicago IL.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 POST - Place Gallery, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Leslie Baum/Mark Booth, Elgin Community College, Safety Clean Gallery One, Elgin, Illinois
Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, March 24 - September 13, 2009 (galleries 124-127), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Papier Offensiv, oqbo, Berlin, Germany
Opening, Galleri Rostrum, Mälmo, Sweden
2008 Resounding the Environment, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. (curated by Shawn Decker)
Paper Love, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL.
2007 Mark Booth, Scott Wolniak, Dianna Guerra-Macia, Tony Wight, Impulse, NY, NY.
In the event audio installation for Florasonic/ESS at Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL.
Beauty II, Art on Purpose, The Park School of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.
2006 Wherever, Devening Projects + Editions, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Aqua Art Fair, Miami, Florida. (Tony Wight/Bodybuilder and Sportsman)
NOVA Art Fair Sound Project Installation, curated by ESS at NOVA Art Fair, Chicago, IL.
Untitled (for H.C. Westermann), The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Balls Out, 518 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI.
Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2005 Group Show, Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL.