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Mark Joshua Epstein
updated: 12/07/2011
website: markjoshuaepstein.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
The distance between lots of love and all my best
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, pattern, information, collage
 
 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 " x  11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 " x  11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 " x  11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 " x  11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 15 " x  11 11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 15 " x  11 11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 15 " x  11 11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 " x  11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 15 " x  11 11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 " x  11 11 " 
The distance between lots of love and all my best by Mark Joshua Epstein
The distance between lots of love and all my best
Collage on paper
2011
15 " x  11 " 

Artist Statement

These recent collages are a new part of my practice. They’re different from paintings, my paintings anyways. They operate from a different vantage point and with a wholly different set of rules. These are abstractions made from real-world references.

 

The collages function as shorthand, intuitive formations created of forms that arrive bearing their own history, their own story. Making a painting that reads as both intricate and casual is, for me, nearly impossible--but with collage, when the pattern or color is preexisting, forms can be fluid and choices immediate.

 

The pleasure of making all of these works, and often the frustration as well, is that they reveal themselves to me as they are constructed. Each element remains itself, things touch and often obfuscate one another, but remain whole…never blending.

 

Formal decisions have political ramifications—who decides the meaning of a form or a composition? Viewers see a work that I meant to be abstract and there are natural associations made. Squares become boxes become buildings become cells. The fact that these associations vary from person to person is the context, the history and the politics of abstraction. The historical binary of formal and conceptual is outmoded, this is central to my practice.


 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION:

Slade School of Fine Art

London, England 2002-2004

M.F.A. w/distinction

School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University

Boston, Massachusetts 1998-2002

B.F.A

Ontario College of Art and Design

Toronto, Ontario. September 2000–June 2001

Architecture Design Program, (On Exchange)

SELECTED ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

• Newcastle University, Mark Epstein and John Walter, 2008, Newcastle, England

• The Hex, The Modern Way With Color Contains Clashes as Well as Harmonies, 2007, London

• Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Local Knowledge, 2005, Nebraska City, Nebraska

• Toni Heath Gallery, Surface Tension, 2005, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

• Jack The Pelican Presents, Curly Q, 2009, Brooklyn, NY

• Vane Gallery, Uncommon Ground, 2009, Newcastle, UK

• Limoncello Gallery, Hexospective, 2008, London, UK

• Mikhail Zakin Gallery, The Tacit Object, 2008, Demarest, NJ

• Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, Eye Tricks, 2007, South Orange, NJ

* Boston Center for the Arts, Drawing the Line, 2007, MA

• Romanian Academy, Spazi Aperti, 2007, Rome, IT

• 3rd Ward, Summer Group Show, 2006, Brooklyn

• Kingston Gallery, Reason and Squalor, juried by Laura Heon, 2005, Boston

• The Tank, The Risky Business of Import/Export, 2005, New York

• Jeffrey Charles Gallery, The Relaxed Audience or Why We Are So Wise, 2004, London, UK

• Candid Arts Trust, Reoccupy, 2004, London, UK

• Zoo Art Fair, Jeffrey Charles Gallery booth, 2004, London, UK

SELECTED AWARDS, RESIDENCIES & BURSARIES:

• Macdowell Colony Residency, 2007, Peterborough, NH

• Jentel Residency, 2007, Banner, WY

• I-Park Residency, 2006, East Haddam, CT

• Drawing Center Viewing Program, 2006, New York, NY

• Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, Residency, 2006, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

• Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency, 2005, Nebraska City, Nebraska

• Dolbey Travel Fellowship

• Project Award, Slade School of Fine Art, 2003

LECTURES:

• KIAC,Public Lecture, January 2006

• Slade School of Fine Art, Summer School Evening Lecture, August 2004