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Mark Alcazar Diaz
updated: 09/12/2010
website: markalcazardiaz.carbonmade.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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And in Their Place, a Promise (video still)
projecting floorplan
Taming2
Taming3
Taming4
Taming5
Taming6
Taming7
Taming8
Taming9
Taming10
Taming11
Imperial Being 3
Imperial Being 5
Sous la paves, la plage (video still)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  organic, abstract, memory, conceptual, social criticism, technology, political, nature, biomorphic, mapping
 
 
And in Their Place, a Promise (video still) by Mark Alcazar Diaz
And in Their Place, a Promise (video still)
Video 6 minutes
2010
Dimensions variable
projecting floorplan by Mark Alcazar Diaz
projecting floorplan
Single Channel Video (Projection)
2008
Dimensions variable
Taming2 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming2
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming3 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming3
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming4 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming4
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming5 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming5
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming6 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming6
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming7 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming7
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming8 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming8
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming9 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming9
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming10 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming10
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Taming11 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Taming11
Pencil on tracing paper
2006
8.5" x  11" 
Imperial Being 3 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Imperial Being 3
MSG crystals, plexiglass, and casters
2004
3" x  24"  x 48" 
Imperial Being 5 by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Imperial Being 5
MSG crystals, plexiglass, and casters
2004
3" x  24"  x 48" 
Sous la paves, la plage (video still) by Mark Alcazar Diaz
Sous la paves, la plage (video still)
Video
2006
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My work is based on a problematic modern/colonial reality that I draw from my experience as a Filipino immigrant living in the US, as a tourist traveling the world, and from conversations with my clan of borderless friends. Being from and being in places perceived as on the “fringes of western culture” and passing through and living in cosmopolitan centers I began to see beyond the shifting planes between peripheries and centers. Where I have been might possibly be the place where I am going. But where I have been and where I am going are things made up of contesting histories, knowledge, and localities – internal and external borders. Through a contraction of time and space I focus on a journey - real and metaphorical - within which localities overlap and blend and memories and desire for a place are heightened.

As I point to the problematic of the borderless transient through sculptures, videos and drawings, I hope to convey to the viewer a sense of slowing down in which to contemplate the overlap existing between precision and vagueness, the here and there, the developing and developed, force and seduction, and the internal and external. I articulate through my work the inevitability of a persistence of memory and a constant nostalgia for a place and a location. Lastly, I question the trials and gestures required to re-orient oneself and the lure and desire of finding a place in a jetsam of modern/colonial memories.

Artist Bio / CV

BornManila, Philippines

Lives and Works in Chicago, Illinois Education

University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1999

Master of Fine Arts

The School of Visual Arts New York, New York 1996-7

Graduate Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1995

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1994

Advanced Summer Institute Program in Painting.

Exhibitions

2008 Longitude Attitude: Artist Cartographies, Vespine, Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2006 Sanza: Circus of the Moon, Benefit/Exhibition for D.R. Congo and Darfur Refugees, RATIO, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago, Illinois

2005 Boneyard Art Festival, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, Illinois

Skinless Capital, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, Illinois

2004 Brain Body, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, Illinois

2003 Tangential Pleasures, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, Illinois

Subtle, not so subtle, 1R Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2000 Libidinal, Thomas Blackman and Associates Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1999 Two Person Exhibition, bona fide gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Big Muddy, Zolla Lieberman Gallery Inc., Chicago, Illinois

Serious Play, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois

Perfect Sleeper II, Embassy Suites Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Swish, Gallery 400, Chicago, Illinois

1998 Perfect Sleeper, Embassy Suites Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Deposit, Gallery 400, Chicago, Illinois

 

Bibliography

Art ‘Pleasures’, by Jodie Jacobs, Chicago Tribune, December 12, 2003

Torque, drawings in print, Reconfiguring the Social, SysteMexico, 2002

Libidinal, image in print, Exhibition catalogue, 2000

Mark Alcazar Diaz and Paul Melvin Hopkin, by Esther Grisham, Dialogue, January-February Issue, 2000

Big Muddy, by Andrew Falkowski, New Art Examiner, Vol. 27, # 22, 1999

no cross, no king, no margaritas in the sun, Exhibition catalogue, 1999