Through my artwork, I tell stories. Firmly fixed in drawing and printmaking, these narratives touch on lighthearted subjects such as science-fiction, advertising, nostalgia, and the creative process in an attempt to discuss more deeply-rooted experiences like stress, self-doubt, longing, and loss.
Most works are project-based and created in a series that seeks to balance elements of visual and historical research with an intuitive instinct to draw and interact with specific, sometimes unexceptional, subject matter.
The current installation mimics both the salon-style hanging of paintings in 19th century art galleries and the visual frenzy and eclectic, sometimes “slap-dash” organization of dollar store displays. These spaces, both old and contemporary, over-stimulate the viewer in the space, making concentration and reflection more difficult.
The materials that I use are sourced from all over. Thrift stores, auctions, dumpsters, and off the ground. The Resource Exchange is great if I need specific items, but I have happened upon many a great find while visiting. I buy repeatable items like the packaging for products, but also materials that I use in more traditional methods, such as printmaking paper and tools, frames, fabric, paint and wood for sculptural works.
Mark Rice is an artist and musician living in Philadelphia, PA. He grew up in Indiana, receiving his BFA in printmaking at Indiana University in 2003. Rice is a touring musician with many different musical groups. He founded and maintained a cooperative art gallery and performance space in Bloomington, Indiana called Art Hospital from 2005-2009. In 2009, he attended the Rhode School of Design, receiving his MFA in printmaking in 2011. Following graduation, Rice was artist-in-residence at Hub-Bub, an 11-month experience working with an independent art and music venue in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He then served as adjunct instructor of art history and drawing at University of South Carolina Upstate and other area community colleges. He currently works as the printmaking instructor and product designer at the Center for Creative Works, a non-profit vocational day program for adults with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities focused on therapeutic creative expression located in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He exhibits his work locally and regionally and performs in the band Telepathic.
See more of Mark's work here.