Biography

Resting between two and three dimensions as color-shifting pigments on waves of fabric in resin, like glossy dimensional frescoes the works emerging from In Medias Res wrestle with our connections to consciousness, time, and space.  

His process seeks to address how we can amplify our intentions and positive energy to create the change we want in spaces that are both real and imagined. Finding subject and context, frame and format to be competitively interwoven in their stated composition, much like all matters of perception and abstraction, these works began as words that began to investigate the portal as described in art theory, then the portal in physics and then began to reflect on many philosophies and variations of the shape of existence at the intersection of our observational universe and model-dependent realities. 

Having planted the roots of this practice in the vast and rugged environments of Alaska and Arizona with an adventurous spirit and moderate restraints imposed by epilepsy-- his background nurtured the belief that we have a relatively open contextual identity bonded and realized more by where we set our focal points than our chosen aesthetics.  Depthening this resolution in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and now in Brooklyn, this work grapples with our relationship to physicality, the dimensions of our influence, and ultimately the expansion of our environment to accept frontiers of humanity on other planets in our system and perhaps galaxy.  In focusing on this ecology of collaborating and competing narratives fostering our perception of reality, Stafford offers a dialectic negotiation of physical and source materials to produce aesthetic disclosures that dance with advanced theories in physics and art and nudge us to question the nature of existence as we begin our chassé towards the stars as this narrative comes closer into focus for humanity.




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Mark Stafford 

Brooklyn, New York



SOLO EXHIBITION HISTORY


2012 

--- Table of contents --- ,  SLAG Gallery,  New York, NY 

2009 

—W O R K—, Bronx Blue Bedroom Project. Bronx, NY


SELECTED ART FAIRS AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2023

FOCUS New York

2021

SCOPE Miami Beach

2019 

North x Northwest, Yellowstone Art Museum.  Billings, MT,  juried by Julia Andrews 

Library and Museum of Electronic Waste, LES Ecology Center. New York, NY,  curated by Christine Datz-Romero

Third Person, Ground Floor Gallery. Brooklyn, NY, curated by Krista Scenna 

*(2 person w/ Cat Glennon)

2014 

Apocryphal Times, Friedman Benda. New York, NY curated by Tamara Kostianovsky

SELECT 2014, Phillip Bloom Gallery. Miami, FL curated by Tim Goossens 

2013 

David, Shirey Gallery. Brooklyn, NY curated by Stan Narten and Matt White

2012 

Every Exit is an Entrance, Exit Art. New York, NY curated by Papo Colo

2011 

Franconia Sculpture Park (Fellowship Exhibition), Franconia, MN curated by John Hock

RE/Mixed Digital Art Festival. Brooklyn, NY curated by Tom Tenny

2010 

Cityscape: Surveying the Urban Biotope, Socrates Sculpture Park. Queens, NY curated by Alyson Baker and Marichris Ty

The Last Book, The Zentralbibliothek. Zürich, Switzerland, project by Luis Camnitzer

Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo. ULA-2010 [La Pantalla y el Marco]. Centro De Investigaciones Esteticas; Merida, Venezuela. 

2009 

The Act of Drawing, VIVID. Birmingham, United Kingdom curated by Laura Coult

The Fountain Art Fair, Alice Chilton Gallery. Miami, FL Jill McDermid

Plan B, NurtureART. Brooklyn, NY curated by Krista Saunders

Illiterature, LIMN Gallery. San Francisco, CA & Frumkin/Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA curated by Mark Carter

2008 

AIM 28:How Soon is Now?, Bronx Museum of Art. Bronx, NY curator: Erin Riley-Lopez

Catching the Word, Black & White Gallery//Chelsea. NY, NY curator: Tatyana Okshteyn

Works on Paper, O’H+T. Boston, MA curators: Kathleen O’Hara and Caroline Taggart

Aqua Art fair Miami/Wynwood. Miami, FL Curs: Kathleen O’Hara and Caroline Taggart


SELECTED REVIEWS 

R.C. Baker, Village Voice. “Best in Show: 'How Soon Is Now?' at the Bronx Museum of the Arts ”. 

Barbara Hoffman and Calla Salinger, The New York Post. “Be a part of the art: Sculpture you can walk through-or picnic”. 

The New Yorker. Goings on About town. “Bronx Museum of the Arts.” 

Leah Ollman, the Los Angeles Times, “Review: ‘Illiterature’ at Arena 1 Gallery.”

Brooke Sopelsa, www.cnbc.com, “Recession Inspired Art Grows in Brooklyn” 


AWARDS & HONORS 


2011

Jerome Fellowship – FSP 

2010

Socrates Production Grant 

2009 

Puffin Foundation Grant 



RESIDENCIES

2011

Voulenteer Lawyers for the Arts Residency, New York, New York 

2011

Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota 

2010

Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York 



PUBLICATIONS and INTERVIEWS


The Collection Vol #3, with OPEN DOORS and the Center for Transformative Action, 2022

ART IDEAL Magazine, Circle Foundation, September/October 2020

Socrates Sculpture Park, Thirty Years.  Introduction by John Hatfield, essays by Jamie Bennett, Mark di Suvero, and Phong Bui 2019.

Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960 to 2010. Edited by Lauren Rosati and Mary Anne Stainszewski. Published by MIT Press, 2012. 

AIM 28: How Soon is Now?. Forward essay by Claire Barliant. Publ: Bedwick & Jones, 2008.

New American Paintings. Northeastern Competition, #68. Boston: The Open Studio Press, 2007. 


COLLECTIONS


Mark Stafford's work is in multiple public and private collections available upon request


EDUCATION

2005 

MFA – Studio Art. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Philadelphia, PA

2002 

BFA – Studio Art and Education. School of Art, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ