Untitled 2257

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Untitled 2257

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ABOUT  ARTIST, MARK SHARP

Mark Sharp’s new series of mixed media works have a certain allure that is as much related to the interlocking forms as it is to the materials used. Fabrics, for one, have a distinct relevance to humans as they are utilized in the manufacturing of clothing and furnishings – two basic staples of life. Textiles in general can remind us of events, times of the year, even long forgotten relationships just by their color or the shapes that comprise their patterns. In the case of Sharp’s paintings, we see the making of an abstraction whereby a variety of rather divergent key elements, when combined with painted surfaces, suggest their own individual narratives within the larger whole. That whole, which can be filled with a number of effects including the fabrics, can put forth any number of scenarios. In doing so, Sharp is telling us that patterns and symbols have both covert and overt meanings and that when they are placed in a new context the difference between the hidden and the known or preconceived is altered. 

Even the shapes he employs, when cutting the fabrics before mounting them, can subtly suggest face-to-face human interaction. With both Untitled 2245 (2016) and Untitled 2247 (2016) you have what looks like two ambiguous individuals sporting hats, making friendly contact. Whereas, with Untitled 2249 (2016) you have a composition that is more mysterious, perhaps hinting to the beginning of a journey or an anxious moment without having any recognizable references, at least to this viewer. 

Untitled 2246 (2016) is like 2245 and 2247 in two ways. All three are the largest works in the series and each one has distinct forms indicating that there are people present in the narrative. With 2246 it is an arm bent at the elbow, perhaps signifying the mid-section of a woman in the middle of a crowded cocktail party who is momentarily liberated from her previous exchange. What makes 2246 different from the other two is that there is no distinct or concrete interaction between two or more individuals. The ‘woman’ in 2246 is in between conversations as she listens and looks for her next best available option for pleasing conversation. 

All of the above commentary is my own read. Sharp may never have intended there be anything as specific as I have concluded. What is happening here is a communication between two minds. All successful art is a form of communication whether it is a hypothetical narrative or a feeling or emotion, something must come across from the artist to the viewer. For instance, with Untitled 2243 (2016) I feel comfort; Untitled 2239 (2016) makes me anxious; Untitled 2241 (2016) somehow reminds me of my younger days playing ‘Hide and Seek’, while Untitled 2250 (2016) has a feeling of unresolved issues or misunderstandings that may bring on confrontation or long sought after resolution to a previously insurmountable problem. 

The more you look at Sharp’s work the more you will read into it and the more complex your conclusions will be. We all have our own references, sights, sounds and symbols that bring us someplace else in our thoughts. Great art should embrace that fact; and it is that open-ended, enticing, even playful quality that makes Sharp’s art poignant and timeless. 

– D. Dominick Lombardi

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Solo Exhibitions
2016 Armstrong Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
The Rensselaer Newman Foundation Chapel &
Cultural Center, Troy, NY
2015 Altered States, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
2014 363 Gallery, Memphis, TN
2013 Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
2012 Edward Williams Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2011 Barrett Fine Art Gallery, Utica College, NY
2006 Concordia University, River Forest, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
2004 4 Star Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, IL
2001 Harrison Street Gallery, Oak Park, IL
Concordia University, River Forest, IL
Two Person Exhibition
2016 Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Ezair Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Ezair Gallery, Long Island, NY
2009 Ezair Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Terra Incognito, Oak Park, IL
Group Exhibitions
2016 Shanghai Art Fair, Studio 26 Gallery, New York, NY
Studio 26 Gallery, New York, NY
Art Miami New York, Studio 26 Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Gallery Artists Part XII, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
2014 Summer Salon, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Gallery Artists Part XI, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
Non Objectivity II, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York,
NY
LA Art Show, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
2013 New Abstractionists Part VII, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
Art Palm Beach, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York,
NY
Houston Fine Art Fair, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
Art Miami, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Art Hamptons, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
GAP IX, Walter Wickier Gallery, New York, NY
Toronto International Art Fair, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
2011 New AbstractionistsV, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
Toronto International Art Fair, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
2010 Art Miami, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
Toronto International Art Fair, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
GAP VII, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
Art Chicago, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery 25, Fresno, CA
Center For The Arts, Manassas, VA
2009 Toronto International Art Fair, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
Alain Prillard Gallery, Saint-Cirq LaPopie, France
New Members Show, Gallery 10, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Gallery 10, Inc., Washington, D.C.
2008 Toronto International Art Fair, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
GAP V, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
Red Dot Fair, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Art Now Fair, Miami Beach, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
2004 13th National Juried Show, Art Center of Northern
New Jersey, New Milford, NJ
Juror: Susan Cross, Associate Curator, Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
New York, NY, 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Pleiades
Gallery of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Juror: Tracey Bashkoff, Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum, New York, NY
Collections
DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, English Language Academy
Concordia University, (commission), River Forest, IL
Hope Colege, Holland, Michigan, Music Department
Duda Morcos & Associates, Chicago, IL
Wilson • Hart • Bausback, Slingerlands, NY
Captive Resources, LLC, Schaumburg, IL
Butch’s Dry Dock, Holland, Michigan
Reviews & Articles
dart INTERNATIONAL, Full Page Print, Summer/Fall, 2015
Brochure Essay, Peter Frank, 2013
Brochure Essay, Jonathan Goodman, 2011
Brochure Essay, Dominique Nahas, 2011
Essay, John Mendelsohn, 2010
Press Release, November 2009, “Musical Variations”,
Ezair Gallery, NY, Robert Mahoney
NY Arts Magazine, September / October, 2007,
“Orchestrated Surfaces”, Koan Jeff Baysa
Press Release, May 2007, “Musical Abstraction”,
Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY, Jonathan Goodman
Culture Vulture, February 25 - March 3, 2004
The Indianapolis Star, February, 2004
Pioneer Press, Oak Leaves, January, 2004