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Mark Rospenda
updated: 08/02/2014
website: markrospenda.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Installation detail, 2011
Inverted Mine
Breathing and Forgetting
Sad Scales, No Answer
Nightfall
Eight Years
An Idea Becomes a Face
Argument Map
Build
My Little Flower
Static Dream
Meander
Black Diamond
Select a Hero
Sidelong Garden
 
Portfolio Keywords:  information, conceptual, mapping, memory, psychological, technology, autobiographical, diagrammatic, abstract, figurative
 
 
Installation detail, 2011 by Mark Rospenda
Installation detail, 2011
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2011
Dimensions variable
Inverted Mine by Mark Rospenda
Inverted Mine
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2011
108" x  37" 
Breathing and Forgetting by Mark Rospenda
Breathing and Forgetting
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2011
10.5" x  7.875" 
Sad Scales, No Answer by Mark Rospenda
Sad Scales, No Answer
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2011
10.75" x  8" 
Nightfall by Mark Rospenda
Nightfall
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2011
9.75" x  7.5" 
Eight Years by Mark Rospenda
Eight Years
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2011
10.75" x  8" 
An Idea Becomes a Face by Mark Rospenda
An Idea Becomes a Face
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2011
10.5" x  8" 
Argument Map by Mark Rospenda
Argument Map
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2011
10.5" x  7.75" 
Build by Mark Rospenda
Build
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2010
10.75" x  7.75" 
My Little Flower by Mark Rospenda
My Little Flower
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2008
10 " x  7.75 " 
Static Dream by Mark Rospenda
Static Dream
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2008
10 " x  7.75 " 
Meander by Mark Rospenda
Meander
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2008
10.5 " x  7.75 " 
Black Diamond by Mark Rospenda
Black Diamond
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2008
10.5 " x  7.875 " 
Select a Hero by Mark Rospenda
Select a Hero
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2008
10.5625 " x  7.75 " 
Sidelong Garden by Mark Rospenda
Sidelong Garden
Shredded digital prints (toner on paper), tape
2008
25.25 " x  19.5 " 

Artist Statement
Between 2005 and 2007 I created over 1,400 black and white, digitally rendered drawings on a computer. The ambiguity provided by the black and white palette, as well as the fluidity of the digital media, mimicked the changing perspectives of my own thought as the drawn images came into focus. Entitled Rickety, the series was output on letter-size paper from a laser printer. As the number of Rickety drawings grew, they revealed to me a shifting landscape populated with wandering inhabitants, mutated plant and animal forms, a sense of repressed sexuality, diagrams, maps, organs and abstracted language.

In 2008 I began reexamining this landscape by running the Rickety drawings through a paper shredder. Within mounds of shreds, found bits of line and form were discovered, combined, considered, surgically excised and recombined as unexpected images took shape. The new drawings are cross-indexed manifestations of reprocessed thought. They are also cairns — physical markers to which imagery, ideas and memories are tethered to within the stream of forgetting. Their fragility and ambiguous imagery pair with the machinery used in their creation (computer, scanner and shredder) to clumsily ask the question of what it means to think.

Artist Bio / CV

Education
2006 MFA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2000 BA, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
1999 College Year in Athens, Greece

Selected Exhibitions
2015 (scheduled) Colfax Campus Gallery, Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, IN
2014 (scheduled) Greiner Art Gallery, Hanover College, Hanover, IN
2014 This Can't End Well (This Can't Go Wrong), The Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL
2014 (solo) Unbreakable, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL
2012 Rock, Paper, Scissors: Process and Perception, Schingoethe Gallery, Aurora University, Aurora, IL
2011 The Perpetual Motion of a Still Life, Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, IL
2011
Cut, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
2011 Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
2010 Artist Made Books, Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2010 Faculty and Staff Art Show, Schingoethe Gallery, Aurora University, Aurora, IL
2008 The Crowded Space Below the Giant, H.F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
2007 Another Story, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2007 Drawing No Conclusions: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
2006 (solo) Rickety, Masters Thesis Show, University of Chicago, Midway Studios, Chicago, IL
2006 9 x 12 Works on Paper Show, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX
2006 Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
2006 The Space Between, MFA Group Show, Del Prado Building, Chicago, IL
2005 Experiment 400/5, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
2005 On Notes, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Chicago, IL
2005 Annual Student Show, smART Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
2005 Two If By See, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Chicago, IL
2004 Narrative Purgatory, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Chicago, IL
2003 (solo) 5 Recent Paintings, Gallery Mornea, Evanston, IL
2001 (solo) Works From the Basement, Lorimier Gallery,
Arts Council of SE Missouri, Cape Girardeau, MO

A full CV is available for review at http://markrospenda.com