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Mark Booth
updated: 01/11/2011
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Detailed images of foreshortened tree trunks with visible bark in high contrast that act as connectors between accretions of thoughts and words in established fonts purged of idiosyncrasy
Teeth That Are Small That Are Still Teeth / He Wobbled With Dramatic Horns / In A Solar Powered Flying Reliquary A Fingernail / Belonging To An Ordinary Human
Skulls Amidst Dust And Pollen / An Organ Solo That Mars The Very Air / Anonymous Red Skinned Actors In Nimbus
Does God Have A Penis
Frozen Custard Ankles / Burrs
A Directional Perfume Acting Like A Lighthouse Providing A Relative Terrestrial Coordinate
Malaise Trance From Leslie Speaker And Musique Concrète
The Swedish Flag In The Basement Warmed Their Bodies While They Mapped New Sensations
Mathematics Prayer Group
A Machine To Adjust The Multi-Colored Bands Of Sanity Within
A Recurrent Pulse
Sinusoidal Remedy
Icosahedron Of Fear
The Verderor Of The Forest Of My Mind
Wave Length Of
 
Portfolio Keywords:  diagrammatic, psychological, organic, gestural, language, memory
 
 
Detailed images of foreshortened tree trunks with visible bark in high contrast that act as connectors between accretions of thoughts and words in established fonts purged of idiosyncrasy by Mark Booth
Detailed images of foreshortened tree trunks with visible bark in high contrast that act as connectors between accretions of thoughts and words in established fonts purged of idiosyncrasy
Ink on paper
2007
18" x  17" 
Teeth That Are Small That Are Still Teeth / He Wobbled With Dramatic Horns / In A Solar Powered Flying Reliquary A Fingernail / Belonging To An Ordinary Human by Mark Booth
Teeth That Are Small That Are Still Teeth / He Wobbled With Dramatic Horns / In A Solar Powered Flying Reliquary A Fingernail / Belonging To An Ordinary Human
Ink And Gouache On Paper
2007
11.5" x  15" 
Skulls Amidst Dust And Pollen / An Organ Solo That Mars The Very Air / Anonymous Red Skinned Actors In Nimbus by Mark Booth
Skulls Amidst Dust And Pollen / An Organ Solo That Mars The Very Air / Anonymous Red Skinned Actors In Nimbus
Ink And Gouache On Paper
2007
12" x  15" 
Does God Have A Penis by Mark Booth
Does God Have A Penis
Ink And Gouache On Paper
2007
11" x  14" 
Frozen Custard Ankles / Burrs by Mark Booth
Frozen Custard Ankles / Burrs
Ink and gouache on paper
2007
13" x  16" 
A Directional Perfume Acting Like A Lighthouse Providing A Relative Terrestrial Coordinate by Mark Booth
A Directional Perfume Acting Like A Lighthouse Providing A Relative Terrestrial Coordinate
Ink And Pencil On Paper
2008
22.5" x  30.5" 
Malaise Trance From Leslie Speaker And Musique Concrète by Mark Booth
Malaise Trance From Leslie Speaker And Musique Concrète
Gouache, ink and pencil on paper
2008
12" x  16" 
The Swedish Flag In The Basement Warmed Their Bodies While They Mapped New Sensations by Mark Booth
The Swedish Flag In The Basement Warmed Their Bodies While They Mapped New Sensations
Gouache, Ink And Pencil On Paper
2008
12.25" x  16.25" 
Mathematics Prayer Group by Mark Booth
Mathematics Prayer Group
Gouache, Ink And Pencil On Paper
2008
12.25" x  16" 
A Machine To Adjust The Multi-Colored Bands Of Sanity Within by Mark Booth
A Machine To Adjust The Multi-Colored Bands Of Sanity Within
Acrylic ink, gouache, paper
2009
12.5" x  16.25" 
A Recurrent Pulse by Mark Booth
A Recurrent Pulse
Ink, Gouache, Pencil, On Paper.
2009
12.25" x  16.25" 
Sinusoidal Remedy by Mark Booth
Sinusoidal Remedy
Acrylic Ink, Gouache, Pencil, On Paper.
2009
16" x  12.5" 
Icosahedron Of Fear by Mark Booth
Icosahedron Of Fear
Acrylic Ink, Gouache, Pencil, On Paper.
2009
22.25" x  30" 
The Verderor Of The Forest Of My Mind by Mark Booth
The Verderor Of The Forest Of My Mind
Acrylic Ink, Gouache, Pencil, On Paper.
2009
24" x  18" 
Wave Length Of by Mark Booth
Wave Length Of
Acrylic Ink, Gouache, Pencil, On Paper.
2009
12.5" x  16" 

Artist Statement
My artistic practice is interdisciplinary. I make sound works, drawings, paintings, installations, performances, and text-works which explore thought, language, systems, and cataloging. The unifying factor in a majority of my work is the phenomena of language as a mediator of experience. I am interested in the human voice, not only what we say aloud, but also the ignored impulses, ideas, and fleeting jokes that we voice within ourselves.

My drawings often incorporate fragmented texts contained within diagrammatic and biomorphic forms, often situated on, within, or in response to abstract fields. These drawings piece together cryptic conglomerations of speech that don’t quite dovetail seamlessly into linear fictions yet inhabit the same structural formations. These humorous, profane, banal, unsettling statements and proto-narratives, embedded in their enclosing forms, can be read as un-scientific illustrations of sensations and thoughts blooming in the mind, as memorials to passing thought, as maps of cognitive cul-de-sacs, or charts of unstable memory.

My art begins with the investigation of simple questions, questions that ultimately invite further possibility and produce additional directions for inquiry. I believe that the work reflects a wry humor that, combined with the deceptive simplicity of the visual and sonic forms, allows entry into larger more complex issues of consciousness.

Artist Bio / CV
MARK BOOTH

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010    Schalter, Berlin. (Upcoming)
2009    The stinging tentacles of anxiety that constrict the heart are dissolved by the healing light of an     inner sun, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.
2008    Spanish Still Life (or a large list of merged animals), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.
    Endless (Perverted by Language/Delay 1968), UBS 12x12, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL.
    I Have Not Yet Read, KoCA - Weimar, Weimar, Germany.
2007    Suddenly one of the carrots asked "what is crime", Hudson Franklin Gallery, NY, NY.
2005    Panda Bear Insemination Team Picnic and Other Thought Formations, Tony Wight/Bodybuilder     and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1997    Euphemisms. RX Gallery (Daniel Hug), Chicago IL.
1996    Putrid, Bees, and  Sea Foam. RX Gallery (Daniel Hug), Chicago IL.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009    POST - Place Gallery, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
    Leslie Baum/Mark Booth, Elgin Community College, Safety Clean Gallery One, Elgin, Illinois
    Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, March 24 - September 13, 2009 (galleries 124-127),     The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    Papier Offensiv, oqbo, Berlin, Germany
    Opening, Galleri Rostrum, Mälmo, Sweden
2008    Resounding the Environment, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. (curated by Shawn Decker)
    Paper Love, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL.
2007    Mark Booth, Scott Wolniak, Dianna Guerra-Macia, Tony Wight, Impulse, NY, NY.
In the event audio installation for Florasonic/ESS at Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL.
    Beauty II, Art on Purpose, The Park School of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.
2006    Wherever, Devening Projects + Editions, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    Aqua Art Fair, Miami, Florida. (Tony Wight/Bodybuilder and Sportsman)
NOVA Art Fair Sound Project Installation, curated by ESS at NOVA Art Fair, Chicago, IL.
    Untitled (for H.C. Westermann), The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Balls Out, 518 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI.
Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2005    Group Show, Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL.