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Mark  Van Wagner



"In my most recent body of work I have been applying sand drawings
over painted abstractions. These pictures are spontaneous
meditative calligraphic expressions that sometimes reference letter writing,
webs, circuitry, the inner and outer landscape, and sometimes……the inexpressible.."

- Mark Van Wagner


Featured Piece

Mark  Van Wagner

White Wash


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Mark  Van Wagner Letter (For Geops)
Letter (For Geops)

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Mark  Van Wagner Letter.The Theory of Non Comparison
Letter.The Theory of Non Comparison

 
Mark  Van Wagner Letter (For Antonio)
Letter (For Antonio)

 
Mark  Van Wagner Mark Van Wagner, Hawaii, Mid-Career, Hawaiian artist, Zen, Sand, Mixed Media
Drawing From Nowhere #11

 
Mark  Van Wagner Mark Van Wagner, Hawaii, Mid-Career, Hawaiian artist, Zen, Sand, Mixed Media
Drawing Study Blue#1

 
Mark  Van Wagner Mark Van Wagner, Hawaii, Mid-Career, Hawaiian artist, Zen, Sand, Mixed Media
Drawing Study Blue#2

 
Mark  Van Wagner
Container

 
Mark  Van Wagner
Drawing from Nowhere - Green Scratch

 
Mark  Van Wagner
Drawing from Nowhere - Jester

 
Mark  Van Wagner
Drawing from Nowhere 108

 

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Mark  Van Wagner

Mark Van Wagner

Mark Van Wagner Biography


EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS

Mark has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout US. His work is in the permanent collection of The Rockford Art Museum in Illinois.

He lives and works in Kilauea, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, with his wife.


EDUCATION

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, BFA 1982
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, 1978


CIRRICULUM VITAE

Mark Van Wagner Statement

Whether using paint to create illusion or used as an object, it is my intention to utilize the medium along with other mediums and objects to create my constructions. Many of the new works can be categorized within one of several series that are being developed simultaneously. One such series are the "Lost & Found." These works are usually done in multiples (diptychs, triptychs, etc). Some of the art works have thick and thinly painted skins on glass that cover and abstract recycled botanical images underneath them and then are spontaneously scraped away. The scrapings are executed within a meditative state and often reflect abstract versions of Japanese calligraphy. Alternating between concealing and revealing what lies beneath the painted surface the viewer is asked to engage in a study of investigation, challenging their memory, awareness and perceptual judgments seen through "the abstract" and "the scientifically illustrated".

In other series of works, loosely defined as "Primary Exams" and "Sand Box Constructions", I wish to playfully present subject matter (recycled debris, paint, sand, plastic representations, building materials, etc.) and then reinterpret the subject/object within the frame work, revealing the artistic decision making process. Conceptual references as well as applications free of conceptual references are utilized. Visual puns, rendered reflections, implied aesthetic hierarchy, as well as disparate style applications are combined with explorations into the nature of the object. Once again, the boundary definitions between presence and memory, between improvisation and preconceived, or between natural and artificial are brought into question.

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