In an increasingly mobile and fluid landscape, the lingering meanings that are embedded in physical spaces and places become even more interesting and precious. These meanings are still cultivated, claimed, and transformed by those who seek them out.
Frequently utilizing existing spaces, simple construction materials, and accumulations of castoff materials, I try to evoke something deeply familiar in surprising ways. I acknowledge and even relish the fragmentation, distortion, and reinvention of our remembered places.
Mark Schatz received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Texas in Austin.
His practice includes sculpture, installation, drawings, and photography and has been shown widely including the exhibition “New Image Sculpture” at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. His work is included in private and public collections, including the permanent collection of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Mark Schatz is currently an Assistant Professor and the Foundations Program Coordinator for the School of Art at Kent State University.
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"Schatz pays attention to important formal details and demonstrates superb material handling and sensitivity. Colors on the linear structure wrap around poles and always continue past corners, keeping the viewer in motion. Rather than use modular forms placed into a planned system, he produces the structures in place allowing the sections to naturally merge and flow into each other. Graphics and handwritten words on cardboard moving boxes span from one sector to the next. Tract housing follows the contours of the cardboard hills. In the distance, urban cores beckon with glowing LED’s and their accompanying nightlife. "
ArtHopper.org, May 8, 2014 Art
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