Mark Masyga

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untitled, 06.18.09, (oil on canvas; 16 x 24")
untitled, 06.20.09, (oil on canvas; 16 x 24")
untitled, 06.26.09, (oil on canvas; 16 x 24")
untitled, 07.20.09, (oil on canvas; 16 x 24")
untitled, 07.21.09, (oil on canvas; 16 x 24")
Artist's Statement

Walter de Maria once said “I like natural disasters and I think that they may be the highest form of art possible to experience.” My work has been informed by both the physical appearance and the temporal nature of the built environment. Construction sites, deteriorating war bunkers, detritus left from earthquakes, wild fires and wars: I believe there will be no shortage of inspiration in the near future. Also, I find comfort in humble materials (e.g., concrete, rebar, lumber) and have been exploring their physical, sociological and political uses. Resourceful Palestinians have recently recycled rubble from their own destroyed infrastructure and parts of the Separation Wall to create a sewage treatment plant in one example of improbable transcendence.


EDUCATION: 1991-94 MFA (painting/drawing) School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1981-83 BFA (painting/graphic design) St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN RESIDENCIES: 2009 Edward F. Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY 1994 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2000 Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2010 “The Death of Painting is Dead,” Cressman Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Hite Institute, University of Louisville, Lousisville, KY “In Williamsburg,” Fleetwing Gallery, Brooklyn NY 2009 “Wall to Wall,” City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ “Metro 26 Show,” City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ (honorable mention) 2008 “Edges and Boundaries,” Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA