American, born 1963
Ink, watercolor, acrylic, marker, gouache, graphite pencil, colored pencil, ballpoint pen, and crayon on paper with PVA and piano stool
80 x 29 x 18 inches (203.2 x 73.7 x 45.7 cm)
Pending Acquisition Funds, 2012
Mark Fox is best known for his iconic, large-scale paper constructions, comprising hundreds of small drawings joined together by various means. While many artists fixate on the idea of reducing and simplifying chaos, Fox instead garners inspiration from it. His work centers on the exploration of chance and the strange narratives that emerge from the random juxtaposition of images. Fox embraces myriad art-making practices, such as animation, painting, drawing, assemblage, sculpture, installation, and video art, and in the service of hundreds of subjects, from mythology, religion, and news, to advertising, pop culture, and cartoons.
Untitled (Piano Bench), 2011, is a divergence from Fox’s usual work. Rather than drawing on paper and cutting around the images to form an undulating paper sculpture, he instead created this work by building up the imagery layer by colorful layer atop a found object as the sculptural base. Glued strata of paper covered in ink, watercolor, acrylic, marker, gouache, graphite pencil, colored pencil, ballpoint pen, and crayon are carefully fitted atop a piano bench that was left in the artist’s studio by a former tenant. Appearing solid and impenetrable from one angle, moving around the sculpture reveals its hollowness and fragility in an image that is reminiscent of the tower of Babel reaching towards the heavens.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1963, Mark Fox has carved out a unique niche for himself in the contemporary art world. His work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and other public and private collections. In 2009, the Gallery acquired Fox’s delicate wall sculpture Untitled (Fault), 2008.
Mark Fox’s Untitled, 2011, has been featured on the Gallery’s Tumblr blog.
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