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Figure 1: Back of Mark's 1994 graduating postcard

What were your dreams in founding the society?

To keep the energy that ACAD had in 1994...alive!

Did you ever think it would last this long?

No... We had no idea what was going to happen... good or bad... short term, long term.

If you were blowing out the sixteen candles on the society's birthday cake, what would you be wishing for?

That the right people would just keep coming and being involved with Untitled... that's the recipe for continuing a healthy vibrant group!

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Figure 2: Mark painting at 607, 7th Avenue SW, the third Untitled Art Society location:

Where were you at as an artist when you made this work?

Full of Salt and Vinegar!

What advice would you give artists just emerging from ACAD today?

Be very sincere with your work... follow your nose and do not be distracted by trends and money. This will keep you producing through the ups and downs of your art practice.

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Figure 3 Organic Body #3. 1994. Collograph, 61 x 32 inches. The front of Mark's graduating post card illustrates another Organic Body series collograph

What would you like viewers to know about your current work?

The vital essence of my work owes its strength to simply asking the question: what can paint and beeswax actually do? The final painting itself should set about supplying an unrepentant answer related to the encaustic wax process itself. This age-old method meaning "to burn in" needs to be applied with some swiftness. The beeswax is heated in garage-sale electric frying pans made molten hot and it is liable to cool on the brush if not handled with some speed. The result is that you see me, in the act of painting, the work a permanent present participle of creativity. The modish word to describe such action is "marks," but that implies discrete traces of remote activity. In my case, the more you look, the more you see the paint, the pigment, and the beeswax in a state of turbulent self-animation: dripping and drizzling, stabbing and dabbing with gleeful impurity announcements from a cunning committed empiricist, blurring lucid forms into supple dreams. I hope the result offers a unique visual experience.

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Figure 4: Landscape #088. 2008. Beeswax and oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches. preliminary study for Sweet Sixteen exhibition

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He might go somewhere yet! that is, if he keeps an open ear to the tall guy with the small studio and all his words of wisdom.
aaron sidorenko , May 30, 2010

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