Dara Mark 1986-2008
Opening reception for an exhibit featuring art works over the past 22 years by a modern abstractionist.
When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: C Gallery, 466 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA
Cost: Not available
Age limit: Not available
Categories: Art (opening)
On display through Dec. 5.
Dara Mark, with a BA from Yale University, and an MFA from UCSB, came to Santa Barbara in the late 70's. She moved to the Santa Ynez Valley and worked for Arts Outreach as a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence. “That's when I began to work with Dara, in 1986. I was directing Arts Outreach and we wanted top quality at instruction in the schools. I began following her art and career, and began to collect her work. I have always loved the meditative quality of her repetitive marks and her abstractions,” says Connie Rohde, Director of The C Gallery.
Dara's earlier work concentrates on repetitive and also pulled marks of prismacolor and pastel, while her later works use acrylic and acrylic washes on layers of dura-lar, a type of yupo non-porous paper. The effect is luminous and has uncertain movement, transparency. Dara says, “There is a balance between loss of control and the discipline necessary to make art.”As D.J. Palladino wrote some years ago in 2001, “...Dara Mark's sophistication in the name of some Buddhist rhetoric is luminous, a world apart from her colleagues. Infinitesimal pencil lines on gessoed canvas ripple with suggested order, then have the gall to stand for nothing.”
Mark's career has enjoyed a slow, but steady climb in exposure and stature. Recently, Watercolor Magazine wrote about Mark's use of a synthetic surface in the Fall issue of 2011. One of her later paintings appeared on the cover of Dallas/Fortworth's Home and Garden Magazine,D Home, in February of 2010. Currently she has her third solo show at Smink Fine Arts in Dallas, Texas. In 2005, Dara's work was selected for the publication, New American Paintings, juried into the publication by the Curator of Modern Art at New York City's MOMA.
It hasn't been an “overnight success,” though; Mark has been showing since 1990 in Costa Mesa, extensively in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and in Santa Maria. Upon moving to New Mexico, where she currently lives in Santa Fe, Dara has had shows in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, and in Denver, Colorado's Walker Fine Art Gallery, as well. The prestigious EVO Gallery in Santa Fe represented her for many years and in 2009 Zane Bennett Contemporary Art also in Santa Fe, invited her to show.
Several museums have shown Mark's work. The Palm Springs Art Museum's annual, national, juried exhibition, granted 2nd prize to Mark's piece, “Green Circles,” which will be featured in this show. Other museums which have shown Mark's work include: Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon; Museum of Contemporary Art in Fort Collins, Colorado; Albuquerque Museum, and the Harwood Museum in Taos.
Event posted Oct. 29, 2012
Last updated Oct. 29, 2012