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San Luis Reservoir by mrbizotic

mrbizotic

Mountain View, CA - United States

Description

Mark McAfee Brown is an Artist, Photographer and Designer working in the space where fine art and technology marry, merge and multiply. He has spent over 25 years
combining traditional media and photography - working digitally on Macintosh computer imaging systems. Born in New York City, he has lived in Minnesota, New England, West Virginia, Scotland and France. He is now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

He received a B.A. in Art at Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Printmaking from San Francisco State University and has taken numerous courses in Graphic Design and Digital Media at The University of California at Santa Cruz and Foothill College, trying to stay just ahead of the cresting wave of technology. His art first appeared internationally in a gallery in India at age 5, as part of a world-touring show hosted by the United Nations. He took his first photo at age 6 (of an ostrich) at the Bronx Zoo. Since then his award-winning prints have been shown on the East and West coasts of America, in America’s heartland as well as in Germany and Australia. His work has been featured in the New York Time’s Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine, Art Reveal Magazine and LandEscape Arts Review Magazine.

Artist statement

Three Artist's Statements are listed below for three different series of artworks:

1) LandScapes (Woodless Woodcuts)
2) NightBloom3
3) LeafLines

1) LandScapes (Woodless Woodcuts) are a series of digital art works that express my love of the natural world and provide a graphic visual diary of my intrepid trips across the world away from home base. Not all who wander are lost..

All of these images began as analog or digital landscape photographs. I have had a lifelong love of Japanese wood block prints. As a child, I was exposed to prints by Hokusai, Hiroshige and Hiroshi Yoshida. My mother (born and raised in China and Japan) had original prints by all of these artists which were on the walls of our New York City
apartment from the time of my birth. I spent many years as a traditional and experimental printmaker, starting at age fifteen with wood and linoleum block prints. I moved on to stone lithography, etching, photo etching, photo silkscreening and cyanotypes. The toxic chemicals associated with these methods helped me transition into the digital realm.
Photoshop saved my health and has been my digital darkroom ever since then. I have been using Photoshop since Version 2 (June 1991).

The landscape images in this series have been turned into a cross between woodcuts and photographs, though no trees were harmed in the production of these artworks. They are calm, meditative and evocative images. Creating them is a reductive process - removing photographic information and distilling the images into simpler visual essences. - creating sky gradients, key lining and outlining components of the landscapes and painting with Photoshop’s digital brushes. All are extremely high resolution files and be printed at large sizes without losing sharpness and clarity.

2) NightBlooms are a series of digital art works that explore the space in which Nature and Technology collide, merge, marry and multiply. These are conceptual artworks in which I re-imagine, re-assemble and re-image the natural world, in a new visual world order. Nature newly unnatural - familiar yet unknown. These images are concerned much more with form, shape, allegory, visual and anthropomorphic relationships, composition and the emotional range of color than they are with flowers in a botanical sense, although without flowers none of them ever would have been made. They have a distant artistic antecedent in the works of Jan Brueghel the elder, who loved to paint flowers against a black background. They are more akin to paintings than to photographs.

These works are filled with time, seasons, forms, saturated colors and deep black space. From my garden I harvest what is blooming, budding, dying, colored, textured, warped or wonderful – depending on pre-conceived ideas for an image or natural inspiration. I scan these flowers, fruits, plants and vegetables using a flatbed scanner until I have the image or portions of an image that I want. In these works I use the scanner as a camera, shooting each “picture“ from below. Flowers are placed on top of the scanner with the scanner lid left open. I do a large number of scans until I have all of the picture elements I need for an image, depending on what the image, emotion and notion require to bring the picture to life. I then compose the images using Adobe Photoshop, a high-end image manipulation software program.

Photoshop enables me to alter an image’s colors, saturation levels, brightness, contrast, texture, sharpness, clarity, obscurity and almost anything else. If I can imagine and scan something, I can create, manipulate and image it. I remake and refine these images until they are done, at which point I print them on a high resolution, eight color archival photo printer. They can be printed at very large sizes without losing resolution or sharpness.

I am surprised and delighted by the promise and potential of this disparate mix of mediums; (high-tech/grow-tech/no-tech) and it is a rare treat indeed to have one’s studio and computer system filled with the sweet and heady scent of freshly cut flowers.

3) LeafLines are a series of digital art works that use leaves to create dynamic negative space made by the visual interplay of the color, texture and shape of individual leaves against a solid background color. The images are calligraphic and have a visual vibrancy and intensity created by the figure/ground relationship of the leaves with the background space. They are created by scanning individual leaves and compositing the artwork in Photoshop.

In these works I use the scanner as a camera, shooting each “picture“ from below. Leaves are placed on top of the scanner with the scanner lid left open. I do a large number of scans until I have all of the picture elements I need for an image. I then compose the images using Adobe Photoshop.

Local shows

Website: www.mbrownarts.com
Recent Media: Profile/Interview - 30 page article in 1/17 issue of LandEscape Review Magazine: https://joom.ag/gPWW/p132

ARTIST’S RESUME – MARK McAFEE BROWN

EDUCATION
B.A. Fine Arts: Stanford University. M.A. Printmaking: San Francisco State University
UC Santa Cruz/Foothill College: Coursework In Photography, Printmaking, Design & Digital Arts

EXHIBITIONS: ONE PERSON SHOWS
2016 • LandScapes. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts Gallery. Mountain View, CA
2015 • LandScapes. Mill Valley Civic Center Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2015 • LandScapes. Santa Clara County Library Gallery, Saratoga, CA
2011 • NightBlooms/Leaflines. Stanford Art Spaces Gallery, Stanford, CA
2010 • NightBlooms/Leaflines. Lobby Gallery. Santa Clara County Library, Saratoga, CA
2008 • NightBlooms. Appel Gallery. Sacramento, CA
2007 • NightBlooms. Stanford Faculty Club Gallery. Stanford, CA
2007 • NightBlooms. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts Gallery. Mountain View, CA
2005 • NightBlooms. Vino Locale Gallery. Palo Alto. CA
2002 • NightBlooms. PARC Gallery. Palo Alto. CA
1989 • Montclair College Art Gallery. Montclair, New Jersey.
1980 • San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA

EXHIBITIONS: GROUP SHOWS
2016 • Celebration of the Arts • Mountain View Center City Hall Gallery. Mountain View, CA
2014 • The Crow Show • Atelier 20 • Sacramento, CA
2014 • Water, Elemental and Fundamental • PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2013 • Moving Art Forward • Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos, CA
2013 • Return to Simplicity • Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA
2013 • Wild Natural California • Coastside Land Trust Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA
2008 • Digital Photography. (Second Prize) Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
2006 • Art Connections 3. George Segal Gallery. Montclair University. Montclair, New Jersey.
2002 • Digital Photography. Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
2001 • Digital Photography. Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
2000 • Digital Photography. (First Prize) Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
1999 • Manipulated Images. (First Prize) Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
1998 • Manipulated Images. (Second Prize) Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
1997 • MicroTimes Digital Art Competition, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
1997 • Digital Photography. (First Prize) Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
1986-89 • Represented By J. Noblette Gallery, Sonoma. CA
1984 • Contemporary Prints. Art Institute Of Chicago. Chicago, IL
1983 • Printmaking: German-American Exchange. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1983 • American Printmaking. HBK Gallery, Braungschwig, Germany
1982 • San Francisco Bay Area Prints. Print Council Of Australia Traveling Show. 12 Shows/12 Locations In Australia
1982 • Seventh Annual Magic Silver Show. Engle Gallery, University Of Kentucky, Murray, KY
1981 • Clay & Ink 3. Goodman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1981 • The Exhibitionists. Goodman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1981 • Bay Area Printmaking. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1981 • Calif. Printmaking, A Bay Area Perspective. Artlink Gallery, Ft. Wayne, IN
1981 • Sixth Annual Magic Silver Show. Engle Gallery, University Of Kentucky, Murray, KY

PUBLIC ART
2014: New Public Utilities Building, San Francisco, CA. 3 prints from the Landscape/Woodless Woodcut series.
2015: New Chan and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA. 4 prints from the Landscape/Woodless Woodcut series.

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