Mark Steven Greenfield


Mark Steven GreenfieldArtist’s Statement

My work is rooted in ongoing explorations of the African American experience, specifically as it pertains to characterizations constructed for the purpose of promotion and reinforcement of the African American stereotype. The enduring effect of these images constitutes the “Shadow” that looms over much of the discourse surrounding race in this country.

My work seeks to recontextualize these images through visual manipulation and redirection, with the goal being to render them benign or transmuted to a less unsettling state. My process is dependent on a methodology akin to “automatic writing”.  The work relies on the spontaneous manifestation of ideas and the tactile manipulation of medium in a form of mental mapping. It is my hope that the work might offer a glimpse into the origins of both conscious and subconscious contemporary thinking with regard to race, while at the same time exorcising the enduring specter that dwells in the American psyche.

Website: markstevengreenfield.com

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008-2011

2011
Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, Calif.
Isi Arti Associate, Naples, Italy

2009
Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, Calif.

2008
Wignal Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011

2012
Los Angeles Artists Laboratory Fellowship Exhibition, Los Angeles

2011
Places of Validation, Art and Progression, California African American Museum, Los Angeles

2010
Latitude 34%-40%, Art 1307, Naples, Italy
4th Thai-USA Exchange Art Exhibition, Chiang Mai Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2009
Distinctly Los Angeles; An African American Perspective, M. Hanks Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif.

Fellowships and Awards

2011
COLA City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship, Los Angeles

2011
Los Angeles Artists Laboratory Fellowship, Los Angeles

2011
Center for Cultural Innovation, ARC Grant, Los Angeles

EDUCATION

M.F.A., 1987
California State University, Los Angeles

B.A., 1973
California State University, Los Angeles